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US 1917 Bolo knife

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Sonikk, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Sonikk

    Sonikk

    11
    Feb 3, 2009
    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: Feb 26, 2009
  2. Andrew Colglazier

    Andrew Colglazier

    Sep 14, 2006
    Pictures, pls?

    Andy
     
  3. untamed

    untamed

    Jan 7, 2003
    ^ I second!
     
  4. Sonikk

    Sonikk

    11
    Feb 3, 2009
    I will upload one to imageshack & post the link ASAP
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2009
  5. tltt

    tltt

    May 1, 2008
    Search 1917 bolo on Ebay. They are nice but very modestly priced knives. Most run $75-125 in nice used condition.
     
  6. CWL

    CWL

    Sep 15, 2002
    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.
     
  7. Sonikk

    Sonikk

    11
    Feb 3, 2009
    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.
     
  8. msiley

    msiley

    542
    Aug 19, 2006
    Maybe try the Bernard Levine sub-forum. Someone there may have some information.
     
  9. Masteroffajitas

    Masteroffajitas Banned

    Oct 7, 2008
    Cool.
     
  10. Sonikk

    Sonikk

    11
    Feb 3, 2009
  11. Sonikk

    Sonikk

    11
    Feb 3, 2009
    I will check it out.
    Thanks!
     
  12. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    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?
     
  13. Sonikk

    Sonikk

    11
    Feb 3, 2009
    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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