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Hi, has anyone got an idea as to what this bayonet is please. Can not make out what is on the blade but the scabbard has 'Mauser' I think on it. Trouble is I have tried one of my K98's in the scabbard and there too long. Has this been cut down?

Cheers Steve.

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If you look at the fullers it looks like the blade has been cut down , the Germans converted a number of longer blade old bayonets in WW1 . If you look along the blade back (by the crossguard) you'll possibly see a crown with a letter and a date underneath which will give you an indication of how old the blade is.

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Well I have since found out from a very reliable source that this is the remains of a WW1 German 'Butcher Blade' been cut down along with it's scabbard. There are the remains of the number 17 on the back top of the blade along with the crown indicating 1917. This was most likely a cut down, made into a field fighting knife. I am trying to up load the photos that were sent to me showing this to be true but can not copy and paste for some reason. Will see if I can sauce the original photos.

Cheers Steve.

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You can see some examples of postwar reworks on the S.98/05 page of the Old Smithy bayonets website:

 

http://www.old-smithy.info/bayonets/HTNL%20DOCUMNETS/German_98_05_%20variations.htm

 

As mentioned, it's probably a Turkish rework:

 

http://www.old-smithy.info/bayonets/HTNL%20DOCUMNETS/Knife_Bayonet_(6).htm

 

2 Great web sites, very informative. cheers for that.:thanx:

Steve.

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