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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.

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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 the collectible.

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.


The value for WWII fighting knives and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $70.00 $70.00 $90.00 $100.00 $120.00 $140.00 $120.00 $100.00 $120.00 $130.00 $140.00 $150.00
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Jan 4th, 2017
The value of the Kabar knife has had its up and downs but it has remained fairly stable. The value of this knife is likely to continue going up over time.

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