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Old 08-16-2003, 07:43 PM   #1
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Default K98 Bayonets!

Someone was talking about K98 bayonets on another thread, so I decided to start a new thread on the topic of bayonets. Some may think that this topic belongs on the daggers forum, but I feel that the K98 bayonet is more of a rifle accessory, so it belongs with the firearms forum!

While I'm not a big collector of bayonets I do have a few, and I think that they are nice.

Here are my three! All of them are matching, one is missing frog though.
One is a "asw 41", one is a "cof 44", and one is a "cul 43".

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Old 08-16-2003, 07:44 PM   #2
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My "asw 41" has a lovely frog that is maker marked and dated "1941". Maker marking is tough to read though, which is common.
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Old 08-16-2003, 07:46 PM   #3
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Here are all three out of thier scabbards. The "asw" and "cul" both have outstanding blades that haven't been touched! The "cof" blade has been sharpened and also has some blood etching on it. Still a nice matching piece that has that "been there" look.

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Old 08-20-2003, 07:57 PM   #4
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Man, I'm surprised nobody else has posted here!? Doesn't anyone else here like K98 bayonets? I'm sure that there has to be some people out there. I know others have much bigger collections than mine! Let's see them!

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Old 08-20-2003, 08:01 PM   #5
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Very Nice Bayos Matt!!!
Especially the Dark Bakelite handled one

I have 2 bayonets, one wooden one Bakelite. They have matching numbers, and the wooden one has something different about it (will show in next post )
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Old 08-20-2003, 08:05 PM   #6
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and the wooden one has something different about it (will show in next post )
Well, on this wooden bayonet, the man who owned it forgot to clean it off, after "using it"
here are the results....
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Old 08-21-2003, 07:59 AM   #7
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Here's one I picked up last week on e-bay for $56.
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Old 08-21-2003, 05:12 PM   #8
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Tyler,
that's called "blood etching" on your bayonet! If you look closely at my pics above, my "cof 44" also has it as well. It gives it that real combat look to it!

Jamie, is that a matching bayonet?! If so, a very good price for that one!

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Matt, Tyler: your not saying the rust was caused by blood are you. Bill V
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Matt, Tyler: your not saying the rust was caused by blood are you. Bill V
Yes, the blood itself is like acid to the metal, it carves into it.
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I guess, but i think its more like moisture. Bill V
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I guess, but i think its more like moisture. Bill V
Well, I know for a fact mine was not caused by moisture. I was actually able to get it tested at our police lab here in my city. And it turns out the man who got poked with this one, was Blood Type O-.
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Old 08-23-2003, 07:56 AM   #13
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Hello Matt

I thought I would share my only three as well, all three have wooden grips.

the first one is matching, nbrs: 1547 f, date : 44, maker : cvl. Frog is unmarked but original to the bayonet.

the middle one is mismatched : nbr5107 g and scabbard nbr 1010, maker: WKC. original frog.

The third one is matching also, nbrs : 4580 a, no date, maker : J.Sch. + it's original unmarked frog.

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Old 08-23-2003, 09:01 AM   #14
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Nice bayo's...
I've purchased several combat bayonets from veterans familys and one that I've noticed is many or the majority were mismatched, even when purchasing from the most reliable source for not having the two switched. But the majority seem to be mis-matched since they were brought home...I allways thought that to be odd..I even picked up one that was taken along with his K98, from the same German soldier. The K98 was all matching but you guessed it, the bayo was mismatched.

Another thing I've notice on ones that I've owned are the rusted scabbards. Do you think it's a design flaw as they seem so prone to rust than any other piece of gear the German carryed. It seems the scabbard will allways have a light sprinkling of rust no matter the condition of the rest of the bayonet.....another thing I allways thought was odd as well....
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Old 08-23-2003, 09:20 AM   #15
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I think a lot of bayonets were period mismatched by German armorers and soldiers. Soldier "A" breaks the bakelite grips of his bayonet, so the armorer keeps the scabbard and mates it with another bayonet for reissue to soldier "B". Under field conditions, I doubt the serial numbers meant anything to the average German grunt
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