Original SMLE machete with scabbard as used by the Australian Paratroopers during WW2. Measuring 16 inches overall, with the blade measuring 11.25 inches in length and 2 1/8 inches at it’s widest point. Blade is marked at the cross guard with a single small British Broad arrow stamp, with the blade retaining 99% of it’s original dark blued/black finish and original sharpening to the edge. The pommel and cross guard retain 98% of the original matching finish, with the pommel being marked with the serial number 4275 just below the opposite side of the release button. The 2 piece walnut grips are in excellent condition showing it’s original color and finish to both panels, with only slight handling wear being present. Grip panes are correctly stamp marked “Slaz43″ (Slazanger 1943) The grips are held in place by 2 metal retaining screws, both with 98% finish showing, and the screw heads being un-touched, with both slots facing in the same direction. Matching issue scabbard shows some wear, as it should, being properly maker marked and dated 1944. Only 2000 of these of these bayonets were produced, and are very scarce. In very good to excellent un-touched condition. Very scarce.