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  1. #1

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    WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    found this old knife in a scabbard at the flea market, the blade has WW1 dates

    U.S. MOD. 1917 C.T.

    AC.CO.

    1918

    CHICAGO


    it's a heavy bladed knife, I heard these were used by machine gunners to cut foilage , digging, etc to make a machine gun nest, or as a hand to hand combat weapon, it measures about 16" inches with scabbard.

    the scabbard is marked:

    FRED MEDART MFG CO. 1918
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    Jan 2007
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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918




    Great find, I once found a ww2 bayonet & scabbard at a yard sale for 50 cents, ,


    Fossis..............
    fossil hunter Indian Artifact collector MDer Antique collector

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    Jul 2005
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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    What do you want for it?
    Just because it did not work does not mean it was not a good plan!

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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    very nice----saw one like it on my grandfathers farm long ago ---good blade quite useful.

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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    Quote Originally Posted by ivan salis
    very nice----saw one like it on my grandfathers farm long ago ---good blade quite useful.
    yes, it almost has the heft and feel of a meat cleaver

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    da book worm--researcher

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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    sharped from one side only on a slant-- I think if I remember correctly been a long time since I saw it. thick heavy blade good steel

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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    Great find!! Very nice


  8. #8

    Apr 2006
    Nebraska Panhandle
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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    Wouldnt mind seeing a picture of it out of the sheath. Nice find.
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  9. #9
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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    show the blade!!!

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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    heres another photo with the scabbard removed
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    da book worm--researcher

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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    yep just like my gramps blade---too the tee! Ivan

  12. #12

    Jul 2003
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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    I collect the bolos and have quite a few, made really well and hold a great edge.

  13. #13
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    da book worm--researcher

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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    old style quality made item good steel---can't find anything like em these days. Ivan

  14. #14

    Dec 2007
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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    That is an exceptionally well conditioned M 1917 Bolo They were indeed issued for WWI and seem to have been issued to all troops, not just machine gunners, The knife in that condition is worth at the very least 300.00 to any knowledgeable collector. You have done very well RETREAD

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    Jul 2005
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    Re: WW1 bolo knife dated 1917 / 1918

    Great find! Great knife!
    Just because it did not work does not mean it was not a good plan!

 

 
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