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US Model 1917 Bolo Knife with Scabbard


Reproduction WWI & WWII US Model 1917 Bolo Knife with Scabbard is made with a sharpened high carbon steel blade with a full tang. Features dark wood grips. Includes a No 1 style scabbard.


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Our military used the same basic bolo knife from the turn of the century through WWII. Manufactured from 1897 to 1918, it went through a number of changes during its production life. First issued to medical personnel in the field it was later issued to fighting troops and used to clear brush, fields of fire and for any task requiring a “chopper”.

We have chosen to reproduce the 1917 version that was made in great numbers during 1917 and 1918. Features a heavy-duty high carbon sharpened steel blade (the reverse edge is sharp for the 1st 2") that’s properly heat treated in a computer-controlled kiln.

The full tang is integral with the pommel and the dark close-grained wood grips are secured with 2 large bolts. The right side of the blade base is stamped “US MOD 1917 CT” and the left is stamped “PLUMB STLOUIS 1918”.

Includes a No 1 style scabbard that includes a 1918 dated makers stamp on the leather tip; it’s covered in heavy canvas with a heavy-duty brass throat and brass belt hanger for use on standard web belts. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts and comes factory sharp.


Attribute nameAttribute value
Overall Length15"
Blade Length10-1/2"
Weight1 lb / 6 oz


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Excellent Value!
Very well made - even then scabbard. Very accurate - looks & feels just like the real thing. They are very good about keeping buyers informed about delivery dates. Highly recommend their knives!
- Robert, September 02, 2022 | Verified Purchase
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Faithful Functional Reproduction
I acquired one of these for professional museum use to save my original from excessive wear.  These are incredibly faithful to the original, and well made for actual field work as intended.  The markings on the leather scabbard tip as well as drain hole (also identically present on my original) were a very nice touch.  A nice addition to a historical collection, exhibit, or unique piece of gear for bushcraft, and handle just as the originals do, sharp and ready to go out of the box. Don’t hesitate to add this to your collection!
- Charles, August 13, 2021
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Very happy with my purchase
The item was exactly as picture. Ordering easy and delivery was very quick.
- Fred, August 03, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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Very close to the original. It is a decent representation.
- Keith, July 26, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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U.S. Bolo Bayonet
I would like to see a reproduction U.S
Bolo Bayonet for the 1903 Springfield Rifle.
There were three models if I recall the first being the Model 1909 or 1910 and a latter one the resembles the 1917 Bolo Knife,  these bayonets were issued to the Phillipino Scouts
- Mark, June 02, 2021
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Quality Piece
I already have one. Really nice, I enjoy bringing the cutting edge to razor sharpness! Without exaggeration I can shave hair off my arm.  So I bought another one. I also built an all leather scabbard for it that can be hung vertically or latterly out of 9-10 leather glued,,sewn and riveted. Respectfully,Bob
- Rhonda, March 23, 2021 | Verified Purchase
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I really like this knife.  It has the heft of tool used in the field to clear away brush or dig in soil and hack away tree limbs for camouflaging a position.
- William, June 11, 2020 | Verified Purchase
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US Model 1917 Bolo Knife With Scabbard Replica
I own an original US Model 1917 Bolo Knife, in near mint condition,  issued to my Dad when he was in the USMC from 1922 to 1955, the one from Atlanta Cutlery matches it very, very closely, as does the sheath.
- Steve, February 02, 2020 | Verified Purchase
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Very strong knife
I have several knives a few military one this one is the toughest
- Gary, February 01, 2020 | Verified Purchase
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Like the original
Great quality. Incredibly accurate detail.  I have friend that has an original. When I explained where I got it they couldn't believe it.
- Gary, July 27, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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Beautiful Bolo
I am very happy with my Bolo, it is a very authentic looking and high quality WWI - WWII era piece! The history of the Bolo is significant to me because it incorporates a mix of my Wife's Philippine culture and my U.S. culture! I would expect nothing less than the highest of quality from Windlass Steelcrafts, the official maker of the famous Nepalese Gurkha's legendary Kukuris!
- Joshua, March 26, 2019 | Verified Purchase
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This is as close to an exact replica as I have ever seen!  Even the part of the sheath that would normally NEVER be seen!  I imagine a re-enactor would be pleased to have one of these.
- Herman, August 31, 2017 | Verified Purchase
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Love this knife and scabbard. Seems well made and rugged. Blade does not come "Oops, I cut myself sharp". But can be easily sharpened to that, without a major removal of metal. I would recommend an improvement. The wood grips could use better defined grip grooves. It comes more whittled-like than grooved as the originals did new. Of course over the years these grooves often were hand worn away to less definition. The scabbard comes marked A.K. Co. 1918 R.H.S. . I assume the R.H.S. represents an inspectors initials like Rock Island Arsenal items. Nice touch. Though I am unaware of any A.K. Co making scabbards for these. Of the original 1917 versions (I have seen) they are usually marked Brauer Bros. 1918. Prior to 1917 when Springfield Arsenal made the M1910 and first M1917's, one finds R.I.A. (for Rock Island Arsenal). And the later all metal scabbards marked L.F.C.
Evidently there were improvements done since Jared bought one. There is no welding of blade to tang that I see. And the grips fit well and tight. (no wood putty).
I would recommend this item to someone like myself that re-enacts WW1. Rather than purchasing an expensive original to take to the trenches and battle fields with.
And save the originals (intact) for display collections.
- Guest user, May 27, 2017
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Arrived completely dull. Unlike Jared, handle is in good shape. Since I bought this because it is referenced in a science fiction novel, I can live with its dullness until I sharpen it.
- Jon, June 13, 2015
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This bolo is absolutely great, I love the Krag-style hanger & if the entire reverse edge was sharp it would remind me of short Gladiolus.  This item is more than worth the price; I highly recomend this one.
- Frank, August 04, 2012
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Jared - Sorry you had problems with your purchase.  We are looking into the issues you mentioned, in the meantime feel free to return the knife for a refund.
- Ally, May 29, 2012
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  Sticker on blade says "Made in India". Only sharpened on one side, completely flat on the other side of the blade. Serious issue for such a thick blade. Seems to make the knife twist in my hand with every chop.  Handle is welded to blade to make it full tang...welded very badly.  Not sure if it will stay together. Handles do not fit very well. Filled in with wood-putty to fit. Putty started to fall out as soon as I started chopping. Would have been ok for say $20. Paid $100. Was expecting better quality. Was actually expecting a semi-custom reproduction. Find it hard to believe the original would have been made like this for our troops...even 100 years ago. I hope this is not typical of Windlass Steelcrafts. Bought this knife for combat use but would NOT use it for such without major alterations.Could be made combat worthy with some major grinding and re-welding. The handles would not be much of an issue for combat use but for $100 they should fit without putty. Very disappointing.
- Jared, May 27, 2012 | Verified Purchase
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