Original Korean War era folding Survival Machete manufactured by IMPERIAL of Providence, RI; issued circa 1948 to the US Air Force pilots as part of the bail-out survival kit. These were carried in the B-4 survival kits/seat packs attached to the pilot's parachute harness. This type is erroneously illustrated as WW2 period machete in U. MILITARY KNIVES; BOOK TWO published in 1973 by Michael H.Lightly used condition with some minor pitting on the safety blade cover and the blade's spine; gun-blued finish; the blade is nice and tight. Original black plastic grips are excellent; the handle is tight with zero play; blade lock is in perfect working order. This machete is about 17" / 43.2 cm opened; the blade is about 10" / 25 cm long.
Ricasso is sharply stamped IMPERIAL / PROV. USA Korean War era USAF type A-1 Folding Survival Machete IMPERIAL Prov, RI made. These large handy machetes / bolo knives were usually carried in the B-4 survival kits (seat packs) attached to the pilot's parachute harness. His particular type is erroneously illustrated as the WW-2 period survival machete on page 69 of.Published in 1973 by Michael H. Cole - a well-established expert and the author of a number of books on the subject of the US military edged weapons (see the book's scan attached). The A-1 type, however, was adapted by the US military in 1948. Besides, this machete's design and materials are too complex and expensive for the WW-2 mass production, but the mis-informed reference kind of stuck anyway. To the best of my knowledge.
Lightly used condition with some minor pitting on the safety blade cover and the blade's spine; "gun-blued" finish; the blade is nice and tight. Original black plastic grips are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips; the handle is tight with zero play; blade lock is in perfect working order.This isn't your typical folding pocket knife - the machete with the cover on weights about 1 lb 12 oz / 0.785 kg. We always treat our customers with professionalism and respect. We are looking forward to having business with you; you will not be disappointed. We try our best to answer all questions within 24 hours. Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Create your brand with Auctiva's. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "USA Korean War era USAF type A-1 Folding Survival Machete IMPERIAL Prov, RI made" is in sale since Sunday, April 1, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Korea (1950-53)\Original Period Items". The seller is "pasha_28" and is located in Upstate New York.
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