H061579 K98 COMBAT BAYONET. (Seitengewehr 98K)

BACKGROUND: The K98 bayonet was a modification of the already modified S84/98 bayonet that had been originally developed in 1915. Manufacture of this new modified bayonet began in 1934 with mass production beginning in 1936. The K98 bayonet was a standard issue item and was accompanied by a bayonet frog to be worn on the reverse left side of the weight bearing waist belt. The K98 bayonet remained the standard issue bayonet through-out the war with minor manufacturing variations. As the war continued the quality of the bayonets deteriorated and in mid-1944 most manufacturers discontinued producing the bayonet to concentrate on producing other essential war materials.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly 25cm long, drop forged, steel construction blade with wide fullers. Blade retains about most of it's original blueing. Maker marked "41 asw" for E. & F. Hoerster, Solingen . Scabbard has different serial number which is not uncommon for field used examples. Bakelite grip. Stud functions well. Comes with a nice 43 dated frog.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $238.00 (Or Best Offer)

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