The first rifle produced by Czechoslovakia after WW2 was the self-loading VZ-52. The 7.62 calibre rifle had a knife bayonet that folded back on the fore stock when not in use. This scarce Czech bayonet was only in use for a short period between 1952 and 1957.
The 278mm double-edged blade has a flattened medial ridge and terminates in a spear point. The blade is in good condition and retains its original blued finish. The forte of the blade bears the makers mark for Česká Zbrojovka a. s. of Uherský Brod, Czechoslovakia.
The blade’s hinged folding mechanism is in perfect working order and bears several Czech inspection/ownership stamps.