This is a KaBar fighting knife. As issued during WWII. The pommel consists of a metal ring. The handle is made
of leather and has a series of trenches cut at intervals. This feature improves the gripping ability. The
crossguards are straight and in the shape of an oval.
The blade is of Bowie type with heavy duty construction, a large blood groove that runs across the top. The
tip points upwardly. One side of the blade is marked USMC while the other is marked KA-BAR.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for military fighting knives.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out
clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my fighting knife worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the knives is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The scabbard shown here appears to have been field repaired. It is of leather construction, which is correct for the
knife. The shape is also correct. However, it appears that it has been patched up.
This edge weapon is currently being reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other fighting knives, you can do so by going to our
Military Fighting Knives Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force, USMC and other organizations.