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While rummaging through my shop I found a knife that I’ve had since the 60’s. Never paid much attention to it until today when I realized it’s a USN Kar-Bar Mk2. It’s in rough shape, but it obviously has some history.







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A neat looking piece. What is the story behind those knives?
 
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They were issued to Marines and various Navy personnel during WWII. This one, with the markings on the guard puts it at 1944 or later. Originally had a round leather handle with a pommel on the end.

I found this one while wading a creek fishing. It was stuck in a tree stump with the handle all rotted away. That was over 60 years ago. My dad helped me put a hickory handle on it. I stored it away years ago and just found it searching for something else.


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Great story. As a kid I loved nothing more than finding a knife and cleaning it up.
 
Posts: 766 | Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa | Registered: 24 December 2006Reply With Quote
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I just ordered a Ka-Bar handle rebuild kit and a sheath from Ka-Bar’s website. I know it’s rough, but maybe I can restore some of its glory.



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I hope you leave the blade in present condition and age handle to match.
I'm sure others will strongly disagree!



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I agree, I think the blade patina needs to stay. The replacement leather handle will have to be “stressed” to match the character of the blade.


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