Original Imperial German WWI DEMAG Style Crank Handle Ersatz Trench Knife Bayonet with Scabbard
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.
This example is not marked, however the construction and style are unquestionably correct and authentic. Most likely the markings on the ricasso were removed during cleaning.
The bayonet has a short double edged dagger blade of 5 3/4", with an overall length is about 10 1/4 inches. It still retains the leather blade buffer on the cross guard.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 WWI.
Comes complete with its original all steel scabbard, which still has the original leather belt loop intact, something we do not often see.
Just out of the attic, we did not attempt any cleaning or restoration on this item. Ready to add to your WWI edged weapon collection!
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