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Ka-Bar Knives: History

For the full history of Ka-Bar knives you need to start way back in 1890 when Wallace and Emerson Brown started the Brown Bros. Manufacturing Company in Tidioute, PA.

The Browns’ later changed the name of their company to Union Cutlery Company and moved to a new facility in Olean, New York.

This is when the Brown brothers began working with Case Brothers and produced their first knife with the stamp Ka-Bar.

The Ka-Bar stamp is most famously associated with the iconic US Marine Corps 1219C2 combat knife. While the knife also was produced by Camillus, the Ka-Bar stamp is one of the most collected and used knives in the US.

Ka-Bar received a name change to Kabar Cutlery Company in 1951. Pre 1951 Ka-Bar knives are the most cherished by collectors.

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