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#1 GreenStar67

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 02:23 PM

I picked up this these up at  a garage sale $40 :unsure: - the machete is marked "TRUE TEMPER 1945 US"  and scabbard " marked "B.M. Co. 4 VP 1945"

 

I believe it is real GI - the scabbard is hard plastic like material - I always thought they were canvas? Handle is dull more yellow than green color - blade is real nice - not chipped - fairly sharp edge. I'm not sure if it is a good value or not.

 

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 03:19 PM

There were some plastic machete sheaths introduced late in WW2.  Same style sheath was also made in the 60's for Vietnam use.  Later that sheath was replaced by another more ridged plastic sheath, that I believe may still be in use today.



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Posted 07 September 2018 - 03:38 PM

Vietnam era;

 

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 03:51 PM

GreenStar67- You did great! Nice WW2 True Temper w/ a nice late war scabbard. $40 for the set was a nice deal. We still had those WW2 era dated scabbards in the late 70s, at least in 5th SFGA. Thanks for showing!  SKIP



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Posted 07 September 2018 - 04:03 PM

Thanks I'm glad to hear that, sometimes you can tell its a good find and other times not. It did look different though. The scabbard doesn't have any holes in the sides like the Vietnam Era scabbard picture.

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 04:44 PM

The one on top is the newer ridged sheath. Underneath the machete is the other plastic sheath similar to yours.  Here's some close ups of the marking on the two sheaths.

 

 

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 04:45 PM

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Posted 08 September 2018 - 08:49 AM

sactroop, Interesting that the hangar is tilted on the newer ones - this image also shows marking a little better. In searching around a little, the "BM Co." and "VP" on scabbard I believe indicate Beckwith Manufacturing Company (Dover. New Hampshire - Victory Plastics division (Hudson. Massachusetts) - they made bayonet scabbards as well for the war effort and beyond - I am guessing the 4 is just a mold control number or such.

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