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s1898/05 sawback butcher bayonet.

Article about: hi guys. i am looking to buy a sawback butcher bayonet but the one i have my eye on has no maker details on the ricasso is that common. or is it that it was never issued. thanks in addvance

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    Default s1898/05 sawback butcher bayonet.

    hi guys.
    i am looking to buy a sawback butcher bayonet
    but the one i have my eye on has no maker details on the ricasso
    is that common.
    or is it that it was never issued.
    thanks in addvance
    tony

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    Default Re: s1898/05 sawback butcher bayonet.

    Unmarked examples of the 98/05 are not terribly uncommon. It may be a private purchase "walking out" bayonet. If there is a "crowned fractur letter" inspection mark on the pommel above the locking mechanism then it was inspected for issue and was government property and likely issued and used.

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    Pesonally, and it is only my preferance, I tend to avoid any unmarked examples of any bayonet simply for the added interest value that the various makers and issue /inspection marks add to a piece, having said that I have one or two unmarked bayonets which I collected years ago when I first got into collecting which when placed side by side with the same 'marked' one there is no difference to the feel or functionality of the two, but I know which one i'd keep if I had to sell one of them.........but it is a personal choice of cource........although I think it can make a difference to the value..........I think marked ones will always attract more interest.

    The marks referred to in previous post.
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    Default Re: s1898/05 sawback butcher bayonet.

    thanks guys
    as always its much appreceated
    i think i will give this one a miss
    and get a marked one.
    thanks again
    tony.

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