Hard to find uncut 16″ blade World War 2 period manufacture M1905 bayonet dated 1942 in scarce unused condition with rare BROWN handle grips. 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 more rare 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 plastic (phenol-formaldehyde resin similar to bakelite). This bayonet was manufactured in 1942 by United Fork & Hoe Company: UFH / US “flaming bomb” / 1942 date stamp on ricasso on one side. On the other side there is a lightly-struck short-lived Ordnance Escutcheon stamp (looks like a wheel with cannons). This “wheel” Ordnance Escutcheon represents the Ordnance final inspection; the stamp was used for just a couple of months and was quickly abandoned in favor of a simplified, war-expedient manufacturing process. An excellent quality manufacture bayonet with crisp lines and an even gray blade finish throughout; rare this nice.
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 this days.
The blade is unused with original factory edge; the tip is intact; about 99% of the original gray finish remaining. Muzzle ring is near-perfect; brown plastic handle grips are in excellent condition with no nicks, dings or micro cracks. The pommel is also excellent & marks-free. 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 “long” composition scabbard is in practically unused condition; a couple of minor scratches and scoff marks on the ridges from storage are noted for accuracy. The underside plate is marked B4/ N; steel throat is marked with US “flaming-bomb” ordinance mark on the front. Overall, this rare WW2 uncut UFH BROWN grips handle M1905 bayonet and original scabbard are in excellent overall condition, considering the age. A desirable and highly collectable type; VERY rare this nice.
This rare WW2 uncut UFH BROWN grips handle M1905 bayonet and original composition scabbard have 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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