Bone handled fish knives

The KA-BAR brand originated as a trademark of the Tidioute Cutlery Company. Tidioute was later taken over & renamed the Union Cutlery Company which continued making the brand until Union eventually adopted it as the company name in 1952. Cutco Corporation later acquired the company in 1996.
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Bone handled fish knives

Postby barnwood42 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:04 pm

I had put this green bone scaled knife on E-Bay to sell and sold. The buyer returned it saying that the scales weren't original. I received this knife from a Uncle back in the 80's an couldn't imagine him going through the trouble of replacing the handles. The knife is in really great condition. I guess my question is did KaBar produce or have someone make fish knives with Bone scales. The only information or pictures I can find are of the yellow & black plastic handled ones. Any information will be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Bone handled fish knives

Postby btrwtr » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:21 pm

I've never seen that particular Kabar knife with that type of handle. Best guess not original.
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Re: Bone handled fish knives

Postby whitebuffalo58 » Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:38 pm

The Kabar 5" 229 model was produced with bone handles, but typically had a hook sharpening stone. As far as I know, none of the 4-1/4" models were ever produced with bone handles and all Kabar fishing knives I've ever seen also had the sharpening stone, but I could be wrong. Good looking knife, regardless.


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Re: Bone handled fish knives

Postby richard » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:16 pm

i have this kabar fish knife with horn scales. no scaler blade .i think its been rebuilt . still a nice knife

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Re: Bone handled fish knives

Postby knifeaholic » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:04 am

I have never seen a KABAR fish knife with bone handles.

In any case, the handles on the posted knife are not old bone, definitely recently jigged and dyed bone.

Given that yellow handles are the worst in terms of outgassing and decomposing, a LOT of older Case fish knives were rehandled by amateur knife mechanics. Less so for Kabar and other brands.
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Re: Bone handled fish knives

Postby eveled » Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:55 am

I like the OP's knife. Not original, but nice.

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