Duncan Cran moved to the Peace River region in 1930 to homestead near Fort St. John and work as a surveyor. He surveyed vast areas in the Peace Region including Boundary Lake, Cache Creek, and Halfway River. Duncan used this machete while surveying. It was manufactured for the U.S. Army for use along the Alaska Highway, by the Ontario Knife Company in 1943, and came with a leather sheath. Duncan used it to clear brush and grass while he was surveying along the Alaska Highway. He continued using it after completing his work for the highway.