US Model 1917 "Bolo" or "Smatchet" Knife
This is the second evolution of the US Model 1910 Bolo Knife and was a reduction in size
from previous (pre-1910) bolos. This was a lighter general purpose chopping and
digging tool/knife. The difference between the 1910 and the 1917 is a simple removal
of the latch that hold the bolo in the scabbard; this latch is normally located
at the upper tang back-edge rearward of the cross-guard. The 1917 variant is the
most common of the two types.
Wood grips, steel cross-guard and bird's-head pommel, heavy steel 10-3/8" blade (double-edged spear-point or "barong" style).
The standard scabbards are of wooden body with steel throat, covered by a green canvas outer sleeve with leather tip. An experimental all-metal sheath was issued later (made by Landers, Frary, & Clark).
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