Original Japanese WWII Type 30 Bayonet by STAR-K Arsenal - Hooked Quillon with Leather Frog - Arisaka Type 30, 38, 99 Rifles
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example complete with early hooked quillion guard, steel scabbard and genuine leather frog. 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.
The 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 which gave it a distinct look, but later models had a straight hand guard. This bayonet is of the earliest design, with a hooked quillion, with the earliest style rounded "birds head" shaped pommel. End of pommel bears serial number 92283.
The design was intended to give the average Japanese infantryman a long enough reach to pierce 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.
The weapon was 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 others. This particular bayonet was made by a subcontractor of Nagoya arsenal, Kaneshiro Sakuganki Seizo KK Arsenal, which used the STAR-K logo.
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