WWII - Folding Survival Machete


October 30, 2012, 03:34 PM
Army Air Force Folding Machete
This one made by Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. and adopted in Oct. 1942.

The blade is 10” long, 15 OAL when opened, and is locked open by a liner-lock inside the handle.
Weight is about 1 1/4 pound.

It was part of the B4 bail-out kit attached to the parachute harness seat pack.
Some were issued with a steel blade guard, and some were issued in a leather flap-holster type sheath.

W.R. Case & Sons, Bradford PA and Camillus, Camillus NY made an identical version.
A similar but more ergonomic rounded plastic handle version was made by Imperial Cutlery Co., Providence R.I.

This one has seen much better days, but it still works.



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October 30, 2012, 04:57 PM
Cool! Never heard of one.

October 30, 2012, 05:04 PM
Didn't Kinfolks and Camillus make a version as well?

Here's the Imperial version.
The guard on the Imperial folded into the handle while the others didn't. The Imperial also came with a factory sheath.

October 30, 2012, 05:10 PM
Right, Camillus did make it too. Thanks for catching that goof!

I don't think Kinfolks did though.
They made the M2, M4, V-44, and a 6" fighting knife is all I know of.


October 30, 2012, 05:13 PM
Yeah, I don't find any pics of Kinfolks in my gallery of knife photos I've collected.

October 30, 2012, 08:57 PM
I keep one (Catt) in the door pocket of my truck. I picked it up in a pawn shop years ago for $5.

October 30, 2012, 09:17 PM
Take good care of it.

There will never be any more like it!


October 30, 2012, 09:24 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Nice snag/save rcmodel, I like the history surrounding such a blade.

Had it long?

October 30, 2012, 09:30 PM
Like many more of my military knives.
So long ago I can't remember when or where I got them.
Or how much I paid for them.

I just try to give old war vets like these a better home while I can, then they might have had in the past.


October 30, 2012, 09:58 PM
and not a high and tight killer of men like me.Dang guy!
I just spit beer all over my keyboard!!

Thats a great one I haven't heard for a lot of years!!!

But do you still have her?

The Camillus, not the wife.
Who cares about a tramp wife who would do that, while her man was in Vietnam!


October 30, 2012, 10:41 PM
She is an appelate court judge (won't tell what state she ahem "worked her way up the ladder") presently , go figger and the folding Machete dissappeared about 1975 when I was a bachelor DEA agent !

October 30, 2012, 10:47 PM
Too bad, so sad! :(

But look at the bright side.

You could have killed her with it, and now look where she would be, and you would be! :D

I'm laughing with you, I hope!

Kinda gallows humer from one old GI to another, if you know what I mean.
And I'm pretty sure you do!


October 30, 2012, 11:56 PM
Atlanta Cutlery has a reproduction.

October 31, 2012, 12:36 AM
Thanks for that link, I just ordered one with my initials :neener:

October 31, 2012, 01:43 AM
Well, Al B. Jiggered!

I didn't know anyone was making them again!!

How cool is that!


October 31, 2012, 01:55 PM
I can NOT attest to their quality.

October 31, 2012, 02:00 PM
Case also made a non-folding version.

October 31, 2012, 08:58 PM
I apologize for the use of my implied female dog word for my errant first wife. In the future I will attempt to keep my intercourse in an upward direction as befitting the venue.

November 12, 2012, 07:18 PM
I had one like HSO's that I had since the late 50's. My dad bought it for me through an ad in F&S or OL. It disappeared one summer when my son was in HS and he swears he doesn't know what happened to it - imagine that! Nasty thing and great for building temporary duck blinds etc. Came with the leather sheath and a stone.

November 12, 2012, 08:35 PM
he swears he doesn't know what happened to itI raised two sons myself.

They never Do know what happened to anything of yours do they! :D

I'm still missing 5 Mag lights, 4 MIL-K pocket knives, 3 Army field jackets, 2 sheepwool & doeskin shooting mittens, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

And nobody knew nothing! :banghead:


November 12, 2012, 08:54 PM
I'll be dipped! Another cool old WWII relic that I'd never heard of before! There's probably thousands of things made for that war that I've still never heard of.

November 12, 2012, 09:27 PM
I saw one if these at a militaria show at the VFW a couple years back. Always kinda regret not picking it up. Even had the scabbard. Guy only wanted $35 for it. Yeah, I'm kicking myself again.

November 13, 2012, 09:25 PM
Wow RC I have never seen one! Now I got to be on the look out.

November 14, 2012, 08:19 PM
I have a Cattaragus folder also. It is a bit worn, but as I am leery of using it, it won't get too much wear. Nice to finally hear of it's intended purpose. Thanks!

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