US MARINE CORPS WORLD WAR TWO BOLO KNIFE BY CHATILLON WITH 1943 BOYT SCABBARD

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Item Code: E2771

Issued to USMC hospital corpsmen, this simple knife was intended to aid in clearing brush, cutting branches for stretchers, etc. It could also be a handy last-ditch defensive weapon. A simple, robust tool, these are made with wood grips riveted to the tang of the wide, flaring blade that has a lower cutting edge, rounded cutting point and back edge. This one is crisply stamped on the reverse, “U.S.M.C/ CHATILLON, N.Y.” The obverse of the blade is bright, with two or three small patches of rust near the grip and then around the lower edge of the tip, partway into the back edge. The reverse has larger patches of standing rust on the lower half of the blade, which will clean to gray. The edges are very good, though some of the standing rust hits it near the grip. The wood grips are very good, light in color, with just average light handling marks. The scabbard is a deep russet color and has the metal throat reinforcement in place as well as the grommet at the tip. The reverse is very clearly marked “USMC / BOYT / 43” on the chape holding the belt hook, indicating it was made in 1943.

This is a good example of a Marine Corps implement that became essential in the jungles of the South Pacific islands.  [sr]

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