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KA-BAR Mk 1 Rebuild

Discussion in 'KA-BAR Knives' started by zanussi01, Aug 12, 2019 at 8:01 PM.

  1. zanussi01

    zanussi01

    233
    Jan 3, 2012
    Picked up this old 598 recently.(thanks gunsil!)
    Blade is marked KA-BAR over OLEAN,NY. on the left side,the right side is blank.
    I intend to rebuild this one,stay tuned.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2019 at 9:58 PM
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  2. zanussi01

    zanussi01

    233
    Jan 3, 2012
    With washers removed,tang is in very good condition.
    Washers are very brittle,salt stained and some are missing as is the pommel.
    [​IMG]
     
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  3. zanussi01

    zanussi01

    233
    Jan 3, 2012
    Old washers at top with new bits and pieces for the rebuild below.
    New leather washers are actually from a modern Mk1 I rehandled a while ago,waste not,want not.
    Centre section is stag with masking tape to protect it.
    [​IMG]
     
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  4. gunsil

    gunsil Gold Member Gold Member

    888
    Jan 9, 2013
    Looks like a good project but the knife is not a MK 1. It is a wartime produced model 598 which were civilian knives and some were Official BSA knives.
     
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  5. zanussi01

    zanussi01

    233
    Jan 3, 2012
    Thanks for the info gunsil,very much appreciated!
    The blade shape did have me wondering,but all good.:thumbsup:
     
  6. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Being a wartime production civilian knife. The pommel may have been wooden. Which explains it being missing. It probably split and the handle fell apart.

    I’m not sure if KaBar did the wooden pommels but I know others did during the war.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the finished result.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019 at 9:44 PM
  7. gunsil

    gunsil Gold Member Gold Member

    888
    Jan 9, 2013
    Ed, that knife most likely had a steel pommel like the wartime BSA 598s did. There is no room for a wood pommel either and when KA-BAR used a wood pommel it had a steel butt cap on it and the blade was peened in the cap, there were no pins going through the pommel.
     
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  8. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Thanks. The wartime BSA PAL knives had wooden ones. Thought these might have been the same. The wooden ones didn’t survive very well. Thanks for the lesson.
     

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