Original U.S. WWII Collins & Co. Legitimus Bakelite Handle No.18 Machete V44 Knife with No.13 Scabbard
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Original Items: Only one available. These types of knives are extremely rare on today’s market. Made by Collins & Co. of Hartford, Conn, this is a LEGITIMUS model No. 18 V-44 type Machete with a black bakelite handle. This Bowie style knife measures 14 inches long overall, with a 9 3/8 inch clip point blade. Blade is 2 inches wide at the widest point. It is offered in excellent condition, complete with leather sheath. The ricasso is nicely marked:

COLLINS & CO
LEGITIMUS
MADE IN U.S.A.
No. 18

The blade is in very good condition, showing light wear from service, and the usual staining and light oxidation. These were issued “in the white” covered with a layer of lacquer, which would quickly wear off, allowing the blade to oxidize. There is a bit of light rusting near the tip, and the knife definitely has been sharpened while in service, giving it a great broken in look.

The leather sheath is also marked with the COLLINS & CO. / LEGITUMUS name around the trademark logo, and is their style 13 sheath. The leather is is in very good condition, with just a bit of the usual age-related deterioration. The belt loop is still attached and sound, and…

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