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Collins No 18 knife

Started by semperbee , Aug 12 2017 10:47 AM

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#1 semperbee

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:47 AM

Hello all-

Buddy of mine picked this up at the gunshow here in town today. I'm not very familiar with these so can anyone tell me the particulars on this knife/machete? I figure the handles have been replaced but that's about all I know about it.

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#2 semperbee

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:52 AM

Reverse side

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:53 AM

stamp markings

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:10 PM

Looks like green horn for the scales on the left and black bakelite/micarta for the right.  The stamping "No. 18" looks off but knife looks correct for a Collins No. 18.  Issued in emergency kits, and used by the USMC Raiders at one time.  Sheath looks generic but correct, down to the crumpled tip.



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 02:28 PM

The cow horn they used varied quite a bit in color from the light green all the way to black. I believe that black side is true horn just very dark. Having these dual tone handles are fairly common with these machetes. In fact, you can actually see some delamination or flaking on the handle in the first picture. And the stamping being cocked, no big deal! All these machetes were hand made with always subtle variances in many ways. Whomever stamped this one was just having an off day. You almost never see two exactly a like actually. Overall, nice looking machete!

The markings are what is referred to as a Sword Stamp, associated with pre WWII manufacture.

The scabbard is not the typical #13 that these came with from Collins, it is the type provided with the like style manufactured by Case and Kinfolks. It is of the era, how they ended up together is anyone's guess. 


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#6 semperbee

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 04:45 PM

Thanks for the replies, he'll be happy as he only paid $75.00 for the set.




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