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#1 jct3602


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 03:27 AM

Just unearthed from family storage.  Father was in 158th regimental combat team, New Guinea, Numefoor Island, Philippines, Japan.  Bayonet had National Denki under Kokura supervision markings, serial number with either 2 or 3 characters followed by 32857.  Only thing of possible interest is leather scabbard, with leather covering a wooden holder instead of metal.  Also has two leather loops to hold on a belt.  Any assistance and/or comments always appreciated.


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 06:00 AM

I did have quite an extensive Japanese bayonet collection at one point, but it's been a while.  The scabbard looks like the scabbard found on the Navy Special iirc.  I'll pull out Labar's Japanese Bayonet book in the morning and confirm.  In the meantime you can try Googling "Japanese Navy Special Bayonet" and see if it matches up.  This is an example where the parts are worth more than the whole.



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#3 jct3602


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Posted 09 July 2017 - 06:25 AM

Hi Brandon:

   One of the units that my father's regiment fought against in New Guinea (lone tree hill battle) was, i believe, a Naval guard unit.  Thanks for the reference.



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Posted 09 July 2017 - 01:32 PM

As you say a Matsushita Kinzoku Arsenal bayonet, second pattern, 81st series. Scabbard is rubber, not leather and much harder to find than the typical steel or wooden variety. It's not really a perfect match to the bayonet, but it is a naval scabbard, so that matches the account of origins well! The use of rubber is pretty obviously to assist with rust prevention. Typically you'd find a naval arsenal bayonet in the scabbard, but I'm sure this is not unusual to find a bayonet with a scabbard one would not consider typical. Naval bayonets were regularly painted to assist with corrosion resistance.

Anyway, nice thing to have. Enjoy!
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