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Original U.S. WWII Late War Navy Mark 2 KA-BAR Fighting Knife by Union Cutlery with Leather Scabbard - With Union Cutlery Kabar “Care Card”

Regular price $550.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of the legendary WWII Production USN Mark 2 "Ka-Bar" fighting knife with a leather scabbard. Overall length of this Mk2 is 12 inches, with a 7 inch clip-point blade. Of particular note is an original paper Union Cutlery Kabar “Care Card”.

The markings on the crossguard are as follows:


The opposite is marked:


The cross guard is slightly swept back, indicating later war production. It features original stacked leather washer grip, which is in good condition with no cracks or splitting. There is extensive wear and oxidation present throughout with signs of past pitting that has been cleaned by a previous owner. It has a 3/8" steel pommel with a rectangular tang, correct for circa 1944 manufacture. The handle, pommel, and cross guard are all mostly tight to the blade, with some oxidation on the cross guard due to moisture exposure.

The blade of this example is in good condition, with the original factory grind showing honest  use, and still showing a bright steel machined edge on most areas. The original finish is retained at almost 20%, with loss due to oxidation and wear. There are signs of sharpening and nicks in the blade.

The leather sheath is the standard type used with the Mark 2, and is in very good used condition. The leather has faded to a lovely chestnut brown, but it is still supple and without cracks, except on the securing strap. All of the stitching and staples are still intact, and it is structurally very sound. The securing strap is intact, and the snap is still functional, with a faded finish. There is a care card attached to the belt loop which was more than likely added for display purposes.

A very nice example of the hard to find USN-marked "KA-BAR" knife, in good condition. No knife collection is complete without an example of a "Ka-bar".

Blade Length: 7"
Blade Style: Clip-point "Bowie" Style
Overall length: 12“
Crossguard: 2 7/16”
Scabbard Length: 8" with Belt Loop

The Mk2 Knife was developed as an improvement over the Mk1 design, which had issues with blade snapping due to the thinner design. Working with Union Cutlery, USMC Colonel John M. Davis and Major Howard E. America contributed several important changes, including a longer, stronger blade, the introduction of a small fuller to lighten the blade, a peened pommel (later replaced by a pinned pommel), a straight (later, slightly curved) steel crossguard, and a stacked leather handle for better grip. The knife was officially known as the 1219C2, but it was commonly called the "Ka-Bar" after the trademark of Union Cutlery that was on the blades of early examples. The first production order went out to Camillus Cutlery Company, who produced the largest number of knives during WW2. The design was subsequently adopted by the Navy as the US Navy Utility Knife, Mark 2, and the USMC adopted it as the USMC ;Mark 2 Combat Knife, or simply the Knife, Fighting Utility.

In 1944, the US Navy put through a change order to have the markings moved from the blade to the cross guard, so this knife was produced after that change.

he originator of the KA-BAR trademark, Union Cutlery Co, began using the name in 1923, having received a letter from a fur trapper who had used the knife to kill a wounded bear which attacked him when his rifle jammed. According to company records, the letter was only partially legible; "ka bar" could be read, as fragments of the phrase "kill a bear". In 1923, the company adopted the name Ka-Bar from the "bear story" as its trademark. From 1923, the KA-BAR trademark was used as a ricasso stamp by Union Cutlery Co. on its line of automatic switchblade pocket knives, including the KA-BAR Grizzly, KA-BAR Baby Grizzly, and KA-BAR Model 6110 Lever Release knives. The company produced about 1 million knives with the trademark on the ricasso.

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