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Bayonet Identification

Discussion in 'Small Arms and Edged Weapons' started by Niel Falck, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Niel Falck

    Niel Falck New Member

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    I'm looking for some help to identify this bayonet. It has no markings. My grandfather, from South Africa, fought in WW11, I am however not sure if it was his.
    Any help would be appreciated, thx
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  2. Biak

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    Thanks - did not find it there though. total length is 223mm, blade length is 140mm
     
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    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    That is (or is modelled after) a German 98k dress bayonet. However, the apparent lack of a locking button on the "bird's head" is odd.

    Please post a photo of the other side. Are there any markings on the blade?
     
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    Thanks.
    No, there are no markings and the other side looks exactly the same.
     
  6. Biak

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    I'm taking a guess it's not a bayonet but a knife. The short length and as Alan noticed, no locking lug raises a question o_O
     
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    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    Now that I've viewed this on my computer as opposed to my cell phone: the rather poor manufacturing quality, lack of markings, and lack of locking lug leads me to the conclusion that this is a cheap knife styled after the Mauser 98k dress bayonet.

    This does not necessarily mean it is not wartime -- its possible that this was made by a local trying to get a quick buck and sold to a GI. I am far from an expert on German blades but I'd wager a Sherman tank that it is certainly not a German military item.
     
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    On another note;
    Anyone know of a German knife expert that's willing to be bought off?
     

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