Below are articles I have written on WWI and WWII bayonets I have purchased. I try to go in great detail about what to look for and what many of the markings mean.
1907 Lithgow Bayonet – A fantastic bayonet designed for the Enfield rifle. This was made at the Lithgow factory in Australia. The Australians weapon of choice was the Enfield No1 MarkIII, which this bayonet was built for.
In the queue
98/05 Bayonet – Known as the butcher’s blade, the 98/05 was both a bayonet and a extremely useful for chopping and clearing out brush.
In the queue
Type 30 Bayonet – Japan went through various stages of design for the Type 30 Bayonet. There were many arsenals involved in production. Near the end of WW2, quality was sacrificed as resources and raw materials for bayonet production were diminished. The best resource for Japanese Bayonets is a book called Bayonets Of Japan by Raymond Labar.
1896 Swedish Bayonet – Another outstanding achievement of the Swedish military design. The 1896 bayonet was way ahead of its time. It looked like something that could have been produced today.
1905 Bayonet – The 1905 or M1905 Bayonet would serve the US well for over 50 years. It eventually evolved into the M1 bayonet that was used in WW2 in the Pacific and in Europe.
Below are articles for Bayonets that were used prior to WWI. Many of the above bayonets were also used prior to WWI, but their significance really was brought about during the Great War (WWI) from 1914 – 1918.
Spanish Mauser 1893
Below are articles for Bayonets that were made after WWII.
Egyptian Hakim Bayonet – The Egyptian Hakim Bayonet looks quite similar to the 1896 Swedish Bayonet. The reason is because most of the equipment and know how to make the Egyptian Hakim Bayonet came from Sweden.
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