I just got this Krag Cadet bayonet. I've been looking for quite a while. Most collectors do not seem to like chromed bayonets, so when one shows up they don't take a second glance. Glad I did on this one. The first time I saw one, I thought someone had replaced the grips......well someone did. It was WEST POINT. Since the Krag bayonet fits the 1903 Springfield rifle, someone got the bright idea to use the Krag bayonet for the Cadets. They started Chroming them in the 1920s and changed over to the screw and nut retained grips in 1939. The scabbard was painted black to make it easier to refresh the finish at any time it needed.
This one has a blunted tip. I have seen examples with sharp tips, and some without. Frankly, it could be that the safety of the cadets were a concern. Or, the cadets may have dropped the bayonets on the tip, who knows. Or they weren't concerned about the blades, they just chromed them as they came in.
Question: Was this bayonet used by all the US Military and/or Naval Academies, or just WEST POINT?
Edited by Misfit 45, 23 January 2019 - 08:05 PM.