WWII US AAF SURVIVAL MACHETE
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.
Has some scratches, wear and minor oxidation, otherwise good condition for its age.