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Machete
« on: October 06, 2020, 09:40:49 PM »
Last weekend was given a Machete supposedly carried by an officer in Philippine war. Only after I arrived home did I examine closer. It wasn’t from Philippine War, it was from WW2. Legitimate/Collins no 128. Cool piece, but need to dig deeper. How it was associated with Philippine War vs WWII is a mystery. Hope to clarify orgin.

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Re: Machete
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2020, 04:37:40 AM »
Very cool score , I had a  Collins  & Co. Legitmus  1940 dated  No. 1250 Jungle Bolo.  Lost it in my barn fire in 2012  :(
I hope to run across another one day .

I recall  my Dad had a #37 and a type 3 Bolo both of which disappeared. Stolen ?


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Re: Machete
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2020, 08:49:20 AM »
The issue machete was serving with Americans long before the war - every tropical destination would see them, and the Philippines qualifies.

Also, Collins was pretty ubiquitous and shipped world-wide before the war.

Once hostilities began and the supply system kicked into gear, machetes were a staple of island fighting - again, the Philippines are an island chain - and they even found their way into the ETO - extant photos of Airborne sometimes show them - and they were a part of the AAF/USN survival kits, until they came up with the folding ones.

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