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    Kurzes Seitengewehr 98

    Guys: I found these by accident and got them quite cheap. I have questioned the German Sites, but they have not responded yet. According to published sources, the Prussians adopted this bayonet sometime after 1900. About 1914, they changed the grip materiel to wood, replacing the pressed leather, or in some rare instances, a type of bakelite was used. They did not change existing grips, except in full rebuild, but simply started using wood and the usual German screws to make this model. I suspect the original model was made for Jäger Battalions to imitate their Hirshfänger bayonets that were previously issued to these units. If anyone knows for sure, let me know. These turn up with colonial unit marks and aviation and airship marks as well.

    Both are saw back style, the three rivet grip model is extra purchase, the wood grip model is dated and accepted in 1914 by Prussia.

    Dale
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    Very nice pieces Dale! The KS98 is one of my favorites. I believe you’re correct in suspecting that they were destined for specialist units like Jäger and Schutztruppen. I have two , marked to Telegraph and Luftschifer abteilungs.

    Len

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    Len: According to the German Language sites, this is only made with the saw, and was intended for NCO's. The regular peons got the usual SG84/98 or whatever they were supposed to have. I can only report what the Germans say about their own weapons!

    Dale

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    Dale is this the same pattern? I was told this is an officers private purchase. Has plated blade and bakelite grips and painted black pommel and guard.
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    Will: I have been told that they are wartime (WW1) extra purchase by officers. The variation in these is amazing to me, various makers used their own ideas to create these.

    Dale

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