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RARE Japanese Bayonet, ROK Army, Korean War REISSUE
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RARE Japanese Bayonet, ROK Army, Korean War REISSUE

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Sold Date: 05/03/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Source: eBay



This bayonet and scabbard are much more rare than an original WW2 Japanese bayonet and they are very seldom offered for sale. This bayonet and scabbard were reissued to the Korean Army prior to the Korean War. From what I have read, the U.S. Government opened an arsenal in Japan after WW2 during the occupation period. In this arsenal, they took captured WW2 Japanese rifles and re-chambered them in caliber .30 Government or .30/06 caliber. They also took captured WW2 Japanese bayonets and added a modified webbed frog with a U.S. bale type wire hanger to the original steel scabbards. This modification of adding the webbed hanger and hanging bale did not damage the original Japanese scabbard. They simply took a metal band and threaded it through the slot for the original Japanese frog retaining strap and riveted it into the green webbed hanger. These modified rifles and bayonet scabbards (with unmodified bayonets) were then issued to the Korean Army for their basic infantry weapons. These WW2 modified Japanese WW2 rifles and bayonets were later replaced by U.S. weapons shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. If you look closely in pictures #12 you can see ROK soldiers carrying the WW2 Japanese rifles. The second soldier, closest to the camera on the right, is wearing one of these types of bayonets, you can see the scabbard protruding down along his left leg. The bayonet is in very good condition and almost looks like it was never used. The entire bayonet has some type of glaze to it. This glaze may be some type of lacquer applied by the arsenal or by a previous owner of this bayonet, I have no idea which. The glaze is not real thick and can probably be removed easily if one would want to do so. The scabbard is very nice and HAS NO GLAZING TO IT. The scabbard is painted an OD green and has the number "13" painted on it in white paint. There is a small dent on the front of the steel scabbard and it shows some light surface scratches, but almost all of the green paint is still covering the steel scabbard. The frog or hanger shows some soiling and dirt, but still very nice and not damaged.
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