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I am pretty sure this is a Medical Corps knife. I am have trouble finding a number designation or model for it. Is it post WW2? Any help is appreciated.It is marked USMC and Plumb. It is really in nice shape sans scuffs on the side from the scabbard throat. The throat appears to be blackened copper, there is no markings on the scabbard.
02-20-2010, 05:46 PM
I found your knife in Cole's book III pages 40 and 41 and the Cole books combined and edited by Mike Silvey pages 56-58. Here is what it says.
U.S.M.C MEDICAL CORPSMEN KNIFE
These large knives were issued to the Marines during World War ll and were made by a number of knife companies. All those examined had wooden handles. Some were walnut and others were made of a light colored wood such as oak or maple, and still others had a handle with tang painted green. The blade was about 11 1/8" to 11 3/8" long and 15 5/8" overall length. Some were left bright, others were parkerized and most were deeply stamped with "U.S.M.C. and the name or trademark of the maker.
The scabbards were made of heavy brown leather with a brass throat that has been blackened. A large number of these scabbards were cut down and issued with the New Zealand Fighting Knife shown on another page. Scabbards were stamped on the back, Boyt with date.
U.S. BOYT 42, USMC BOYT 43, USMC BOYT 44, USMC BOYT 45
His example is also stamped Plumb.
The scabbard shown with it in the book is rounded almost to a point. With a hole rivit at the tip. The hanger tab has 4 rivits mounting it and 2 more at a reinforcement area.
The scabbard you show, with squared off throat and slightly angled end, is shown with a squared off tipped blade U.S.M.C. Machete, Intrenching. That was in the 1938 edition of the "Landing-Force Manual" U.S. Navy. "The scabbard was made of O.D. canvas covering over a stiff material trimmed with brown leather at both ends with a brass throat that was blackened"
Hope that helps,
Thanks Jim, I found plenty of similar knives in my usual search places just none were Plumbs and none had the square scabbard.
The knife and scabbard are pretty much new condition sans the scuffs from the scabbard, the scabbard seems to fit perfect.
I bought it from a older fella today at a show, it is inked "good hunting" from Flick and Bub on the front, he said Flick and Bub were his uncles stationed in the Philipines and they sent it to him as a gift. He also said Flick and Bub never made it home.
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