WWII Japanese Test Type 1 Paratrooper Knife (Bayonet)

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 06,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction
Original WWII Japanese Test Type 1 knife – bayonet,complete with issued frog and scabbard. Long referred to as the Type 100 “paratrooper” bayonet, these knives were issued to Japanese paratroopers and the 1 st Japanese Army Ranger Force (Dai-ichi Rikugun Teishin-dan) during WWII. Besides the employment of various traditional daggers ( tantō) and issued pocket knives, the Test Type 1 and the Special Purpose Test Type 1 stand as the only combat / side knives issued by the Imperial Japanese Army.

These knives / bayonets were produced at the Toyada Jido Shokki Seisakusho Arsenal, otherswise known as “Toyada Automatic Loom Works” or “TALW”. The condition of the bayonet / knife is very good. The blued fullered blade is in very good condition with most all of the blue remaining. Blade is straight and unbent. The other metal parts are in very good condition as well. There is one small dent near the pommel end on the left side. Wood grips are in very good condition as are the grip rivets. Push button is in good working order.

The TALW Arsenal mark is located on the tang. Bayonet has a very low serial number – 222 . The pommel end also has a Nagoya inspector mark as well (see Labar – LB-234, p. 328 for reference). Original metal scabbard is in good condition with some thinning to the blue and one very shallow dent to the backside.

Bayonet comes with the original single loop pigskin frog which is of the type commonly found on these types of knives / bayonets. The frog loop has a unique piece of cloth attached to it that could have served as a grip retaining strap (note that the bayonet does fit snug into the scabbard). Both rivets are present though there is some slight separation near the right rivet. Frog scabbard retaining strap is complete and unbroken. Stitching is tight throughout.

Please consider this rare, very nice, and complete Test Type 1 paratrooper knife / bayonet for your collection.

We are unable to ship our bayonets to some locations outside the USA. If you are an interested non- US bidder please inquire before placing a bid.

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