Original U.S. WWI - WWII USMC Square Entrenching Machete by Disston U.S.A. with Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. Introduced at the end of WWI and in use up through WWII, this is a very nice U.S. Marine Corps Square Entrenching Machete, made by Disston and still with its original scabbard. These were intended to cut through brush as well as the ground to help secure a foothold during action. They were often used by landing forces to help quickly make a nice emplacement.
The blade on this example is in very good condition, and is properly marked DISSTON U.S.A. / U.S.M.C on the left blade body. The 11 3/4" blade does have small areas of light pitting and staining in areas, as expected of a bright steel blade of this age. It does appear to have been sharpened somewhat during service, but there are no dents or chips on the edge. The grip scales have unfortunately not fared as well as the blade, and they are somewhat loos on the tang now, as one of the rivets has popped part way through. There are also some cracks and small chips on the handle as shown.
The scabbard is the canvas and leather construction with a brass throat. The square shape is quite distinctive, and it really is relatively oversized for the blade, which gives it a lot of room to move when sheathed. The brass throat on these are attached by two relatively tiny rivets, so it is not uncommon them for them to be very loose like this one, which has lost one of the two rivets.
A great example of a rare U.S. Marine Corps Entrenching Machete, ready to display!
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