I don't necessarily have a problem with the grips either, but the bayo has seen a reblue as well, way to dark for a 43 dated Horster.
The bayonet has been redone (bleuing). If german the wooden grips have been redone also (IMO).
The only "acceptable" digits stamped as serial number on the scabbard frog stud are the ones from the prewar portuguese contract. For our members to know, some undelivered bayonets of the 1939 portuguese contract were seized on german soldiers during the liberation of Paris (i know two of them).
The leather retaining strap with brass stud is also bad.... IMO postwar addition...
"I didn't use any weapon in combat during the war, but i killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of men...they're now at the bottom of the sea"
Walter Borg (ex-MI6) Agent and radio operator in Malta, Tunisia and Italy between 1941 and 1945. Arrested twice, tortured twice, escaped twice, survived the war...
"The future torments us, the past holds us, that is why the present escapes us."
In Memoriam :
Laurent Huart (1964-2008)
Here we have the scabbard. Also last picture is the rivet holding onto the loop. On the frog.
I have a 42asw It has a black bakelite grips
my 42 asw has about 85% of the original bluing, pretty sure it was re blued-just my take . but its real
I appreciate the info shared on this one but would like to get a little clarification on what type of grip material should be on a 43asw. I understand that "Refurbs" were done during the war. But what was the exact/correct grip material during 1943 manufacturing process? I would like to hear what is the correct , out of the factory description of this manufacture and year.
I also have to add that my 43asw is one of those that has the matching serial #'s on the scabbard but marked as 44asw on the scabbard. I know the story about the markings but would like to hear about my question above about the grip material used for these. So what can the Bayo experts add to this grip material question?