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Case Smatchet 1st model
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bright blade in original sheath

The Smatchet resembles the traditional bolo to some extent, though John Brunner in his book on OSS weapons also compares it to the Roman gladius and the machete. I have also seen it compared to the WWI Welsh trench sword as well. According to John Brunner, the first OSS record documenting a possible Smatchet order is dated July 3, 1942, and mentions ordering 20,000—half to be sent to England. Early bids to produce the Smatchet were received from Landers, Frary & Clark, who had made the OSS Stiletto, and Ulster Knife Company. Eventually, 29,000 Smatchets were ordered for the OSS from Ulster Knife Company at $3.50 each. However, various changes delayed production.