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Strange finish on K98 bayonet?

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    Got this one in one Latvian village, it is sharpened. For me looks looks nickel or may be phosphorized. What You think guys?

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    was it painted with clear coat of some kind ?
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    hello IDiv.121,,Your K98 looks to be very weathered. maybe being exposed outside alot, which would cause this type of appearance. Interesting grip plates as I am used to seeing the black checkered type. What is the condition of the frog hanger. regards Larry
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    It could be weathering, or perhaps a combination of that and phosphoric acid which is sometimes used to remove rust. The Germans did use a phosphate type finish with some items in 1944. Commonly known as Parkerizing in the U.S. it is a crystalline type of finish versus the blued (black oxide) type used for most other period German bayonets. Not the best of images, here is a period U.S. M-4 bayonet showing a typical crystalline appearance as contrasted with the mixed blued and bare metal of a 98K bayonet blade tip. With the period German finish usually a little lighter in color (less black) and duller than the U.S version. FP
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