Original German WWII 98k 41-dated Bayonet by Alexander Coppel with Scabbard - Matching Serial 2189 O
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. Early production examples such as this one have ribbed bakelite grips. As the war progressed, the specification was changed to wooden grips.
Model bayonet: Seitengewehr 84/98
Markings: 2189 / O and 41 fnj
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: Ribbed Bakelite
Condition is excellent with lots of the original bluing on blade, with the bakelite grips intact and a working locking button. The blade has also never been sharpened, so it was most likely never issued in the field. The bakelite grips are pretty much perfect, with no chips, dents, cracks, etc. The bayonet and scabbard do however have some spots of light surface rust, as they were not properly stored for some amount of time. There are a few on the blade itself, but they are very minor.
The scabbard and blade bear matching serial numbers 2189 / O, and the pommel is Waffenamt marked. The blade ricasso is also marked with German three letter code 41 fnl, indicating 1941 manufacture by the well-known maker Alexander Coppel GmbH (ALCOSO) of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Eastern Germany.
An original German WWII Matching 98k Bayonet and scabbard by a well-known maker. Ready to display or fit to your 98K rifle!
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