AUSTRALIAN WW2 BAKELITE GRIP MACHETE WITH CANVAS SCABBARD DATED 1945
A little seen Australian WW2 machete that has Bakelite grips instead of wood as used on previous versions. It is typically found with a canvas sheath, evidently a leather sheath was issued prior to the adoption of the canvas sheath
This machete is marked D [broad arrow] D above DC-45. The manufacturer was Die Casters Pty Ltd a Melbourne based firm and it was produced in 1945. Die Casters were precision molding specialists and because of this some researchers doubt that they are responsible for the DC marked machetes. We have recently been made aware that Marsden Products were a Division of Lysaght Works Ltd. Did Lysaght manufacture the machetes for both Marsden and Die Casters at their Port Kembla factory?
The machete is offered in excellent condition and is complete with an waxed canvas scabbard.