I finally talked the old man into giving me his "beloved" KA-BAR that's been sitting in the bottom of a foot locker for 40 odd years. I know it was his issue piece in Nam' and it's a Conetta but beyond that I've got nuthin. He's always been under the impression it holds some value. Other than the stamp on the blade there's nothing else. The original sheath is in decent condition for its age. Anyone have any ideas?
The Conetta made knives are easy to describe and remember as that firm only made one type. The only stamping Conetta used was U.S. / Conetta as described in the specifications. All the knives are Ox-Blood and have an Ox-Blood scabbard mated with them. Conetta did not make the scabbards so the knife was mated with an A.E. Burgess Leather scabbard.
I have my fathers Ka-Bar that he carried during the Korean War. He and the knife went there twice and came home together(served 7 months 50-51 and then 8 months before cease fire signed in 53, SGT. 1st Marines 7th reg.). It's priceless to me and will go to my son 1 day.
The only markings on it are USMC on 1 side and Camillus ,N.Y. on the other. The sheath has degraded where it can't be used for carry, but i store it in it's old home.
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