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#1 gap

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 07:26 AM

Is this blade marked Camillus Mark 2 exhibiting a blued or parkerized finish?  The knife is original and unmolested.

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#2 gap

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 07:27 AM

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 08:11 AM

Parkerized. Sometimes the Camillus Parkerized finish looks almost blued.

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 11:32 AM

Yes the WW2 Camillus parkerizing does often have that rather unique look to it.



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Posted 28 November 2017 - 12:16 PM

Interesting, I have a Ka-Bar USN Mark 2 with the same dark Parkerizing.  Is that right?



#6 mikedon

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 12:30 PM

KA-BAR USN MARK 2's had 3 different blade finishes, blued, Bonderized, and Parkerized. Blued is the least common and Parkerized the most common. The KA-BAR Parkerized blade finish is similar to the Camillus. I attached a picture of 3 KA-BAR MARK 2's with a Bonderized, Parkerized, and blued blade finish, (left to right).

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 02:06 PM

The middle one does look similar to my Ka-Bar and Camillus.  Might be the oil that is making the blade look blued?



#8 mikedon

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Posted 28 November 2017 - 05:53 PM

From one of Frank Trzaska's Knife World articles, August, 2006: "All of the Camillus made Mark 2s I have observed have a very dark, almost pure black, color on all the steel parts. Camillus actually purchased their Parkerizing chemicals from the original Parko Company. The trade name was Parko-Lube. After a few wipes with an oiled cloth the smooth black finish can fool even some of the best into thinking it might be a very dark bluing, it is t hat good."

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 03:34 PM

Here's a screw-top Camillus with that same dark Parkerizing. It's dry as a bone, cleaned with de-greaser in this pic, if I put oil on it, it's almost black.

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