K98 bayonet – sgx 44 – Riveted grips, last ditch 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, riveted grips, last ditch frog.
Markings: sgx 44 – 9390
Maker: sgx is believed to be the late war substitute code for E.u.F. Hörster, Solingen.
Year: 1944
Material: Phosphated steel
Grip material: Bakelite
 This bayonet has riveted in stead of bolted bakelite grips. It is not blued but phosphate finished and has a so called Last Ditch frog.