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WWII Japanese Army Arisaka Last Ditch Bayonet -
At the end of WWII, when American soldiers returned home, they came back with a whole host of war souvenirs. Samurai swords, medals, uniforms, helmets, and many more things were brought home with them. Japanese military collectibles from WWII have gained popularity over the years.

This style of bayonet is commonly known as the "Last-ditch".

The following is a rare and fine example of a WWII era Japanese wooden scabbard bayonet. Wooden scabbrds did not come about until late war. As the fighting approached home and the naval choke hold of the islands was started, the military was running out of raw materials and was forced to improvise by building equipment from whatever was available. The condition of the blade of this item indicates that it was possible never was issued.

The scabbard is a two piece construction tied together by tightly wound string. Another interesting aspect of its construction is the square metal tip. The author has seen a bayonet of similar construction with the exception of having a pointed tip that closely ressembled the shape of the blade tip.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII edge weapons. 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 Japanese edge weapon worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the edge weapon is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the items in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  3. WWII Japanese edge weapon markings
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  5. Identifying reproductions
  6. Perspective view
  7. Purchasing Japanese Collectibles

The picture on the left (below) shows the serial numbering found on the tip of the handle. While the picture on the right depicts the arsenal marking found at the base of the blade of the bayonet.

Many WWII Japanese 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 WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going to our WWII Japanese Collectibles identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.


Values for medals, badges, and other military antiques and collectibles are 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.

Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Value $235.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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