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

Regular price $295.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a  Model 1917 C.T. Bolo 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 A.C. Co. The blade ricasso is nicely marked:

A.C.CO.
CHICAGO
1918

The reverse is marked:

U.S. MOD
1917
C.T.

 

Blade and ricasso still show some of the original black finish, though this example definitely has post manufacturer sharpening. The main edge of many 1917s, such as this one, is mostly ground 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 sleeve is deeply marked:

A-K-CO.
1918
B.H.S.

Scabbard is in very good condition, with no real issues with the canvas or leather portions. The wood grips totally original and chip/crack free, just excellent. Overall Very Fine, and a great chance to add to any military knife collection.

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