01-15-2011 05:49 PM
Re: Need info with an awkward mark on an ASW - 1943 mauser bayonet
Depending on the time period and maker, all sorts of different markings can be seen underneath the grips of the 98K bayonets. And some makers had fewer markings, while others used more. They can range from ‘assembly’ numbers which are like serial numbers (but are not) that were used to match up parts while manufacturing the bayonet.
To markings such as the one you posted. Which is almost certainly a mark to identify the specific forging die that was used to drop forge the blade. Dies that were certain to wear out or break at some point, and would have to be replaced or repaired. And the marking identified that particular die.
Best Regards, FP