K98 ID help!

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K98 ID help!

Post by coreyaneal » 20 Jun 2016 04:59

My grandfather was in the 735th Tank Battalion and gave a bayonet to me before he passed. Not sure if it is real or not, and I have no clue where to start. I've attached some pictures and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: K98 ID help!

Post by Poot » 21 Jun 2016 20:49

It appears to be a 1938 made E&F Horster Co. of Solingen bayonet in nice, matching shape. I can't tell from those pictures, but the blade might have been sharpened. This decreases value some. Is there a maker's stamp on the back of the frog (leather holder for the scabbard)?
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Re: K98 ID help!

Post by coreyaneal » 22 Jun 2016 01:04

Thank you for your input, I didn't know where to start my research at. I looked on the back and didn't see a maker''s stamp on the back.

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Re: K98 ID help!

Post by Poot » 22 Jun 2016 06:00

The 'E.U.F. Horster' is the name of the maker in this case. It appears to be a nice rig, especially since most bayonets and accompanying scabbards don't seem to match.
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Re: K98 ID help!

Post by Joshua Rassi » 23 Jun 2016 00:08

I'm in a very similar situation, having been handed down a war trophy by my Grandfather, but I started by Googling it. Within the first 3 or 4 results for "K98 bayonet" I found sites that explained exactly what the various marking mean, and where they are located.

It took me less time to cross reference the data tables, and find out that this one was made in 1943 by Berg & Co, and how to properly disassemble and maintain the piece than it did to fill out the registration form for this forum...

Here is my bayonet:
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Re: K98 ID help!

Post by Poot » 23 Jun 2016 06:53

Gorgeous!
Please keep this in your family if you're able. If not, sell it to a collector that will treat it with the respect that it deserves.
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Pat
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Re: K98 ID help!

Post by OIF/OEF_Cavalry » 28 Jan 2018 15:59

I do not want to hijack this thread, but i need a little help too if somebody wouldn’t mind. I know this is not for me to ask as a person coming to a carnival and asking people to preform tricks to my demand. I know this is a favor that takes time out of your day to answer me and i am grateful! I recognize that for sure! I also do not think i have something special thats not already out there, but i need a little help on the rest of this understanding. Now that the preamble is out of the way...the question at hand. I have a mid-late 1937 Dürkopp bayonet with matching serial numbers on bayonet and scabbard...3333. The problem is i have what i assume is a “rework” as it has different numbers on the “guard” or what would be the muzzel ring. I know that Yugoslavian bayonets are famous for this, but they also, in my understanding, put the same reworked serial number on the frog stud. There is no number on the frog stud. Was this reworked in a different country then? I also understand that German Soldiers sometimes did this, but there are no letters in the serial number that are reworked...an alpha numeric serial number is absent. It is just numbers. Could somebody tell me if this is product of a different country that would’ve gotten surplus German bayonets after the war? Thank you! If nobody answers, I understand. You owe me nothing and i have given nothing in return.
“Draw me not without reason, sheath me not without honor.” - Conduct of a Cav Troopers saber.

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Re: K98 ID help!

Post by Frederick Prinz » 04 Feb 2018 05:55

From what I'm seeing it looks like a reasonably decent S.84/98 service bayonet, agreeing with Poot that keeping in the family is a first choice for a family memento. But if not, then a collector is preferred. FP

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