Original German WWII Hitler Youth Personalized Mauser 98k Bayonet by Eickhorn with Scabbard and Leather Frog
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.
This Bayonet and scabbard are both marked with maker code and date cof 43, indicating 1943 manufacturer by legendary Solingen blade maker Carl Eickhorn. The firm manufactured large number of high quality edged weapons in the "City of Blades" Solingen in Western Germany. The scabbard and bayonet are also both marked with serial number 7046, indicating a matched pair. The grips are the standard wood seen on mid to late ware bayonets. Condition of the blade and scabbard is excellent, and the blade itself still has the factory unsharpened edge. The bayonet also comes with a good condition black leather frog, which is unfortunately missing the securing strap, but is otherwise excellent.
On this particular bayonet, after being taken into the German Heer (army), the owner took a Hitler Youth enameled logo, and set it into the wood grip panel of his bayonet, to show that he was one who had passed the HJ exams when younger.
Hitler believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of Nazi ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (Hitler Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization. The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed minor exams. The knives had nickeled hilts with black checkered grip plates. The obverse plate was fitted with an enameled HJ swastika insignia.
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