I found some cards under the cushions which proves it's a commemorative. I was able to find a little information from searching; it looks close to the re-issued replicas from the mid 70s. Except it doesn't have Orlean NY under Ka-Bar rollmark on the blade. It seems there is collector interest, but I'm sure the rust detracts greatly.Nice knife. Why do you think it is a commemorative?
I have a Kabar with USMC markings and 200th Anniversary stuff engraved on it.
I feel bad that it has rust on it. My dad had been dead for 10 years, I forgot about this knife. I remember my moms basement flooding a few years ago with a pipe burst. I bet that was cause for the rust.Very nice glad you have it.
If it were me, I would leave it as is. Maybe a little Flitz and or WD40 to clean it up, but I think removing the original patina would be a mistake.I asked Ka-Bar if they'd be interested in removing the rust and reblueing the pommel and hilt. They gave 3 contacts who restores knives. If I can get the pommel and the hilt restored it'll look very prestine. The problem is can they unpin the pommel, disassemble and reassemble without obvious tampering? I can remove the bluing and rust myself without effecting the bluing on blade. Then apply a cold blue. No need to blend, since the blade is rust free.
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