Variations on the Civil War Hospital Corps Machete – by B. K. Brooks
From the October 2019 issue of Knife Magazine:
“The Hospital Corps Machete (HCM) was created in 1862, during the early part of the Civil War, by the famed Collins Company of Collinsville, Connecticut (an area in the town of Canton). The company started out in 1826 as an axe manufacturer and as the company grew so did the variety of items it sold, many of the early ones being farm implements. In 1845 the Collins Company started making machetes, and there the plot thickens.
Collins Company machetes gained favor not only in the United States but worldwide. As an example, the Trans-Siberian railroad construction from Moscow to Vladivostok used Collins tools almost exclusively. Countless machetes and other edge tools were designed for South American countries and East Asia, the company producing patterns designed from drawings, models or examples sent to their offices”.
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