Original WWII German W.K.C. K98 Bayonet “Behörden Modell”- Unserialized & Unmarked for Civil & Police Use

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Original Item: Only One Available. Unusual WWII German K-98 Rifle Bayonet in the variety often referred to as a “Behörden Modell” or “Authorities Model”. These bayonets were set aside from the standard run of military issue bayonets, which would have been dated and Waffenamt, and were directed to the German State Authorities. The Authorities generally would distribute these bayonets to the various armed state and civil organizations, with the Police being at the top of the list.

This circa 1943-1944 production bayonet is fitted with reddish-colored bakelite grips. The blade is roughly finished, with lathe marks evident throughout. Handle, pommel, guard, and scabbard are all blued. Despite having a layer of rust here and there on the handle and scabbard, the blade is almost perfect!

Blade ricasso is marked with the manufacture mark “W.K.C.”, for Weyersberg Kirschbaum & Cie. This company is a famous manufacturer of military swords and cutlery in Solingen, Germany - a city famous since the middle ages for its metal-working and craftsmanship in sword making. Per J. Anthony Carter's fine work GERMAN SWORD AND KNIFE MAKERS, the traditional manufacturing of swords at WKC dates back to the year 1774 when the Weyersberg first registered the ''Kings head'' as their trademark. Later in 1883 the company merged with the Kirschbaums and the company WKC was formed as it exists today.

An excellent specimen for the collector of WWII German militaria, or to complete a K98 rig!

Blade Length: 10"
Blade Style: Single Edge w/ Fuller
Overall length: 15 1/4“
Crossguard: 1 1/2”
Scabbard Length: 10 1/2"

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