Original German WWII 98k 44-dated Bayonet by Carl Eickhorn with Scabbard and Frog - Matching Serial 8285
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: 8285 / S and cof / 44
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: Wood
Condition is excellent with original bluing on blade, wood grips intact and a working locking button. There is some chipping on the grip, but nothing major, and the scales have a great color. The scabbard and blade bear matching serial numbers 8285 / S, and the pommel is Waffenamt marked. The blade ricasso is also marked with German three letter code cof over 44, indicating 1944 manufacture by the legendary maker Carl Eickhorn of Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in Eastern Germany.
Bayonet and scabbard come complete with an original black leather frog, which fits the scabbard nicely. The frog does show age, and the black 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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