The Japanese soldier revered his bayonet just as his officer revered his Samurai sword, and Japanese troops always went into battle with bayonets fixed. As the war moved closer to Japan in late 1944 and early 1945, the Japanese simplified the design of their bayonet by leaving the blade unfullered, straightening the guard, and "squaring off" the handle and pommel as a "last ditch" effort to hastily equip their dwindling forces. This Imperial Japanese Army WW2 "LAST DITCH" TYPE 30 ARISAKA BAYONET is in excellent condition, with some light rounding and nicking to the blade tip, some light sharpening and nicking to the blade edge, some light scratching and patina at each side of the blade, some scattered patina to the guard and pommel, the left handle scale remaining darker than the right, and with some light scattered age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the bayonet is in excellent shape, with no other damage.
Most interestingly, it boasts the classic "last ditch" unfullered blade, straight guard, and "squared off" handle and pommel, and is stamped to the famous Hikari Seiki ("Tokyo Hourglass") under Kokura Arsenal supervision at the reverse ricasso. It features a 15 5/8" blade that retains approximately 93% of the original blued finish, sports elegant brown hardwood handle scales, and carries a fully functional "locking lug attachment at the pommel. A beautiful example of a rare, original. Imperial Japanese Army WW2 "LAST DITCH" TYPE 30 ARISAKA BAYONET.
The item "Imperial Japanese Army WW2 LAST DITCH TYPE 30 ARISAKA BAYONET EXC Vtg IJA RARE" is in sale since Wednesday, September 29, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Japan\Edged Weapons". The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California. This item can be shipped to United States.