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WW2 German Third Reich Wehrmacht KS98 Unteroffizier (NCO's) Bayonet & Scabbard

WW2 German Third Reich Wehrmacht KS98 Unteroffizier (NCO's) Bayonet & Scabbard

$295.00
Product code: 62

Availability: SOLD

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SECOND WORLD WAR GERMAN WEHRMACHT UNTEROFFIZIER (NCO’S) KURZES SEITINGEWEHR 98 MODEL BAYONET SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN.This bayonet, manufactured by E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN, is a very good original example of the Second World War German walking-out version of the KS 98 bayonet.

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SECOND WORLD WAR GERMAN WEHRMACHT UNTEROFFIZIER (NCO’S) KURZES SEITINGEWEHR 98 MODEL BAYONET SCABBARD MANUFACTURED BY E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN.This bayonet, manufactured by E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN, is a very good original example of the Second World War German walking-out version of the KS 98 bayonet. "Dress bayonets" were usually privately purchased by the soldier and could be worn off duty with "walking out dress" or on duty if the bayonet outwardly matched what was issued. Officers could also wear bayonets and there are pictures of junior Officers wearing one in lieu of a sword or dagger. Attached to this listing for reference, is a period photograph of a German soldier wearing his K98 as he stands in a paris street with his mate and some girls in 1940.

This bayonet is fitted with a pressed steel scabbard, with a loose frogstud, which retains much of its original painted finish and is in very good condition.  The plated steel pommel and crossguard are in similarly good condition, particularly the 2 black composite plastic grips secured with steel screw locking nuts. The plated steel blade is excellent with a superb aged patina consistent with age and use.

This Kurtzes Seitengewehr (KS98) by E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN with its short blade would most likely have been worn by an Unteroffizier (Non Commissioned Officer NCO). NCOs wore the short model KS98 with a 20cm blade as opposed to enlisted men who wore the longer 25cm blade. It’s worth noting that approximately 90% of the KS98 that are found are private purchase bayonets.  This pattern of bayonet had been in regular use since the beginning of the First War and remained in service until the end of the Second with only minor modifications. 

This is a very good example of its type: plated steel hilt with a round steel press button and internal spring, two piece chequered black plastic grips are secured by two steel rivets, steel crossguard with part muzzle ring and truncated quillon. One ricasso stamped with the characteristic E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN blacksmith trademarkSingle edged plated short steel blade with round fullers. 

Maker: E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN
Overall Length: 322.0 mm
Blade Length:  200.0 mm
Blade Width (at guard):  22.0 mm
Scabbard: Painted steel,
Overall Length of Scabbard:  225.0 mm

A very good Second World War German Wehrmacht KS98 with an excellent blade, still fitted with its original scabbard.  This is a superb example of the definitive Third Reich Wehrmacht Kurzes Seitingewehr 98, they don’t come any better.

Additional Information

Weight (kg) 1.0000
Country of Origin German
Pattern KS98
Bayonet Type Knife
Maker E. PACK & SÖHNE SOLINGEN
Year of Manufacture (circa) 1940
Overall Length (mm) 322
Blade Length (mm) 200
Blade Width (at guard) (mm) 22
Scabbard KS98
Overall Length of Scabbard (mm) 225
Frog No