Original German WWII 1941 dated 98k Bayonet by Ernst Pack & Söhne with Scabbard - Matching Serial 3482 a
Original Item: Only One Available. In 1935 the German military introduced the K98k bolt action rifle or Karabiner 98 Kurz, as a replacement for the older GEW98 or Gewehr 98. A new, shorter bayonet was designed to go along with the shortened rifle. The K98 bayonet was officially named Seitengewehr 84/98 III or SG 84/98 III. The bayonet was designed as a close combat sidearm that could be placed on the tip of a K98.
The total length of the K98 bayonet was 15.2 inches, far shorter than the 20 inch long GEW98 bayonet. The blade was also straighter in shape and the hand guard was omitted. The K98 bayonet was carried in a leather frog, or Seitengewehrtragetasche, on the left side on the equipment belt in combination with the shovel and its carrier. The maker marks on k98 bayonets where stamped onto the top of the blade. On the reverse the batch number and suffix were stamped.
Model bayonet: Seitengewehr 84/98 III
Markings: 3482 / a and 41 cul
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: black bakelite
Condition of this example is very good, with few signs of service, and only light wear from storage and cleaning. The blade still has the factory blunt edge and blued finish, with the factory polish texture still visible throughout the blade. There is some light runner wear, and cleaning marks on the blade towards the tip. The black bakelite grip scales are in a similar condition, and very attractive. The handle has light wear on the corners, as often seen. The scabbard has a bit more wear, probably from years of storage, and shows that it did at one time have a frog, now removed.
The scabbard and blade bear matching serial numbers 3482 / a. The pommel is Waffenamt marked and he blade ricasso is also marked with German three letter code 41 cul, indicating 1943 manufacture by the very desirable maker Ernst Pack & Söhne of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Eastern Germany. The scabbard has the same markings on the reverse.
An original German WWII Matching 98k Bayonet and scabbard by a rare maker, complete and in great condition. Ready to display or fit to your 98K rifle!
Blade Length: 10"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 15 1/4“
Crossguard: 1 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 10 1/2"
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