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.
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 The grip plates were originally made of wood, but after the war began, this became a dark bakelite material, and lastly a reddish ersatz material.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 addition to German pieces you will also find knives and bayonets from other countries, some with more modern vintages, in this section.
COMBFK #39878 Trench/Boot Knife
This knife is the typical Third Reich type. It has the usual walnut grip plates retained by means of three steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. There are some initials lightly scratched into the reverse handle.
The crossguard is a simple design with rounded quillon ends. The two quillons look to have been bent upward slightly, probably by the original owner.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. The paint would be 100% intact were it not for the fact someone has scratched initials into both sides. It is possible they are period, but I can’t say for sure and there is no way to tell. It looks like “CW” on the scabbard which matches that seen on the grip.
The blade is in excellent shape and has not been sharpened. It is slightly gray but that is how they usually look. It is single edged with a short ricasso and a large false edge running back along the top of the blade. The obverse ricasso is stamped with a Luftwaffe stickbird “5” waffenamt.
A good, solid example here, showing mild wear but still collectible.
COMBFK #39845C Imperial Butcher Bayonet – F. Herder (Crossed Keys)
The hilt is constructed from polished steel and remains in nice condition. The mortise button still works well.
The grip plates look to be walnut, with pleasing grain and cut with ribs to afford a good grip. These plates are retained by means of rivets and spanners. There is also a small breather hole at the bottom of each plate.
The scabbard is a beauty, still having nearly 100% of the original blued finish. It is completely dent free, something that is rare to see.
The blade is a very large affair, growing wider towards the tip. It is of polished steel and remains in excellent condition, showing only modest signs of age. The ricasso is stamped with the serial number “7064”. The spine has Imperial arsenal stamps of a crown over “L17” as well as a crown atop a “K”. These marks are also on the scabbard. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Herder Crossed Keys trademark, as well as with the city of “Schweinfurt”.
Many of this bayonets were used during the Weimar period, as evidenced by a stamped date of “1920”. This is not the case with this bayonet, making it a true Imperial artifact.
If you are an Imperial collector this piece is vital to your collection. A very nice example here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $250.00
COMBFK #39846C 1884/98 Long Sawback Bayonet – Samsonwerk
The grip plates are of walnut, retained by means of rivets on both sides. The reverse grip is in perfect condition, while the obverse has a minor scratch. These grips have two breather holes at the bottom.
The scabbard is basically straight and looks to have been repainted many, many years ago. This paint is in good condition and nearly 100% intact. The throat is retained by a single side screw and does not have the normal lip around the top of the scabbard we normally see.
The long blade of this bayonet is of polished steel, in fine condition and showing little age. It has a very nasty sawback at the top which remains very sharp. The reverse ricasso is marked “Samsonwerk”.
A rarely seen example here, and a key piece for the Imperial bayonet collector.
Excellent Plus. $550.00
COMBFK #39719 Imperial Crank-handle Fighting Knife – DeMag
The angled, "S" shaped grip plates have been painted olive drab; this original paint is about 70% intact. They are retained by four rivets, each with a dressed head. The crank-handle was designed to fit on to a rifle, as indicated by the rifle slot and working mortise button.
There is a crossguard that is curved on one side to accommodate a rifle and with a standard teardrop quillon on the other.
The straight, tapered scabbard is similar in design to those used with HJ knives. The original paint, or bluing (whichever it was) has long since gone. Attached to the reverse of the scabbard is a black leather hanger, with a loop that snaps over the grip plates. The leather remains in pretty good shape.
The blade of the knife is about 5 ½ inches long. It has a center ridge, double edges, and a short ricasso. It remains fairly bright with only mild traces of age in the surfaces. The obverse ricasso of the blade is stamped “DeMag” and “DRGM”.
A fairly nice example here, in a pattern that is increasingly hard to find.
COMBFK #39717 Combat/Boot Knife – Alcoso
The wooden grip plates have been expertly shaped to fit comfortably in the hand. They show hardly any staining for hand wear, which is a very rare sight. These plates are retained by three headless rivets.
The scabbard is also in choice condition, nice and straight and tapering to a point. The original paint is nearly 100% intact on this scabbard, and shows only the most minor traces of surface age. The reverse of the scabbard is fitted with a metal belt loop, riveted to the scabbard throat.
The blade measures just about 5 ½ inches long. It is single edged, with a false edge at the top. It is factory bright and retains all of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Alcoso Scales trademark. To the right of the scales is the name and location of the firm, “Alcoso / Solingen”, in fine script. This is the last style of trademark used by this firm.
An extremely nice fighting knife here.
COMBFK #39545C Model 1884/98 Saw-back Bayonet
This fine bayonet has a blued steel finish throughout the hilt. It shows some mild age but has no problems. The reverse of the pommel has two Imperial arsenal stampings, and the mortise button and lock work well.
The grip plates are of walnut, with nice wood grain. The reverse plate has a dark spot towards the pommel which may have been cause by paint or some other substance. Other than this the plates are in excellent condition, retained by rivets and spanners.
The scabbard is straight throughout, with good original black paint. The paint shows some mild wear but is at least 98% intact.
The blade is a saw-back type, measuring just about 10 inches long. The nickel finish is still good, with no rust or problems, and would probably clean up nicely. It has a deadly saw-back and a very wide fuller. The reverse of the blade is marked with an Imperial Crown atop the maker name “Erfurt”.
A nice Imperial example here, in the much rarer saw-back style.
Excellent Plus. $550.00
COMBFK #38502C Justice Official's K98 Bayonet – WKC
This Justice Official's Bayonet is an ultra-rare item and it comes to you in fully mint condition. This bayonet is identical to the piece show in the WKC catalog; if you don't have one of these catalogs you can see it pictured in Johnson's Volume 2 on page 145.
This bayonet has no stamped numbers or waffenamts. The finish is plain blue, 100% intact throughout and completely perfect. These grip plates are in perfect condition, fashioned from beautiful walnut with a pleasing grain. They are retained by spanners and rivets that have a matching blued finish. This bayonet is designed with a rifle slot and has a working mortise button.
The scabbard is a standard K98 type, also with no markings. This scabbard also has a 100% intact blued finish and is in perfect condition.
The bayonet is accompanied by a beautiful black leather frog. This frog is a high quality, four rivet type with a nice, bright sheen that is a far cry from the usually rough look usually seen. The reverse of the frog is marked “Carl Agpting & Co. / STGT. Feuerbarsch / 1937”.
As we would expect the blade of this bayonet is in stone mint condition, with a fully blued finish. The obverse ricasso is stamped with the WKC Knight Head trademark. There is also a fine brown leather washer in new-like condition.
This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire an extremely rare bayonet that would make for a highlight in a collection of K98 types.
COMBFK #38119 Imperial Bayonet with Unusual Long Blade
This Imperial Bayonet has the larger hilt which is in outstanding condition. The hilt has the usual eagle head that looks to the left. It also has a faux mortise button and rifle slot that are only present for looks. The plating throughout the pommel and crossguard is all present and remains bright.
The grip plates of this bayonet are of fine black checkered Bakelite. They are retained by steel rivets with dressed heads on both sides.
The scabbard of this example had some dings and poor paint when we acquired it. Since it is suck a rarely seen example we thought it best to do some restoration work on it. We took all of the dings out and repainted it in a pleasing matte black. It came out well and looks quote good.
The blade of this example, though, is the interesting part; it is simply immense! It measures some 20 inches long and has wide fuller construction. Unfortunately some age has gotten into the metal. It looks like it was polished as opposed to being plated. The age is more at the tip than other areas, but flaws do exist throughout the blade. This of course hurts the value, but considering the rarity of the variant I think most collectors could live with it. Within the scabbard the pieces measures a whopping 22 inches.
A very rare Imperial bayonet here!
COMBFK #37886C K98 Combat Bayonet
This matching number K98 Bayonet is still in relatively good condition. The pommel, crossguard and side plates retain the original dark bluing and show very little age. The mortise button and lock work well. The reverse upper pommel is stamped with the usual stickbirds and the code “WaA 519”.
The grip plates are of fine walnut that is in perfect condition, retained by blued screws and spanners.
The scabbard shell is straight and also has most of the original blued finish. There is rust here and there but it is minor. The throat is marked “7802/Q”, a code seen again the the obverse ricasso. The reverse of the scabbard is stamped “42 CoF”, which also appears stamped on the blade.
The blade is in nice condition with nearly 100% of the original blued finish.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $325.00
COMBFK #37884C K98 Combat Bayonet – Jos. Cortz Sohn
This Cortz K98 Bayonet is in excellent condition throughout, with nearly 100% of the original blued finish. The mortise button and lock work well. The mortise button and the reverse pommel have a waffenamt “WaA253”. This matches the code seen down on the scabbard ball.
The grip plates of this bayonet are of fine Bakelite, and are retained by blued screws and spanners.
The blade is in choice condition throughout. The obverse is marked “3703/C”. This code is also seen on the obverse scabbard throat. The reverse ricasso is stamped “Jos. Cortz SH”. The blade spine is stamped “40”, which is seen again on the reverse of the scabbard.
A nice example of the type here.
Near Mint. $395.00
COMBFK #37879C K98 Combat Bayonet – E. & F. Hörster
This K98 Combat Bayonet has modest wear to the bluing throughout both the hilt and scabbard, remaining at about 90% intact. The mortise button and lock work well. The reverse of the pommel has the waffenamt “WaW519”, which matches that seen on the reverse of the scabbard ball.
The grip plates are of Bakelite on this bayonet.
The blade is in nice condition, with about 98% of the original blue finish. The obverse ricasso of the blade has the serial number “2790/F”. This number matches that stamped on the obverse of the scabbard throat. The reverse of the blade is marked “42asw”, as is the scabbard.
A good example here.
Excellent Plus. $275.00
COMBFK #37885C Imperial K98 Bayonet with Ground Sawback and Maker Mark
The grip plates are of walnut and are in good condition. They are retained with rivets and spanners.
The scabbard shell is painted black. The paint may or may not be original; it's hard to tell. There are no numbers on this scabbard but there is a large letter “K” stamped on the reverse.
The blade itself has had the original sawback removed. The job was done quite well, but to those familiar with these pieces the conversion work is fairly obvious. The rest of the blade is still in good shape with a matte finish. The maker mark is also ground off, with only illegible letters remaining.
COMBFK #37874C K98 Combat Bayonet – E. & F. Hörster
This K98 Combat Bayonet has fairly good bluing present on the hilt components. This bluing extends to the blade, which is nearly 100% intact. The mortise button and the reverse pommel have the waffenamt “WaW253”. There is a matching number seen on the ball of the scabbard. The ball has the number “13” stamped over the waffenamt.
The grip plates are of Bakelite and are in good condition; these plates are retained by screws and spanners in the usual way.
The scabbard has a painted finish which may or may not be original; in the areas where there paint is chipped I see no evidence of a blued finish.
The obverse of the blade is marked “8100/F”. This matches the number stamped on the obverse scabbard throat. The reverse of the blade is marked “EuF Hörster”, which is also stamped onto the reverse of the throat along with a date of 1938. The spine of the blade is stamped “38”.
A fairly nice K98 Combat Bayonet here.
COMBFK #37873C K98 Bayonet – J. Sch.
This K98 Bayonet has an excellent blued finish to both the hilt and the scabbard; overall this finish is about 95% intact. The mortise button and lock work well. The button and the reverse of the pommel have the waffenamt “WaA655”. There is a matching stamping on the scabbard ball.
The grip plates are of Bakelite, and are in good condition.
The fine blade of this bayonet has full blue finish with the exception of the tip. The blade is stamped “1100d”. This number matches that seen on the obverse scabbard. The reverse ricasso is marked “J. Sch”. This matches the stamping seen on the reverse scabbard. There is also a date of “1941”. This date matches that seen on the blade spine.
Overall a very nice K98 Bayonet here.
Excellent Plus. $325.00
COMBFK #37882C K98 Combat Bayonet – Cortz
The pommel, guard and other hilt components have really good blued finishes. The mortise and lock work well. The pommel has the waffenamt “WaA883”, a code seen again on the back plate below the rifle slot.
The grip plates on this example are of fine wood retained by screws and spanners. Burned into the surface of the obverse grip is a Carl Eickhorn logo, a squirrel set above the initials “CE”. Above and below the squirrel we see “ickh” and “linge”. The remainder of the letters are not seen due to the curvature of the grip.
This same stamping also appears on the brown leather frog which accompanies the scabbard. The leather construction is excellent and it appears to have always been with the scabbard. The scabbard itself is not marked and it has no waffenamt markings at all.
The blade is in choice condition, being marked “41ddl” on the reverse, as well as with the serial number “9918 / G” on the obverse ricasso. It is a mystery to me as to why this bayonet would have Eickhorn markings and why the scabbard itself should be unmarked. Whatever the reason these markings are original and do add some interest to an otherwise bog standard K98.
COMBFK #37887C K98 Combat Bayonet – Carl Eickhorn
This K98 Bayonet is in fairly good condition throughout. The pommel shows some mild signs of age on the surfaces of both sides. The mortise button and lock work well. The crossguard area has most of the original bluing.
The grip plates on this bayonet are of Bakelite, and are retained by blued screws and spanners. The pommel has double waffenamts on the reverse, “WaA883”, a code seen again on the mortise button and lower scabbard ball.
The blade of this bayonet is marked “9999 / P” which matches the number seen on the upper obverse scabbard. The reverse of the blade is marked “41 COF” which matches the stamping seen on the reverse scabbard. Unfortunately this blade has been sharpened, but the bluing is fairly good.
The scabbard finish is still about 90% intact.
COMBFK #37862C K98 Combat Bayonet – Alex Coppel
This K98 Bayonet is in nice condition throughout. The blued surfaces of the hilt components are nearly 100% intact, showing only the most modest signs of age. The mortise button and lock works well. The reverse pommel has the waffenamt “WaA519”. The same stamping is also on the reverse of the scabbard ball.
The grip plates are of fine wood, still in choice condition and retained by blued screw and spanner hardware.
The obverse ricasso of the blade is numbered “4923”, which matches the number stamped on the obverse scabbard throat. The reverse of the blade is marked “44fnj”, which I believe is also seen on the reverse of the scabbard.
The scabbard is complete with a fine, rough textured leather frog. This frog is the style with four aluminum rivet construction and is equipped with a retainer loop and aluminum boss.
The blade of this bayonet is in very choice condition, having 100% of the original blued finish.
A very fine bayonet here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $375.00
COMBFK #36857 Gurkha Knife
This Gurkha Knife is a post-war Indian version of the famous Nepalese kukri, although it does have quite a vintage look to it. It has a carved wooden handle with a flat brass pommel that is retained by a nut.
The scabbard is the leather type, shaped to fit the unique Gurkha blade. The hanger portion of the leather shell is attached by means of rawhide straps, There is a metal end at the chape of the scabbard. The scabbard shows a good amount of wear but is still in generally good condition.
The Gurkha blade with its unique, curved shape is about 12 inches long. Stamped on to the reverse center are the words “Tempered Steel / Made in India”.
COMBFK #37369 AK-47 Bayonet
This AK-47 Bayonet measures about 13 inches overall. The handle is fashioned out of a Bakelite type plastic, with a rounded pommel area. There is a metal insert which acts as the mortise and locking device. It shows age and use throughout.
The crossguard has a hook on one side and a clearance hole on the other. The scabbard is metal which has been inserted into a rubberized covering. The scabbard has a hook-like device on the end, which must serve as some sort of tool.
The blade is about 6 inches long, with a curved tip and a serrated spine. The blade has a factory edge and an oval hole which also must act as some type of tool.
COMBFK #37278 Model 1938 Italian Carcano Folding Bayonet – L. Franchi
This Italian Carcano Bayonet measures about 12 inches in length. The hilt has a pommel with a simulated stubby beak at the left and a working mortise button and lock. The backstrap is blued, matching the pommel and crossguard. It is marked with an ellipse that contains the number “80”. Next to this are the intertwined initials, “ML”, and the serial number “81719”.
The crossguard is equipped with a release button which allows the blade to be folded. Next to the button, on the right, is a rounded quillon that allows passage of the rifle.
The scabbard is has matching blued finish, and is in excellent condition with no dents and all of the finish. On the reverse of the scabbard is a metal belt loop which is positioned towards the right side to allow the bayonet to hang at a slant. The throat is crescent shaped, matching the shape of the quillon.
The blade measures just under 7 inches. It appears to have been factory sharpened, and has a fuller at the top. It has a blued and polished finish.
This very cleverly designed bayonet is a real mechanical marvel. When the button on the guard is push it permits the user to pull the blade upward. One the blade is upright it is hinged so that it folds into the grip area, leaving about 4½ inches of the blade that could be used as a utility knife. When the blade is pulled upward for folding one can see the stamping of the producer, “L. Franchi”, on the ricasso.
This design is extremely intricate and still manages to work well. If you have never seen on of these Italian folding bayonets, I am sure you will be amazed at the workings. A very neat item here, even if you are not a bayonet or Italian edged weapons collector; I like it a lot!
Excellent Plus. $395.00
COMBFK #37058 Imperial K-98 Bayonet with Sawback Blade – Gebru. Heller
This K-98 Bayonet is an extremely fine example which is equipped with fine walnut grip plates. The finish of the bayonet is not the usual blued style, but rather it appears to have been originally issued with a polished steel finish. There are no markings on the hilt areas. The mortise button and lock work fine.
The grip plates are the type that have the air vent at the lower edge, and they are retained by spanner and rivets. The spanner hardware is mounted on the obverse side of the plates.
The scabbard is a nice, straight example, having period black paint. This paint is still all there, and show only modest age. The lug is the style which has a set plate at the bottom of it which is raised to the scabbard. The throat area is also most interesting as the right side only has a small throat portion that is built into the metal. The rest of the throat is plain, lacking a lip. I noticed that on the lower ball of the scabbard there appears to be an old arsenal stamping.
The blade of this example is a real beauty, being nickel-plated and still nice and bright. I haven't cleaned this blade up, but it appears as though, with a little work, it should easily come up to Mint condition. It is the style with a wide fuller, and the spine is done with the sawback design. The teeth are extremely precise and very sharp. The bayonet is marked “Gebr. Heller / Marienthal” on the reverse.
It is quite rare to find an Imperial bayonet of this nature with a sawback blade. I would think if there advanced bayonet collectors out there this piece should be of extreme interest. This example was purchased directly from the son of a veteran by yours truly.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $595.00
COMBFK #37005C Mismatched K-98 Mauser Bayonet
The grip plates on this piece are of dark walnut and are in good condition. They have the distinctive air vents at the lower edge.
The scabbard of this bayonet has a couple of small dings on the obverse, and it appears as though rust has replaced most of the original bluing. The scabbard is marked, on the obverse throat, “8148”, while the reverse is maker marked and dated “Carl Eickhorn / 1937”.
The blade of the bayonet is quite good, having nearly all of the original blued surface. The blade is marked with the serial number “6230 / t” which appears stamped on the obverse ricasso. The reverse ricasso has the stampings “41 fnj”.
Although this is mismatched example, it is a pretty nice bayonet and is still quite collectible.
COMBFK #36022 Swiss Model 1889 Bayonet – Waffenfabrik Neuhausen
This Swiss Bayonet is a high quality item, and although it shows mild overall age it still remains in good condition throughout. The hilt parts show evenly spread age over what appears to have been a polished steel finish initially. The mortar release and blade lock work well. The crossguard has a rounded quillon on one side and on the other is pierced with a circle to accommodate the rifle barrel. The grip plates are a fine hard walnut having nice graining. The plates are in perfect condition and they are retained by two rivets having flat heads on both sides. The crossguard of this piece is number, “336849”.
The scabbard is a fine straight tapered steel which still is in excellent condition. This scabbard has a blued finish which is nearly 100%. The reverse of the lower ball of the scabbard is stamped with a cross being the symbol of Switzerland. There is a “U” bracket on the reverse of this scabbard which still has a leather strap rivet held to it. The substantial blade is in very nice condition still being bright and having its original factory grain throughout the surfaces. This blade has an unusual wide fuller which runs down the center area of both sides. The obverse ricasso is marked with the producer, “Waffenfabrik / Neuhausen”. A nice, high quality Swiss example here.
Excellent Plus. $195.00