Imperial Sawback Butcher Blade Bayonet

Condition: Very Good

Maker: CITO

SKU: JW4284 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This Imperial Sawback Butcher Blade Bayonet is a desirable piece. The blade is unblued, and “in the white,” which is how these were issued. It’s in very nice condition, with only extremely minor graying here and there. The edge and tip are perfect, and the desirable sawback spine is still sharp. The blade is stamped on the ricasso with the maker mark “CITO.” There is no date. The handle shows some wear and age, with normal patina. The pommel is stamped with typical Imperial proof marks. The wood grips are intact, with some scattered marks. This Imperial Sawback Butcher Blade Bayonet is complete with its original steel scabbard. The scabbard shows moderate age, with a bit of old surface rust and wear to the blued finish. The stud for holding this in a leather frog is intact. This appealing WWI bayonet is complete and sound, and remains in very good plus condition.



Historical Description: The bayonet was an important part of the combat equipment of the German soldier in both World Wars. The first pattern of German combat bayonet was the Mauser model 1898 which had a long, slender blade. As a result of experiences in combat use in WWI, it was soon decided to shorten the blades on these weapons. This 1898 pattern bayonet was used early in WWI alongside the 1898/05 and the S84/98 bayonets, which were initially shorter, and stronger, than the unmodified 1898 type. Both of these types were made with and without a saw-backed blade. Due to the challenges faced by German industry and the shortages of raw materials, a variety of “Ersatz” (replacement) types were introduced during WWI. After the war, the S84/98 bayonet became standard issue in the Reichswehr and later, in the Wehrmacht, for troops armed with the K98 rifle (the standard WWII German infantry weapon). The bayonets made for issue with the K98 rifle initially had wooden grips. Later, some bayonets were made with Bakelite grips. The bayonets were worn on the belt by means of a leather frog, of which there were a number of prewar and wartime variations including a short bayonet frog for use with the folding shovel, and a webbing frog for tropical use. In 1942, a new model of bayonet was introduced, knows as the SG42. This was a very modernized bayonet, with a comfortable Bakelite grip, and a relatively short blade that made it ideal for use either as a bayonet or a fighting knife. Within the grip was a removable multi-tool insert with a folding knife/bottle opener, awl and screwdriver. Although the SG42 was proposed as a replacement for the S84/98, few were manufactured. German combat bayonets were made in countless variations and all are very collectible today, with some rare variants being very avidly sought-after.


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