K98 bayonet – Jos Corts 1939 – Bakelite grips
Ever since the introduction of the K98 bolt action rifle or Karabiner 98 Kurz as a replacement for the G98 or Gewehr 98 a new, shorter bayonet was designed. The K98 bayonet was officially named Seitengewehr 84/98 or SG 84/98. The bayonet was designed as a close combat sidearm that could be placed on the tip of a K98.
The total length of the K98 bayonet was 38,7 cm in contrary to the 50.2 cm long G98 bayonet. The blade was also more straight and the hand guard was omitted. The K98 bayonet was carried in a leather frog or Seitengewehrtragetasche. It was carried in the frog on the left side on the equipment belt in combination with the shovel and its carrier. The maker marks on k98 bayonets where stamped onto the top of the blade. On the reverse the batch number and suffix where stamped.
Model bayonet: Seitengewehr 84/98
Markings: Jos. Corts Sn 1939
Maker: Josua Corts Sohn, Remscheid
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: Bakelite
Notes: Jos. Corts bayonets are a relatively rare manufacturer