Dating kabar knives
Plus water was tough on the late scabbards, they'd turn gray around the bottom and stitches. SKIP Tim- There were a lot of WW2 veterans still on active duty in the 60's, right up into the early 70's. We know the knife is pre-74, and having owned and carried one at that time, I believe the scabbard is late also.
Plus water was tough on the late scabbards, they'd turn gray around the bottom and stitches. SKIP Thank you all for your wonderful feedback and input it has been very educational.
Best Regards, GIJoeou812 Hello, I was hoping that someone may be able to help me date this nice old Camillus knife I picked up a couple of weeks ago.
For an excellent article on this knife, see Frank Trzaska's article titled The Post War Combat Mark 2 in the January 2005 issue of Knife World. It is a general issue item to all services, although most well known in the Marines. it dates from near the end of the date range shown above.
Only color (of handle/scabbard) and the mode of pommel attachment can do that. I will be sure to get more pictures of my knife of the daylight when possible.
Have to work late today and tomorrow so it may be Friday or Saturday before I am able to add them.
Based on color, and pics of others that were dyed or darkened.
When my scabbard wore, I'd put brown shoe polish & buff it, to keep it from drying out.