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Good Morning Kevin,
My little upfront disclaimer : I am not a Ka-Bar connoisseur, nor do I claim to be any sort of expert on them. :)
I am curious if you are strictly looking for true Ka-Bars, or any of the other companies that produced Ka-Bars under the military contract during WWII?
To my knowledge, Union Cutlery, Camillus, PAL, and Shuredge all made Ka-bars as well. I have seen a MK I with 'colonial' under it, but I do not know anything about that company.
How old of a knife are you looking for? The earliest Ka-Bar design that I am aware of is the MK I, This was not completely adopted as a couple of the Marine battalions opted for a raider stilleto design instead. The MK 2 was introduced part way through the war to address some of the shortcomings that our servicemen had found with the MK I. All in all, the Ka-Bar was widely used as a fighter/utility knife and was issued to a huge number of servicemen. I would imagine that there is a pretty large supply pool to draw from, although the salt water did tend to rot out the leather disc handles...
After the war, a few other companies joined in the production... I would have to look them up, but I am pretty certain that Utica was one of them.
Per my understanding, the tanto style version was a fairly recent offering. But as I said, I am not a Ka-Bar expert.
Anyway, just wondering if you can provide a little more guidance on your collecting target(s).
Kevin,this is the knife that came to mind when reading your question: the 1292. Of course, it's a semi-stainless tool steel (D2) -- or 1095, I'm not entirely sure, the BladeHQ page says it's both (confusing page-editing issue on their end)...