44 Pattern Machete and Cover

As might be expected, the 44 pattern jungle webbing set included a facility for a machete- essential in jungle conditions for clearing paths through thick secondary jungle. The machete was issued with a cover made of the same lightweight green rot resistant webbing as the main set:imageThis was clearly better suited for hot and humid conditions than the leather scabbards used before- these soaked up water and rotted quickly. This scabbard has a belt loop allowing it to be fastened to the rest of the webbing:imageThe throat of the scabbard is reinforced with metal to prevent the thin cotton from being damaged when the machete is inserted:imageThis scabbard was made by MECo 1945:imageThe machete is fairly typical of these tools, with black plastic hand grips:imageThese are partially distorted, evidence of the dangers of mosquito cream to early plastics:imageThis machete is also marked /|\ and dated 1945:imageThese machetes were given to all soldiers serving in the jungle and in this photograph from Malaya the machete can be clearly seen in the foreground while a soldier from the Manchester Regiment brews up:image

4 thoughts on “44 Pattern Machete and Cover

  1. Owen Thompson

    Yesterday at a carboot sale I bought a machete scabbard. I assumed it was American, but research has shown it is not – it is British – and guess where my research led me to – you site, yet again. Thanks! (A pair of anklets, machete scabbard & unidentified belt £7).

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  2. Simon Howlett

    Hi, really like the site and insights. The early plastic on the ’44 Pattern machete is very sensitive to heat extremes, so it is best stored at a static room temperature and away from other precious items and plastic materials. If the handle smells ‘sweet’ or starts to form ‘drips’ on the surface, then it is beginning to deteriorate. Sadly, as I am finding they don’t last forever despite how careful you keep them stored…

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