SWISS K31 BAYONET AND SCABBARD

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Item Code: E2822

These Swiss Model 1918 bayonets were issued with the Schmidt-Rubin carbine patterns of 1911 and with the K31, which was adopted in 1933 and remained in service until 1958. Perhaps the most significant element of the bayonet is the use of a median ridge on the double-edge spearpoint blade rather than a central fuller. The blade is in the bright, as is the guard and pommel of the hilt, which may have been plated. There is some graying along the drag lines on the blade, from sheathing and unsheathing, and a little on the edges and side of the pommel. The locking mechanism is functional. The dark wood grips are unmarred and tight to the metal. The crossguard is crisply stamped “98568” and the blade bears a sharp “Elsener / Schwyz” stamp on the obverse ricasso. The metal scabbard has its brown leather belt frog in very good condition. The scabbard is secured in the frog strap riveted to a side bar that is then secured by a buckle on the frog. The metal scabbard body retains about 40 percent of its thin blue on the outer side with some gray metal exposed and some dark spots, but better than 90 percent of deeper blue on the reverse.

The overall look of the bayonet will remind collectors of the influence that Swiss design had earlier on U.S. bayonet design, specifically in designing a bayonet for the Spanish-American War era Krag rifle.  [sr]

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