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Interesting Ka-bar > model 2752

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by JD Spydo, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo

    Nov 20, 2004
    I just had a neighbor bring me a knife to sharpen ( yeah like that hasn't ever happened before :rolleyes: ). But I am always glad to help :)

    This is a Ka-bar model that I've never been familiar with in the past. It is model 2752. It is a fixed blade, double edge, dagger type knife that comes with a fairly nice factory leather sheath. What is so intriguing about this knife was it was terribly difficult to sharpen. It truly was comparable to Crucible's older 440V ( S-60V) that Spyderco used on some of their premium models. Of which I have cussed on at least 4 occasions :rolleyes: .

    I was close to cursing a couple of times during this nightmare of a sharpening job :eek: 2 Questions I have>> do any of you know what blade steel that Ka-bar used in this knife? Second do any of you have any idea what era that this blade was produced?

    Thanks ahead of time because I know that one of you if not 3 of you can tell me the scoop on this blade. JD
  2. JohnnyMayhem


    Aug 6, 2006
    How big is it, and what are the handle scales like?

    I have the next in the model number the 2751 boot knife that has the cracked ice scales on it. (actually I have two, one I found at an antique store, another one a friend gave me)

    got any pictures?
  3. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo

    Nov 20, 2004
    This model 2752 has a 5 inch blade and it looks to have a die-casted aluminum handle. This appears to be a high grade boot knife as well. Wow that's funny that you would have the next model to it :)

    It says Ka-Bar, Cleveland Ohio, 2752 on one side it says "stainless Japan" on the other. IT truly appears to be a quality made blade. My neighbor that someone in his family that just got out of the Military gave it to him.

    The sheath is black leather and has the Ka-Bar logo on it. I has a crome belt holder on it. But it appears to also be a boot knife of some sort. I am truly intrigued with the blade steel. I have had many Ka-bars over the years but none I've have had blade steel comparable to this.
  4. JohnnyMayhem


    Aug 6, 2006
    funny you mention the sheath, I'm not much for being a boot knife type of person, but the thing that I like about it is where the snap is on there, there is a little piece of stainless steel under the tab that makes it stick straight up, so you can easily flick it open with your thumb or forefinger to easily get it out of the sheath.

    If all else fails, I wonder if you could e-mail the guys at Kabar for more info on it.
  5. fudo


    Aug 27, 1999
    JD- do you have a picture?
  6. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo

    Nov 20, 2004
    I am now learning my digital camera to where I am just now taking decent Ebay pictures. I need to learn to do that pretty quickly. I will talk to a friend tomorrow and see if he can give me pointers on how to put pictures up here on BF. I'm sure some of my knives would trade and sell better.

    It would seem like there ought to be a picture of one on the web somewhere. I met some guys at the Atlanta BLADE show last summer that were members of the Ka-Bar Collector's Club. I just wonder what their website might be?
  7. Cougar Allen

    Cougar Allen Buccaneer (ret.) Platinum Member

    Oct 9, 1998
    Take pictures and post them in The Bernard Levine Knife Collecting and Identification Forum. There wouldn't be much point in moving this thread without any pictures; just start a new thread in that forum. :)
  8. freakflag


    Nov 14, 2006
    I own one of these...fantastic knife. No idea one the blade material though. I'll snap a pic and post it as soon as I get a chance.
  9. Static_USMC


    Nov 16, 2006
    Searching for info on this knife is how I came accross bladeforums. I bought mine at a ACE hardware in Quincy. ILL back in Dec 82 or 83. I paid about $12. It has been a great blade. I will try to get some pics of mine posted later tonight.

    btw: Ka-bar doesn't have any info on it. They were my first stop.
  10. Static_USMC


    Nov 16, 2006
  11. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo

    Nov 20, 2004
    Hey thanks "Static USMC" that be the one. It looks almost like a photocopy of the one I got. Now tell me the truth :D Isn't that some of the meanest blade steel you've ever sharpened. It is so similar to Spyderco's 440V which I still think is the worst I've ever sharpened. 440V has so much abrasion resistance that it is literally aggravating to sharpen. Boy does it hold an edge though>> however it's brother S-30V holds an edge just as good and it isn't as hard to sharpen.

    Hey guy thanks for getting that picture of the Ka-Bar model 2752. I couldn't get any info from Ka-bar either. I guess the company has changed hands so many times that they propably know very little about their history :(

    I like that double edged boot knife. It is a great blade. I can't hardly believe it's that old though. But I'm sure you got your dates right. Ka-bar used to be a great company. But I don't know what they are like at this present time. JD
  12. Static_USMC


    Nov 16, 2006
    If I would have known what I know know back when I got it at 13 yrs old. I would have bought everyone they had in the store. My dad was so pissed off at me for spending my X-Mas cash on a boot knife :)
    Who ever made it under KaBar's name or what ever, they did a great job. It has served me and our country well. I've had thoughts about getting it bead blasted and refinished sometime? It's been retired for quite awhile now, been replaced with newer technology. (I don't wear boots that often anymore)

  13. mrbstard


    Jun 2, 2007
    hey guys, i stumbled across this site whilst trying to find out a little something about one of my knives, yes you've guessed it a Ka-bar 2752.i've had this knife since i was about 15,i bought it from a friend and it's been with me ever since,it survived everything i ever threw at it and everything i ever threw IT at.it's served me well and saved my a## on more than one occasion. lots of guy's in my old regiment wanted to get one but i couldn't tell them where to buy one as i've never seen another.i've had plenty of offers but i can't bring myself to part with it.anyway i should really get to the point,does anybody know if this knife was ever officially exported to the UK?? or did mine somehow manage to swim all the way over to me, and finally what the friar tuck is that blade made from??? it's like trying to sharpen a bloody diamond!!.anyway any info you chaps can offer would be greatly appreciated.
  14. JD Spydo

    JD Spydo

    Nov 20, 2004
    Wow! that blows my mind :eek: This was a thread that I had going back around Thanksgiving of last year :) But Brother I'm glad you pulled it up because I'm telling you I was impressed with that fixed blade Ka-bar model 2752. I am still blown away by how good the steel was in that knife. I remember it oh so well. It was comparable to sharpening a Spyderco with 440V blade steel.

    Brother I highly advise you to keep that Ka-bar 2752. If I ever find one at a surplus store or on Ebay for a reasonable price I am sure gonna jump on it. I have to believe that they made that knife as a special edition/sprint run for military guys because I've had Ka-bar knives over the years but I had never had any Ka-bar that had blade steel that good from any previous model I've had. And I had quite a few of them in my teenage years and in my early 20s. Great old fixed blade knife for sure. I even liked the sheath on it too. :thumbup:
  15. jeepjon


    Aug 8, 2007
    Sorry to dredge up an old thread, especially with my first post. I had contacted KaBar a long time ago about my 2752 that I owned. Basically they told me it was produced in the early 80's. (I think it stopped being produced in 1985.) They said it was nicknamed the "Black Ghost"...made in Cleveland. Valued at around $60-65 average condition now. I don't know who it was at Ka-Bar that knew the knife, but they helped me out a bit.
  16. texasboy


    May 23, 2007
    ebay canada has one for $47.95. It's alot like a Gerber boot knife I have.
  17. JTelford


    Oct 28, 2007
    I'm brand new and know this is an older discussion but I just bought, on Ebay, a 2752 for 49.95 - Sounds like I got an okay deal.
  18. JTelford


    Oct 28, 2007
    Does anyone know the history or value of this particular model? I cannot find anything about it on the web?
  19. swordmikey


    Nov 28, 2005
    i have one of these too, i actually found mine buried in some mud on a river bank near where i live, i have no idea what the knife looked like originally,there was no paint or covering on the handle and the sheath was so rotted out it pretty much disintegrated when i picked it up, i took it home and cleaned it up and have used it ever since, that was in 97, and who knows how long its was in the mud for, but there was not a speck of rust or anything on the knife it was just gunked up, i just know that like what you all said its a real pain to sharpen, im thinking of bead blasting it and duracoating it, i have a sheath for it but the clip snapped off on it, any recommendations for a good sheath that would fit it?

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    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014
  20. Jake Bauer

    Jake Bauer

    Sep 19, 2007
    ALternate links for the photos? I cant see them

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