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Japanese Army Arisaka Bayonet -
The japanese armed forces employed the Arisaka bayonet as their standard edge weapon. The design consisted of wooden grips secured via the use of two rivets. The pommel was of metal construction and housed the release push button.

The item featured here is the standard issue Arisaka bayonet. As employed by the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII. The bayonet was used with the Arisaka rifle, which was widely distributed among the Japanese armed forces.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for Japanese WWII edge weapons. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Japanese edge weapon worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the edge weapon is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the items in the collector's market is illustrated.

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  1. Arisaka bayonet FAQ's
  2. Japanese Bayonet Anatomy
  3. WWII Japanese edge weapon markings
  4. WWII Japanese edge weapon materials
  5. Identifying reproductions
  6. Perspective view
  7. Purchasing Japanese Collectibles

The scabbard is of metal construction. It has a square bracket on one side. A leather frog was attached to the scabbard and provided the means for the bayonet to be secured to the belt of the soldier. The bracket is where the belt from the frog went through to connect both pieces together.

The blade is single edge. A blood groove is present and extends for most of the length of the blade. The Ricasso has two arsenal markings. one of the markings is known as the "hourglass" due to its similarity to its namesake.

The second marking is looks like a grouping of several circles. The other side of the Ricasso does not have any markings.

Many WWII Japanese edge weapons are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other WWII Japanese items, you can do so by going to our WWII Japanese Collectibles identification guide, where we discussed items from different groups and organizations.


Values for medals, badges, and other military antiques and collectibles are provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

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Value $120.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability common Common Common Common Medium
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