Original WW1 era American Plumb M1917 Bolo knife dated 1918, orig 1918 BRAUER BROS scabbard


Original WW1 era Plumb M1917 Bolo knife manufactured in 1918 by Fayette R. Plumb Inc. Orig A-K Co. scabbard dated 1918; very good overall condition, considering the age.

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WW1 era Plumb M1917 Bolo knife manufactured in 1918 by Fayette R. Plumb Inc. Original A-K Co. scabbard dated 1918; very good overall condition, considering the age.

Original WW1 era American Model 1917 Bolo knife and correct 1918-dated scabbard in very good overall condition. This M1917 Bolo was manufactured in 1918 by Fayette R. Plumb Inc. of Philadelphia, PA; the scabbard was made by A-K Co. During the Great War these Bolo knives were issued only to some US Army units, depending on the type of a unit deployed. Typically, the machine gun crew would get a couple of Bolos per squad; M1917 were designed to clear MG’s fields of fire of the underbrush and small trees.  These large knives were not very common in the field but I bet quite a few of these Bolos had found their way into some hand-to-hand combat in the trenches. Looks like this specimen was sharpened just for such an occasion – the original semi-blunt tip was shaped to a spear-point; the blade has been honed to a razor-like edge; this Bolo is practically a short sword. Over time however, M1917 Bolo has proved to be just too small and too short for the most tasks it was intended for. By the start of WW-2 it was replaced by a larger and more efficient machete; although a number of M1917 Bolos still saw service during WW2.

Most M1917 Bolo knives were manufactured privately during WW-1 under a contract for the US government; Plumb was one of the makers.  The ricasso is marked with PLUMB / ST. LOUIS / 1918 on one side and U.S. / MOD. 1917 on the other. Original walnut grips are in excellent condition with no cracks and just a couple of minor chips. This Bolo is about 15″ / 38 cm overall; the blade is about 10-1/4″ / 26 cm long. The blade is very sharp still; the tip is intact; surface rust on the blade and guard (cleanable).  No dings or nicks on the blade’s spine, guard, or the pommel – rare this nice. Original web-n-leather over wood scabbard is in very good condition for the type; original brass belt wire hook is intact. The leather tip is stamped A-K CO. / 1918 / R.H.S; no stains, tears or cuts on the canvass cover.

This original WW1 era Plumb M1917 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 3.1 lbs

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