Germany WW2 Horster K98 bayonet with original metal scabbard and R.B.N.D. leather frog included. Scarce pre-WWII type in excellent overall condition – rare this nice and complete.
Original WW2 era German bayonet for “Karabiner 98K” Mauser bolt-action rifle. Scarce pre-WW2 manufacture by E.u.F. Horster of Solingen, as indicated by the manufacturer’s number code 14asw. This pre-WW2 blade numbering system of letters-and-numbers codes was used from 1934 to 1937 to keep the maker’s identities secret. German Horster always made an excellent quality product, even in the last months of WW2; they are famous for their high-quality German military swords and other edged weapons. Horster’s bladesmith experience and expertise certainly show through the excellent quality of this bayonet.
The bayonet comes with original blued steel scabbard (non-matching serial number 4888/X on the scabbard’s throat) and an original leather frog is faintly stamped R.B.N.D. on the belt hanger. The frog is in great overall condition, considering the age; the leather is soft and supple; all stitching and rivets are intact; the keeper is a bit frail – the leather is dried-up. The bayonet is apparently unused with original blunt factory edge. A couple of minor surface rust stains at the tip from improper storage are noted for accuracy. Original pre-war specimens are very scarce this nice and complete.
The bayonet is about 15-1/8” / 38.4 cm overall; the blade is about 9-7/8″ / 25 cm long. The blade retained about 90% of its original gun-blue finish; the edge is in as-issued condition (blued and un-sharpened); the tip is intact. Original brown bakelite grips are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The bayonet’s release button is in perfect working order; no contact marks on the pommel. Ricasso is stamped with the manufacturer’s code 14asw on one side and serial number 237/aa on the other. The Waffenamt stamps on the bayonet’s butt and spine plane are WaA519; scabbard’s tip is stamped with what looks like WaA51...
Almost 80 years after it was made this World War II era Germany WW2 Horster K98 bayonet and its original scabbard are in 100% serviceable condition still; this type is scarce this nice and complete. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
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