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Article about: I have an interesting bayonet, the scabbard manufacturer is cof42 with the serial number of 32796. The blade is a bym41 with the serial number of 32796 over 164. Has anybody seen this before

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    I have an interesting bayonet, the scabbard manufacturer is cof42 with the serial number of 32796. The blade is a bym41 with the serial number of 32796 over 164. Has anybody seen this before or possibly have any information on why this is like this? I collect bayonets(numbers matching) and have never seen anything like this.

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    Here are some pictures of the bayonet.
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    A rarely seen maker. bym, also known as Machinenhaus Ferlach, and in 1940 used the "omc" trademark was an Austrian k98 producer. They used an odd method of serializing the bayonet production, with numbers stamped in two lines. The lower number changing every 200 bayonets. Just why they did this is not entirely clear but they kept their system until 1944, when they adopted the usual 4 number serials used by other makers.
    In this particular example, there is a few oddities. It appears to have been re-blued so may be a post war re-work bayonet. That would explain the wood grips. As in 1941 bym's we would expect black bakelite. The scabbard is not bym marked, which is also odd. Three possibilities, the original bym scabbard was damaged or lost and the Eickhorn made one dated 1942 was the replacement. Someone, perhaps at the armoury added the bayonet serial number to make it a set. The second possibility, though less likely, is bym was supplied with a batch of Eickhorn scabbards (dated 1942) to fill a supply gap. Third possibility the marriage of the bayonet and Eickhorn scabbard occurred at time of re-work either late war or post war.
    Never the less, a collectable bayonet, bym was one of the smaller producers, with only about 130,000 bayonets made during the war. A rare drop in the bucket when you consider 15 million k98 bayonets were made 1934-45. Thanks for showing us.

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    Nice one piece, mostly renumbered with spare 42cof scabbard, when the origin scabbard was lost or damaged, bym is Maschinenhaus Ferlach, Ostmark, the grips were replaced by wood, as normally they use only dark brown plastic in that period. br.Andy

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