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Home Products Original U.S. WWII Imperial Folding Machete Type A-1

Original U.S. WWII Imperial Folding Machete Type A-1

by Imperial

SKU 1017473

Date Added 10/02/2020

# Available This product is out of stock

Original price $495.00

Price $225.00


Only One Available. World War II U.S. Army Air Force Type A-1 folding machete survival knife. Manufactured by Imperial Knife Co. Providence RI. as stamped on left ricasso. Adopted by the US Military in 1942 for the B-4 emergency bail out kit usually attached to the parachute harness. Checkered black plastic grip panels. There is a guard system built into machete. When closed, the metal guard protects the blade. When open, the guard flips closed to lock the blade in place. There is a release button for the guard that must be pushed to the release the guard and close the blade. Comes with original tan colored leather sheath with flap and belt loop. It is marked MACHETE WITH SHEATH / TYPE A-1 / NO. 48C3639. Has some scratches and oxidation, otherwise good condition for its age.

Product Details

Blade Length 10

Overall Length 17

Closed Length 11.75

Weight (oz) 27.5

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Bolo

Blade Material Unknown

Blade Details Hawkbill

Handle Material Plastic

About the Maker


The Imperial Knife Company had its roots at the Empire Knife Company in Winsted, Connecticut. In 1916, two men named Felix and Michael Miranda moved from Frosolone Molise in Italy to Providence, Rhode Island to be near its jewelry industry and began making skeletons for “waldemar,” or pocket watch chain knives. With their friend Domenic Fazzano as manager, they established the Imperial Knife Company, which would grow to at one point be the largest knife manufacturer in the United States.The company developed a number of successful innovations in the manufacture of commercial value-priced folding pocket knives.

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