Original U.S. WWI Model 1917 Bolo Knife with Canvas Scabbard by Plumb, St. Louis - Dated 1918

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice Model 1917 C.T. Bolo knife, manufactured by Fayette R. Plumb Inc, whose main factory was in the Bridesburg region of Philadelphia, PA. They had another factory, just constructed, in St. Louis as well, and 1917 bolos were produced at both.

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 A.C. Co. The blade ricasso is nicely marked:


The reverse is marked:

1917 C.T.

The stamping on the blade is a bit light on the maker side, so the factory may not have yet properly set up their blade stamping machinery when this example was produced.

Blade and ricasso still show much of the original black finish, and is in very good condition. There is definitely runner wear from the scabbard, which has worn the finish on the blade flats. There is also definitely post manufacturer sharpening on much of the edge. The main edge of the model 1917, such as this one, is mostly ground from one side, while the other side was left flat. Post manufacture sharpening however was done on both sides, but not enough to significantly change the profile. It is still quite sharp.

The grip is in very good condition, with a good portion of the original texture, and a nice color. Just how we like to see them, with screws still holding both sides tightly. There is a crack on the right side on the grain line, running from the crossguard, and down through both securing bolt holes. The original "ribbed" texture to the grips is still easily visible.

The leather tip of the canvas scabbard sleeve is deeply marked:


Scabbard is in very good condition, with no real issues with the canvas or leather portions aside from the expected wear from 100 years of age. The rawhide covered wooden insert can be removed from the canvas sleeve for inspection. Overall Very Fine, and a great chance to add to any military knife collection. Ready to display!

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