K98 bayonet frog – M42 – RBNr. 0/0833/0041

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.

Markings:  RBNr. 0/0833/0041
Model frog:  Late war M42
Maker: It is unclear to which maker the Reichsbetriebsnummer 0/0833/0041 refers to.
Year: 1943 – 1945
Material: Black leather
 Originally designed to go with the folding E-tool, this bayonet frog was later in the war introduced to spare more raw materials on bayonet frogs