Dating kabar knives
There are no marking on the there side of the blade.The sheath is aged and has a dark brown patina to it, but it is brown for sure (not black).I have posted a couple of pictures of what the knife looks like and can send more if you need to see more.The knife is not marked USN or USMC, it is only marked US as you can see in the pictures.As such, without clearer close up photos taken under natural light (preferably indirect and direct sunlight), I see no reason to discount the fact the knife was owned by a WWII vet.It may have been manufactured before 1962 or between 19 as suggested by Gary. Gary, I am curious learn how you can ID the knife as being made after 1962. My old eyes cannot tell if the handle is 'oxblood' colored or not (or the color of the scabbard for that matter).I will try to get a couple of pictures taken in daylight and post them as soon as I can.So not every one agrees on the age but everyone agrees that it is military....correct?
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.
Based on the markings and photographs, I would agree with Gary's assessment as to the production timeframe.
Also, I'm pretty sure that the pommel would be pinned as opposed to peened.
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.
I was told that it came from a WW2 Vet but that was the story and it may or may not be true.