I HAVE THREE 1917 BOLO LISTINGS THIS IS #1. VERY GOOD EXAMPLE OF THIS 100 YEAR OLD BOLO. This is the successor of the 1910 bolo being the same basic shape but was made with rough finish grips and has no scabbard catch button, and the scabbard was different. The blade is a spear point and has a small neck. The edge has a heavy bevel on the right side and only a slight bevel on the left side as made.
Blade is marked US MOD 1917 and PLUMB PHILA. The markings are light in some places but show a little better in hand than in the photos. The guard has a hole in the top part as made which is a throwback from the 1909 bolos and may have been made on the same machinery being expedient to save the expense of modifying the machinery and thus leaving the hole.
The wood grips are rough finished as made and have ribs running the full length and finger notches which all make for good gripping. Grip panels are secured by two slot head screws and round wood locked nuts.
Most of the original metal finish remains on the blade and all of it remains on the tang and guard. The blade finish looks much better than in the photos. I do not know if it is parkerizing or black bluing but has turned to a gray. There is old sharpening on the edge.
The scabbard is the wooden type with a metal throat which is covered with rawhide and then covered with a replaceable outer covering of canvas with a leather tip. And the date 1918 and the armorer/inspector initials R.
A very good example of this WWI bolo. Please see "condition" for other details. 1917 on right ricasso the 1 and the 7 are difficult to see.
Date and armorer's/inspector's initials. THIS BOLO IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. THE BLADE RETAINS MOST OF THE ORIGINAL BLUING OR PARKERIZING FINISH WHICH IS A LIGHT GRAY.
POMMEL AND TANG RETAIN ALL OF THE SAME ORIGINAL FINISH. GRIPS HAVE MINOR DINGS AND ONLY ONE TINY CHIP HARDLY NOTICABLE ON THE RIGHT GRIP PANEL AT THE POMMEL. BLADE HAS NO NICKS OR OTHER DAMAGE.BLADE HAS AN OLD SHARPENING. BLADE SPINE AND POMMEL ARE PERFECT AND HAVE NEVER BEEN USED AS A HAMMER. THE WOODEN SCABBARD BODY HAS THE ORIGINAL CANVAS COVER AND HAS NO ISSUES EXCEPT SOME WEAR AND SOME VERY MINOR STAINS/SPOTS. ALL STITCHING IS INTACT AND THERE IS NO FRAYING. THE LEATHER SCABBARD TIP HAS A FEW SCUFFS. SCABBARD HAS THE WEB BELT HANGER HOOKS WHICH HAVE NO DAMAGE AND NO WEAR IN THE HANGER STRAP.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE M1917 BOLO. THE M1917 BOLO Virtually identical to the Model 1910 the modified bolo is often referred to as the M1917 model to differentiate it from the earlier made item. The main obvious difference was that the scabbard catch was eliminated. It had the same canvas covered wood sheath, metal throat with leaf spring to grip the knife, and a leather tip. It was made by contractors with a lower quality of materials and finish than the Springfield arsenal 1910 version.Machine gun squads received bolos for use in clearing their field of fire. A further change was made to ease production, this saw the pommel and tang being made from a single piece of steel, these Bolo's were marked CT for commercial quality.
Because of its shortness, weight, and guard, the Army's bolo was an inefficient brush knife compared to a well designed machete. The M-1942 18-inch, broad-blade machete replaced the bolo knife early in World War II. In addition to the Rock Island Arsenal scabbard, four civilian contractor scabbards are commonly seen. A metal scabbard was also made by L. With a leather connector to a wire belt hanger.
However large quantities of them are available still in the original WWII packaging COURTESY: OLD SMITHY. The item "(#1) WWI WW1 US M1917 BOLO PLUMB PHILADELPHIA 1918 WITH AK CO 1918 RHS SCABBARD" is in sale since Friday, January 3, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\United States\Edged Weapons". The seller is "spudcakes" and is located in Semmes, Alabama. This item can be shipped to United States.