Original U.S. WWII Pacific Theater Made Philippine Machete Bowie Knife with Leather Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful U.S. WWII "Theater Made" Philippine Style machete knife, 19 1/2 inches in length, with a heavy 13 1/4 inch long "Bowie" style blade. These knives were made by the armorers and engineers, usually in the Pacific theater. The large capital ships needed to have skilled fabricators on board to make repairs and modifications to weapons and gear. Usually the blades were made from existing weapons or from steel components, and the hilts were cast from metals such as aluminum or zinc.
The design of the knife is a very interesting mix of a large U.S. Style bowie knife, with a hilt very much modeled on the machetes used by the Moro people of the Philippines. The blade looks to have some simple etching on it, which is now hard to see, and Philippines is engraved on the right side of the blade. The crossguard is brass, and the handle has a lovely carved grip.
The knife comes with a custom made lightly tooled leather scabbard, which looks to have a small belt loop in the back, with two aluminum grommets. This may have been set up to hang around the body, and not around the belt.
Definitely a great example of a WWII "Theater Knife" from the Pacific Theater, complete with scabbard. Ready to research and display!
Blade length: 13 1/4”
Blade Style: Single Edged Clip Point "Bowie"
Overall length: 19 1/2”
Crossguard: 2 1/2”
Scabbard length: 13 1/2"
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