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    WWII KABAR? Help please!

    Is this a WWII KABAR? I picked it up at an antique mall for like 60 bucks. The only reason I ask is because the guard is much different from any I have seen online. Here are some pics and the butt does not screw off.

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    It's a Mark 1 as opposed to the Mark 2 which is the one most commonly associated with the name.

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    Looks like a standard type Mk 1 to me too...
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    Thanks for the reply guys! Is the smaller guard a modification or is that how it was produced?

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    That's how it's produced. There isn't much information on the Mark I on the net but there are plenty of photos, mostly of current production versions. Yours has the look to be an original WWII piece and $60 isn't a bad price for one. That's low end for those I've encountered and some of them were in a lot worse shape.

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    If you didn't get the scabbard that is too high, especially in that condition.

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    Agreed. That's a lot to pay.
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    I did get the scabbard. Overall, I am very happy with this piece. Best thing is, now I get to look for an MK2.

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    Mk 2 is easy. Every second man here has one. I have one with a fiber case myself. I'm sure there can be one found on the sale forum.
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    I got one at a yard sale about three years ago. Very late in the day. My wife wanted to stop at a yard sale because her friend lived there. So while she's talking I walked over to another yard sale nearby and there was a note on the table. "WWII US Navy knife, ask to see" I figured it was long gone but asked. The guy brings out a nice USN Kabar in the sheath and I figure the reason it's still here is the price. I asked how much and he said $20. Told me he knew it was worth more but he was afraid someone was going to cut themselves and he wanted it to go somewhere where it would be appreciated.

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