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Dutchy357
08-06-2015, 21:10
Hi Guys

Here is my contribution for today.

It is the most recent model machete that has been issued to the Australian Defence Forces.

This is a continuation of the design based on the British Golok pattern machetes.

The British Golok pattern machete was first issued to Australian Troops in the 1950's. These machetes were made in England. By the time of the Vietnam conflict Australia was making their own machetes at the Lithgow Arms Factory. These machetes are simply marked MA with a two figure number that indicated the date made and a pheon /I\.

This was then followed by the most recent pattern which has been slightly redesigned to lower the grip position.

It is marked MIRIC and 2002, which is moulded in to the plastic grip. It is accompanied by its issue scabbard.


http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy193/Dutchy357/Collection/machet/SAM_4968_zpsnagwb9pr.jpg


http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy193/Dutchy357/Collection/machet/SAM_4973_zpsj2ilfxov.jpg



I have been unable to find out much information about the manufacturer. I understand that the firm closed only a couple of years after making these machetes.


Regards Dutchy

Hunter Hunter
08-06-2015, 21:32
The Golok is quite similar to the ones we were issued (by the Brits) in Malaya! Why didn't I keep the bugger? :facepalm:

Dutchy357
10-06-2015, 12:35
The Golok is quite similar to the ones we were issued (by the Brits) in Malaya! Why didn't I keep the bugger? :facepalm:

Hi Rick

Did it look like this? Minus the white paint of course! (To be cleaned off some time in the future!)

http://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy193/Dutchy357/Collection/machet/elwell01_zpsky6jovrd.jpg


This one is by Elwell and was made in England. They were issued to Aus troops who served in Malaya. Probably sourced straight from the Brits in theatre.


Dutchy

Hunter Hunter
10-06-2015, 16:50
Very similar, Dutchy... especially the blade! My ancient mind seems to recall the handle having a decent sized lanyard hole, though! But then, it was around fifty years ago! It had beautiful steel. Held a great edge even after hacking through whole stands of bloody bamboo! Dug a lot of weapon pits and KYBOs, too!

dhc4ever
11-06-2015, 08:38
The Golok is quite similar to the ones we were issued (by the Brits) in Malaya! Why didn't I keep the bugger? :facepalm:

I kept mine :)
Marked MA 68
Wooden handle with 4 big flush rivets holding it to the tang.
Strangely enough the scabbard is canvas in auscam. I would have thought the new one would have one of the new cam designs instead of just green.
I aquired mine around 1990 ish.
Holds a good edge

Hunter Hunter
11-06-2015, 09:58
I kept mine :)
Marked MA 68
Wooden handle with 4 big flush rivets holding it to the tang.
Strangely enough the scabbard is canvas in auscam. I would have thought the new one would have one of the new cam designs instead of just green.
I aquired mine around 1990 ish.
Holds a good edge

Clever bugger! How dumb was I handing the bugger in? Mind you, some bugger knocked off heaps of my things out of my trunk on its RTA... maybe customs or wharfies... so the golok would probably have been pinched anyway if I'd kept it! :facepalm:

Dutchy357
11-06-2015, 10:41
I kept mine :)
Marked MA 68
Wooden handle with 4 big flush rivets holding it to the tang.
Strangely enough the scabbard is canvas in auscam. I would have thought the new one would have one of the new cam designs instead of just green.
I aquired mine around 1990 ish.
Holds a good edge

How about some pictures!

dhc4ever
11-06-2015, 11:56
hows this?

http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii34/dhc4ever/IMG_0099.jpg (http://s260.photobucket.com/user/dhc4ever/media/IMG_0099.jpg.html)


Unfortunately I dont have an image of the scabbard in auscam, hard to organise with one arm in a sling and one finger typing

Hunter Hunter
11-06-2015, 12:13
That is EXACTLY what mine looked like! I don't recall the mfrs. markings on mine, though. Who cared, back then! As long as the bugger worked well... and mine did! The scabbard on mine was plain dull JG... like all Brit webbing of that period.

Ausblade
11-06-2015, 12:37
This was then followed by the most recent pattern which has been slightly redesigned to lower the grip position.

It is marked MIRIC and 2002, which is moulded in to the plastic grip. It is accompanied by its issue scabbard.

I have been unable to find out much information about the manufacturer. I understand that the firm closed only a couple of years after making these machetes.

Regards Dutchy

There was a Miric Industries in Ballarat, they made pressed metal parts for Holden, but went into receivership when Holden announced it would cease manufacturing in Australia. I don't know if they were the makers of these Goloks, but they would have had the capability.

Dutchy357
11-06-2015, 14:29
hows this?



Nice!! You have kept it in good nick!

Made at Lithgow Small Arms Factory (MA) in 1968. A true Vietnam era piece!!

They were issued with a Jungle Green scabbard that included a sharpening stone!




There was a Miric Industries in Ballarat, they made pressed metal parts for Holden, but went into receivership when Holden announced it would cease manufacturing in Australia. I don't know if they were the makers of these Goloks, but they would have had the capability.

Sounds like them!

meno
11-06-2015, 22:22
These are two blades from MIRIC industries here in Ballarat. Miric made horse shoe nails and exported them around the world. They also made the Aust army Machete and also the army entrenching tool. Dutchy is correct they closed down a couple of years ago. Acouple of my mates worked there.http://i1017.photobucket.com/albums/af292/rmende/PC150054_zpshunzozuo.jpg (http://s1017.photobucket.com/user/rmende/media/PC150054_zpshunzozuo.jpg.html)

Yarbles
23-06-2015, 19:08
Cheers Meno ☺.....glad there's some more info on these than a few years back ....I reckon about 2012 there were a bunch of these on eBay going for about 60$

I was pretty sure they must've been intended for issue with the govt arrow but not 100% as when I checked mirics web site they had a similar arrow emblem as a logo..

Corey79
23-06-2015, 20:24
My Martindale Golok, along side a couple Paratroopers.
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