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
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.
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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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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
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
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.