I’m in agreement with what Scruffy said about being very careful with fake copies of Soviet era swords. The supposed German ones were made in India as I recall, and were IMO of poor quality as compared to original swords. They also never had scabbards. As was mentioned, the bayonets of the Chinese swords are of poor quality with a lot of fake aging. But the Chinese swords seem to be of different quality levels depending on who or when they were made, and I may have a few pictures of some of the Chinese fakes if I can find them. And to someone who had never seen or handled an original, I can see where they might be tricked into believing that they might be legitimate. But with none of them approaching the quality of Soviet era swords, with a singular exception. And that is the very small group of swords that could have been made using Soviet machinery (but with no Russian markings). That were imported into the U.S. along with all of the other surplus when the Chinese cleaned out their stockpiles of arms (ie: SKS’s, Mauser’s, machine guns, etc. etc. and other militaria). FP
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