Interesting KA-BAR knives facts:

  • KA-BAR has its origins in Tidioute, PA where Wallace Brown begins the Union Razor Co in 1898.
  • Wallace Brown was a relative of the Case family (mother Emma Case).
  • The name is changed to Union Cutlery Co in 1909.
  • The factory is moved to Olean, NY in 1911 due to the attractive tax incentives.
  • An Alaskan hunter is able to save his own life from an attacking bear by using a Union Cutlery Co hunting knife.  After killing (KA) the bear (BAR), the hunter sent the bear skin to the Wallace Brown and the brand KA-BAR was born.
  • KA-BAR is first used on knives in 1923.
  • Many fixed blade fighting / hunting knives during WWII and gains additional popularity and name recognition.
  • The Union Cutlery Co name is dropped and officially changes its name to KA-BAR in 1952.
  • Early knives (pre-WWII) bearing “dogs-head” shields are especially prized by collectors today.  These knives are especially sought after by collectors today.

The KA-BAR story - Documentary

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KA-BAR FOLDING KNIFE BONE HANDLE REMARKABLE VINTAGE CONDITION OLEAN, N.Y. USA

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Kabar Orlean, NY 2 Blade Stag Gunstock Knife

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Vintage KABAR Large Hunter Pocket Knife No.1184

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KABAR OLEAN NY USA 1977 STAG DOG HEAD FOLDING HUNTER UNUSED

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Kabar USA Old Timers Trapper Knife

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KA-BAR 1189 Lockback Vintage Pocket Knife

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Vintage KA-BAR Kabar 2 Blade Pocket Knife.

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Vintage KA-BAR Half Whittler Pocket Knife/ Kabar/ USA Made

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Ka-Bar Rigging Knife

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Kabar USA 1063 Delrin Muskrat Knife

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RARE VINTAGE UNION CUTLERY 2-BLADED HOBO KNIFE FORK Combo - 1907 - PRE KA-BAR

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BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE KABAR 1059 TWO BLADE POCKET KNIFE

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OLDER KABAR USA STAG JACK GUNSTOCK KNIFE 1191 UNUSED

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UNION CUT CO OLEAN WHITTLER KNIFE 3 1/2”

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EARLY KA-BAR UNION CUT CO OLEAN DOGS HEAD FOLDING HUNTER KNIFE

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KA-BAR Fixed Blade Knives

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USMC Kabar Fix Blade Fighting Knife W/Sheath

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Vintage Ka-Bar 1237 Hunting/Skinning knife USA made with sheath - NOS

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Vintage KA-BAR USA OLEAN, N.Y. Fighting Knife Never Used with leather sheath

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VINTAGE HUNTING KNIFE KA-BAR UNION CUTLERY CO BLADE 3 3/8"

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MILITARY KABAR UNION CUTLERY JIGGED BONE HANDLE KNIFE W/ SHEATH SKULL CROSS BONE

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1950's~KABAR~VINTAGE HUNTING KNIFE w/ORIGINAL LEATHER SHEATH~

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Vietnam era Ka-Bar 1207 Sheath Knife Bowie Fighting Hunting

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old KA-BAR Union Cutlery Co. sheath knife

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VINTAGE KABAR FIXED BLADE RIFLE KNIFE BONE HANDLE

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1974 Vintage Kabar Fixed Blade Knife

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KA- Bar USMC Knife

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