Original U.S. WWII USMC Medical Corpsman Bolo Knife by Chatillon with BOYT 1944 Scabbard- Near MINT Condition

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice USMC Medical Corpsman knife by Chatillon. USMC marked and 1944 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 US Marines and were used in many battles according to firsthand accounts of Marine Veterans of the war.

The blade on this example is in excellent near mint condition, and is properly marked U.S.M.C. on the left blade body, with “Chatillon, NY” beneath. The blade does have small areas of light staining in areas, very slight oxidation. There is some verdigris from being kept in the leather scabbard for decades, which is a non-issue, as it cleans off very easily if one so desires. The edge is great, and quite sharp, with no nicks or other damage to the edge.

The grip scales are also in beautiful condition, with all rivets intact, and no cracking, just some dents and scratches.

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 / 44, indicating 1944 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, with no tears to the leather.

An excellent example of a classic U.S. Marine Corps Bolo Knife, ready to display!

Blade Length: 11 ½”
Blade Style: Bolo Machete
Grip Length: 5”
Scabbard Length: 12”

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