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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I bought the lot of two sheaths just now off eBay mostly for the older Case Folding Hunter sheath, which I needed to go with the 6265 I inherited from my great-uncle some years back (because the "Job Case" one sold today supposedly for Folding Hunters is junk; doesn't really fit the 65 pattern, and is UGLY!). But just as important was this Marine Mate sheath. I didn't even know this existed (but I am aware of the pliers in the set) but I've seen two versions, all with this sheath and a Kabar-branded version of the Duluth Handiman/Handyboy tool (I have the Duluth version, a DH-16 model, but can't locate it at present); and from what I've seen either a two blade Fisherman's Toothpick or a rigging knife.
Could someone give me some info on the years they made this set, and what was in them? I plan to try to build a complete set, but I know trying to find a Kabar "Handiman" is nigh impossible; so guess my Duluth might be the filler until then.
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email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I can send you a PDF of a 70's Kabar catalog that shows all of the Marine Mate sets.