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    WulfBlade1
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    Default butcher knife bayonet Seitengewehr 98/05

    Hello everyone,

    I am new to the site having been searching for some information on a bayonet that I purchased in a yard sale.
    It appears to be the Seitengewehr 98/05 variation from WWI. It was manufactured by SCHTEL & SACHS in Schwienfurt in 1918. It has has King Ludwig (Bavaria) markings on the back of the blade and on the butt of the bayonet. Oddly enough it has a clear plastic type handle with a 1930's type photo underneath on one side.

    I am curious if anyone knows about this type of handle or might it have been modified at a later date by a German soldier.
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    Maker = Fichtel & Sachs.

    I would guess that the grip replacement was done by a GI (possibly during/after WW2) - I've seen others.

    It would not have been done by the German soldier who was issued it - I suspect he would have been in serious trouble for damaging army property.

    Regards

    Richie

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    WulfBlade1
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    Default Re: butcher knife bayonet Seitengewehr 98/05

    Thanks Richie...that clears that part up I guess. Now if I knew who the girl was.

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    Quote by WulfBlade1 View Post
    Now if I knew who the girl was.
    Can't help with that I'm afraid !

    Regards

    Richie

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    wiggles
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    Default Re: butcher knife bayonet Seitengewehr 98/05

    It's pretty cool though. I like it a lot.

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    I agree with Ritchie B, this type of vandalism would not of been tolerated within the Imperial Army, ....done post war, by whom and for whom we shall probably never know.

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    Richie has nailed it.

    I rather like it, as it has a certain period charm of mid 1940's "kitsch".

    Cheers, Ade.

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