Original U.S. WWII M1 Garand 10 inch Bayonet by American Fork & Hoe with M7 Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice condition U.S. M1 bayonet with a 10 inch blade for the M1 Garand Rifle, complete with the correct WWII Issue M7 scabbard. This bayonet is essentially the same as the earlier M1905 / M1942 bayonet, but with a 10 inch blade instead of 16 inches. In 1943, the U.S. Army made the decision to shorten the M1905 bayonet's blade to 10 inches (25.4 cm) and as many of the M1905 and M1942 bayonets as possible were recalled, their blades were cut down to size, and were reissued. These shortened M1905 bayonets were re-designated as M1905E1.
The U.S. Army also introduced a new purpose made shorter M1 bayonet which was designed to be used with the M1 Garand rifle. The M1 bayonet's blade is 10 inches (25.4 cm) long and the handle is 4 inches (10.1 cm) long. Like this example, they are easily identified by the blade fuller, which on a cut-down version runs to the edge of the blade. The shorter fuller indicates this is definitely a purpose-made M1 10 inch bayonet.
These shorter bayonets functioned well in the European theater, where in the rare bayonet-actions of the time they were matched up against the 9 3⁄4 inch long blade of the German S84/98 III bayonet fitted on the Karabiner 98k rifle. However, in the Pacific theater, the Japanese used the much longer, 15.75 inches (40.0 cm), bladed Type 30 sword bayonet on the already very long Arisaka rifle, which caused many American troops to retain the longer, unmodified M1905 bayonet.
This example is in very good shape, but does show wear from age and use. The blade ricasso is marked with maker A. F. H. (American Fork & Hoe of Geneva Ohio) above U.S. around the Ordnance flaming bomb. The original phosphate finish on the blade of this example is mostly intact, with runner and edge wear as expected. There does not appear to be any post-arsenal sharpening, and the original machining marks are present on the blade. There is however finish wear on the last 2 inches near the point from cleaning and use. The finish on the crossguard and pommel is somewhat worn, and the grip plates are very nice, with the expected light wear from service.
The original M7 scabbard is marked U.S. on the parkerized steel throat over the "Flaming Bomb", and is in good condition. The B N marking on the underside of the metal throat lip indicates manufacture by Beckwith Manufacturing, who produced a variety of thermoplastic impregnated cotton fabric scabbards during the war. The N is for New England Pressed Steel, who made the steel throats under contract with Beckwith. The scabbard body is in good condition, though there is a crack on the rear near the tip. The original finish is still mostly there, with an ID number marked in red paint on the back. The throat has a lovely aged patina.
A very nice 10” M Garand bayonet with scabbard by American Fork & Hoe, complete with scabbard! Ready to display or fit on your Garand Rifle.
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