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US Model 1904 Hospital Corps Knife

US Model 1904 Hospital Corps Knife

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Object Name
knife, military
Other Terms
Knife; Edged Weapons; Army; Hospital Corps
overall: 17 1/8 in x 4 in x 1 1/2 in; 43.4975 cm x 10.16 cm x 3.81 cm
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
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Produced by Springfield Armory, it’s bolo style design strongly was influenced by US Army’s experience in the Philippines. Issued to Army medical personnel (hence the label “Hospital Corps Knife”) it was considered a utility knife and not a surgical instrument for field amputations. Although undoubtedly capable of completing a partial amputation, it was intended for more mundane tasks such as clearing brush and crafting field expedient devices like splints and litter poles.

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