Original Japanese WWII Type 30 Bayonet with Arrow M by Matsushita Kinzoku - 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 quillon guard which gave it a distinct look, but later models had a straight hand guard. This bayonet is of the Mid War design, with a straight quillon, with the second style flat-sided "birds head" shaped pommel. The rivet-retained wooden grip is contoured and wraps around the tang, typical of mid-war bayonets. End of pommel bears serial number ??0013. The blade has a high polish blued finish, though he edge has been sharpened, and there is some corrosion on the blade.
This 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.
This excellent condition bayonet with steel scabbard was manufactured sometime between 1935 and 1942 by Matsushita Kinzoku KK, under Kokura Arsenal Supervision. Matsushita Metalworking Corp)was part of the Matsushita National Denki (Electric Corp.). Surviving group members now make electronics under the National and Panasonic brands. Sugawa estimates production at 900,000, the second-highest among the subcontractors.
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