Paratrooper/Pilot Jungle Kit Machete
Perhaps one of the rarer pieces of WW2 Far East attributed edged weapons, the Paratrooper/Flight machete. Made by Martingale and only in 1943, as stamped in the blade. The scabbard bears the initials B.H.G for Barrow Hepburn & Gale (renowned for making fine political dispatch boxes) also marked 1943. The /| W is possibly a Viewer stamp, I have seen R too on these. I accept W on F-S scabbards represents “waxed” but I don’t think so on this.
You can see the shadow on the scabbard where it’s been carried,always sheathed in one direction.
Both leg straps are present which is a real bonus on these.
The blade is in great condition and and is darkened with age and use. As the photo shows it’s got an edge to the spine, unusual on a machete but useful as a fighting knife.
These machetes are very rare and seldom come to the market.