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    i want to share with you today a japanese machete,.it was given to me by my grandfather along with a cigarette case & some photos he aquired while in japan on an allied relief effort in 1945,minesweeping & testing for radiation,the radiation exposure eventually killed him,.the cigarette case he told me was given to him by a doctor in japan,my grandfather engraved "memory of japan" on the top of the cigarette case.so its very sentimental to me,as are all these items.,i dont know how he got the photos or the machete,dont know if he took the photos or what,.but if anyone has any info on the machete please comment because i would love to know more,it has engraved on the blade " Hand Bolo Forged" & made in Japan on the handle also has made in Japan on the scabbard.,any info or comments much appretiated.

    cheers


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    Hello, interesting items. This machette is of U.S. origin rather than Japanese. I used to have one myself marked U.S Navy 1944 and with Japanese made grips, so my assumption is that the Japanese refitted some US equipment in the postwar era. The hand forged marking is certainly American as is the style of the this machette. Imperial Japanese items are almost always marked with Japanese Kanji (there are a few exceptions) and not marked in English.

    Douglas

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    thanks for your comment douglas,yeah i suspected that the machete had U.S markings & i think you are right that the japanese added handgrips post war & the scabbard.with a U.S blade,.quite a unique piece then i would think half WW2 U.S/Post war japanese
    machete,.cheers

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