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Koishikawa Arsenal Type 30

Article about: Hi Guys, I've had this bayonet for 10-15 years. I believe it's a Koishikawa Arsenal Tokyo type 30. I just recently got my second one that's a Hikari Seiki Seisaku-jo. They are both pre-42, b

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    One need a bit of imagination to "see" the hiragana on this marking, but this is the one, though awkwardly stamped.
    Since a few months, I record on a database every Type 30 bayonet I see. This marking troubled me for a while, it took me a certain time before seeing one stamped distinctly enough to make out the drawing with no doubt.

    Maybe seeing it written in another font could help, I think we're close to this :

    Koishikawa Arsenal Type 30

    And below is a photo of one, maybe a bit more neat. What is troubling is the hook which go very high.

    Koishikawa Arsenal Type 30

    L

  2. #32
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    Quote by Shabadabada View Post
    The series prefix of this bayonet is いも, series 113.
    Welcome and it is about time you signed up over here. I do have one quibble with you though. How about changing the bayonet number 1959 to a series 93rd instead of series 113?

    株式會社・光精機製作所 KK Hikari Seiki Seisakujo
    Encircled ゑ = 91st Series, JB46-47, Serial Range 7936 to 57444.
    いゑ = 91st Series, JB46-47, Serial Range 46812 to 95258.
    いひ = 92nd Series, JB46-47.
    いも = 93rd Series, JB46.
    いせ = 94th Series.
    いす = 95th Series.

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    Thanks for your welcome !

    Quote by Kiipu View Post
    I do have one quibble with you though. How about changing the bayonet number 1959 to a series 93rd instead of series 113?
    Cause it was almost 4 am here when I wrote the message and my tired mind turned 93 into 113.
    Of course this is 93, there is no series 113, my bad !

    L

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    Quote by Kiipu View Post
    Encircled ゑ = 91st Series, JB46-47, Serial Range 7936 to 57444.
    いゑ = 91st Series, JB46-47, Serial Range 46812 to 95258.
    The use of prefix format applied in the course of 91st series is quite hard to discern due to the number range overlaps.
    I have reported :
    - ゑ (encircled) from 7051 to 45007
    - ゑ (not circled) on 28112
    - いゑ from 1279 to 90534

    L

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    Quote by Shabadabada View Post
    ....Maybe seeing it written in another font could help, I think we're close to this :

    Koishikawa Arsenal Type 30

    And below is a photo of one, maybe a bit more neat. What is troubling is the hook which go very high.

    Koishikawa Arsenal Type 30
    Okay! Got it -- thanks. Yes, I now recognize the stamp in question as a "cursive" も [mo]
    Koishikawa Arsenal Type 30

    It is lacking the bottom portion of the script:
    Koishikawa Arsenal Type 30

    -- Guy

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    As indicated in the posts above, there is an overlap in the style of the prefixes used in the 90th series. In this series they all started out as a "Variation C" and the only difference is whether the blade is white (JB-46) or blued (JB-47).
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    E ゑ = "Encircled ゑ".
    JB = Japanese Bayonets by Johnson.
    IM = Inspection Mark.
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    E ゑ 7936 JB-46.
    E ゑ13726 JB-46.
    E ゑ36917 JB-47 IM-東.
    E ゑ43235 JB-46.
    いゑ46812 JB-46.
    E ゑ48407 JB-46.
    E ゑ57444 JB-46.
    いゑ66914 JB-47 IM-東.
    いゑ67889 JB-46.
    いゑ88212 JB-46 IM-東.
    いゑ95258 JB-46 IM-東.
    Last edited by Kiipu; 11-15-2022 at 06:35 PM.

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    Thank you very much, I complete my files.
    Here is what I have, if you want to add to your list (all are JB46) :
    いゑ 1279
    Eゑ 7051
    いゑ 8300
    Eゑ 14932
    Eゑ 19906
    ゑ 28112 (no circle)
    Eゑ 44449
    Eゑ 45007
    いゑ 49736
    いゑ 50432
    いゑ 63159
    いゑ 68977
    いゑ 90534

    If you have similar lists for other bayonet series, I would be very interested in exchanging our reports.

    L

  8. #38

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    Well, Danger, there you have it! Your bayonets are keeping some of us off the streets!!!
    Cheers,
    Tony

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    Thank you to everyone for all your help and crucial knowledge in resolving this mystery.
    I really appreciate it.

    Cheers,

    Danger

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    Hi Tony,

    Yes, it's all part of my social responsibility!
    Saw an early war example with no markings, bright blade and the serial numbers removed earlier today....
    Think I will stick to late war bayonets from now on.

    Cheers

    Danger

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