I have put together a quick reference sheet for Japanese Bayonet Markings for the Type 30 Bayonet. I would like to thank Raymond Labar and his book Bayonets Of Japan for getting me inspired to learn about the Japanese Bayonet Markings.
When you’re out there and you find yourself staring at a Japanese Bayonet, hopefully these markings will help you decide if the bayonet is worth the asking price. Currently Japanese bayonets go for $70 and up depending on the quality of the bayonet and what markings are on it.
Here are my purchasing rules when I come across a Japanese Bayonet and I don’t have my reference books with me.
Late War – Worth More
Exotic Markings – Worth More
Wooden Scabbards – Worth More
Leather Frogs – Worth More
Good Condition – Worth More
I generally come across bayonets that range from $125 – $200. Now of course, I am not going to pay that kind of money for just any ordinary Japanese bayonet. It has to be rare.
Here are some of the questions I might run through.
Is it a late war model? Does it have rare markings? Does it come with a scabbard? If yes, is the Scabbard metal or wood? Does it also come with a Leather Frog? What are the serial numbers? Are there any other markings? What shape is the bayonet in?
Most people don’t know one Japanese Bayonet from another, which means there are plenty of bargains just waiting to be found. Knowledge is king, so learn as much as you can. Check Ebay out and see what various bayonets have been sold for.
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