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Old 01-05-2011, 05:56 PM
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I have a WWII KABAR with the handle leather missing. The steel looks good and I would like to repair the knife. Anyone done this and have some advice on how to go about it.

The butt cap looks like it may have been pressed or heated into place. Can I heat the butt cap to get it off? and on?

I have some good heavy leather I could cut washers out of and I think I could shape the handle with a belt sander. Would neats foot oil be the best finish for the leather?
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Looking at my Ka-bar, the butt-cap is pressed on, compressing the
leather washers, and then pinned in place with a single pin through
one side of the cap that has to go at least through the tang.

If I was making an amateur attempt to repair it, I would start by
drilling out that pin on a drill press. I'm not sure how I would
compress the new washers and get the butt-cap back on
so it could be staked with a new pin. Some sort of a press or
screw clamp, and a home-made jig would probably be needed.
I suspect that it's compressed with a fair amount of force at the factory.

The pin through the butt-cap is fairly obvious on mine. If you don't
see about a 1/8" diameter pin on yours somewhere on the side of the
cap, maybe yours screws on on instead. Some models were made
that way.

If I was concerned about the knife from a a historical or
sentimental value, I might be inclined to look around for
a professional to tackle the job.


Found another forum that covered the topic:

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthre...er-knife-grips
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Thanks Varmit

The knife has no special meaning for me. Think I got it years ago out of a junk box for a couple of dollars and I would just like to make it useable. Need to go back and look for that pin. I did not see it before.
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When you say leather, do just mean the wooden handle, or do some actually have a leather coating?
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I was hoping this was a how to with explaination and video. I would have been impressed.
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When you say leather, do just mean the wooden handle, or do some actually have a leather coating?
Most standard kabars have stacked leather handles, though at first glance it looks like wood.
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I'd do some Google searches for knife handle making...

http://www.knivesby.com/handles.html

http://www.knife-making-supplies.net...fe-handle.html
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Some additional info.

A source for leather washers with a pre-cut slot in the center ($0.25 each):
http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/produc...0c9ae27b4dc3ff

Another forum where someone replaced the stock handle on a Cold Steel
Trailmaster with a leather handle:
http://www.britishblades.com/forums/...6K-Warning!%29

(The "Warning" in the link is in reference to part of the title of the discussion
thread "...56K-Warning". It's kind of pic-heavy, so a little slow to load if
you're on a dial-up 56K connection.)
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The mans name is Jay Maines and he does exceptional work at a very reasonable price.
Right hand side of the page under the heading repair/conversion.
http://www.sunrisecustomknives.com
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I wonder if you sent it back to Kabar whst they would do. i wouldnt be surprised if they replaced the handle and cleaned everything up for you for a small fee, possibly even just having you pay for shipping and handling and thats it. Wont hurt calling them up and asking.
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[QUOTE=Risky;2266653]Most standard kabars have stacked leather handles, though at first glance it looks like wood.[/QUOTE
so the leather is hard like wood? Mine sure feels like wood, but maybe not.
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Contact Ka-bar?
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[quote=mKosel;2269027]
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Most standard kabars have stacked leather handles, though at first glance it looks like wood.[/QUOTE
so the leather is hard like wood? Mine sure feels like wood, but maybe not.
Yes its leather. The reason its so hard is because they impregnate it with epoxy resin. This makes the leather resilient to damage and deterioration due to moisture.
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