ON HOLD ### NEW LISTING 18/2/16 ###EXTRA RARE WW2 BRITISH PARATROOPER / RAF PILOTS JUNGLE KNIFE DATED 1943 WITH WW2 1944 DATED JUNGLE LEATHER SHEATH.
Overall NICE used condition.
Extremely Rare WW2 Jungle Warfare Item.The original Martindale (Manufacturer) / Crocodile Logo/ Military Broad Arrow/ and date 1943 are faint but readable stamped on the blade. 1943 was the first year these were manufactured .... the date is stamped on the blade sideways onto the guard...please refer photo.
At some period would say post WW2 the original impractical leather leg sheath with the two long leg leather leg straps has been replaced by the more practical belt sheath nicely converted from a British 1944 dated jungle sheath, the original sheath was ,made for the British heavy Bolo Jungle Machette.This has been done by shortening the machette sheath. and adding two rows of stitching.The thread on the back of the upper row is loose.Otherwise the fastening tab holds the machette perfectly in place and the leather is soft and supple with the leather very nicely greased and overall the sheath is in very nice condition
These bowie blade machettes were designed to be used by Paratroopers and both RAF Pilots and Paratroopers used them as 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 three washer rivets are rock solid and the grips still have nearly all their original chequering, and although the odd rust stain the protective parkerised coating on the blade is intact
Overall nice 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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