Vietnam War era Japan-made Jigata Nata bolo knife, forged heavy blade, orig leather-covered wood sheath; scarce type in great condition


Original Vietnam War Nata bolo knife fighting machete, orig leather-over wood scabbard included. Scarce type in great condition, considering the age

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Vietnam War Nata bolo knife fighting machete, original leather-over wood scabbard included. Scarce type in great condition, considering the age.


Vintage Jigata Nata – a traditional Japanese cleaver in very good overall condition, original belt-carry leather-covered wood sheath is included. This type was used in extensively by the US forces  during the Vietnam war; most simply called these handy machetes as “natas”.  A lot of GIs passing through Okinawa picked them up as private-purchase knives; natas proved to be far more effective and practical in the jungle than the standard-issue long military machetes. This exact “nata” type is illustrated on page 327 of THE MILITARY KNIFE AND BAYONET book by Homer Brett – a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see book’s scan attached).

The heavy-duty forge blade is honed to a razor-sharp; the blade is “hand-signed” in Japanese but I can’t read kanji characters. This nata is about 13-1/2” / 34.3 cm overall; heavy-duty blade is about 7-1/4″ / 18.5 cm long. The hardwood handle is wrapped in black electrical tape for better traction; the handle looks intact with no damage; all parts are tight with zero play.  The blade has a few surface rust spots from improper storage (cleanable); a few ding marks on the spine are noted for accuracy. Original leather-over-wood sheath is in great condition, considering the age. The leather belt hanger and keeper are intact; the leather is soft and supple still. This vintage Vietnam War Nata bolo knife in in great shape and has a lot of character; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!

This original Vietnam War Nata bolo knife has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, it is in 100% original “as is” condition. These are the actual photos; spent brass is not included with the lot 😉  I have several fighting knives made from converted sabers, as well as some scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.

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Weight 2.1 lbs

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