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03-25-2016 02:39 AM
Agree MO so are Sleepwalker and Frogprince hopefully they will come along. timothy
by Time Bandit
William, congrats on a nice piece.
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good spot AGV. Looked righteous to me but agree with Timothy, looks like the blade was scrubbed. Hope were wrong.
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Huh..! Do you call my knowledge rubbish? This bayonet is faked to look like a matching set. Comments like Yours is the best way to kill a forum.
Thanks for this info. So this bayonet may never have had a suffix?
by Time Bandit
What do you mean "scrubbed"? I would think that to remove an old serial number you would have to grind it off and that would be obvious. Or fill in the old serial #, sand off smooth & restamp a new serial # which like Gwar says is a lot of work for a common bayonet not worth much.
I have had the bayonet out several times as this post has progressed. My camera is old and not very good. I have studied the blade and serial number. It does look like there are some faint, light stampings below & next to the ones we see. I would assume these were all stamped by a machine. Were any hand stamped? Even machine stampings could be imperfect if the machinery is worn & loose.
I was an industrial arts teacher. I taught metal shop classes. I know that in stampings there can be ghost marks where the stamping is not quite perfect. I do not see any evidence that old numbers were removed. there are no grinding or sanding lines in the metal. The surface from the cross guard on down the blade is the same. There is no evidence of any difference to the surface in finish or thickness.
But, I cannot explain why there is no suffix letter and I cannot explain the ghost stamping marks. Hopefully Sleepwalker, Frogprince & Andy B will give us some advice.
Thanks to all who contribute, even if different views,
Hi William, it has been re-stamped for sure.
The font is different on the blade compared to the scabbard. Look closely the shape of the numbers. A maker would not have two different sets of dies.
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My apologies... Gwar
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