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.
For militaria and edged weapons Argocoins accepts all major credit cards and checks as forms of payment. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make a credit card purchase over the phone. Old-fashioned checks and money orders will work just as well; please take a look at the Payments section within our Terms and Conditions for mailing instructions and additional details. Follow me on Facebook @argoman400BC to keep an eye on the latest additions and promotions.
USPS PRIORITY MAIL SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S. WITH SIGN-FORE DELIVERY CONFIRMATION WILL BE $15.75 FOR THIS ITEM
International shipping for this item will be $75 and up to most countries on our “ship-to” list.