Advertise on Northwest Firearms
Oregon Arms & Ammunition
Gun Deals
Southwest Firearms Forum
Sporting Systems
J&B Firearm Sales
RifleClass.com
Low Price Guns
Defensive Arts
Buster Beaver Cerakote
Oregon Rifleworks
Welcome to Northwest Firearms
Join our community, sign up for free today!
Sign Up

I need intel on cleaning and identifying bayonets.

BanjoGeek

Messages
2,058
Reactions
1,151
I just acquired a lot of bayonets that have been laying in a closet for decades thus the lint usual adhured to the grease, etc. What is the best method of cleaning them and identifying them. There are quite a few U. S. Military blades there plus the usual overseas rifle bayonets. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanx.
 
OP
BanjoGeek

BanjoGeek

Messages
2,058
Reactions
1,151
Three 1917's and two 1919's. Not sure abou the correctness of the scabbards. One of the 1919's has been cut back. I am negotiating with a fellow over on the coast and will let you know the outcome if you have a serious interest. Louie 541-401-1063, I don't text.
 
OP
BanjoGeek

BanjoGeek

Messages
2,058
Reactions
1,151
Here is one of them. To my untrained eye they all three look good but I'm no authority on bayonets and I'm not positive on the proper scabbards. I looked up on the net and the going seems to be around $150 with scabbard.

MVC-023S.JPG MVC-020S.JPG MVC-021S.JPG MVC-022S.JPG
 

AndyinEverson

Messages
12,734
Reactions
62,428
  • Howdy Y'all
  • Army
So the bayonet pictured here is indeed the 1917 model...this bayonet fits the 1917 US "Enfield" rifle and WWI - Vietnam era "Trench Guns"....
Scabbards may be metal or leather with a metal throat and chap....many times these were dyed or painted various shades of "OD Green".

Not sure I'd "clean" that one up any more...its looks good to me.
Andy
 
  • Like
Reactions: ron
OP
BanjoGeek

BanjoGeek

Messages
2,058
Reactions
1,151
Thanx for the intel. I'm leaving all of them alone for now. I only cleaned the grime, etc so a person would not feel like they wouldn't want to handle them. A lot of them were really caked in grease and lint, dog hairs, etc after decades in the closet. A real interesting trip learning about these and I'm not even close to getting done what with 46 of them in the bunch.
 

AndyinEverson

Messages
12,734
Reactions
62,428
  • Howdy Y'all
  • Army
The scabbards do look like US issue ....they do not have a US issue belt attachment at any rate...Maybe English Patten 1914 ..?
Andy
 
Messages
3,431
Reactions
2,381
Find some Flitz, nonabrasive, will not affect blueing. You can get it in paste or infused in a cotton wadding, I don't have any now,but I need some! Also, believe it or not, I have found Mother's mag polish to be another nonabrasive cleaner. Go with the Flitz first. Change to clean pad often, you don't want the corrosion you remove to scratch the metal.

amazon has a bunch of their products listed, the gun and knife care kit looks best.
 
Last edited:
OP
BanjoGeek

BanjoGeek

Messages
2,058
Reactions
1,151
Andy, Thank you for your valuable input. Most of the scabbards do not have the frogs and some do indeed look to be English. Not sure how that affects value. I have used a product called "Goof Off" and a soft brush to get rid of the grime. There doesn't appear to be any significant rust, just caked with grease mixed with dust, lint and other "stuff" that needed to be removed from the blades & scabbards. That's all pretty much done to the extent I am going to do, the rest will up to the new owners minus what I keep for myself.
 

LATEST REVIEWS

  • Rapid Fire Arms
    5.00 star(s)
    Great place friendly service always take time to help you, great knowledge of products
    • RJSouth
  • Supporting Vendor Copeland Custom Gunworks
    5.00 star(s)
    Perfect install of peep sight on my cz 527 carbine. Price was right, was expecting it to be more. Will be my go to for anything I can't handle...
    • cd90caprice
  • Adaptive Firing Solutions
    5.00 star(s)
    I've been party to a couple transactions with Steve and he is a great guy to deal with.
    • titsonritz
  • TJ Gun Sales
    5.00 star(s)
    Purchased two handguns there and have one on consignment now nice folks!
    • rl280
  • Northwest Armory - Tigard
    5.00 star(s)
    Went in to help my buddy with his purchase and ended up trading in a 1911 towards a CZ SP-01 Tactical. They gave a higher price that some of the...
    • nosbocaj

SUPPORT NORTHWEST FIREARMS

Staff online