WWII German KS98 Dress Bayonet w Wood Grips by Eickhorn
Very nice dress bayonet by Eickhorn. This wood grip variation is fairly scarce and were meant to simulate stag horn grips. Overall it is an interesting look. The grips are in great shape and the only condition issue I find is some very minor freckling on an otherwise beautiful, mirror bright blade. This freckling is subtle enough it was difficult to even capture in photograph but after trying repeatedly I did get some images where it shows. These wood gripped dress bayonets are sometimes called pioneer bayonets but I think this is nonsense, nor were they a last ditch strategy to save on stag horn as many believe. The fact is that stag horn has no value as a military material and these were available throughout the war as private purchase. I also believe that the production of German dress bayonets was cancelled toward the end of the war. Really a pretty example of an odd variation.