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 The grip plates were originally made of wood, but after the war began, this became a dark bakelite material, and lastly a reddish ersatz material.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 #41189 Third Reich Fighting Knife
This Fighting Knife is a little different those most we see. The grip plates are wooden, shaped with a handhold and with edges that are more rounded than the norm. The plates are retained by three steel rivets.
The crossguard is simple steel oval, with very short quillons. The scabbard tapers to a tip and is equipped with a metal belt loop attached to the upper reverse of the scabbard, extending upward with a coil on the end. The paint on this scabbard is perfect.
The blade of this example is slightly unusual in that it is a plain, single edged type without the usual false edge. It is in pristine condition, with all of the original crossgrain and a short ricasso.
A choice example here, with an interesting blade.
COMBFK #41186 Third Reich Fighting Knife - Alcoso
It is quite unusual to see a maker marked fighting knife, but that is exactly what we have here. This example has the standard shaped wooden grip plates, with fine wood grain and retained by three rivets.
The scabbard tapers to a tip. It is equipped with a metal ramp on the reverse which can be used as either a clip or a belt loop. The original paint on this scabbard shows little age and is nearly 100% intact.
The blade is a single edged typee, with a false edge and a short ricasso. It remains bright throughout, with signs of very minor sharpening although these have not damaged the blade. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Alcoso Scales trademark. This particular marking used used after 1941, so this is a late war knife.
A rarely seen Alcoso example here, in top notch condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $550.00
COMBFK #41152 Imperial Fighting Knife - Carl Eickhorn
The grip plates are the early checkered Bakelite type, in sound condition and retained by steel rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The tapered scabbard has no dents. It appears to have an old repaint, but the orange peel could be easily removed and there is probably a pretty good surface underneath. The scabbard is fitted with a short leather hanger attached by means of a pair of rivets. This hanger may have had a retainer loop as there is a hole in the obverse center.
The blade is mostly bright but shows mild age and some old sharpening, mostly on the reverse. This blade has a false edge running about halfway back down the spine and a short ricasso. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the old Eickhorn "Back to Back" Squirrels trademark, dating it to about 1918. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
A sound Eickhorn example here.
COMBFK #40995 Imperial Fighting Knife - ERN
The knife is fitted with fine wooden grip plates. There are notches cut into either side of the plates to afford a good grip. They are in perfect condition and are retained by three steel rivets with dressed heads on both sides.
The crossguard is the standard oval steel type. The scabbard is straight and has fairly good original paint, better on the reverse than the obverse. Overall the paint is about 85% intact. The scabbard is fitted with a leather belt loop and retainer loop. The leather remains sound and the retainer loop has a good working snap.
And now to the blade! It is simply unbeatable and looks like it just came from the factory; this is saying something after 100 years! It is designed with a ricasso and a false edge with runs back about 1/3 of the way down the blade. It is as bright as the day it was polished out and retains 100% of the original crossgrain. It is s stamped with an Imperial ordnance mark, a crown over a "C". Beneath is "ERN WALD RHEIL", as well as "Rasiemesser-fabrik" or "Razor Factory". I don't remember seeing this maker before but I would think any company that made straight razors would easily be able to make a fighting knife. The original blade buffer is in place.
A great Imperial example here, with a rare maker mark. This one should pull your chain!
Near Mint. $550.00
COMBFK #40793C K98 Combat Bayonet, 43 FFC - A. Herder
The grip plates are brownish/purple Bakelite, retained by a pair of screws and spanner nuts. The scabbard has a good led finish and is numbered "9051". There is a fine K98 frog attached to the scabbard, the deluxe kind with a boss that holds it shut.
The blade is in excellent condition, with about 98& of the original bluing. It is numbered "4457". The reverse has the maker and year codes "43 FFC", indicating this piece was made by the A. Herder firm in 1943.A nice example to hang on your wall here.
Excellent Plus. $175.00
COMBFK #40792C K98 Combat Bayonet - E. & F. Hörster
This K98 Bayonet is in nice condition, with nearly all of the bed finish intact throughout the hilt. The reverse of the pommel has dual waffenamts, "WaA 263". This number is also stamped on the lower ball of the scabbard. The mortise button and lock work well.
The grip plates are dark Bakelite, retained by a screw and spanner which look to be unturned. The scabbard is nice and straight, with an excellent blued finish. The obverse scabbard throat is marked "3636", which matches the number stamped on the obverse ricasso of the blade. The reverse of the scabbard is marked "E. u Hörster 1940"; this same mark is also seen on the blade.
The blade of this bayonet is in excellent condition, with nearly 100% of the original blued finish intact.
A very fine K98 here.
Near Mint. $295.00(#062718)
COMBFK #40794C Imperial Saw Back K98 Bayonet - Böntgen & Sabin
This Imperial Bayonet has a polished steel hilt. The steel remains in excellent condition and remains fairly bright. The mortise button and lock work well. There is an Imperial stamping on the reverse featuring a crown over initials.
The grip plates are a fine walnut and are in perfect condition. They are retained by means of rivets with spanner nuts on the reverse.
The scabbard is straight throughout, with a good blued finish. This bluing remains about 98% intact.
The blade remains bright and has a wide fuller. There is a very nasty saw back running along the top. This sawbuck retains the original sharpness, easily grabbing a finger that is even close to it! The reverse ricasso is marked "Böntgen & Sabin Solingen". There is no washer on this bayonet, but it may have never had one.
A nice Imperial example here.
Excellent Plus. $450.00
COMBFK #40313 Early K98 Bayonet - S155 G (E. & F. Hörster)
The hilt has a natural steel finish, with a good, working mortise button and lock. This button looks to have some type of waffenamt or ordnance marking stamped into it. The reverse pommel has double waffenamts; "WaA / 255".
The grip plates are constructed from walnut. They are in good condition throughout and are retained by means of screws and spanners. These plates have drilled air holes at the bottom of each.
The scabbard is a blued example and almost all of this finish is intact. There is an attached lug with a washer device. The throat is retained by a single dome head screw.
The blade is also blued. This finish is in fairly good condition although it is largely absent from the tip. There is also some light pitting on the obverse edge, although the reverse is still quite clean. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Hörster code "S / 155G". The opposite side is numbered "4532G".
A good example here that does not appear to be mismatched but may have been used for some special purpose, thus the lack of markings on the scabbard.
COMBFK #40096 K-98 Bayonet with Original SS Troddel - E. & F. Hörster
This K-98 Bayonet is in nice condition. The bluing on the hilt is still in good shape, although there is a little bit of rust at the very top were the waffenamts are. These are still visible however, and read "W2A253".
The grip is the brown Bakelite type, with molded handholds. These plates are retained by means of a pair of screws with spanners that look unturned.
The scabbard is in good shape, with nearly all of the bluing and only a bit of rust on the bottom. The waffenamt on the ball is illegible but most likely matches the pommel.
There is a black frog on the scabbard. It is the type with a retainer strap and boss button. Attached to the frog is the original troddel. This trodden has been in place since the war and has never been removed. It shows quite a bit of carrying time and has some fraying on the areas that were in contact with the hilt. Some of the bullion strapping is worn were the bayonet rubbed from the rear. Unfortunately the slide is missing from the knot, but the stem is still in good shape. Th lower balls is the black and silver type, with stuffing that matches the strapping.
The blade is marked "4083 / A" on the obverse ; this matches the number seen on the upper scabbard. The spine of the blade is marked "38", which would be the date of production.
A nice, original SS Bayonet here.
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 #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 #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 #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 #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