Original German WWII 98k 1939 dated Bayonet by Josua Corts Sohn with Scabbard & Frog - Matched Serial 1184 b
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 were stamped onto the top of the blade. On the reverse the batch number and suffix were stamped.
Model bayonet: Seitengewehr 84/98 III
Markings: 1184 / b, 39, and JOS. CORTS. SN
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: Ribbed Black Bakelite
Condition is very good with original bluing on blade, bakelite grips intact and a working locking button. The blade has the factory "sharpening", which did not really make the blade sharp: that was up to the soldier. There is runner wear near the tip, but otherwise the original finish on the blade is in very good shape. The bakelite grip scales are in good shape, with no chips, and just some light wear. The handle however has lost almost all of the original finish, and now shows oxidation on much of the surface. Tde scabbard is in similar condition, so this bayonet looks to have been worn a lot, but not actually used much, protecting the finish on the blade.
The scabbard and blade bear matching serial numbers 1184 / b. The spine is marked with the year 39. The pommel is Waffenamt marked and the blade ricasso is also marked with JOS. CORTS. SN, indicating manufacture by rare maker Josua Corts Sohn, Remscheider Hobelmesser-Fabrik (Planing Knife Factory in Remscheid). The scabbard has the same marking on the reverse over date 1939.
Bayonet and scabbard come complete with an original black leather frog, which fits the scabbard nicely. It is marker marked and dated on the back CARL HEPTING & CO. / STGT. FEUERBACH / 1941, and is the later pattern with no securing strap. It is in very good condition, with intact steel rivets and stitching.
An original early war German WWII Matching 98k Bayonet and scabbard by a rare maker in very nice condition. Comes complete with frog and is 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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