WOW!!Up for auction is a 100 % authentic UTICA M5 BAYONET As you know, this bayonet is the most rare of the M1 Garand bayonets-of over 6 million M1 Garands produced, t were only 75,000 Utica M5's manufactured, making this the most sought after !! When was the last time you saw one of these???? No Garand collection is complete without this!! Additional pictures available, please email!! Shipping is a flat rate of $15.00, mailed USPS. Attached are photos of the Utica M5 bayonet. Included, but not pictured, is a M8A1 scabbard that has been painted black. The canvas strap is that secures the bayonet is on it's last legs, but the scabbards are very common and easy to replace if you desire, the bayonet is not!!
IMHO, the overall condition of the bayonet is good-very good, however, I am not an expert on bayonets. I have a grand total of two bayonets in my collection- soon to be one, so please use your own best judgement. I will describe it's appearance to the best of my ability. The blade is straight and has not been converted into a letter opener, jack knife or anything crazy like that. The blade has an odd wear mark on it, it is a spot on the rear portion of the blade on the 'Utica' side that appears to have been gone over with a wire brush or similar item, but I cannot be sure, I am only speculating, but you can see it from the picture. It covers an area approx 1 1/2", and is on the surface of the metal, not into the metal. The blade is not dull, but it is not sharp, either. I have never sharpened the bayonet, but I cannot determine whether it has been sharpened before. If you 'saw away' long enough, I'm sure that it would cut you! It has an edge, but not like a K-Bar knife. By looking at the back heel of the blade by the handguard, on the 'US M5' side, it appears that the previous owner tried to remove a nick in the blade, w the edge has the same 'wire brush' appearance to it. It is a very small section, approx. 1/4". The grips appear to be original, as they are worn towards the heel of the bayonet. The mechanism that locks the bayonet to the lug is in very good working order and goes on and comes off of the lug easily. The lock-up of the bayonet to the rifle, on my M1, was quite strong, with no play. It looked really good on the rifle!!
I hope I've given you an accurate description of the bayonet. I have only seen 1 other Utica M5 listed before, an it was a nasty mess of rust that went for over $120! If this is of interest to you, best of luck with bidding!!
emmy-kay PS- Blade length is approx. 8 5/8" from the blade side of crossguard to point.