Original Imperial German WWI DEMAG Crank Handle Trench Knife Bayonet with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. A very recognizable but nevertheless a very scarce original German WWI bayonet. This is an original Imperial German Aufpflanzbarer Grabendolch or Fixable Trench Knife - Bayonet, often referred to by collectors as the DEMAG. These have been reproduced in India and elsewhere, but never matching the quality of this original German first world war production.

The bayonet has a short double edged dagger blade of 5 3/4", marked DEMAG / DUISBURG in a circle in front of the steel cross guard on the blade ricasso. The reverse ricasso is marked GESETZLICH / GESCHÜTZT indicates that the knife design is registered with the German Trademark office and "protected by law". These were produced by Deutsche Maschinefabrik A-G (DEMAG) of Duisburg as private purchase items.

The overall length is about 10 1/2 inches. The unique "CRANK HANDLE" grip is constructed from two steel stampings riveted together, in the typical "Ersatz" style of construction. This grip fits the standard Gewehr 98 (GEW 98) Mauser bolt action magazine Rifle carried by German Infantry throughout WW1.

Comes complete with its original all steel scabbard with leather belt loop, though it is in delicate condition and the retaining stud is missing. In very nice condition, ready to display.

Blade Length: 5 3/4"
Blade Style: Double Edge Spear Point.
Overall length: 10 1/4“
Crossguard: 2 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 6 1/4"

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