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Old 12-02-2010, 05:51 PM
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It apparantly belonged to an old uncle, has a light green plastic (?) handle, a respectably sharp edge, and virtually no rust or corrosion. Unfortnately, no scabbard has turned up.
Near the hilt it's stamped "DISSTON U.S. 1944 ".
I did a little Googling, and found one that had sold for $12.95,but then found one going for $120+.
Anyway, it's kinda cool, I'm not looking to move it, but wondering if it's worth anything.
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I'd love to see pictures. And as for the price it depends on collector demand. However I wouldn't sell it as its a part of your family's history. I personally would keep and pass it down to my children.
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I don't think plastic was used much in the early 1940s. I think what you have is a "Model 1944" machete made after the 1940s, perhaps in the 50s or 60s. It is modeled after the "Model 1944". And the US military at that time would never use light green plastic on the handle.

Gov't property during that time had the model number be the same as the year it was first made. For example "Model 1945" mess kits were made well into the Vietnam era. I have one from my uncle who was in Vietnam.
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I don't think plastic was used much in the early 1940s. I think what you have is a "Model 1944" machete made after the 1940s, perhaps in the 50s or 60s. It is modeled after the "Model 1944". And the US military at that time would never use light green plastic on the handle.

Gov't property during that time had the model number be the same as the year it was first made. For example "Model 1945" mess kits were made well into the Vietnam era. I have one from my uncle who was in Vietnam.
In the 40's they did use a lot of a type of plastic. It was called Bakelite. Radios were made of it and so was jewelry and a lot of other things and it came in different colors. I found a bakelite chess set once for 1.00 at a yard sale and sold it for over 200.00. You can tell if it's bakelite by taking a cotton ball with an oil based cleaning product (409 is good) and rubbing a small spot. If it turns yellow it's bakelite. I've seen some really expensive jewelry made of it. I once bought a 2" high bakelite souvenir of the 1939-1940 worlds fair trylon and perisphere for a quarter at a yard sale. That sold for over 200.00 too. Disston is a good name and some of their old fancier handsaws and other tools sell for good money. I would keep the machete though. Good survival tool especially if it keeps a good edge.
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Here's a link about Disston and Bakelite. http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/d95page.html
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from what I have read, don't try to clean it up. Don't remove any rust, or what seems to be old stuff. Apparently that can decrease the value if there is any at all.
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from what I have read, don't try to clean it up. Don't remove any rust, or what seems to be old stuff. Apparently that can decrease the value if there is any at all.
That theory doesn't apply to weapons or any iron or steel unless it's an ancient relic. You can kill the value if you clean copper or brass or even wood. Any kind of silver, whether it be sterling or plated you can clean. Believe me I know about patina and have made big money selling metalware. I went to a yardsale once. There were two sets of flatware. One was an ugly gold colored set for $20.00. The other was an old tarnished set for $10.00. I knew it was sterling. I polished all of it and sold it on e-bay and made almost 2,000.
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