Original U.S. WWII USMC Medical Corpsman Bolo Knife by Clyde Cutlery with BOYT 1943 Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a near mint condition USMC Medical Corpsman knife by Clyde Cutlery Company of Ohio with U.S.M.C. marked on the blade and and on the 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 excellent condition, and is properly marked USMC along with the Clyde Cutlery Company logo on the blade body. The blade blade is bright and nick free. The edge is smooth and sharp. The grip scales are also in excellent condition, with all rivets intact, and no chips. Color indicates that the knife was rarely used.
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.
A near mint example of a classic U.S. Marine Corps Bolo Knife!
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