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Need help with ka-bar

Discussion in 'KA-BAR Knives' started by slader007, May 20, 2015.

  1. slader007


    May 20, 2015
    Last edited by a moderator: May 21, 2015
  2. spikebot587


    Feb 8, 2013
  3. marcinek


    Jan 9, 2007
    Welcome. You cannot ask about value at your membership level.

    Read the site's rules.:thumbup:
  4. slader007


    May 20, 2015
  5. TravisH

    TravisH Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 22, 2014
  6. Phi Sig

    Phi Sig

    Oct 15, 2006
    That looks like a KABAR Commando. I believe they were a private purchase knife from WWII.
  7. zzyzzogeton


    Feb 17, 2013
    The model name was "Ka-Bar Commando". Came in Parkerized (flat grind - no fuller) and bright (with fuller) finishes.

    According various internet sources, they were used by the military as:
    1 - general issue utility knives
    2 - life raft and bail-out bag knives
    3 - PX sales
    4 - post-war civilian sales
    5 - all of the above

    Take your pick...:D

    Sources state (haven't seen) that they were in the early post-WW2 catalogs (1947 being one date bandied about)

    Some say the Parkerized versions were issue and the bright blades, PX sales. Or vice versa. Depends on who's saying what.

    Well made, serviceable knives - to me they are kind of like the 1219C2 - USN/MK2's baby brother, being 6" long to the 1219C2's 7" length.
  8. knarfeng

    knarfeng senex morosus moderator Staff Member Super Mod Moderator

    Jul 30, 2006
    Merging this with his other thread in the KaBar Forum.
  9. slader007


    May 20, 2015
    Thank you everyone it helped a lot

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