Item:
ONSV1475

Original U.S. WWI Private Purchase Bolo Knife Machete with Embossed Leather Scabbard - c.1914-1918

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available: This is a fantastic find, and the first one that we have had! Like all of the "bolo" knives, these were heavy knives intended for use both as brush clearing devices, as well as weapons. They were designed to aid US soldiers with jungle foliage that they found themselves in with incursions into Cuba and the Philippines, where natives used similar sized machetes. The U.S. had several official patterns, but many soldiers also purchased their own, such as this nice example.

This bolo measures 20 inches overall, with a heavy 15 inch blade that has a deep forward curving belly, more like native design machetes. The grip has a full tang between two wood grip scales, secured by four brass rivets. Unfortunately, the tip of the handle broke off, and was replaced with a black resin to stabilize it. Blade condition is nice, though it definitely has seen use and had been sharpened. There is some rust on the blade body, but the edge is good and still sharp. Overall initial quality is not quite up to the level of a government issued model.

The scabbard is quite nice, and is made of leather with brass fittings on the throat and tip. The front side of the scabbard is embossed with a lot of leaf designs, which are also present on the belt loop. The stitching and rivets are all intact, and the leather is still soft. There is a bit of wear on the top of the belt loop, but overall this is a great scabbard.

A very scarce edged weapon from the WWI era in good condition, complete with an original scabbard. A great addition to any collection!

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