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WWII - Folding Survival Machete

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by rcmodel, Oct 30, 2012.

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  1. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Army Air Force Folding Machete
    This one made by Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. and adopted in Oct. 1942.

    The blade is 10” long, 15 ½ 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.

    FoldingMachete1.jpg
    FoldingMachete2.jpg

    rc
     
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  2. 1KPerDay

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    Cool! Never heard of one.
     
  3. hso

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    Didn't Kinfolks and Camillus make a version as well?

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

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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.

    rc
     
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    Yeah, I don't find any pics of Kinfolks in my gallery of knife photos I've collected.
     
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    I keep one (Catt) in the door pocket of my truck. I picked it up in a pawn shop years ago for $5.
     
  7. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Take good care of it.

    There will never be any more like it!

    rc
     
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    Hello friends and neighbors // Nice snag/save rcmodel, I like the history surrounding such a blade.

    Had it long?
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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.

    rc
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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!

    rc
     
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    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 !
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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!

    rc
     
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    Thanks for that link, I just ordered one with my initials :neener:
     
  15. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Well, Al B. Jiggered!

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

    How cool is that!

    rc
     
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    I can NOT attest to their quality.
     
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    Case also made a non-folding version.
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    I 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:

    rc
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Wow RC I have never seen one! Now I got to be on the look out.
     
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    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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