Original German WWII 98k 1943-dated Bayonet by E. & F. Hörster with Scabbard and Frog - Matching Serial 1832 u
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 or SG 84/98. 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
Markings: 1832 / u and 43 asw
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: bakelite
Condition is excellent with original bluing on blade, bakelite grips intact and a working locking button. The blade has the factory "sparpening", which did not really make the blade sharp: that was up to the soldier. The bakelite scales are in great shape, with no chips, and just some light scratches. The scabbard and blade bear matching serial numbers 1832 / u, and the pommel is Waffenamt marked. The blade ricasso is also marked with German three letter code 43 asw indicating 1943 manufacture by the well-known maker E. & F. Hörster of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Eastern Germany.
Bayonet and scabbard come complete with an original leather frog, which fits the scabbard nicely. The frog does show age, and the finish has cracked in many places, but it is overall solid, and a great display piece.
An original German WWII Matching 98k Bayonet and scabbard by a highly desirable maker, complete with frog. Ready to display or fit to your 98K rifle!
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