Machetes'

Post WW2 Machete

During Australia's participation in the "Indonesian Confrontation" in Malaysia and Borneo 1963-1966, they were provided a lot of equipment by the British supply system. Australian soldiers were issued with a British style machete based on the US M1942 machete that was referred to as an AF0100, that was issued with a scabbard AF0101. These machetes had come in to service with the Brits during WW2.

The British had also developed a new smaller and better balanced machete in the 1950's which used at this time and was also issued to Australian troops. This machete was based on the traditional Malayan/Indonesian tribal jungle knife known as a "Golok".



British Golok Style

Elwell

Elwell are a British firm that also supplied Machetes to the British Army

Australian troops used the Elwell Golok style machete in Malaya and Vietnam. The machetes were probably supplied to them by the British while they were in Malaya, as the Australian units which fought during Confrontation did so as part of a larger British and Commonwealth force under overall British command.

The Australian Golok machete that was subsequently made at Lithgow and then issued to Australian troops appears to have been based on the design.

The machete was issued with a canvas sheath that included a sharpening stone.

Elwell Machete





MA

MA is the proof mark for the Lithgow Small Arms Factory NSW and the following number is the year of production.

The machete was issued with a canvas sheath that included a sharpening stone.



MA70 Machete

Machetes have been noted with the mark MA65, MA66, MA67, MA68, MA69, MA70, MA71 and MA72





Miric

This is a Golok style machete. It has a moulded black handle which is in a slightly lowered position.

The machete was issued with a canvas sheath that included a sharpening stone.

I have been unable to find any information on the manufacturer. The only firm I have been able to find was a Miric Industries which went in to liquidation in 2009.



Miric Machete
From the Kennington collection

Miric Machete