The Kaiser's Armies of WWI carried various combat bayonets designed to fit a designated rifle. Rifle types are indicated on the various bayonets being offered. Imperial troops and officers frequently carried a large variety of fighting knives. Some are made to resemble small bayonets while others are of boot or trench knife style. The shapes and types are indicated in the descriptions.
During the 3rd Reich The K-98 rifle was the mainstay of the German soldier. The bayonet designed for attachment to this rifle was completed in a blued finish. Usually the pommel and mortise button had proof markings. The grip plates were originally made of wood, but after the war began, this became a dark bakelite material, and lastly a reddish ersatz material. The matching scabbard was numbered to match the blade stamping. Fighting knives were carried by many combat soldiers. These knives generally had wood grip plates with single edge. The scabbards were usually black painted tube steel with belt loops of spring steel.
In this section you will also find knives and bayonets from other countries, some with more modern vintages.
This Third Reich Fighting Knife has the traditional wood grip plates serving as a hilt. These grip plates are probably walnut and they do have a good grain to them if you look closely. These plates show usage throughout but no abuse and they still retain their fine shape with a handhold at the lower edge and good rounded pommel shape. These grip plates are retained by three steel rivets. The crossguard area is a simple ovaled steel which appears to actually be part of the blade itself. In fat the entire knife is composed of just one steel part including the tang.
The blade of this example is just about 6 inches in length. It is a single edged type having a false edge at the top going back to about the half-way point. The knife has a short ricasso area. The steel of this blade is still bright and it is possible to still see the original graining here and there. The upper portion of the blade as well as the ricasso still has its original finish whereas the lower edge area has sharpening that we will traditionally see on most fighting knives. The sharpening however has been relegated only to the edge and is not bad.
The scabbard for this piece is a tube steel variety that tapers to a tip at the bottom. The original paint is still bright and other than normal carrying signs is really nearly 100%. Very fine paint here considering that this is an actual used combat piece. The reverse of the scabbard has a clip which is used to retain the knife either in clothing or on a boot top.
A good example here of a desirable fighting knife that is quickly disappearing from the marketplace.
Excellent Plus. $295.00 (#122112)
This boot knife has the traditional two wooden grip plates most likely made of walnut. These grip plates have a curved pommel top with a handhold shape at the lower edge. They are still in perfect condition showing only nominal signs of usage. The grip plates are retained by three steel rivets. Below the plates is a crossguard consisting of an ovaled mount with short round quillons. The crossguard is actually part of the one-piece unit that compiles both the inner hilt as well as the blade.
The blade is just shy of 6 inches, and is a single edge type having false edge that runs about half-way back at the top. The blade is still bright on the first two-thirds area but the lower area has some old age stains. The original crossgraining is also visible throughout most of the knife. It is also interesting to note that there is no sharpening on this edge whatsoever. This blade still has its complete original shape and perhaps if you wanted to work on the age spots it could clean up some. This blade grades at Excellent to Excellent Plus.
The scabbard shell is the traditional tapered type. The original black paint is fairly rusty at the lower obverse edge and on the reverse is rusty throughout most of the surface. The paint rates maybe at about 50% on this scabbard. The scabbard is equipped with a steel belt loop on the reverse which is affixed via a rivet.
A good example here that surely saw combat but has not been abused.
This combat bayonet and scabbard unfortunately are mismatched numbers. The blade is marked number “5482” on one side and on the other “41asw” which indicates it was produced in 1941 and these code letters represent the E. & F. Hörster factory. The scabbard is marked “3188” on the obverse and on the reverse it is marked “WKC1939”. The hilt fittings do not really have a blued finish but they almost look like natural steel which has been coated with some type of protective varnish or shellac. It has a golden tone to it and looks rather nice. The mortise button and lock work well. There is a waffen amt on the mortise button which is “WaA883”. This waffenamt matches the two stampings which are on the reverse pommel top. The grip plates are the purple brown Bakelite type. They show a little bit of usage here and there but there are no problems with them. The screws look like they may have been out once or twice but there is no burring. The scabbard has a blued finish and it is probably about 95%. There is a waffenamt also stamped on the reverse lower ball and although it is hard to see this waffen amt looks like it may match the other numbers. The blade of this example is in excellent condition having some wear to the bluing on the high points but overall it still rates at about 95% blue. Although this is a mismatched bayonet it is a nice example and in my opinion is very collectible.
Excellent Plus. $175.00
This Pike Bayonet and scabbard measures overall about 27 inches in legnth. The bayonet portion is still in serviceable condition. The scabbard shows age to the leather, with some minor dry rot here and there, but all in all it is still intact. The scabbard oof this peice has brass mounts with a mounting lug on one side. The lower mount is retained by some stout rivets. An area of the upper scabbard is marked “WD” with a crown over the marking “E12”. The blade of this bayonet is the triple sectioned, puncturing variety.
Good. $75.00 (#AFF04/2012)
This hilt of this bayonet has some age throughout the pommel and crossguard. The original blue finish, though, seems to still be at somewhere around 60% to 70%. The mortise button and lock still work well. The grip plates are the dark purple celluloid type. The grip plates are retained by screws and spanners that appear unturned. The scabbard is a painted version instead of the normally seen blue finish. It is possible that the scabbard was repainted sometime after the war, but if this is the case, it was a long time ago as this scabbard shows quite a bit of age.
The maker marking of E. Pak is stamped on the reverse of the scabbard, “41 cul”, which also appears on the reverse blade ricasso. This would indicate the bayonet was produced in 1941. The obverse scabbard throat has the serial number “4874”, which also matches that of the ricasso. The ricasso additionally has a small letter “a” below the number. The blade of this example is in very fine condition, still having near 100% of its original blue surface. This bayonet, I would think, would have some good possibilities if the paint were removed from the scabbard. I believe I can see the blue finish in the areas where the paint is lacking. The reverse of the pommel top has the usual double waffenamt stampings, and in this case they are “WaA883”. There is a matching stamping at the lower reverse ball. A good bayonet here to possibly restore and it is priced accordingly.
This K-98 Combat Bayonet is a mismatched example with its scabbard. Both pieces show some mild wear and the bluing is about 95% to the hilt and maybe 80% to the scabbard. The hilt is waffen amt on the working mortise and release and is also waffen amt on the reverse pommel. These waffen amts are “WaA883”. The grip plates are a dark purple Bakelite. The fine blade of this example is nearly 100% blue. The ricasso is marked “7411D” and the reverse is marked “41DDL” which is a maker code. This code is for the maker, “Corts”. This scabbard is straight throughout but has experienced some loss of bluing. The scabbard is numbered “49510” and the reverse is stamped with the maker marked and year “42ASW”. Also, the side screw that retains the throat is missing.
Excellent Plus. $125.00
This K-98 bayonet is in a fairly nice condition overall. In fact, the bluing is nearly 100% throughout the scabbard, blade and hilt. The hilt of this example is waffen amt on the working mortise button and the upper reverse pommel. It is stamped “WaA883”. The grip plates are the dark purple Bakelite type and they are retained by blued screws and spanners which do not appear to have been turned. The blade of this example is a nice one having almost a pink glow to the bluing. It is in beautiful condition.
This blade is serial numbered on the obverse ricasso “9779m”. On the reverse ricasso it is maker marked and dated “41ASW”. This code was the one used by the E. & F. Hörster company. The fine scabbard is serial numbered “9771” which is pretty close to the number on the blade however the reverse indicates that it is a different maker, “41FFC”. This is the code for the Herder firm. Despite the mismatch and sans frog, this a good looking bayonet.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $150.00(#110813)
This Pack K-98 Combat Bayonet unfortunately has mismatched numbers with the scabbard. However the scabbard and bayonet have definitely been together since the war as proven by the fact that the original German carrier’s serial numbers are on both the bayonet and the scabbard. This bayonet has very good blued finish which looks to be about 99%. The back of the pommel is double stamped with the waffenamts and they are “WaA253”. The mortise button and lock work well. The grip plates are the dark brown/purple Bakelite type. They are in perfect condition and the totally blued screws do not appear to have been out of this piece.
The scabbard is straight throughout and it appears as though someone has painted the scabbard over the original blued finish. The original finish does show in a number of places and does not look bad at all. I don’t know why it would have been painted but this is the way things are sometimes. The reverse of this scabbard is marked with what appears to be a serial number of the German character as it does not really jive with an American social security number or something like that. It is scratched “KS30 1721 5209”. These same numbers appear scratched into the back plate of the bayonet hilt except they have been scratched off probably by the original carrier but the last four numbers still show quite well. This scabbard has the stamping “4470” on the obverse. The reverse of the scabbard appears to be stamped “F.W. Höller 1938”. There is a frog on the scabbard which is the traditional left letter style K-98 type. There are no markings on the frog and it shows age and usage but it is still serviceable.
The blade of this example still has outstanding bluing. This blue looks to be nearly 100%. Examining the blade though I see that there is some edge sharpening which is not bad but it is still there. The blade is marked on the obverse ricasso in capital letters, “E. PACK & S.”. On the opposite side it is marked, “6505D”. The scabbard is marked “4470”, so obviously these numbers do not match and they are also different makers. I don’t know how these scabbards would get switched around like this but I have the feeling that it happened a long time ago and these two pieces have been together certainly since the war.
Excellent Plus. $185.00
This K-98 Combat Bayonet has a fairly good blue surface, which appears to be about 90%. It is a mismatched example. The lock and mortise work well. The grip plates are a dark brown color Bakelite, showing some usage. They are retained by screw and spanner construction. The pommel is stamped on the reverse with the double waffenampts, being “WaA 155”. The scabbard stamping at the lower ball is “WaA 218”. The scabbard surface is in fairly condition showing some mild rust and a little age. This scabbard is stamped on the obverse “8062 a”. There is a good brown frog, being the K-98 type. This frog is maker marked on the back “Fried. Schafer/Ulm/Do./1939”. The blade of this example has good blue finish but, unfortunately, somebody sharpened the edge and kind of burred it up slightly. I guess the sharpening could be smoothed out and reburred, and it would not look too bad. Otherwise, the blade is nice. This blade is marked on the spine “39”, and on the obverse ricasso it is stamped “3915 c”. On the reverse it is maker marked “J.Sch”.
A good decent example here, if you don’t mind the mismatching and the blade sharpening. This bayonet is priced accordingly.