K98 bayonet – ffc 41 – Early tropical frog
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 on the equipment belt in combination with the shovel and it’s carrier.
Model bayonet: Seitengewehr 84/98
Markings: ffc 41 – 1969
Maker: ffc indicates production by Friedrich Herder Abr.Sohn, Solingen.
Material: Blued steel
Grip material: Bakelite
Notes: This bayonet has the early green tropical frog and comes “as found” out of the woodwork in Germany.