I have what I believe to be a French bayonet from WW I. My wife's grandfather brought it back with him and we ended up with it.
I see there's some paint on the handle and a fair amount of rust. I know I shouldn't try to make it gleaming or anything but should it be lightly cleaned to try to remove the paint and the rust or should it just be left alone?
I've included some photos, they are not great quality but it'll give you an idea of what it is.
You can see the paint on the handle