Dirty old Ka-Bar

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Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby Candyman » Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:33 pm

Stopped off at the pawn shop the other day and saw this old USMC Ka-Bar sitting on the shelf.
The guy said he had bought it from an old lady. Before I even made an offer for the knife the guy said I could have it for $15.
Boy did I have to think long and hard on that one. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby 308Mike » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:46 pm

Good deal!! The blade doesn't appear to be very worn. What are you going to use it for? They can take a lot of abuse and are decent for playing mumbletypeg or "stretch".
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Re: Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby Steamforger » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:58 pm

The blade looks like an acid etched blade at this point. I really like how they wear. Good score.

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Re: Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby Candyman » Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:38 am

I'm cleaning it up, just removing the rust, and wax treating the leather stack handle.
Then it will have a place next to the my other Ka-Bars.
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Re: Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby Darrell » Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:09 am

That is too cool, Candyman. I wonder what kind of stories it could tell.

The blade looks stained as much as rusted. How would you get that off? Or would you leave it as character?
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Re: Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby Greg » Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:33 pm

Darrell wrote:That is too cool, Candyman. I wonder what kind of stories it could tell.

The blade looks stained as much as rusted. How would you get that off? Or would you leave it as character?


Looks like ordinary carbon steel patina to me. No need to get rid of it, and IMO you don't want to. The knife earned it and deserves it. It's character, speaks of experience.
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Re: Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby Aglifter » Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:31 pm

I've had good luck forcing a patina with 1 part apple cider vinegar to 2 parts 9% white vinegar, brought to a simmer.

(Carbon steel will flavor food w.o. a patina - still can, even w. a patina, but it helps.)
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Re: Dirty old Ka-Bar

Postby Candyman » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:12 pm

Well the cleanup is done.
One thing that didn't show up in the pics was how dry the leather handel was. I Used an old methed of melting wax into the handel to waterproof it. I only lightly cleaned the metal because, I wanted to leave the patina on it.
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