Gun shows,civil war relic shows ( look in the back of civil war mag for show dates.Your lucky if you live in eastern va or maryland.) also for dealers. be careful with so many repros and ways of making them look aged, it best
to buy from well know dealers in relics. also check out "Man At Arms" MAG , it's full of firearms,knives,swords and other relic weapons , dealers and show lists.Good hunting!
CK- yer timing sux! 40 years ago, the local A&N Surplus store was selling NEW 16 inch Springfield bayonets- for about $2.75. They are considerable higher today.
At the Civil War period, a lot of bayonets were the spike type (hell, Russian used those thru WW II) The WW I and II knife type bayos are getting downright expensive.
Two suggestions- first, get a good book on bayonets. either money up and buy one, or have your local library get you a copy- interlibrary loan if needed. ONE good one is The Bayonet- A history of knife and sword bayonets 1850-1970, authors are Anthony carter & John Walter. Second check around the usual suspects (Cheaper than Dirt, Gunpartscorp, etc) Many of them have bayonets from time to time. There is a sort of semi-bolo bayonet for the Spanish CETME- there were so many that some places were GIVING one away with any bayonet order- they are still fairly cheap (My 15 yr old grandson has a decent knife and sword collection- he LOVED the CETME I gave him).
As a collector, books are your best friend. My first bayonet book was Bayonets From Janzen's Notebook. I have more than 50 bayonet books and still recommend Janzen's as a first book.
My advice is buy the book first. With book in hand, eBay is a great learning tool, even if you never buy there. There are thousands of bayonets you can look at and practice identification. You'll have fun doing it and the exercise will help you settle in on which bayonets you are most interested in.
Where the best pickings are, depends a lot on where you live. In some parts of the country, yard sales and flea markets are good. Not so where I'm at in Northern California. I make most of my good finds at antique malls, gun shows, or on eBay.
Your timing is pretty good. Prices have softened in the sour economy and lots of good stuff is turning up for sale. The key is to know what you're looking at, so you can identify the gold nuggets that sellers failed to recognize and other buyers have passed by.
The gent up there ^^^ has some good points. Learn about bayonets first, and then take a stroll around Flea-bay. Example- bayonets for the Swiss K-31 are generally pricier than the vanilla Mauser K-98 bayonets. But I have seen several K-31 blades advertised by the seller as German or Mauser because of the word munitionsfabriken on the blade (Swiss have 3 languages, German is one of them)
Am not an expert of bayonets- can use one fairly well, the 16 inch blade on my SMLE should aid with zombies and the lawless, but my knowledge does not go a lot deeper. Learn what you can, so you know what you are looking at, and you have a significant advantage over others.
marysdad - Just wanted to post and say thank you. A friend of my Dad's gave me a bayonet a long time ago while cleaning his garage and I had no idea where it was from. Looked through every picture on that website and it seems I found a match, an M1924 - Type 30 blade from China.
What gave it away for me was the symbol on the side of the blade, same exact one is on mine. Thanks again, I'll now be researching this to find out as much as possible.
My shopping started with E-bay and I located some great stores and private collectors to buy from.
My beginning. The tiny one to the right is a bone handled pen knife made and blessed by Buddhist Monks
Argentine Bayonet, Vietnam era Gurber MK II, World War II British Commando Trench knife, German Stag handle Hunting Dagger, Tiny Buddhist pen knife, Swedish Bayonet, Air Force Vietnam era Ceremonial M16 bayonet, Cold Steel Gurkha, Marine K-Bar and a World War II Navy K-Bar
The Argentin and Swedish were my first...cheap to purchase. The Gerber has been the most expensive.
The "Argentine" bayonet is a Yugoslavian M1948. These were used with the M1948 Short Rifle.
As C3shooter and safdeman indicate, the "Swedish" bayonet is Swiss, for the Stgw. 57 assault rifle. The Stgw. 57 had a very long service life, remaining in production from 1958-1983. Blade blanks were supplied by both Victorinox and Wenger, for assembly at the State arms factory, Waffenfabrik Bern.
Yes, thank you. That does look closer to what I have. I need to get out to my Brother's and take a picture of it for you. Don't know why I never thought of looking up any information about it until now.
Get ye to Walmart and pick up a copy of the Shotgun News. Lots of companies sell bayonets through ads in that magazine. (Of course, after reading that publication, you may end up wanting a machine gun or something... )