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Colonial Knife Mark 1 Navy Survival Knife


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  • Overall length 7 3/4"
  • Blade length 5 1/8"
  • Blade thickness .125
  • Weight 4 oz.
  • 1075 high carbon steel blade, hardness Rockwell 58-60 C with black oxide finish
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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number MARK1
Item Weight9.6 ounces
Product Dimensions12.3 x 2.8 x 2.4 inches
Item model numberMark 1
Size2
Colorblack oxide
Item Package Quantity1
Blade EdgePlain
Warranty Descriptionlife time
  
Additional Information
ASINB003U6Z77W
Best Sellers Rank #258,013 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.6 ounces
Date First AvailableJuly 13, 2010
  
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Product Description

Product Description

Overall length 7 3/4". Blade length 5 1/8". Blade thickness .125. Weight 4 oz.. 1075 high carbon steel blade, hardness Rockwell 58-60 C with black oxide finish

From the Manufacturer

From 1941 to 1945 American sailors fighting the axis powers needed a knife that was versatile,durable and dependable. The Colonial Mark 1 navy deck knife met and exceeded those requirements. An authentic piece of military history, the Colonial Mark 1 is manufactured to the same specifications as the original Colonial Mark 1 as established by the Navy Department during world war II. Leather sheath and leg lanyard included,

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alan Karl Church on September 24, 2010
Compared to the one original I've handled, the reissue has the "Colonial" and "USN" markings moved to opposite sides of the blade. The reissue sheath is better made out of more substantial leather. And the grind is a little steeper.

It could fool someone who wasn't paying attention.

Finish is apparently hot bluing. Blade stock is approx 1/8". With the exception of a dubbed tip, possibly caught in a polishing wheel, finish was really good for the price range. Blade flats are well polished, and the bevels show strong craftsmanly grind lines.

Edge out of the box was dull, but the bevel was pretty well done, so a few minutes with a Lansky sharpener and a leather strop had it shaving sharp. The exception was that dubbed tip with flat spot and very dull point, and that took some doing to work out-how did QC not catch THIS? Once the edge was established and a tip either restored or created, edgeholding has been good. Old school American carbon steel run decently hard.

Obviously, I'm not a collector. I use my knives. This one, with its minimal guard, thin blade, and useful clip point shape (once a point was restored) is a pleasure to use. The steep saber grind looks troublesome, but with the thin stock, it's actually very usable. It whittles feathersticks for fire tinder quite well, dices up veggies and meat for stew making just fine, will strike a ferro rod with the spine AOK.

(Revisions per 04APR12)

(1) Found another for sale at a retailer-examined it, and the danged tip was dubbed, and the belly near the tip lacked a completed bevel. So apparently the problem in grinding is persistent.

You can buy Moras with tax and US import duties for $20, so it entirely possible to have good grinds on lower cost knives.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dwight E. Howell on March 21, 2011
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The blade is not a reproduction. That is the profile sort of matches but the real knife was a full grind from back to edge based on photos the company provides of their originals and this isn't. I had two knives show up and the tips on both were messed up one much worse than the other. Other details didn't seem to match. Both should have been seconds. To be fair I'd have considered the worst case to be a third. The backs of the blades were left like they came out of the die when they where stamped out of rolled steel. I don't think that was true of the originals.

The sheaths were okay and the handles, described as plastic, seem to be okay. They feel like and look like hard rubber.

The good news is the metal was blued and wasn't rusted though it wasn't oiled either. The metal seems to be a decently hard carbon steel. The knives came sharp but of course the first thing I had to do was work on the front with a file to try and fix the mess they made of the blade.

I want to be fair here but the bottom line is I'd have been hacked if the worst case had been a $10 knife. For the price being charged the worst case seriously reeks.

Do what you want but Ka-Bar would never have shipped these blades. I suppose they may still give years of service if you take care of them and don't play to rough with them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Race on February 28, 2012
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The Colonial Knife Mark 1 Navy Survival Knife was a real disappointment. I have several originals and wanted something I could abuse without guilt. Well, this knife is ripe for abuse! The blade is crudely cut from sheet steel and flat ground from half the blade width to a serviceable edge. Many Mk1 are flat ground from the spine to the edge. The handles are made from cheap molded plastic and the seams need smoothing. It's hard to tell but it doesn't feel like it has a full-length tang. Even the clip point is rounded like a butter knife making is difficult to pierce cardboard.

The only thing it has going for it is the price. I'll have no worries about leaving this knife out in the rain or bending it trying to cut kindling. For $10 more I'll get the Ka-Bar Kraton Handled Straight Edge Mark 1 Knife and use that for serious field craft.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By outdoorman on November 25, 2011
I don't collect military knives, I buy knives and use them in the field and this Mark 1 Navy deck knife is fine for what I paid-around the camp-or carried on my belt while hunting-I don't worry about beating it up-the high carbon blade steel of the Mark 1 makes it easy to sharpen-and once the edge is razor honed-it can't be beat-this is a knife for the person that is comfortable with gear and likes taking care of thier equipment-The blade edge out of the box..it's ok-does the job but with a little leather, became razor sharp.-I called the company and asked about the edge, the Quality Control Dept. advised me that the blade is sharpened on a stone wheel, same process as used during WWII-the knives are given a few passes on the wheel as per Uncle Sam DOD specs. they said if I wasn't 100 pecent satisfied they would replace it,but I explained that wasn't necessary-Colonial puts the extra effort in thier customer care-and the Mark 1 does everthing I needed it to while in the field.
I recommend the Colonial Mark 1 Navy Deck knife
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Modesto Llanes on April 8, 2013
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The knife was sharp on arrival and took an even better edge quickly. I was not impressed with the blades finish. I would have liked a pointed tip as well. The handle had lots of spru I trimmed down. The sheath on the other had was very well made. If I get my hands on an old original Mk 1, it will have a really nice home in that sheath.
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