CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

Austrian 1895 with Pommel stamps for Czechoslovak acceptance

Austrian 1895  Hungarian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
Czech marked blade, Hungarian made

 

Hilt

 

 

Ricasso markings

 

FGGY makers mark and S lion stamp of Czech use

Austrian 1895
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
1895 with Czech markings on frog stud and ricasso

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
1895 with OEWG and unknown ricasso mark

 

 

Unknown ricasso marking

 

Austrian OEWG marks on opposite ricasso

 

Czech acceptance marks on pommel

 

Austrian 1895 NCO Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

Austrian 1895 NCO model  Issued to Czech unit

 

Pommel Marking shows 3 Cavalry issue (3J) pre 1936

 

 

Original Austrian makers mark

 

Added Czech  marking on opposite ricasso of S Lion 8 for an Oppava based infantry unit

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
czech austrian 1895.jpg (81895 bytes) Austrian 1895 with Czech markings

Austrian 1895
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
Unknown makers mark of intertwined BB on Czech issued 1895

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
Austrian 1895 made by MO and used by Czechoslovakia

 

 

MO makers mark on right ricasso

 

S lion 9 mark on left Ricasso, indicates Czech usage and acceptance at Bratislava

 

Austrian 1895 Artillery Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

1895 Artillery with he added front sight on the muzzle ring

 

 

Adjustable sight on the muzzle ring

 

 

Original OEWG Austrian makers mark

 

GET property of Cetnictvo - Gendarmery of CSR very low weapon number  (identified by Andy of BCN)

 

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

BFM marked 1895

 

 

BFM mark and S lion 1 acceptance mark

 

 

Not sure if this is the remains of a mark or random pitting

 

 

Unknown Pommel mark

 

 

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

Austrian 1895

 

 

OEWG mark is over stamped with Czech acceptance mark

 

Original Austrian eagle remains

 

 

CSZ frog stud mark

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
CET marked  ex Austrian 1895

Austrian 1895 NCO Hungarian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
Hungarian made 1895 NCO model

 

Scabbard frog stud shows divisional marking for Ceske Budejovice (S5)

 

 

Ricasso shows divisional marking for Olomouc (S7)


Austrian 1895 Carbine NCO Dress
 
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Carbine NCO dress chrome plated

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
 
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 CET marked 1895. Yin and Yang marked scabbard

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
 
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 Czech marked bayonet made by MO, marked on both riccasso's and on scabbard

Austrian 1895 Czech made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

Another  CSZ made 1895 with CSZ made scabbard

Austrian 1895 Czech made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

Austrian 1895 made by CSZ

 

Scabbard is an MO made one

 

CSZ ricasso marking, this is the makers mark and not the Czech acceptance marking

 

 

Is this mark the legs of the Czech Lion?

 

Frog is Czech marked B lion M

 

 

I am assuming this is a unit marking, any details appreciated

Austrian 1895 Austrian made
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
Czech Markings on blade

 

OEWG makers mark

German 98/05
  
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Refurbished German 98/05 used by initial units on formation of Czech republic in 1918

 

 

E Lion 23 markings on 98/05

VZ24
  
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Austrian made VZ24

 

 

Czech and Austrian markings

VZ24 WaA63 marked
  
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CZ24 made under German occupation WaA63 marks only

 

WaA63 stamp on frog stud

 

 

WaA on tang as well, note dark black grips

VZ24 foreign contract
  
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czech t block export.jpg (60727 bytes)czech t block export serial.jpg (63978 bytes)czech t block export grips.jpg (81567 bytes) T block VZ24 with oversize grips

 

Serial under Pommel and along tang, and oversize grips

 

 

Swan (?) mark on hilt of VZ24

VZ24
  
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Czech 23 made VZ24.jpg (83448 bytes)Austria 23 made VZ24 markings.jpg (95598 bytes) 1923 marked VZ24 bayonet

VZ24 WaA A80 marked
  
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VZ24 manufactured under German occupation, blade is Circle Z marked on one ricasso and has the German WaA stamp A80 on the other

 

WaA stamp A80 predates 945 and DOT coded German made VZ's

VZ24 export
  
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VZ24 Variation, probably for a South American country Has slightly different pommel and muzzle ring shapes

 

N block CSZ marking

 

 

Comparison of standard VZ24 (top) to variation

VZ24
  
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1924 dated VZ24

 

1924 date on Ricasso

 

8HN unit pommel marks 

VZ24
  
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Unlikely to be an issue weapon and more likely to be a "homer" but very well done.

 

Muzzle ring on unmarked VZ24 type bayonet are not fully removed leaving very high ears

 

 

Nicely ground UK Bowie style point on blade

Only marking is serial number on the pommel, most likely to be a South American issue blade originally

VZ24 edge down
  
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VZ24 type blade with edge down and not edge up as normal

 

 

Edge down on standard pommel

VZ24 German modified
  
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Czechoslovakiwa M1924 .jpg (55071 bytes)

VZ 24

 

 

VZ24 Ricasso marks and scabbard with German style side screw. 

VZ24 tgf 50 marked
  
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czech vz24 marks.jpg (16044 bytes) VZ24 with markings showing manufacture by BRNO (tgf) under Russian control (crossed swords) in 1950 

VZ24 export
  
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Export VZ

VZ24 export
  
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Czech vz24 export version scabbard stamps.jpg (91646 bytes) Scabbard and hilt markings on Export VZ 

VZ24 high ears conversion
  
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czech vz24 de ringed high eared.jpg (95450 bytes) VZ24 de Ringed leaving very high "ears" 

VZ24 circle z Romanian contract
  
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czech vz24 de ringed high eared marks.jpg (91668 bytes) Ricasso markings on VZ24, crossguard has circled z marking 

VZ24 945 marked German Occupation made
  
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yugoslavia 945 stamped close up of stamps.jpg (93550 bytes) VZ 24 made under German occupation by BRNO factory, marked with 945 manufacturer code on ricasso 

VZ24 dot 42 marked German Occupation made
  
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czech VZ24 DOT code blued.jpg (86474 bytes)czech VZ24 DOT code blued scabbard marks.jpg (102513 bytes)czech VZ24 DOT code polished.jpg (88004 bytes)czech VZ24 DOT code polished marks and waa.jpg (116019 bytes) VZ24 DOT 42 coded with blued blade 

 

DOT 42 scabbard marks 

 

 

DOT42 coded VZ24 with blade in white

 

WaA stamp on scabbard stud 

 

DOT 42 MARKED SCABBARD

VZ24 dot 44 marked German Occupation made
  
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czech vz24 DOT ringed.jpg (65466 bytes)czech vz24 DOT ringed markings.jpg (117195 bytes) VZ 24 DOT coded, with muzzle ring

 

 

DOT markings and muzzle ring.

VZ24 post war
  
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Heavily blued post war manufactured VZ24 marked E3 46

 

 

Marking on tang and not ricasso as pre war models

CSV over E on blade ricasso

VZ24 1930 scabbard
  
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Z1 30 scabbard frog markings of pre war scabbard

VZ24 607 marked German Occupation made
  
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607 marked blade showing Bystrica production around 1941

 

607 ricasso stamp, opposite face shows the Circled Z Czech marking

 

Pommel marking 7.S, meaning of this is currently unknown

VZ24 WaA80 marked German Occupation made
  
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VZ24 manufactured under German occupation, blade is Circle Z marked on one ricasso and has the German WaA stamp A80 on the other

 

WaA stamp A80 predates 945 and DOT coded German made VZ's

VZ24 dress no mounts FS scabbard
  
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VZ24 without pommel rifle mounts, came in a FS marked scabbard 

VZ24
  
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Czech lion marked frog for the VZ series of bayonets

 

VZ23 Short
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

VZ23 short, with blade edge in reversed configuration

 

Blade ricasso marked CSZ, scabbard frog stud F XXXXX, the scabbard is not original to blade

 

 

Pommel marked 00036, making this an early one in the run. I am unsure as to the end user of this blade so have left it in Czechoslovakia as the maker

German S98 nA mS
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

 German S98 nA mS used by Czech forces after WWI not only has it got a Czech arsenal mark it appears to have a Czech serial on the pommel as well.  A not common German blade and one of only 3 examples I know of

VZ33
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

VZ33 with FS hilt marking, unfortunately the scabbard is not FS marked. As in all of these blades the CSZ has been defaces. FS is for customs use, as opposed to CETN for the police. This is an uncommon marking

VZ33 CETN marke
  
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czech vz33 ringed.jpg (78320 bytes)czech vz33 ringed cetn ,arks.jpg (37904 bytes) VZ33 with CÉTN markings 

 

 

Pommel CÉTN markings 

 

Partially removed CSZ marks on ricasso

 

VZ33 German Occupation
  
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czech vz33 de ringed cetn.jpg (85847 bytes)czech vz33 de ringed cetn ,arks.jpg (86346 bytes)czech vz33 cetn markings.jpg (41848 bytes) VZ33 de-ringed by Germans in WWII 

 

VZ33 markings 

 

 

Pommel marks 

VZ33
  
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VZ33 in white, rather than the German reworked blued finish. The S in the CSZ on the ricasso has been struck out, was this done by the Czechs or the Germans. Tang and frog stud are marked E Lion 35

 

VZ52
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
VZ52 SMG bayonet normally fixed to weapon

 

 

Mounting with folded blade

 

Blade locks in both folded and unfolded position

 

Blade folds sideways onto rifle

VZ58 wood grip
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm
Early VZ58 with wooden rather than composite grips.  Short tang with dark wood grips heavily parkerised blade in near mint condition

VZ 58 short tang full grips
  
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CZECH 1958 WITH FULL GRIPS AND SHORT TANG.jpg (90051 bytes) 1958 bayonet with short tang and full grips Fully enclosed tang

VZ 58 long tang blind rivets
  
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Czech_M1958.jpg (91994 bytes)

M1958 long tang

Blind" rivets on long tang 58

VZ 58 presentation
  
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Presentation VZ58 with complete lack of fixings to mount on Rifle, complete with stand

 

Wooded grips are special to this piece as the long tang and pointed crossguard indicate a late model bayonet was used as a basis for this piece

 

 

There are no markings on the bayonet at all

VZ 58 short tang full grips
  
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NBC scabbard on VZ58

 

 

1976 makers acceptance mark on scabbard


BON SA58
  1204
Total length =272mm blade length =162mm blade width = 24.7mm MRD=mm
 An updated VZ58 with altered blade profile and soft polymer grips. Designed for a rifle that was not put into production, blade is sold as a knife but is reputedly used by some units. The scabbard is avaialble in the camoflage seen here and in plain green and black

Shown also compared with the earlier VZ58 bayonet

BON - bojový nůž Bayonet New


CZ PISTOL BAYONET
  
Total length =354 mm blade length =22.8 mm blade width =22.8 mm MRD=15.1 mm

Bayonet to fit on current CZ pistols, uses the mount below the barrel used for lights etc. to be able to hold a short removable blade