Item:
ONSV22WKC135

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

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:

A.C.CO.
CHICAGO
1918

The reverse is marked:

U.S. MOD
1917
C.T.

Blade and ricasso retain their lovely blackened color, and look like they may have been arsenal serviced for WWII. This example definitely has been sharpened several times, and possibly arsenal refinished. 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. This example now has a more uniform edge, after arsenal sharpening.

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

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

Scabbard is in very good condition and shows signs of little to no use. The wood grips are in very good condition, possibly arsenal replacements. One of the screws is a bit loose. The ordnance flaming bomb is visible on the rear spine of the grip, as well as on the bottom of the cross guard.

Overall Very Fine, and a great chance to add to any military knife collection.

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

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