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Title Arisaka Mauser bayonet, model 1897
Nationality Japanese
Period c 1930s
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It is hard to determine the date of manufacture, which could be anywhere between 1897 and the early 1940s. These weapons were carried during the Russo-Japanese war of 1904 and then in the occupation of Manchuria in the 1930s and the subsequent expansion into China, followed by extensive use in WW2. This is a Nagoya arsenal marked example.

The scabbard is a pleasant plum brown with hints of original blue finish, as are the metal elements of the hilt. The blade is in polished condition, professionally sharpened down to 7.5" from the point. There is some slight bruising damage to the woodwork of both grip plates, but, generally speaking, this is a good example of its type.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Edged Weapons : Bayonets : Japanese : 20th Century]

testimonials

[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

I am more and more pleased with the sword, and am wondering whether to do an article on it...

M M, UK, 04.11.2005

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