WWII USMC Kabar Knife -
The legendary Ka bar fighting knife was issued to US Marines during WWII. This knife was rugged and was used heavily during the island hoping campaigns in the Pacific. The handle was made of leather rings and was capped
with a circular metal round piece.
The sample shown here is in exceptional shape. The blade has not been sharpened. This condition is
hard to find because these fighting knives were produced as utility tools.
The scabbard is made of brown leather. Rivets and heavy duty white cotton stitching are placed on
the perimeter of the scabbard to increase its strngth and ensure durability under heavy use.
In some cases, as shown here, the owner's name was placed on the scabbard. This practice is more
common among US Marine Corps units.
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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This photo provides a closer look at how the name of the soldier is added to the scabbard. In this
case it is black ink stamped.
The initials USMC (United States Marine Corps) have been stamped to one side of the blade. Clearly
indicating the branch to which the fighting knife was issued.
The manufacturing brand has been stamped on the side of the throat. The PAL company manufactured
many of the top quality fighting knives and bayonets of WWII.
The collectability of these fighting knives has increased over the last few years. Like any
other collectible, the deep recession of 2008/2009 has taken some effect on its value. Further
discussion on the worth of the fighting knife is discussed at the bottom of the page.
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.