Original U.S. WWII USMC Medical Corpsman Bolo Knife by Chatillon with BOYT 1943 Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice USMC Medical Corpsman knife by Chatillon with USMC marked and dated leather scabbard. The type used by the Marine Corps in the South Pacific, and like all "Bolo" type knives, were intended as utility tools for clearing brush and light construction. With this knife wood and bamboo could be fashioned into stakes, splints, etc. Though not originally intended as a fighting knife, the close tactics of the Japanese fighting caused these knives to be heavily relied upon by USMC soldiers and were used in many battles according to the marines that survived.
The blade on this example is in very good condition, and is properly marked U.S.M.C. / CHATILLON. N.Y. on the left blade body. The blade does have small areas of light pitting and staining in areas, from being kept in the leather scabbard for decades. The edge is great, and quite sharp. It does appear to have been sharpened somewhat during service, but nothing major, and there are no dents or chips. The grip scales are also in very good condition, with all rivets intact, though the right scale has a crack running to the 2nd rivet. They have shrunk a bit, so the rivets protrude slightly.
The scabbard is the standard heavy leather construction with a brass throat. The back is marked on the belt hanger with U S M C / BOYT / 43, indicating 1943 manufacture by Boyt Harness Co of Des Moines Iowa, a major leather goods supplier during WWII. They made various slings, holsters, scabbards, and other items for the war. Scabbard has a great aged brown color, with some verdigris around the rivets, as expected from a knife this age. Original belt hanger is intact, and not bent, though the leather retaining loop is sightly worn at the top.
A great example of a classic U.S. Marine Corps Bolo Knife, ready to display!
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