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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:09 pm 
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I recently bought an old Kabar pocket knife at an estate auction. It was dirty and grungy - probably old I thought - but it cleaned up pretty nice. But I'm a newbie collector and I'm wondering about two things. Is there any way to "date" a Kabar knife? And, what is that kind of dagger like blade with the grooves used for? Can any of you more experienced knife guys help me out? I don't know if I'm going to be able to insert any pix - but, if not, the tang is stamped Kabar 1110 U.S.A. Thanks - Cliff


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welcome cliff, can't date your knife but the blade in question is a leather punch. nice knife.

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Well, if you're willing to read a "WAG"...here goes.

I have a knife (pictured below) with similar scales and a similar stamp and pattern number.

+It has Delrin handles, like yours' appear to be...so that makes it at least early '60s, when folks began using Dupont Delrin for handle material. However, if they (the handles) have pores, and are bone.....then maybe that is a clue. ::shrug::

+The 4 digit numbering doesn't match up with older numbering for Kabars. ::shrug::

+Cole National bought Kabar in 1966...so I'm going with after 1966 at the earliest.

Maybe a contract knife made FOR Kabar after they quit making their own knives in the '70s.....but that is just supposition on my part. Also, it is interesting that your knife has only the backspring pin and no others. Maybe that will trigger further information from someone else??

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That punch looks like a Camillus to me. jmo

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