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    British Machete

    Received a Britishicon machete this week, ebay purchase. It is a WWII 1944 in pretty decent condition. It came in a well made but odd scabbard for a military knife. It has no means of attachment to a belt. Fits the machete perfectly but is unmarked.












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    Pretty sure those old blades had a leather scabbard, we used to issue those widely. We had lots of cast off and hold over WW2 and Korea issue... The scabbard looks very recent and just a case for, say, rucksack...
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    I have a WWII dated scabbard to put it in. It had been occupied by a 1952 issue machete which is now in the canvas scabbard. I agree this looks like something you would use to carry inside a rucksack. It is heavy canvas and the snap secures it very well. Just can't tell if it is military or not. I wouldn't say it looks new. It has an age about it. But could easily be a civilian manufacture for the surplus market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aragorn243 View Post
    But could easily be a civilian manufacture
    I think so too, I bought my first one some time ago when I was about 14...and it came in a .30 cal spare barrel case. Still have it but since procured a proper "Ontario" case from QM when the gettin' was good.
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    The Camillus one I have is in a leather scabbard too. Kind of odd the snaps are on the inside except that's probably how the thing was retained. The webbing canvas would be long to have come from a ruck though. Very likely not, um, First or Second World issue. It was professionally sewn on a machine though.
    I'd guess(a WHAG at that) it might have been used by India, Pakistan, Burma or the like.
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    The snap is how it is retained, it closes right over the handle end of the blade. It's a perfect fit. The little cheap drawstring, I see no purpose for.

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    With it in the side pouch of a rucksack, it would be tied in place. The snap is closed and it stays. The canvas didn't come from a ruck, it's for carrying in a ruck...
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    We had those machettes issued to us as part of our '44 pattern kit in Malaya. We called them Gollocks...... No Gollocks!!!!! They came with a dark/jungle green webbing case. They are still issued and are part of the kit in tanks and recovery vehicles plus other odds and sods providing the crews have done a health and safety users course and are trusted members of polite society

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    I have to provision one for the Bren gunners door pocket on the Morris LRC I hope I pass the stringent Gollocks tests! I have a photo as reference in an example vehicle but cannot post due to copyright etc. :/


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