World War II U. Army Air Force Type A-1 folding machete survival knife. Manufactured by Imperial Knife Co. As stamped on left ricasso. Adopted by the US Military in 1942 for the B-4 emergency bail out kit usually attached to the parachute harness. Checkered black plastic grip panels. There is a guard system built into machete. When closed, the metal guard protects the blade. When open, the guard flips closed to lock the blade in place. There is a release button for the guard that must be pushed to the release the guard and close the blade. MACHETE WITH SHEATH / TYPE A-1 / NO. This has been in my family since the 1940’s. MEASUREMENTS: Blade length is 9-5/8. Overall length when open is 17. Overall length when closed is 11-5/8. Small spot of rust on cutting edge of blade, black discoloration on tie on bottom of sheath. Overall a excellent specimen from this time period. The item “World War 11 U. S. Army Air Force Type A-1 folding machete survival knife” is in sale since Monday, November 9, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Edged Weapons”. The seller is “crewknife” and is located in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Brand: Imperial
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States