Monday, August 15, 2005

Bayonet Needs A Home

Here's some pictures of a bayonet I own. From what I could tell it seems to resemble a circa 1939 parade dress German bayonet. It has what I suppose is a trade mark cartouche on it of a squirrel holding a sword pointed down to the ground. It says "original" above the squirrel and "Carl Eickhorn Solingen" below it. It is a nickel or chromed blade and has wear points on it. I've examined this and have found no other marks or writing on it, not even a serial number. Any ideas of provenance and what type of gun would it go with? A K98 Mauser?
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5 comments:

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I don't know about the origin, but it is really cool!

GUYK said...

Could be the "original" that gives you the clue. Very few of anything is first made with original made on it! Suspect that it is a copy of a German bayonet and the solingen indicates that it is German steel or at least steel made similar to solengen steel which is among the best. Black Forest stuff. It is an interesting piece for a collection at any rate.

mauser*girl said...

I think it's a fake as well. The Carl Eickhorn company still makes bayonets and other goodies, including American M9 bayonets these days.

As for what it is, it's a German K98 bayonet, but it's been modified (the cross-guard at the bottom of the handle has been cut down, for one).

For information about K98 bayonets and their markings, start here - http://www.donet.com/~mconrad/bcnnrs2.htm

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Gun-chicks rule!!!
(I mean that in a the good, non-sexist way, of course!) :)

mauser*girl said...

My better half put in his two cents and says $50 is a fair price if you ever wanted to sell it to someone.