Original Japanese WWII Early Arisaka Type 30 Hooked Quillon Bayonet with Scabbard by Kokura Arsenal

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Item Available. This is a nice condition WW2 issue Japanese Model 30 Arisaka rifle bayonet manufactured by Kokura Arsenal in the Kyūshū Island of Japan.  It is an early pattern with rounded grip and hooked quillon. It comes complete with its original steel scabbard. 

Condition of bayonet is good, though this is definitely a bayonet that saw significant service, unlike many on the market today. There are no nicks in the blade, but it has been sharpened and the spine of the blade shows where it may have been used as a hammer. There are additional marks and dents on the handle that may indicate battle damage from gunfire or hand to hand combat. Definitely an interesting example!

History of the Type 30 Bayonet-

The Type 30 bayonet (三十年式銃剣 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. 

This bayonet is of the pre-war early pattern, with a hooked quillon cross guard, screw retained contoured grips, a contoured "bird's head" pommel, and bright steel fullered blade. This the earliest pattern made at Kokura Arsenal before and during WWII. The base of the bayonet is marked with serial number 2672253.

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, including Jinsen Arsenal in Occupied Korea.

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