I don’t even recall how I got there, but I was trolling the ‘net the other evening and came across something I’d not seen in years.
I’ve heard it described variously as a WWII USMC Corpsman’s knife, a Marine machete, as a Navy bolo… whatever you want to call it, it brings back fond memories. My father acquired one years ago and had it in the workshop with the axes and mauls we used to split wood, and I used to appropriate it for adventures into the jungle that pretends to be woods in eastern North Carolina when I was in my teens.
The blade was extremely thick and heavy, and it was one of the most functional chopping implements I’ve ever used. It is great for removing small limbs from trees, shaping poles or notching small logs, splitting kindling, or even chopping down small trees. It was tiring to use because of it’s heft, but one of the best machete’s I’ve ever used for heavy utility work.
Atlanta Cutlery has them, but seems to be phasing them out. That’s a shame. I’m getting to the point where I’m burning more wood (both for heat and the simple primal enjoyment that comes from listening to the crackle of flames) and would love to have this to split kindling with a bit more control than you can get from an axe. Maybe I can justify it as a birthday present to myself…