Original German WWII Heer Long 98k Dress Bayonet in Scabbard with Frog and NCO Troddel Knot
Original Item: Only One Available. The K-98 dress bayonet was a dress version of the combat style, and was worn by enlisted and NCO personnel for dress and parade occasions. The bayonets were finished with a high-quality nickel plating, with stag or bakelite grip plates and black painted scabbard. The choice of blade length was left to the purchaser, being nickel-plated short or long version. There was usually a red or green colored felt insert in the rifle slot and the bayonet was suspended from a black or brown leather frog. Some had a functional bayonet latch, while it was ornamental on some. Often they would also have a sword knot, or troddel, and the color would indicate the branch or rank.
This is an excellent example of the "long" version of the bayonet, with a nickel plated blade. It has has a nice alloy hilt, with virtually all of the Nickel Plating intact, with only minor, as shown. The mortise button and blade release are fully functional, though the felt insert is missing. The grip plates are both lovely checkered black bakelite, and both are in great condition. They are retained by plated steel rivets dressed on the opposite side.
The blade has does have light wear to the plating and oxidation, with some runner wear and light scratching. It has not been sharpened, and still retains its blunt factory edge. The original leather blade buffer is in place, and is in great condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout and still has almost all of the original black paint. There is a bit of crazing, and some small chips, but no major wear or oxidation. The body is held by the included brown leather frog, which is still in good shape, though the stitching has popped on one side of the scabbard slot.
Wrapped about the frog is a very nice Non-Commissioned Officer's Troddel knot. This troddel is of patterned fabric strapping with a bullion end ball. It has a green strap with silver accents, which matches the top and insert.
An great example of an German Short 98k dress bayonet, complete with frog and NCO troddel knot, ready to display!
Blade Length: 9 3/4"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 14 1/2“
Crossguard: 2 1/4”
Scabbard Length: 11"
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