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Just back from the SOS with this hard to find version of a long KS98.

First up, it has the 35-41 seated squirrel logo, which is the most commonly found pattern of KS98s.

But, it is a sawback. Sawbacks are hard to find, but are almost always found on fire bayonets. As weapons of war, sawbacks were banned after WWI, but on fire bayonets could be considered rescue tools.

Finding a sawback on a dress bayonet with the mid Eickhorn mark is a mini dream come true.

Also note the grip and the pommel.. no rifle slot, no button release.

This comes from Tom Wittmann, who sadly, due to an illness that prevented travel, did not attend this show.

John

Obverse.JPG (41.96 KB, 107 downloads)
Reverse.JPG (39.62 KB, 106 downloads)
Obverse Grip.JPG (39.93 KB, 106 downloads)
Reverse Grip.JPG (39.79 KB, 106 downloads)
TM.JPG (39.41 KB, 106 downloads)
Obverse Blade.JPG (40.79 KB, 106 downloads)
Reverse Blade.JPG (41.14 KB, 106 downloads)
Obverse Pommel.JPG (41.02 KB, 106 downloads)
Reverse Pommel.JPG (39.3 KB, 106 downloads)
Sawback Detail 1.JPG (39.46 KB, 106 downloads)

Always looking for Eickhorns and etched bayonets.
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John,

I've seen these before, albeit only occasionally. They seem to have a Fireman pommel & standard KS98 crossguard, I believe the few I've observed were all Eickhorn with the '35-'41 mark like this one. But that this one shows a sawback blade makes it something special indeed.

My feeling is this style has some sort of Gov't or Police connection but that's simply speculation. Haven't ever seen a regulation that would document the style either, but it's super cool!


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I tend to agree with Billy about the possible law enforcement connection, but again just a thought with nothing to back it up. These KS98 with plain pommels with no slot or press button are hard to find.

Congratulations!


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John, that bayonet looks better with you photography. Congratulations!! Another fine piece to add to the arsenal.


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