You are probably right Fred. The pictures aren't the greatest and if they are sanded on, that might be what looked like grain to me.
12-27-2014 12:18 AM
Hey! Thanks for the replies!
I thought the grips were wood, but if you guys think it may be bakelite, are there any pics I can upload that may confirm? Or how can I tell for sure?
Do you guys conclude it is Bakelite or Wood?
upon closer inspection, the edges of the grip, and the grooves are sort of 'shiny', the seller told me it was a wooden handle, and it looked like it, but I guess it may be bakelite. The sucky thing is, he was selling another K98 bayo for slightly more, also matching numbers from 39, which was definitely wood handle (lighter wood-colour). Looks like I've been swindled! I'll be honest in that my knowledge on K98 is sadly lacking, but I've learned a lot. I don't understand why the dealer does this if I've bought bayonets there before.. *sigh*
Actually, bakelite grips is what should be on it. Whoever sanded all the finish off the rest of the bayo must have sanded on the grips some too, giving the appearance of wood. Good thing about bakelite, the color runs all the way through it, so you can polish them back to their original appearance.
The other bayo, being a 39, could have had wood grips originally, depending on the maker.
For future reference here are some old images from other threads that have been edited for this one (noting that some are better than others depending on when and what I was using for imaging at the time). First, a well worn but original period rework that used as is recycled grips - noting the nick and scratches that are oftentimes seen. (Needing a much better level of resolution - but if you look closely you can I think see the mottling that is caused by the wood flour filler being exposed in places). Next an original but still very decent circa 1930's set of wood grips showing the grain pattern. With more or less the same condition for a set of original Bakelite grips on another post 1938 period bayonet. Best Regards, Fred