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    Question Please help me ID these 3 bayonets!

    Digging through my grandfather's attic and came across these 3 bayonets. He doesn't remember where they came from so we have no idea what the story is behind them. Just curious if anyone knows what exactly they are. I would also be interested to find an approximate value.

    The first (pictures 1,2,3) has a stamp on both sides at the base of the blade. One side reads "US 261396" and the other side is stamped "RIA 1917".

    The second (pictures 4&5) has one stamp at the base of the blade that reads "AFH US".

    The third (pictures 6&7) has no markings on the blade, but a stamp on the wooden handle that reads "148".

    I have no idea how to go about identifying them, so I appreciate any input that you can provide. Thanks in advance!

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    The first is a M1905E1 cut down, but it looks like it's been butchered and is only 9" now instead of 10". I don't see the scabbard catch in the pictures, and the guard appears to be rather short or altered, I don't see enough room for the barrel bore hole, was this made into a knife?

    The second is a little short and is also had a poor attempt to sharpen, not worth much in that condition since the CMPicon flooded the market with service grade blades. Refer to this link: Hope this helps a bit

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    A serch for AFH US bayonet finds a lot of information allowing aidentification of the bayonet. I many cases entering the markings followed by bayoent will get you a basis from which to start learning a lot about your unknows if only by pointing to the right page in a larger site like mine. Sarge is right on the first two, the third is a Japanese Arisakaicon so try Japanese Arisaka Bayonets for info on that one. I ama fraid none are worht much due to condition, but luckiley even un damaged they are fairly common blades so no foul there

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    That's an early Type 30 (standard) Japaneseicon bayonet with the hooked quillon bent toward the blade.

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    AFH = American Fork and Hoe ( the source of many off-color jokes back in the day - say it fast), made about 350,000 bayonets from what I can find...otherwise I can add nothing to the other information you've been given.

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