Artifacts

Bolo Knife with Leather Sheath

Artifact Details

The Research and Development branch of the OSS created and adapted weapons for the Allied forces.

With origins shortly after the Spanish-American War, the bolo knife served US combat forces during World War II. Like many knives of its size, the bolo could cut through brush easily. Other uses included sharpening or cutting wooden tools, digging, and some medical procedures.

Artifact Specs

Knife: 43.8 cm x 10 cm x 3.4 cm

(L x W x H)

Sheath: 32.1 cm x 8.7 cm x 2.8 cm

(L x W x H)

Learn More

Official OSS Exhibition Catalogue

The Office of Strategic Services: America’s First Intelligence Agency