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WWII German Army K98 Combat Bayonet - The German Army was made part of the Wehrmacht in May 1935 with the passing of the "Law for the Reconstruction of the National Defence Forces". Between 1935 and 1945 this force grew to consist of hundreds of divisions and thousands of smaller supporting units. Between 1939 and 1945 close to 16 million served in the Army.





The design of the bayonet consisted of a metal pommel which housed the rifle lugnut release button. Pressing this would disengage the bayonet from the barrel of the k98 rifle. The bayonet was produced with a variety of handles. The ones featured here are made of bakelite, usually attributed to earlier production pieces.

The handles were secured using two screws. The cross guard was basic in design. It had a semi-circular cut at one side that was designed to let the barrel of the rifle fit better.





A brown leather frog is present. Of heavy duty construction. Stiched together with cotton thread and re-enforced with two rivets. The frog had a belt loop which is how the soldier attached it to his field belt.

The pommel had two waffen marks stamped. These marks are composed of small lines which roughly form the shape of an eagle.



This page is a recognition and identification guide for German bayonets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my German bayonet worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the Nazi bayonets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the police sword in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The base of the blade has two sets of markings. One side reads 44asw. The other side has the serial number 4741 with a small letter e below it.

The scabbard also shares the same serial number as the blade. In the collectors's business this is known as matching numbers and increases the value of the piece by 15 to 20 percent.







The blade is darkened. It is of single edge design. A blood groove spand nearly its entire length. Stout construction designed to last.





Many German edge weapons are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.



If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German daggers and Swords identification guide, Where we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.





PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for WWII German daggers and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.



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