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Forum topic by NoSlivers posted 12-11-2009 06:36 AM 793 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2009 06:36 AM

Hi to all. I am new to the site and fairly new to woodworking. I have mostly completed a display box for a USMC kabar that I am giving my step-father. The box is made from some highly figured Gary Oak that I had been saving for something like this. I have a few ideas about how I want to mount the knife in the box but I thought it could only help to ask some advice. I would prefer to mount it in such a way that I’m not using hooks, but I’ll likely end up using one hook near the pommel. I had even considered using rare earth magnets drilled into the backside and mounting the knife “invisibly” that way, but I don’t want the knife to become magnetized. Ideas?

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#1 posted 12-11-2009 09:18 AM

I just finished a gun display that I posted here Antique Gun Display
I used leather straps mounted on walnut blocks to secure the rifles to the blocks. The back side of the strap fit into a dado slot so it tucks into the wood. I like leather because it adds some nostalgia to military displays. I think though for the Ka-Bar you would want to use thinner leather than the 1/2” strap I used. I have used leather boot laces in the past for other displays. They are strong and you can get them light and dark in color. You could make a contrasting colored block that would raise the knife from the back board and then run the leather through the block through some drilled holes then either tie it or even run all the way to the back of the piece and then conceal the knot. You could put one strap at the butt of the handle and one near the guard and that should hold it pretty well. Let me know when you get it done, I love military displays being a Navy man myself.

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 10:07 AM

Leather…. I had not thought of that. I like the idea, I could make the top ends of the ties such that the knife could still be removed…. Thanks. It seems we have most of the services represented within one reply. You being a Navy man, my step-father is a (former) Marine, I am currently in the Army. We just need someone from the Air Force and the Coast Guard to weigh-in and we will be all set!

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#3 posted 12-12-2009 05:36 AM


I’m going to stick my neck out here. Be careful on the kind of leather you use. I would stay away from using a rawhide thong type shoelace. the acid in the rawhide over time might react with the knife blade and discolor or worse pit and rust the blade.

just adding my 2 cents worth

very nice project.

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#4 posted 12-12-2009 05:46 AM

Leather has salts in the tanning proceses that will damage the metal over time.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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