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Original U.S. WWI Model 1917 Bolo Knife by American Cutlery Co. with Scabbard by Bauer Bros. - dated 1918

Regular price $395.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice example of a Model 1917 C.T. Bolo knife, manufactured by American Cutlery Company of Chicago, Illinois. This model was a moderate simplification of the earlier 1910 Bolo made by Springfield Armory. The main difference is the lack of the catch mechanism on the scabbard and grip. It was manufactured by contractors such as Plumb and American Cutlery Co. of Chicago. The blade ricasso on this example is clearly marked:


The reverse is marked:


The blade retains little of its lovely blackened color, with signs of the usual service wear, while the ricasso areas still retain almost all the original finish. This example definitely has been sharpened several times but there is no change in appearance nor any damage to the edge. The main edge of many 1917s, such as this one, is mostly ground from the factory from one side, while the other side was left flat. The edge on the tips and near the ricasso are ground from both sides.

The leather tip of the canvas scabbard has a lovely aged chestnut brown color, and it still has the original manufacturer marking ckearly visible:


Scabbard is in good condition and shows only minor signs of service wear. The wood grips are in very good condition, showing just a bit of wear and rounding, but no major chips or cracks, and both screws are still right. The ordnance flaming bomb is visible on the rear spine of the grip, as well as on the bottom of the cross guard.

Overall in very good condition, and a great chance to add to any military knife collection.

Blade Length: 10 1/4"
Blade Style: "Bolo" Machete
Overall length: 15“
Crossguard: 3 3/4”
Scabbard Length: 11"

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