Original Japanese Late WWII Arisaka Type 30 Bayonet with Rubberized Scabbard and Frog
Original Item: Only One Available. Last ditch efforts in WW2 included issuing "rubberized" bayonet scabbards to save on steel and other raw materials.
Very rare to find today our example shows the simplified late war straight cross guard (quillon) 2nd Pattern, Model 30 bayonet fully marked complete with it's original rubberized scabbard and integral simulated leather frog.
The frog shows wear directly beneath the belt loops that show the underlying canvas base
Material, otherwise in great display condition of this extremely rare scabbard variation.
History of the Type 30 Bayonet-
The Type 30 bayonet (?????? sanjunen-shiki juken) was a bayonet designed for the Imperial Japanese Army to be used with the Arisaka Type 30 Rifle and was later used on the Type 38 and Type 99 rifles. Some 8.4 million were produced, and it remained in front-line use from the Russo-Japanese War to the end of World War II.
Type 30 Bayonet was a single-edged sword bayonet with a 400 millimetres (15.75 in) blade and an overall length of 514 millimetres (20.24 in) with a weight of approximately 700 grams. The Type 30 bayonet is also known as the Pattern 1897 bayonet. Early Type 30 bayonets usually sported a hooked quillion guard that gave it a distinct look, but later models had a straight hand guard.
The design was intended to give the average Japanese infantryman a long enough reach to piece the abdomen of a cavalryman. However, the design had a number of drawbacks, some caused by the poor quality of forgings used, which tended to rust quickly and not hold an edge, and to break when bent.
These bayonets were manufactured from 1897 to 1945 at a number of locations, including the Kokura Arsenal, Koishikawa Arsenal (Tokyo) and Nagoya Arsenal, as well as under contract by private manufacturers including Matsushita, Toyoda Automatic Loom and many others.
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