Original U.S. WWI Model 1910 Bolo Knife by Springfield in WWII Corpsman Scabbard with Belt - dated 1912
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice model 1910 Bolo manufactured by the storied Springfield Armory of Springfield, Massachusetts. This model is almost identical to the later model 1917 by Plumb, with the exception of the scabbard catch on the 1910. Also, the 1917 issue were all Parkerized, while the model 1910 was issued in bright steel, with a blued handle.
The M-1910 Bolo Knife was adopted to be used for clearing brush and foliage from fields of fire or for cutting through jungle growth. The M-1910 Bolo Knife was produced at the Springfield Armory between 1910 and 1917, and official armory records indicated just under 60,000 were produced. Many of these were refurbished for use in WW2 and parkerized, but this knife is still in the WW1 configuration.
However, it definitely does appear to have been used during WWII, as it is currently held in a WWII Medical Corpsman's leather scabbard, attached to a M1936 Pistol belt. Definitely a knife with history here!
The blade is nicely marked:
On the reverse side:
The grip and ricasso show some browning due to corrosion, but the original blued finish is still mostly complete. The blade does have some areas of rusting, most likely due to long term contact with the leather scabbard. As it is bright steel, it has no protection against corrosion, while bluing or parkerizing does provide a little. The knife definitely shows use, with sharpening and wear to the blade, with some scratches and nicks. The wood grips are totally original and mostly chip/crack free, with a great worn in look.
The Medical Corpsman scabbard is the standard heavy leather construction with a brass throat. The back is marked on the belt hanger with U S / BOYT / 42, indicating 1942 manufacture by Boyt Harness Co of Des Moines Iowa, a major leather goods supplier during WWII. They made various slings, holsters, scabbards, and other items for the war. Interestingly, most of these corpsman scabbards are marked USMC, but this one is not.
The M1936 Pistol belt is in good service worn condition. It is fully functional and intact, with the expected wear and dirt on the brass fittings. It definitely completes the look of a well-used set.
Overall a very fine example of a WWI brush clearing knife, reissued and used during WWII, ready to display!
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