Kabar Kamper

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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Kabar Kamper

Postby steve99f » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:25 am

I fished this out of the 'bay today and have attached a seller's picture. You can see the blade etch, the checking on the handle looks well cut and fairly sharp yet. The stamps apparently show Union Cutlery on both sides. Does this stamp indicate a pre Kabar knife? See sellers picture. Looking forward to getting this in hand. I know the sheath has seen better days but is it likely to original to the knife?
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Re: Kabar Kamper

Postby doglegg » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:34 am

Looks like you scored a keeper there Steve99f ::tu::

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Re: Kabar Kamper

Postby steve99f » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:52 am

Thanks doglegg, can't wait to get it in hand.
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Re: Kabar Kamper

Postby Gunsil » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:06 am

Nice one Steve, I had my eye on it but I have several already. I believe it is pre 1923, I have them with the Union, Olcut, and KA-BAR stamps and they all have KAMPER marked sheaths. I also have a couple marked with retailer names on the ricasso. Going to Allentown next weekend?

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Re: Kabar Kamper

Postby steve99f » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:16 am

I have my dollar discount coupon ready to go Gene. Will be there Saturday morning if the weather doesn't go silly. I saw one like this posted in this forum marked OlCutt in another thread.
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Re: Kabar Kamper

Postby steve99f » Wed May 08, 2019 12:51 am

While at the Lewisburg show, Gene and I talked about the handle material of the Kamper model. I thought it was a wood, like ebony or cocobolo. Gene didn't think so. Just so happened that another dealer had one with a damaged handle, a piece had been knocked off. The handle is hollow and so a molded product, probably bakelite, which was in wide use then. Just for the record.
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