Rare M1 bayonet for US Garand; manufactured in Japan in the early 1950th by Nippon Products under a contract for the US military: ricasso is stamped NP / US “flaming bomb” / J. The common knowledge is that the “J type” M1s were issued to the USMC stationed in Okinawa; some of these M1s even found their way into the Korean War. Not a common type to begin with, most of the “J” M1s have been de-milled prior to import to the US by cutting the blade in half. Finding the undamaged “J” marked M1 is tough; finding one with the original Japan-made Howa Machinery Co. scabbard is next to impossible.
This bayonet is lightly used with the blade intact and original “Howa” scabbard present – VERY rare as such. An unusually high-quality manufacture specimen with crisp lines; about 80% of original black blade finish remaining. Original edge; the tip is intact; some typical loss of black finish at the tip is noted for accuracy. Black plastic handle grips are in great shape and tight; the pommel is excellent with no typical ding marks. The scabbard/bayonet release mechanism is excellent and 100% functional. This M1 is about 14-1/2″ / 37 cm overall; the blade is about 9-3/4″ / 24.8 cm. Original Howa Machinery Co. scabbard is marked with “lotus” mark on the throat. There is a thin crack below the lower “dot” on the front of the plastic part. I would’t put too much stress on it – these original Japanese scabbards are known to be brittle; that’s why most of them aren’t around any more.
This rare made in Japan NJP M1 bayonet and original “Howa” scabbard are in 100% serviceable condition still; this type is exceedingly hard to find this nice and complete these days. A must-have for any serious M1905 / M1 bayonet types collector, don’t miss this chance to add it to your collection!
The set has not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original condition; these are the actual photos. We have several scarce WW1 and WW2 fighting daggers and trench knives available for sale – please take a look in our Militaria section.
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