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UFH 1905 model dated 43

Started by gomorgan , Nov 05 2017 03:34 PM

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#1 gomorgan

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 03:34 PM

I bought a nice condition 1905 today made by UFH and dated 1943, which has brown plastic grips, I've taken off yet but is this proper for this maker and year. I thought the brown plastic where for Wild ? mfg'd bayonets. Thanks for reading and responding in advance.

#2 yp221

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 03:38 PM

The brown grips with a black rectangle in the middle is usually associated with the Wilde Tool bayonets. American Fork and Hoe (AFH) bayonets are usually associated with the brown grips. The brown grips could've been put on your bayonet at any time as, like most everything the U.S. manufactured during the war, parts were meant to be interchangeable.

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 03:46 PM

Thank you for your prompt response, this area is not in my wheel house.

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Posted 05 November 2017 - 09:09 PM

yp221 is correct. 

Most of the brown grips were used by AFH.  They were made by Columbia Plastic Products. Their logo is a "C" with a "PP" inside the "C".  It was made with a secondary material as a backup in case the Phenol-Formaldehyde supply was interrupted. The brown grips were made with Cellulose Acetate Butyrate. About 100,000 of these grips were made until reports came in that the material would deteriorate when cleaned with certain solvents.  This information comes from Gary Cunningham's book US Knife Bayonets & Scabbards.

With all that said, brown grips have been found on most if not all of the manufacturers of M1905 bayonets.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 11:22 AM

Thanks Marv blades are kind of out of my wheel house, but of interest since I own a couple three 03's and 4 or 5 M-1's to put them on.

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Posted 06 November 2017 - 02:34 PM

Thank you for your prompt response, this area is not in my wheel house.


Glad I could help. The late Gary Cunningham's website http://www.usmilitar...onet_points.htm is a great place to find info on U.S. bayonets and knives.

Edited by yp221, 06 November 2017 - 02:36 PM.



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