Both bayonets were Japanese type 30 from WWII. One was rather crudely made and I expected it to be from production late in WWII. I found out it was a training bayonet which were often made at schools and homes. There was no interest in making a quality training bayonet as these were never expected to see combat. They were often made from cheap, poor quality steel and came with equally shabby scabbards. These were unsharpened.
|The issued bayonet show quality workmanship. The lower is the poor quality trainer.|
Unfortunately they were poorly taken care of. Both scabbards were rusty and pitted. The blades were in the same condition. It’s hard to understand why dad didn't run a coat of oil on them years ago. I brushed them down with a brass brush and a little WD-40 and took a lot of surface rust off. I guess they were not important to him.
|The stamp indicates its from the Jinsen armory. The training bayonet doesn't have any kind of marking.|
Included in the bundle was a German fireman's dress bayonet. Yeah. You read it right. Fire fighters dress bayonet.
|Fireman's bayonet? What? He stabs the flames?|
|The key was the polished blade and the absence of a mounting slot.|
There’s no slot to attach the bayonet to a rifle. That’s because German firefighters didn’t have rifles.
|Shadow Tech - My wife's new knife.|
|Dave and John from Shadow Tech at the Blade Show with a few good knives!|
While not a lawyer, I understand that the Feds regulate shipping of autos and the states seem to decide if automatic (AKA switch blade) knives are legal. It seems silly in light of the fact most states have CCW and more than one police officer tells me that if they arrest you even that cheap nail clipper with file in your pocket will be written up as a concealed weapon. I keep running into a woman who swears her community made her take a 12-hour class and get a permit to carry a knife in the city limits. I understand there was a fee for the class and ‘license process.’
|Jim Hammond at Blade Show talking about the ivory ban and President Kennedy's love of scrimshaw.|
The government sees us as the bottom level of a vast Chinese crime syndicate. (If so, I need a raise!!) By pressuring you to give up your source of illegal ivory, they can trace it back to Lo Fat Way or some other imagined ganister and terrorist.
|Sandra Brady, scrimshaw artist supreme, at the Blade Show talking about the impact the proposed ban on ivory will have.|
In any case you’ll lose your property just to make a ideological statement to China, Japan and Russia that killing elephants for ivory is unacceptable. Remember the world banned hunting whales, but Japan still takes about 60 whales a year for “research.”