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Kong: Skull Island Ka Bar

Discussion in 'KA-BAR Knives' started by Rupestris, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    I went to see Kong over the weekend. One of the characters, Chapman, sticks his Ka-Bar in a tree, hangs his gear on it and the camera kinda stops on it to show a letter or something sentimental.

    The movie was to take place in 1973 but his Ka-Bar was a partially serrated, 7" coated version with the modern three-small-one-large-three small serrations.

    I know hollywood can't get every detail correct but it got me curious as to just how far they were off (if they were off). When did Ka-Bar introduce the partially serrated Fighting Knife?
  2. zzyzzogeton

    zzyzzogeton Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 2013
    Pretty far off.

    Kabar started re-making the model 1217 (WW2 1219C2) in 1979.

    The serrated edges came out in 1997.

    Edited to fix the dates.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  3. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006

    Figured as much but nothing surprises me anymore. I left it open with the "if" so someone can chime in with a rare 1960's one-off partially serrated, never-before-seen version that their great uncle's friend made while working there:p.

    I know that style of serration didn't come about until the 80's. I wasn't sure if they ever used a different style.
  4. Noswad0208


    Sep 8, 2014
    I noticed that too. Pretty good movie all together though, the 3D was fantastic. Did you stay for the after credits scene?
  5. Bladite

    Bladite ǝɹnsıǝן ɟo uɐɯǝןʇuǝb Moderator

    Feb 28, 2003
    everyone knows that real operators serrated their knives by hand with the bones of their enemies :D
  6. Rupestris

    Rupestris Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 1, 2006
    No, I missed it but caught it later when someone pointed me to the youtube video. I figured it out early in the movie when "Monarch" was mentioned that they'd tie it to the 2014 Godzilla.:thumbup:

    There is another scene where one of the soldiers unsheaths a large bowie but it didn't get enough camera time to ID it. The variety of weapons in the movie was great but there were some glaring mistakes. The serrated KaBar wasn't the worst of it.

    Samuel Jacksons 1911 was missing a barrel bushing, and the scope on his M14 disappeared at some point in the movie. Just about everyone carried a different caliber/chambering and I don't think the US Army used Sea Stallions in 73. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's a Navy chopper.:p
  7. Boss1911

    Boss1911 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 14, 2016
    "Samuel Jacksons 1911 was missing a barrel bushing" Sorry, but It's not a 1911, its a Colt 1902 , kind of the 1911's Grand Dad...

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