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    US 1917 Bolo knife


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    A relative has given me a US Model 1917 Bolo knife made by Plumb in Philadelphia. The blade is dated 1918. It is in very good shape & has a sheath with a canvas cover & a leather tip. The leather is stamped A-K-CO. 1918 B.H.S.
    Other than as a family heirloom do these have any value?
    Im not looking to get rid of it. I just want to know more about what Ive got.
    Thanks!
    Last edited by Sonikk; 02-26-2009 at 09:39 AM.

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    Pictures, pls?

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    Bolo

    I will upload one to imageshack & post the link ASAP
    Last edited by Sonikk; 02-25-2009 at 11:47 PM.

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    Search 1917 bolo on Ebay. They are nice but very modestly priced knives. Most run $75-125 in nice used condition.

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    That one looks to be in excellent condition, never used. THo' I'm no expert, it looks to be real.

    I think one in that condition is worth a little bit more than $75-125, but still less than $200.

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    Bolo

    Im not really concerned about price. Im more interested in who carried them, what troops were they issued to etc. Were they standard issue to foot soldiers? Marines?
    Im sure theyre WW1 vintage but thats about all I know.

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    Maybe try the Bernard Levine sub-forum. Someone there may have some information.

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    Cool.

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    Bolo

    Quote Originally Posted by tltt View Post
    Thats what I ws looking for, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msiley View Post
    Maybe try the Bernard Levine sub-forum. Someone there may have some information.
    I will check it out.
    Thanks!

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    Not sure of the value on mine but I have a barely-used one (not by Plumb, can't remember who though) with the experimental pressed tin scabbard. Is yours a single-bevel convex too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FortyTwoBlades View Post
    Not sure of the value on mine but I have a barely-used one (not by Plumb, can't remember who though) with the experimental pressed tin scabbard. Is yours a single-bevel convex too?
    Im not much of a knife guy. I dont know what a single bevel convex is. Theres a link about halfway down this page that has some info about these. If its an armory made model or one of the earlier production units it is less common then the ones made by Plumb.
    I got mine from an uncle who was in the Navy from 29 to the mid 50s. How he got it I have no idea. I also got a Japanese Ariska bayonet from him but it was stolen from my truck shortly after I got it.

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