View Full Version : Japanese bayonets
September 09, 2011, 14:57
I have been looking for a bayonet for my jap rifle for some time. Almost every one I see on line look like they were under water for a year. My question is why don't they oil or clean them at all? I KNOW ORIGINAL CONDITION is the deal but why not oil them ? I have always cleaned and oiled my weapons and tried to preserve them as is and not let them deteriorate. What does everyone do with a soiled lightly rusted blade clean it or let be in found condition?:?
September 09, 2011, 15:24
I think most people don't know what they are;they are bring-backs from ww2,get left in a garage or closet,and as the old vets pass away,the families find this stuff and drag it out. Like so much clutter,it gets forgotten over time.
I finally found one for a type 99 that wasn't in too bad of condition,but the leather was kinda ratty. At least its original.
September 10, 2011, 17:15
The young ens used em to dig in the dirt, a lot of them were brought back and put in the attic and never touched until way later.
50 + years later there is collector value.
Similar to '55 Chevys
September 30, 2011, 10:35
I "found" my Jap bayo while walking down the street in the previous subdivision I lived in.
The retired couple had the bayo (with sheath) hanging in their garage. I inquired about it and he said he was remodelling the bathroom in his (old) house back up north when the thing fell through the ceiling (?) and hit him on the head.
I researched the bayo online and got general value info. He made me pay top $ for it, but I'm happy.....it fits nicely on my Arisaka :)
A little luck goes a long ways, no matter what the hobby/obsession might be :biggrin:
October 01, 2011, 11:14
I finally picked one up for under $45, it looked dirty and in poor shape on e-bay. When I got it yesterday all it took was some kroil oil and a rag to clean it. Early Kokura 98% blueing on the blade, near perfact scales and handle. Clean scabbard no dents. This would have sold for a lot more if the seller had just oiled it. I have not seen a better one on e-bay
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