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Kabar Commando

Discussion in 'KA-BAR Knives' started by SkinnyDale, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. SkinnyDale

    SkinnyDale Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 3, 2006
    B4F0E7F6-489E-4905-8D48-5A776ADF66D2.jpeg Came across an article about Kabar Commando...Do any of you own one? Why hasn't Kabar re-introduced this model since it seems so practical?
     
  2. SkinnyDale

    SkinnyDale Gold Member Gold Member

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    Dec 3, 2006
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  3. clearytja

    clearytja

    Oct 17, 2002
    What are the differences between it and the standard KaBar ?
     
  4. clearytja

    clearytja

    Oct 17, 2002
    Looks like no fullers on some and flat ground on the black ones. The handles seem more oval and apparently the blades are shorter....I’m guessing closer to 6 inches.
     
  5. gunsil

    gunsil Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    The "commandos" were 6" blades, available in a flat ground parkerized blade or a saber ground fullered chrome plated blade. No real need for them to make re-issues of the model, they have made plenty of 6" blade hunting knives in the last 50 years and still do. The MK2s were all 7" blades and derived from the pre-war KA-BAR model 471-7. I love my old KA-BARS!!
     
  6. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I never knew KA-BAR made deep sea dive knives. I’ve always been fascinated with the screw in dive knives. Never seen a KA-BAR

    The 6 inch commando is a lot like the PAL RH36.
     
  7. gunsil

    gunsil Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    To me the only similarity between a KA-BAR commando and the PAL RH36 is that they have six inch blades and leather handles. The KA-BAR is so much better made than the PAL. Pal has a zinc pommel, KA-BAR commandos steel pommels, PAL smooth leather handle, KA-BARs grooved leather handles, better grip. There were some parkerized PAL RH36s but they are pretty scarce, most are plain steel while all the KA-BAR commandos are either parkerized or chrome plated for corrosion resistance. Ed, I have the Union Cut dive knife, will try to remember to post photos tomorrow.
     
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  8. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    I’d like to see the dive knife.
     
  9. gunsil

    gunsil Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 9, 2013
    Hey Ed, I finally dig up my dive knife. Some pitting and D5B26544-A3AE-49AF-89C7-6A7DB55B3D30.jpeg 18708E62-462C-4330-AD9A-737DA7362601.jpeg 80B609B3-F080-402F-8084-47CB8999E23E.jpeg 4AAF6367-2B1B-4D69-9E24-4C4649A02E20.jpeg A01170FB-C203-484F-9B11-2E128FFCA5FD.jpeg D5B26544-A3AE-49AF-89C7-6A7DB55B3D30.jpeg 18708E62-462C-4330-AD9A-737DA7362601.jpeg 80B609B3-F080-402F-8084-47CB8999E23E.jpeg 4AAF6367-2B1B-4D69-9E24-4C4649A02E20.jpeg A01170FB-C203-484F-9B11-2E128FFCA5FD.jpeg staining but they are hard to find.
     
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  10. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016
    Very cool. Thanks for digging it out and sharing.
     
  11. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton

    Feb 17, 2013
    What's interesting about these hardhat diver knives is that the Kabar and Vince Forge versions have that square ricasso. All the other manufacturers (that I've seen) of the USN MK 5 Deep diver knife had the grind go all the way to the front of the handle.

    MK 5 manufactures over the years were (and still are for a couple of them)
    Batteryless Telephone Equipment Co.
    Bomar
    Craftsweld
    John Date
    DESCO
    Fischer Spring Works
    Morse
    A.Schrader & Son
    Union Cutlery Co. (Kabar)
    Vince
    Wenoka (1983 commemorative)
     
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