Dog Head Swing Guards

The KA-BAR brand originated as a trademark of the Tidioute Cutlery Company. Tidioute was later taken over & renamed the Union Cutlery Company which continued making the brand until Union eventually adopted it as the company name in 1952. Cutco Corporation later acquired the company in 1996.
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Dog Head Swing Guards

Post by Jethro Bodine » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:43 pm

edited for clarity

I know Union patent dates the pattern as early as the 20's. But when did the dog heads first come about?

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Re: Dog Head Swing Guards

Post by btrwtr » Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:07 pm

The Union Cut Co. catalog reprint I have dated c. 1925 does show the large 6191 LG pattern ( like the Case 6151 frame large 5 1/4" closed) with the swing guard and Dog's Head shield.

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Re: Dog Head Swing Guards

Post by Jethro Bodine » Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:29 pm

Sure does Wayne! Thanks a bunch. I was clueless about when that shield first appeared. Was trying to correctly date one a co- worker had asked my advice about. Those Kabar stamps leave me guessing sometimes. ::dang::

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Re: Dog Head Swing Guards

Post by btrwtr » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:14 pm

KA-BAR stamps have always confused me. I think it's easier to tell the age by the knife than it is the stamp. I know there are some KA-BAR experts around here. Maybe well get a more definite answer.

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