Kabar Union Hobo

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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Kabar Union Hobo

Post by chorizotaco » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:29 pm

I just got my first Kabar/Union Hobo with a box...model 6360. The Kabar stamp is pretty normal but the Union stamp is arched. Does that give a better date range? In reading through some threads I believe this is considered Rogers Bone, is that right? This hobo is in excellent condition. Dan
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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by kennedy knives » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:08 pm

::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu::

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Beavertail » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:27 pm

That's a beauty! ::tu::
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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Mumbleypeg » Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:38 pm

Great find! That’s a beauty. To answer your question, I wouldn’t classify that as Rogers bone. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=45098 Others may disagree. What is the closed length? Does it slide apart? Many if not most of them do.

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Gunsil » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:24 am

Nice set Dan!! That is not Rodgers bone which was made by the Rogers company. Union/KA-BAR used their own bone and it changed several times over the years. All of it was extremely good looking bone, in my mind much nicer than Rogers. I do tend to think the knife is a mismatch, put together from a KA-BAR and an earlier Union since the arched Union mark was discontinued well before the KA-BAR brand was adopted. I could be mistaken, but all I have seen and owned have the straight line Union mark on the fork. The separate parts and even the boxes without knives do come up for sale on occasion.

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Froe » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:31 am

That's real prize. Beautiful.
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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by chorizotaco » Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:02 am

Gunsil wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:24 am
Nice set Dan!! That is not Rodgers bone which was made by the Rogers company. Union/KA-BAR used their own bone and it changed several times over the years. All of it was extremely good looking bone, in my mind much nicer than Rogers. I do tend to think the knife is a mismatch, put together from a KA-BAR and an earlier Union since the arched Union mark was discontinued well before the KA-BAR brand was adopted. I could be mistaken, but all I have seen and owned have the straight line Union mark on the fork. The separate parts and even the boxes without knives do come up for sale on occasion.
I was wondering about that. The bone matches really well though. Maybe the Union was found and just used....yeah that’s what happened! :D :D

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by chorizotaco » Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:04 am

Mumbleypeg wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:38 pm
Great find! That’s a beauty. To answer your question, I wouldn’t classify that as Rogers bone. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=45098 Others may disagree. What is the closed length? Does it slide apart? Many if not most of them do.

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Yes it does slide apart just didn’t take a pic, brass liners. The spoon appears to be aluminum is that right? It’s not magnetic at all.

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Mumbleypeg » Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:21 am

I think this one I have has the same bone as yours Dan. Different pattern but the fork has the straight Union stamp Gene mentioned.

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Gunsil » Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:38 pm

Love the big dog hobo Ken, yours is much more shiny than mine. Dan, the spoons are never aluminum, they are nickle silver, an alloy nickel and copper that contains no silver. Aluminum would just be too weak.

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by btrwtr » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:20 pm

Nice find on the hobo with box!

I have owned a number of Unoin/KA-BAR slot knives and can't recall if I've ever had one that had the arched stamp on the fork. Here are 4 including a yellow celluloid with and unmarked fork. The bomb shield fork is marked "PAT NOV 5TH 1907" and I believe this is the earliest of the 4 hobos shown.
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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by chorizotaco » Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:37 pm

Mumbleypeg wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:38 pm
Great find! That’s a beauty. To answer your question, I wouldn’t classify that as Rogers bone. viewtopic.php?f=35&t=45098 Others may disagree. What is the closed length? Does it slide apart? Many if not most of them do.

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Ken the closed length is 3 3/4". That's what the book says it should be for a 6360.

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Ridgegrass » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:23 pm

No Hobo could afford any of those beauties !!
Here's a black bone, tang stamped: UNION CUTLERY Co. Fork is stamped: PAT. NOV. 5th 1907
All great stuff ::tu:: ::tu:: ::tu:: J.O'.
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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by stockman » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:13 pm

Hey guys nice bunch of old slot knives.

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Re: Kabar Union Hobo

Post by Gunsil » Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:37 pm

Here's an unused rarer stainless version that came with a leather knife purse. Also the big KA-BAR "Sportsman".
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