Buck knife tang stamp dating
Some of the more prominent tang stamps are listed below.
Prominent KA-BAR Tang Stamps Since 1898 John Jay KA-BAR KA-BAR, Olean N.
The two-digit code is the year in the current century the product was made.
A knife code of 17/RC was made in 2017, whereas a code of 07/RC was made in 2007.
I am not positive if there are "some" knives out there with the original marks for those 2 years, but it is possible.
I would like to get one,but would rather have one made in the USA,althought I have seen a china made and it looked decent,does anyone have a list as to when and what models are still being produced in the USA??
If your knife has a two-digit code, such as 17/RC, determining the year of manufacture is simple.
There are an estimate 200 KA-BAR tang stamps used since 1898.
However, only a fraction of those are known today and even fewer used on a regular basis. Kabar (Pattern Number Underneath), USA Keenwell Olcut Union Cutlery Co., Tidioute, Pa Union Cut.
To help our collectors identify the various patterns, we developed a unique numbering system. You can find the Case knife pattern number stamped on the tang of your knife’s blade.
This number tells you exactly what kind of knife you have.
Search for buck knife tang stamp dating:
circa 1908 - 1921STA-SHARP circa 1927 - 1941CRAFTSMAN copyrighted 1928Even though he stated 1928 as a start date for Craftsman, Goins dates the CRAFTSMAN tang stamps as 1941 to present (1998, time of publication).