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kilian

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  1. I am not a knife collector, but I have some observations:The condition of scabbard and knife don't match. The type of wood used reminds me of Indian reproductions of khukri knives. A field repair shop would not use an Ordnance Corps acceptance mark, in my opinion. As far as I know the Ordnance Corps was Army, not Navy. Are you sure the knife/blade itself is original? To be honest I would pass this on, when I found it at a flea market. Maybe that would have been a mistake.
  2. Not my area, but as a wild guess: C. Jurmann, which was a known maker. Since it's Austrian it would be obvious if the other word was Wien (Vienna), but I am not sure. Could also be a maker.
  3. I also started collecting 40+ years ago. I only buy what I like and I decide what it is worth to me. To me it is not an investment that I think will make me rich one day. Through my father I have some connection to WW2. My children don't have that connection and would never spend money on it. Long term I would not be surprised if this goes the same way as stamp collecting.
  4. I am seeing this quite relaxed. In the "good old days" most offerings on eBay were auctions. Relatively transparent and I often did bid. Then some smart asses started offering Buy it Now prices with Best Offer Accepted. "Aiming high, do better", thus reducing transparency. BiN is not always what it gets sold for. I stopped buying from eBay. Simples. Like Amazon, eBay has moved more to a "shop in shop concept". It is just not for me for collectibles.
  5. Yes, that would have been cast, using a sand mould of some sort. I wonder about the blade though. Was that made from a hand saw? Cannot judge the blade thickness from the pictures, but I notice the teeth run the full length, as if they were there before the grip was added.
  6. It will not be possible tot indentify the maker. From its limited provenance I think it is reasonable to assume it was British made and dates to the last quarter of the 18th century, used during or shortly after the Revolutionary War.
  7. From your new pictures, I'd say it is probably the remains of an 18th century spring loaded bayonet from a blunderbuss.
  8. I don't know what it is, but somehow it keeps reminding me of the remains of a US M1941 Johnson bayonet. It does not show the key feature I am familiar with of a 18th or 19th century bayonet i.e. a tubular socket.
  9. No idea what it will sell for, but by the looks of the blade Sgt Metivier operated a typewriter and had acces to a laser.
  10. kilian

    3 Bayonets

    The first bayonet is indeed Italian, M1891 Mannlicher-Carcano. The scabbard made in 1940. The lettering preceeding the 1940 indicates the arsenal where it was made, but I can't exactly read it. The third bayonet, which is a FN FAL Type C bayonet from the 1960's, could be Dutch. I cannot see the full serial number. If the number is preceeded by KM, it is Dutch Navy.
  11. Or perhaps made from an unmarked M1 bayonet? Stamps are available, for instance https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/810910A , although this one may or may not be the right size.
  12. Interesting topic! I was just wondering: Is the finish of the blade different from that on the crossguard and pommel, or is it just the picture that makes the blade seem more deep black? Could it have been made from a Greek M1 bajonet?
  13. The claim that the KCB70 NWM-Eickhorn Stoner bayonet has a brittle plastic grip that therefore is prone to cracking is not correct. The plastic material used is very tough. I suspect the cracks have something to do with a suboptimal injection moulding process at the time of manufacturing. Maybe they still had to master the process for this plastic. You cannot remove the grip by removing the plastic screw. If you try to loosen the screw, it will break. And with the srew out, the grip still cannot be removed. Possibly some ultrasonic welding process was used to secure the grip to the tang. I
  14. Since many sellers have adopted the strategy of asking a ludicrous buy it now price, or best offer, I have lost interest in eBay, as it has lost transparency. In the days the majority were still normal auctions I used it to get an idea of real market values. "Best offer accepted" is useless for this purpose. So it's been some time ago since I last visited eBay and looked at bayonets, but today I did. Indeed many reproductions and other listings that just waste my time. One example: Checking out the sold listings for ACC M4 bayonets I noticed a fairly recently completed auction for an ACC M4 th
  15. You may have overlooked that in his first post the topicstarter has already correctly identified, though misspelled, the maker's mark as that of British firm Wadkin (without s) of Leicester, England, makers of woodworking machinery.
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