Beautiful Display

“I received my display, and I’m very happy with it. It is beautiful. It matches my shelves I built, exactly. Couldn’t be more pleased with the look. I will be ordering the USN Seabee KA-BAR knife in the very near future. I appreciate your prompt service, also.”

W Steve

Highly Recommended!

Kudos!!! I recently purchased an Engraved Army K-bar knife. Delivery is off the chart fast which was totally unexpected. I was somewhat skeptical about the quality of the merchandise because of the fast delivery. To my amazement, the products (knife, plaque and engraving) is of very high quality. Unique gift for a well deserved veteran. He will love it!!!!

Highly recommended!!!!!

Thanks,

Dwayne G.

“You made two men VERY happy”

“So, I purchased a KaBar knife for my nephew to celebrate his graduation from USMC basic training. It was absolutely perfect. My husbands words were “this is something he’ll treasure for the rest of his life…” Several times, I caught him taking it out of the box and just looking at it… The look on my nephew’s face when he opened it was priceless; he loved it….

Got my husband’s knife today, and I can’t wait to give it to him tomorrow for his birthday…

Just want to thank you, you made two men VERY happy, and this wife and aunt to these men is thrilled to be able to give them such amazing gifts… Thanks again!”

-Wendy

Military KA-BAR Knife Time Line

December 1911
A new Union Cutlery Company is registered in Olean, New York, creating two Union Cutlery Company incorporations: the original in Tidioute, Pennsylvania and the new one in Olean, New York. Once the Olean facility is operating successfully, the Tidioute, Pennsylvania plant is closed down.

1800 – 1899: The Cutlery Industry Takes Root in America

c1800
The U.S. cutlery industry begins in New England when a group of cutlers from England’s Sheffield Cutlery Industry ban together.

April 29, 1897
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a group of 38 men form a Limited Partnership, known as Tidioute Cutlery Company, to manufacture and sell cutlery. The formation is now widely considered to be the beginnings of KA-BAR Knives, Inc.

1898
First sales of cutlery marks the beginning of KA-BAR as it is today

1900 – 1919: Union Cutlery Company is Formed

1902
Mr. Wallace R. Brown purchases the assets of the Tidioute Cutlery Company, and applies to the Governor of Pennsylvania to form a corporation, the Union Razor Company (later changed to Union Cutlery Company in 1909), for the purpose of manufacturing and selling cutlery.

1920 – 1944: The Birth of KA-BAR as a Brand

1920’s
During this period, trademarks like OLCUT, KEENWELL, and KA-BAR are adopted and
embellished on the knives.

c 1942
Soon after the start of World War II, the Union Cutlery Company submits a KA-BAR branded knife to the U.S. Marine Corps for issue to fighting personnel.

1942
The Marine Corps accepts a reworked design of the submitted knife and begins using it as their standard issue fighting/utility knife.

1945 – 1974: The Making of Our Most Famous Knife – The USMC KA-BAR

1952
Due to the role of the KA-BAR branded USMC knife in the War, the directors of the company decide to change the corporate name to KA-BAR Cutlery, Inc.

1960’s
KA-BAR is sold by the Brown family and subsequently goes through a series of ownership changes ultimately being sold in 1966 to Cole National Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio.

1975 – Today: KA-BAR Thrives with Collectible Knives and Improved Distribution

May 1996
The KA-BAR product line and assets are sold to Alcas Corporation of Olean, New York.

Late 1997
KA-BAR Knives, Inc. dramatically enhances its national product distribution with the addition of five manufacturing representative firms whose territory spans the entire United States.

1998
KA-BAR celebrates its 100th year in the knife-making business.

2003
KA-BAR moves to its current location, 200 Homer Street, Olean, NY.

History of the KA-BAR Fighting Knife

The owner of the KA-BAR trademark, the Union Cutlery Co. of Olean, New York, began using the name on its knives and in its advertising in 1923 after receiving a testimonial letter from a fur trapper, who used the knife to kill a wounded bear that attacked him after his rifle jammed. According to company records, the letter was only partially legible, with “ka bar” readable as fragments of the phrase “kill a bear”. In 1923, the company adopted the name KA-BAR from the “bear story” as their trademark. Beginning in 1923, the KA-BAR trademark was used as a ricasso stamp by Union Cutlery Co. on its line of automatic switchblade pocket knives, including the KA-BAR Grizzly, KA-BAR Baby Grizzly, and KA-BAR Model 6110 Lever Release knives.

Erickson, Mark, Antique American Switchblades, Chapter 22: KA-BAR, a trademark of Union Cutlery Co., Olean, NY, Krause Publications, ISBN 0-87349-753-8 (2004)

On December 9, 1942, after the start of World War II, KA-BAR submitted a knife to the United States Marine Corps in hopes that it would become general issue to that branch of the military. Working with the Marine Quartermaster Department the original design was revised and production began of an improved fighting and utility knife for the Marines.

As the War escalated, the USMC KA-BAR knives became so well recognized for their quality
and so abundant in number that “Kabar” became the name by which many referred to this  knife pattern, regardless of whether the knife was manufactured at the actual KA-BAR facility.The USMC KA-BAR was adopted by not only the Marines, but also the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Underwater Demolition Teams. Years after World War II, many KA-BAR knives were unofficially reactivated in the Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraqi Freedom conflicts. Today, the original USMC Fighting and Utility Knife remains the first choice for many men and women of service who carry it as their personal knife option. It is also a favorite of adventurers, survivalists, outdoor sportsmen and, of course, knife collectors who know that this knife deserves a place in their collection.

Five-Star Customer Service

“I would like to say thank you, so very much, for the prompt service, the email updates, the tracking information… It’s been five-star customer service since my order was placed. The Ka-Bar I ordered as a graduation present for my boyfriend just arrived today, and I seriously couldn’t be any happier with the final result. You did a fantastic job! I cannot wait until he gets to come home and I can give it to him. I know he’s absolutely going to love it! I will definitely be showing it off until then, and I’m sure he will do the same once he gets it. I will recommend you to all!”

-Kelly

Commemorative Coin and KA-BAR Display

Bufs.com is proud to offer a new stand-up KA-BAR display that also allows you to proudly represent your military or civilian challenge coins. These handcrafted displays complete any military or professional desk by showing your commemorative custom engraved KA-BAR as well as your challenge coins. The display is made from sturdy oak and sits flat on any desk, tabletop or shelf.

The oak display features a routed groove on the bottom where you can stand your coins up to be displayed proudly. The groove is deep enough where you should not have to worry about the coins falling out, but wide enough to hold them at a slight angle to allow for maximum visibility.

Buy Your KA-BAR & Coin Display
(does not include knife or coins)

This is not a wall mounted display. If you are interested in a KA-BAR only wall mounted display, please click here.

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What are Challenge Coins?

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization.

Custom Engraving and Display Case

“Good morning, I recently purchased a KA-BAR display case for my nephew, who has just returned stateside. I just wanted to thank you for the prompt service and overall quality of all the pieces,  engraving and case. My father passed this K-Bar to me and I think he would be very proud of having it passed to his grandson in your case. I don’t normally reply like this , but I do like to give praise when I feel that someone has gone above and beyond, the expected service rendered. So that said; “Thank you” I was VERY pleased with with my purchase.”

– Robert A.