Here we have an Early (Variation A) Japanese Type 30 Bayonet by the TALW (Toyada Automatic Loom Works Arsenal). It is an early Type 30 variation with a birds head pommel, shaped grips and a hooked quillion. The Type 30 bayonet was designed for use on the Meiji 38 rifle and the squad light machine guns type 96 and 99. The blade, scabbard and hilt are all blued. The single fuller blade is worn. It has a solid fit and sharp tip! The Arsenal maker mark is nicely executed. It has been sharpened, there are many scratches and there are many nicks to the cutting edge. It rates VG. The tubular tipped, steel based blackend scabbard looks fine. It has several dents. The single throat screw remains intact. The scabbard sits perfectly up against the hooked crossguard. The hilt is made of blackened steel. The birds head pommel has a well working button, is serial numbered to the top: “47356” and right beside it is the inspectors mark. The wood grip plates are held securely by two rivets. They are worn with hits to the spine. It measures 20 ¾ inches long. A very early piece!
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