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Early Type 30 Japanese Bayonet & Scabbard, made by the Kokura Arsenal

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The Type 30 bayonet was to be used with the Arisaka type 30 rifle and was later used on the type 38 and Type 99 rifle. Some 8.4 million were produced, and it remained in front-line use from the Russo-Japanese War till  the end of World War II. All Japanese infantrymen were issued with the Type 30, whether they were armed with a rifle or pistol, or even if they were unarmed. To a new peasant recruit issued this with his rifle; it became his Samurai sword. He was now of the warrior class.

Early Type 30 bayonets usually had a hooked quillion guard which was designed to catch and trap the enemy's blade and help in stack the troopers rifle in camp. By 1942 the quillon was eliminated to save materials and decrease production time, leaving only a straight guard. Type 30 scabbards went from metal (pre-1942), to vulcanized fiber (1942-43), and finally to wood or bamboo at the end of the war.
This one is pre 1942 note the swell on the wooden grip, the hook and the nice metal scabbard. Four circles are four cannon balls as seen from above for Korura Arsenal . See photos! Thanks for looking 


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