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Australia Owen Machine gun M1944.jpg (57228 bytes)

Owen Machine gun Bayonet made from 1907 blade as original stamps just visible

Sold as a "rare" WWII commando fighting knife
Shortened 1907 blade uses "point" of blade rather than more common tang/ricasso portion of broken blade. Crude welding of blade to cross guard
Original pommel markings left intact
L1A2 with pouch type "frog"
Australia L1A2 close up.jpg (68653 bytes) L1A2 Steel grips, round ended fullers, and extended button, compare with UK L1A1, 3 and 4. Much higher quality than the UK made versions



Ross MkI with extended muzzle ring containing the retaining spring. Complete with correct MkI scabbard



Slightly bent muzzle ring still contains the internal anti-rattle spring, ease of damage is very evident


Canadian acceptance mark on grips



August 1908 manufacture date


MkI scabbard with 1915 date

canada Ross.jpg (54756 bytes)

1910 Ross Mk11 pattern 1

Canada Ross with ground point.jpg (55609 bytes)

1910 Ross Mk 11 pattern 2 with ground point

L1A2 bayonet a made by the Canadian Arms company for use by Canada



1956 marked rework of a Wilkinson 1907, converted into a MkI**


FR 56 mark shows last work to have been carried out in 1956


Original makers marks are still visible on ricasso

indian DP GR1.jpg (87901 bytes) Shortened GRI* marked for Drill purposes


Ricasso stamps

India MkII.jpg (48822 bytes)


india no1 MkII NWR 43 stamp.jpg (101797 bytes) NWR made No1 MkII


made by North West Railways 

Previously unrecorded in the books a MIL made MKII without a false edge.

No1 MkII* made by MIL



JU makers mark


Scabbard made in 1942 so is probably original to blade



Makers marks on chape

MkIII without a false edge based on an RFI made MkII blade. Distinctive MkIII pommel is used as decider on bayonet designation

SLR bayonet with long bowie blade


RFI made in 1985


Has wooden wrap around grips rather than the plastic ones used by the UK




Comparison of blade lengths between normal (upper) and long bowie blade. Comparison is with UK No8 but blade is common to SLR, No9 and N07 bayonets

indian AK47 INSAS.jpg (97256 bytes)

INSAS AKM, of note is the very poor finish of this blade compared to western standards (and even the normal Eastern block finish)



No5 with blade ground to depth of fullers, in received condition showing original cosmoline and paper wrapping


After cleaning, flat blade is clearly visible


Side view shows extent of material removal. The reason for this is unknown. Blade is an original UK issue blade with the remains of a 1946 date on ricasso




UK Kukri.jpg (52357 bytes)

Kukri style bayonet (fake)



No4 MkII, no markings to indicate NZ use but many were not marked
new zealand No4 MkII catch.jpg (70105 bytes) No4 MkII with the leather retainer used by New Zealand Units in WWII 



Short hilt G3 for the MP5 SMG





Commercial G3 bayonet with no markings to indicate Pakistan manufacture

G3 bayonet for the HK rifle



UK 1888 mkII with SA markings.jpg (104134 bytes) 1888 MkII as used in SA by 2 inf and stamped as such


Pommel stamp on 1888

 South African made 1888, previously seen in photographs from another collector, this is now part of my 1888 Collection. Made by South African railways in 1942

South Africa M1 Police.jpg (84445 bytes) M1 bayonet for the FN FAL rifle. similar blades are used by many FAL users


South Africa Police stamp

South Africa r1 .jpg (91689 bytes) R1 bayonet. This is the tubular version of the FN FAL bayonet, again similar blades are used by many countries


Military acceptance mark



UK vivian Carbine.jpg (58617 bytes)UK vivian Carbine Pommel.jpg (71378 bytes) Vivian Carbine Bayonet made for the Vivian double barreled carbine and used by Constabulary units. 


Baker style bayonet mount and regular impact marks on modern made FAKE


modern stamps on pommel

Converted French Gras reportedly for use by the Home Guard. It is identified as this by Kiesling tentatively and stated as such by ABC. Can anyone confirm this or offer a better identification


Bushed muzzle ring to 15mm and modified frog stud on shortened scabbard

Ross bayonet with 1WOL grip marks. Scabbard is marked to 255th Battalion of the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force), pommel has Canadian acceptance mark


Throat of scabbard has serial number


Cross guard has Enfield inspection stamp and WD arrow

UK WWI production 1907 cut down to 10" complete with scabbard, the purpose and provenance is unknown


Enfield EFD marking on spine of cut down bayonet

uk no5 mk2.jpg (98654 bytes) No 5 MkII Jungle Carbine, made for shortened Enfield with large flash hider. MkI has only a single screw in the pommel. A similar blade with a small muzzle ring is the No8
uk no5 commercial plastic grips.jpg (46661 bytes) Commercial No 5 with plastic riveted grips, there is also a version of this marked with STERLING in the fuller


Close up of plastic grips

UK L1A3 chromed.jpg (88597 bytes) Chromed L1A3 for parade use
UK No 7.jpg (54579 bytes) No 7 with swiveling socket with standard fitting for SMLE, limited use only, i.e. guards regiments
UK No7 in black.jpg (88241 bytes) No7 with black grips, I have yet to find a reason for the two colors but cannot believe that it is due to manufacturing variations and believe it must be for units or contracts.
UK No8 one of only 2400 trials blades made


Similar to the No5 but it has a small diameter muzzle ring


Made in Poole in 1946



Pommel has Singer markings



Scabbard has brass throat

UK FN Fal prototype.jpg (106407 bytes)

Trials FN bayonet X2E1, this was not selected and the L1A1 bayonet was adopted as the bayonet for the British SLR version of the FN FAL

UK L1A1.jpg (61157 bytes) L1A1 for the British SLR rifle. The A1 version originally had a protruding press stud, these were later modified with a flush stud like the L1A3. There are long and short fuller versions of this blade
UK L1A3.2.jpg (70783 bytes) L1A3. The L1A2 was a used by the Australians and Canadians. The A3 has a flush press stud and other minor modifications over the A1
L1A4 The final version of this bayonet with changes to ease and speed production
UK L1A4 MARKINGS.jpg (73194 bytes) Hilt markings of L1A4 
UK SA80.jpg (58320 bytes) L3A1 for SA 80. The L2A1 was only trialed
L1A3 short fuller version in dress frog



1966 date of manufacture

Composite trials scabbard for L1A1 in plastic dress frog


Composite scabbard has a steel throat


Body is of hard "plastic"

UK L3A1 scabbards.jpg (71989 bytes) L3A1 scabbards. top is dress version and lower is nylon replacement for plastic issue  using the same spring clip mount



Rumanian made Irish Mannlicher, from the 10,000 made for the UVF, this UVF is not the same as the paramilitary UVF of the later Irish problems


Humpbacked grips of the 1893/1904 Rumanian. The 1893 has the Rumanian eagle on the pommel the 1904 hasn't this is the only variation between the two models


OEWG makers mark on the ricasso shows Austrian Steyr manufacture of bayonets supplied to Rumanian for onward sale


3 digit serial on the cross guard is typical of those on the UVF blades and is usually the only marking. The UVF red hand was applied locally and most are unmarked

1904 or "Irish Mannlicher"  part of a contract for 10,000  blades supplied to the UVF in Northern Ireland


Austrian made but supplied through Rumania





lack of Rumanian markings indicates that this is the 1904 not the 1893 which is otherwise identical



3 digit serial typical of the Irish contract blades