i resently got one my self. this ww2 vet was having to go into a nuresing home, so i asked him what he wanted for the bolo, he wanted a carton of cigerittes, and a lighter. i offered him 200 cash but he still just wanted the smokes. he said that he had money but they won't let him have smokes in the home and no one would buy them for him. so i got him the ciggerttes and gave him my card and told him to let me know when he was out.
so to day i smuggled anouther carton in to the home.
here is the bolo, the collins book said that the first troops to use this bolo was the marines in 1899 during the boxer rebellion in china.