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Collins made machete?

Discussion in 'Himalayan Imports' started by SkagSig40, Feb 21, 2002.

  1. SkagSig40


    Feb 1, 2001
    I was at one of the local flea markets and I saw the best machete I have ever seen. It was very heavy over 1/4 inch thick and about 2 and 1/2 inches wide. The blade was hand forged and you could see the hammer marks. The blade was marked Collins made and had an army mark on it. I remember reading something on Collins befor but I can't recall much about it. Do any of you guys know anything about Collins machete's? It had a price tag of $155.00. Is it worth that?

    It is a nice heavy knife and had the feel of a 18 inch AK.

  2. mosh


    Nov 2, 1999
    Collins had a reputation for producing serious machetes.
    They were supposedly made out of (work hardened) old railroad tracks.
    Back in the late seventies you could mailorder certain models for under $20.
    Hope this helps.

  3. Bobwhite


    Nov 30, 1999
    I know there is a collector's market for Collins stuff, there is even a book at my local library about them. I guess the price is that high due to collector value more than user value if you know what I meen. That said, they are collectibles for a reason. By all accounts, it is the best machete ever made.
  4. Bill Martino

    Bill Martino

    Mar 5, 1999
    I don't think I've ever seen one but when things get into the collectible arena it's Katy bar the door. What would my no 1 Superman comic book be worth today that sainted old Aunt Winnie bought for me back in 38 or 39?
  5. SkagSig40


    Feb 1, 2001
    Thank you guys!

    Uncle Bill do you still have that #1 Superman comic book? If you do it is worth nothing and you should send it to me so I can get rid of it for you!!:D :D ;)

    Really I'd bet it is worth thousands of dollars even if it is in ok shape!!!!:)
  6. Berkley


    May 5, 1999
    Levine's Guide to Knives and Their Values 4th Ed. says a Collins U.S. Signal Corps (Brush Cutting) machete with military marked sheath in excellent unsharpened condition is worth $100-125; Collins U.S. Engineer's Bolo type $50-70. The 4th Edition is several years old, but unfortunately the 5th Edition was made without Bernard Levine's participation or approval and is worthless. Still, they have no doubt gone up. Collins machetes are often sold on ebay, so you might try a search there on recent sales.
  7. Bill Martino

    Bill Martino

    Mar 5, 1999
    Thanks for help, Berk.

    Chris, the comic book disappeared long ago -- but I still remember how excited I was when Aunt Winnie handed it to me on Sunday AM 60 some years ago.
  8. SkagSig40


    Feb 1, 2001
  9. Berkley


    May 5, 1999
    According to The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price
    Guide . SUPERMAN No. 1 (1939) is valued at $26,000 :eek:
  10. John Powell

    John Powell

    Mar 9, 1999
    This thread has me thinking about all the things I wish I had saved:
    Mad Magazine #1, my 1956 Triumph T110, and Austin Cooper S, a small piece of beachfront property in Sag Harbor and all those guns!

    "What if" is sure a fun game....
  11. firkin


    Jan 26, 2002
    Holy Toledo!:p
  12. Walosi


    Jan 10, 2001
    I get to the Winchester Mod. 21, 12 ga. side by side that a guy sold to me in 1952 for $100. I sold it for a tidy $50 profit six months later. Winchester discontinued it, because of the cost of hand-matching the barrels. Then they brought it back six months later, at $1,200 and it has gone skyward ever since. This was a field grade, with light engraving, and probably sits around $3-4,000 now.
  13. Bill Martino

    Bill Martino

    Mar 5, 1999
    Yeah, "what if" I'd kept the first 5 cars I bought -- no 1 a good 1930 Model A coupe, second 36 Ford coach and so it goes.
  14. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999
    It sounds like you came across a Collins model 1005 Engineer's Bolo. These were first produced prior to the first World War for use in the Philippines. Here's a pic.


    Attached Files:

  15. SkagSig40


    Feb 1, 2001
    That is it N2S!! So are these worth around $50-60?

    Same sheath too!
  16. not2sharp

    not2sharp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 29, 1999

    As with everything else, the better examples are getting scarce and a little more expensive. The $50-70 number is a few years out of date. These come up on ebay about once a month, so I would check there to get a reasonable price point.

    BTW, these were produced by Collins and by another unidentified maker. The collins examples are clearly marked, the others are completely unmarked. They turn up handled in wood, or, horn (green) with a nice fully convex edge.

  17. Bill Martino

    Bill Martino

    Mar 5, 1999
    Thanks for usual great help, n2s.

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