Checkered black plastic grip panels. There is a guard system built into machete.
When closed, the metal guard protects the blade. When open, the guard flips closed to lock the blade in place.
There is a release button for the guard that must be pushed to the release the guard and close the blade. MACHETE WITH SHEATH / TYPE A-1 / NO.This has been in my family since the 1940's. MEASUREMENTS: Blade length is 9-5/8. Overall length when open is 17. Overall length when closed is 11-5/8. Small spot of rust on cutting edge of blade, black discoloration on tie on bottom of sheath.
Overall a excellent specimen from this time period. The item "World War 11 U.
Army Air Force Type A-1 folding machete survival knife" is in sale since Monday, November 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Edged Weapons". The seller is "crewknife" and is located in Lincoln, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped to United States.