Hard to find uncut 16″ blade World War 2 era M1905 bayonet dated 1942 in scarce unused condition with rare BROWN handle grips and super-rare “lazy S” type scabbard made by Detroit Gasket Company (a large sideways “S” below the flaming ball on the scabbard’s throat). Detroit Gasket made a very limited quantity of these scabbards using a completely different technology for their composite materials. A scarce type in general – most of the original M1905 bayonets were cut-down and re-furbished as the “short pattern” bayonets often referred to as M1942; But what is even rarer is that this early-production bayonet was fitted with brown plastic handle grips – just a tiny batch of WW2 plastic grips came in brown; most were made as standard-issue black resin similar to Bakelite. These early-production brown grips were made from an earlier type of plastic (commonly called CAB) that wasn’t resistant to the solvents the army was using in the field, so the production of the CAB plastic grips was quickly discontinued. Only about 100,000 brown CAB grips were made in total; most were lost to the use and abuse in the field. “Brown-grips” bayonets were manufactured for about a month; a rare find these days.
This bayonet was manufactured in 1942 by United Fork & Hoe Company: UFH / US “flaming bomb” / 1942 date stamp on ricasso on one side. An excellent quality manufacture bayonet with crisp lines and an even nicely blued blade; rare this nice. The blade is unused with original blunt factory edge; the tip is intact; about 99% of the original gray finish remaining; a few small spots of surface rust on one side are noted for accuracy (cleanable). Muzzle ring is near-perfect; the guard is stamped on the top side with a small ” flaming ball” ordinance mark. Brown CAB plastic handle grips are in excellent condition with no nicks, dings or cracks. The bayonet release mechanism is tight and 100% functional. The bayonet is about 20-1/2″ / 52 cm overall; the blade is about 16″ / 40.6 cm long. Original Detroit Gasket “long” composition scabbard is in practically unused condition; a couple of minor scratches and scuff marks on the ridges from storage are noted for accuracy. About 90% of the original OD-green paint on the scabbard remaining – a remarkable state of preservation since the paint generally did not adhere particularly well to this type of plastic. Steel throat is marked with US “flaming-bomb” ordinance mark / “lazy S” on the front. Overall, this rare uncut WW2 UFH M1905 bayonet Detroit Gasket scabbard are in excellent overall condition, considering the age. A very desirable and highly collectible type; SUPER rare this nice.
This rare original WW2 UFH M1905 bayonet Detroit Gasket scabbard have not been cleaned or tampered with in any way, 100% original “as is” 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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