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Hi

 

I just picked up this 1966 Ontario Knife Co. machete today. It was at an antique shop about 40 miles from me. I'd seen it there for over a year - I feel it was priced too high. Well today the seller was having a sale and so I snagged it for 75% off :)

 

Anyway, it is well used as you will see in the photos. The thing that I really like about it is the marking on the scabbard - does this mean it was issued/used by the Marine Corps? I mean I know there isn't any way to tell if the wear was caused by use in the jungles of Vietnam or on someone's property here in Texas but I think that marking really adds interest to it. What do you think?

 

Here's some photos, thanks for looking.

 

-Derek

 

 

 

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A good possibility of Marine Corps issuance; here is a '44-dated Pack rig, the lower section of which has a similar stenciling which was applied upside-down.

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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"R & D"...wish I knew what that signifies...

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Support our troops...abandoning the War on Terror is not an affordable luxury.

I'm so old, I still call W.W.II U.S. militaria "war surplus".

 

God's blessings in the Name of our Lord Jesus- Jim Robertson

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Does anyone know the expansion of the name "MARMAC"? Is it perhaps "Marine Military Advisory Command"? That would seem to fit with the naming conventions we used at the time, e.g. MACV, MACTHAI, MACSOG, etc.

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Marmac is a brand name. They also made the food containers we called "Mermites", which was probably a messed up "Marmac". I have army machete scabbards from the same time that are stamped "Marmac". SKIP

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Marmac is a brand name. They also made the food containers we called "Mermites", which was probably a messed up "Marmac". I have army machete scabbards from the same time that are stamped "Marmac". SKIP

Mermites is a term to designate an insulated container for transporting food to the field that goes back to at least WWII. It appears to be a generic term for an item produced by a lot of different manufacturers. There are a number of firms that do business under the MARMAC name, but none seem to have a product line which would likely include either mermites or machetes/machete scabbards. Perhaps it is a defunct company - do you have any details on a company named MARMAC which produced mermites? What were their years of operation? I'm mainly

looking to see if they were in business providing military equipment in 1966. If so, it could well be our explanation.

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