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The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

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The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

#1 Post by Candyman » Sun Jun 04, 2017 8:35 pm

The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife was issued by the Marine Corps during World War II. It was a bolo type knife intended for cleqaring brush and for cutting wood for litters or shelter poles.

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The Knife had an overall length of 16 1/2 inches with a blade that was 11 1/4 x 3 inches. The spoon tip blade was supplied both parkerized or bright. The wooden handle had either three or four flush rivets, steel, iron or brass. The left face of the blade was stamped with "USMC" and the manufacturer identity. Some knives were not marked with the USMC marking or the manufacturer name.


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These are the listed manufacturers of the USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife:

Briddell
Chatillion
Clyde Cutlery Co.
Fayette R. Plumb
Village Blacksmith
The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife scabbard is stitched leather with a brass riveted throat and a brass grommet hole at the tip. The back of the scabbard had a M1910 pistol belt hook attached by a heavy riveted and stitched loop of leather. Just below the hook, the leather was stamped with three rows of letters.

USMC
BOYT
42

Boyt was the only manufacturer of the scabbard, with dates from 1942 to 1945, with "44" most common.

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Mine is missing the pistol belt hook and only has US stamped above BOYT.
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Re: The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

#2 Post by fordmech00 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:45 pm

Very interesting, learn something new everyday. Thank you

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Re: The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

#3 Post by yooper_sjd » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:32 pm

fordmech00 wrote:
Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:45 pm
Very interesting, learn something new everyday. Thank you
Never seen a knife like that, been on a few older ships that had gear stowed deep, found Thomsan stick mags dated 1944, had to sent them back to crane indiana. shoulda just paid for the postage, and mailed them home

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Re: The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

#4 Post by toot » Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:50 am

a great score! they just don't turn up anymore.

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Re: The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

#5 Post by retread12345678 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:33 pm

I had a couple of these over time They are massive I had one which had been re shaped to a clipped point bowie profile, but I suspect it was
done by an unauthorized , non official facility

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Re: The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

#6 Post by Point-man » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:15 am

These are the listed manufacturers of the USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife:

Briddell
Chatillion
Clyde Cutlery Co.
Fayette R. Plumb
Village Blacksmith

Looks like they shortened a machete. Thanks for sharing .

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Re: The USMC Hospital Corpsman Knife

#7 Post by toot » Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:31 am

that is one great knife you have.

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