WWII Bolo??

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  1. Firpo

    Firpo Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Lookie Lookie.

    Papa just gave me this what I believe to be WWII USMC Bolo. I’ve wanted one for a long time (decades) and never knew he had one. In cleaning out his garage work bench he handed it to me and said enjoy. Guess he got it when he was in the Marine Corps 1964-1967. Ain’t it just cool? And a beast, this thing has some serious heft to it.

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    Weren't those issued to medics in WWII?
     
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    One reference I found called it a medics knife. Never knew that was a thing and I’m trying to figure out why specifically a medic would need one.
     
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    Circumcision?
     
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    They used them to clear paths in the jungles of the South Pacific and to chop small trees or bamboo to make improvised stretchers and shelters for the wounded. That spade shaped blade was also handy for digging.
     
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    :yikes:

    That makes perfect sense @Grizzley1
    I’m thinking a fine edge would be out of order. I’m trying to figure out just how to sharpen and what a good angle of bevel would be for such a tool.
     
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    Haha, I think WWII predates Chief by a few decades.
     
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    Liberty Tree has a couple of US Medical Corps bolos listed, but not near as nice looking as your's.
     
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    During WWII Medical personal were usually unarmed or might carry a pistol as this was considered a defensive weapon. So a knife would be of use.
     
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    I’m thinking some leather conditioner for the scabbard wouldn’t hurt.
     
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    Firpo, I'd think it wasn't used for slicing, it was for chopping tough things and digging holes so a thin (acute?) angled bevel would probably get damaged easily, I'd assume it had a convex grind similar to what it has now. @Bill DeShivs can probably tell you what it should have for an edge.
     
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    He is pretty old, 85.

    Saddle soap and neatsfoot oil.
     
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  15. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    It looks to have the original factory edge.
    If it does, it shouldn't be sharpened. Sharpening will devalue it.