H044490 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 most of it's original blueing. Maker marked "43 fze". Matched serial numbers to bayonet and frog. Comes with rare "ersatz" gray canvas and leather frog and also an original troddel.

GRADE ****1/4                                                     PRICE $895.00

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