K98 bayonet – Unmarked dress bayonet
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
Material: Chrome plated steel
Grip material: Bakelite
Notes: These bayonets where intended for parade dress with the Waffenrock and meant to be worn on the left side of the left side of the belt positioned above the side seam of the trousers. The bayonet retains its original early green knot or Faustriemen. The frog is nicely marked LBA which indicates Luftwaffe issue and is executed in a nice chocolate brown leather. The bayonet still retains 95% of it’s original chrome finish andnot been sharpened. The frog has a piece of string attached on which it has been hanging the last 74 years in Germany.