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Machete of the Wehrmacht-Luftwaffe

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    Hi, mates !


    Month´s ago I catched a, (seldom-seen !), machete of the Wehrmacht-Luftwaffe at a flea-market.

    Such machetes were originally manufactured for use in various south-american countrie´s.

    As WWII began, this contract´s became obsolete.

    Later in war the Luftwaffe bought on-hand inventories of this machete, purchased on the civilian-market, to issue long-range bomber-crews and long-range reconnaissance aircraft-crew´s for theirs on-board rescue-equipment.

    There´re two pattern machetes.
    "Erstes Modell", (without sawback), and "Zweites Modell", (with sawback).

    You can find this machetes with crossguard and pommel-plate made of brass, or, made of iron.

    The Wehrmacht-Luftwaffe never ordered this pattern-machetes officialy under observance of any construction-guideline´s, ("RLM-Lastenheft" and, thus, no acceptance by the "Bauaufsicht Luftwaffe"), and this is the reason-why, there weren´t Luftwaffe acceptance-stamps marked on any parts of this pattern machete.

    It might be possible, that in WWII lots of this WL-machetes put together with parts, taken of available stocks.
    Also WWII-made scabbards were manufactured of stiched-together blue card-board, (carton) !

    The original metal-scabbard of my machete is unfortunately missing but I´m very glad, that I was so lucky to get one of this rare machetes !


    Dimensions:

    overall lenght: apx. 52,5 cm
    blade-lenght: apx. 40,5 cm


    Rgds.,

    R.
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    Last edited by Reibert; 06-29-2010 at 09:13 PM.

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    hi reibert ,tks for posting . lovely machete, have been on the hunt for one over 5yrs . paul .

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    Hi Reibert, a rare item indeed the scabbards are even harder to find i believe and they fetch a very good price also for the machete and scabbards, nice find and thanks for showing,
    cheers Ronnie

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