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  M-1909 Bolo

M-1909 Bolo Knive Basic Information


The M-1909 Bolo Knife was designed to aid US soldiers deal with the jungle foliage that they had previously found themselves in with incursions into Cuba and the Philippines, where natives used similar sized machetes. (Earlier attempts at creating cutting tools with bolo bayonets designed for the Krag rifle were seen as failures.) The M-1909 Bolo Knife was designed to be carried as a belt knife from its first production at the Springfield Armory in 1909 to its final production in 1915. A total of 17,540 were produced at the Springfield Armory. Beginning in 1917, Plumb and Collins each produced a variant of the M-1909, designated as M-1917 Bolo Knife.


The M-1909 Bolo Bayonet was produced at the Springfield Armory in 1911 and 1913. In spite of varying production estimates, it is fairly rare. Even though many have been observed, fakes are possible, and acquiring one warrants caution.


M-1909 Basic Data

Blade Length: 13.94 inches Overall Length: 19.52 inches
Blade Width: 2.31 inches Blade Thickness: 0.3125 inches
Scabbards: Original M-1909 Scabbards were made in three variants by the Rock Island Arsenal and appropriately marked. All have leather belt loops and metal throats with a placement pin. M-1917 Bolo Scabbards were made by Ladew.
Reverse of SN 63
Obverse of SN 63
Earliest known M-1909 to date
Obverse of SN 63
M-1909 scabard, late variant