### ON HOLD FOR CUSTOMER ### PRICE REDUCED £35 TO SELL ! EXTRA RARE WW2 BRITISH PARATROOPER / RAF PILOTS JUNGLE KNIFE DATED 1943 WITH ITS ORIGINAL PARA SHEATH EVEN WITH ORIGINAL LEG STRAPS!
Overall good used condition.
Extremely Rare Item but this is exceptionally rare in that the knife is dated 1943 the year this was introduced into service) BUT THE LEG SHEATH STILL HAS ITS ORIGINAL LEG STRAPS....The two long leg straps that were rivetted to the back always seem to be cut off as the leg mounting was designed for parachute jumping and impractical and no doubt got in the way once on the ground and it was easier to carry by using the belt loop on the top of the sheath.
These were designed to be used by Paratroopers but both RAF Pilots and Paratroopers used them as both a machette, a survival knife, and a fighting knife.
This has a relatively short for a machette 24.3 cm blade with shaped hilt and hard rubber grip designed for maximum grip strength in the constant wetness and sweat of the Jungles of Burma.
Overall length about 37.3 cm. The blade has a part of the broad arrow and 1943 date. Also parts of the words "Registered" and "Martindale" and the martindale "Crocodile" Logo. The blade has been sharpened ready for use.
The three washer rivets are rock solid and the grips still have nearly all their original chequering.
An interesting mark of history is that at some stage the blade has been plated. Due to the constant Jungle wetness and humidity the blades rusted very quickly which meant continuous cleaning. The post WW2 Wilkinson Sword "RZM Jungle Knife" ( Please refer our other listings) was made with a plated blade.
Also for any of you who have done jungle training in Belize will remember how after a short distance you had to stop to keep resharpening the machete blade with a file.The plating gave the machete a more permanent harder edge. Another reason jungle knives have a plated blade is so that the reflective surface can be used to signal when in a jungle clearing as an improvised heliograph
There are some areas of wear to the plating on the blade but overall the jungle used blade is in good condition
The sheath is stamped with the maker "BHG" and broad arrow but the date is not readable.
However unusually the sheath retains its original with working press stud and amazingly its original leg straps.
Overall good condition especially considering its age and jungle / paratrooper usage.
This same knife is shown in Ron Flooks Book "British and Commonwealth Military Knives" Page 109 and Page 110. Even has a photo of a RAF Pilot climbing into a cockpit wearing one of these.
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