Original U.S. WWII USMC Collins & Co. Legitimus No.18 Machete V44 Knife with Original Leather Scabbard
Original Items: Only one available. These types of knives are extremely rare on today's market, especially ones outfitted with an original WWII scabbard! Made by Collins & Co. of Hartford, Conn, this is a LEGITIMUS model No. 18 V-44 type Machete. This Bowie style knife measures 14 inches long overall, with a 9 1/8 inch clip point blade. Blade is 2 inches wide at the widest point. It is offered in excellent condition complete with leather sheath. The ricasso is faintly marked:
COLLINS & CO
MADE IN U.S.A.
The blade is in great shape, though it does show light staining. The black composite grip is in lovely shape with small dents and nicks. The handle and guard are quite loose unfortunately.
The tooled leather sheath is clearly marked with the COLLINS & CO. / LEGITIMUS name around the Collins logo, and is their style 13 sheath. The leather is sound and supple, and the lovely tooled leather designs are still visible. The belt loop is intact and ready to be worn.
Blade length: 9 1/8”
Blade style: Clip-point "Bowie" knife
Overall length: 14”
Crossguard: 4 1/4”
Scabbard length: 10 1/4" with belt loop
Many people think that these were exclusively used by the Marine Corps, and while that is true the connection to the USMC is only a minimal fraction of this blades history. Its principle legacy lies within the Army Air Corp or Army Air Force depending on the era you are referencing. Following the declaration of war in December 1941 emergency procurement were made to include the procurement of 9 inch machetes the Collins #18 being one manufacture. The Collins #18 would have been acquired by the AAF at this time to fill emergency requisitions to supply new contracts of the old type emergency parachute kits and to supplement other kits until the 10 inch folding machete became available.
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