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Home Products WWII US AAF Folding Survival Machete Pilots Bolo

WWII US AAF Folding Survival Machete Pilots Bolo

by Case Knives

SKU 1017472

Date Added 10/26/2020

# Available This product is out of stock

Original price $395.00

Price $70.00



This is a US Army Air Force folding machete. As issued during WW2. The machete was part of the B-4 emergency bailout kit. The kit came in a square canvas container which also included other survival items such as a fishing kit, signal mirror, etc. The kit was normally attached to the parachute harness. 

The folding machete consisted of a black Bakelite handle which was secured by a series of different size rivets. A locking mechanism is found in the handle. Pressing the lever allowed for the machete blade to be folded or unfolded. The blade is of single edge construction. it measures approximately 10 inches in length. 

Length of the machete when folded is approximately 11.5 inches. When folded, the blade extended beyond the protection of the handle. To avoid any cuts or injuries to the user a metal blade cover was also issued with the machete. The cover fits the blade snuggly. The problem with the blade cover is that it was a loose piece that could easily be misplaced. 

Machetes are very useful for clearing brush, building shelters and other survival activities. 

The WW2 US AAF folding machete was manufactured by Camillus, Case and HTE Cattaraugus Company. The manufacturer's logo was found on the side of the blade. 

Comes with original case. Has some scratches, wear and minor oxidation, otherwise good condition for its age.

Product Details

Overall Length 15.5

Closed Length 11.5

Weight (oz) 22.5

Additional Specs

Blade Material Unknown

Blade Details Hawkbill

Handle Material Metallic, Plastic

About the Maker

Case Knives
Case Knives

Our roots extend back to 1889, when four enterprising brothers—William Russell (W.R.), Jean, John, and Andrew Case (a.k.a. “The Case Brothers”)—began selling handcrafted knives from the back of a wagon in upstate New York. John Russell (Russ) Case, the son of W.R., formed W.R. Case & Sons, as it is known today. Russ’s father acted as his son’s consultant, helping to stabilize the company's early finances while building a reputation as the most respected name in American cutlery. Today Case is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the world-famous Zippo® windproof lighter, another family-owned business based in Bradford.

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