The US 1917 Remington Bayonet has a very unique look with it’s double notched handle. The bayonet was patterned after the 1913 British bayonet and to make it stand out from the similar British Lithgow 1907 bayonet, 2 vertical notches were added to the handle. This makes it extremely easy to spot in a lineup of bayonets and probably also served as a way to easily recognize which bayonet went to which type of gun should there be a mix of weapons.
When the US entered WW1 they needed a bayonet to go along with their Remington Rifle, so the US adopted the British 1913 bayonet and changed the designation to become the 1917 Remington Bayonet. Two US companies were awarded contracts, which included Remington (Stamped with the text “Remington” inside a circle, where the text follows the circle) and Winchester (Stamped with a “W” inside a circle).
When Remington were placing their markings on the bayonets in 1918, they stamped 1918 instead of 1917. Up until then, it was common to date a bayonet by the year of manufacture, like the US M1905 bayonet which was dated for each year it was manufactured) 1906 to 1922. When the Model 1917 bayonet was produced, the military wanted the date of 1917 to be the model number stamped, not the year of manufacture. Once the error was caught, they went back to dating the blades with the 1917 date. So Remington bayonets with the date 1918 are generally more rare because of the error and the change in how bayonets should be marked.
There aren’t a lot of markings to really have to learn about when looking over the Remington unlike the Japanese Type 30, where there are hundreds of variations. Knowing that Winchester 1917 Bayonets are more rare and as such are more valuable is helpful. Also know that Remington 1917 bayonets that are marked 1918 are also rarer.
Here is some good reading on the 1917 Remington Bayonets.
- Japanese Bayonet Markings
- M1905 bayonet
- Lithgow 1907 Bayonet
- Swedish Bayonet – 1896 Bayonet
- Bayonets Of Japan
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