Scarce German WW1 S98/05 Saw-back “Butcher’s Blade” Bayonet.
This S98/05 was made in 1915 by C. G. Haenel of Suhl.
The 366mm single-edged blade has a wide, single fuller below 29 pairs of saw teeth. The blade which is 26mm wide at the ricasso widens before tapering to a spear point earning it its nickname the “Butchers’ Blade” because of its similarity to such knives. The blade is in good condition and is bright and free of rust. There are numerous pin-prick pits scattered along the blade surface along with some scratches and marks consistent with age and use. The blade has been service sharpened.
The ricasso is stamped with the maker’s details, C. G. Haenel, Suhl and the spine bears an inspection fractur and the date stamp for 1915 below the crowned cypher of Kaiser Wilhelm.
The wooden grip scales are in good condition. The hilt has the usual modifications, a steel flash guard having been added to the back of the grip and the vestigial muzzle ring has been further reduced. The press-stud locking mechanism works perfectly.
The bayonet is complete with its blackened steel scabbard and leather frog. The scabbard is in overall good condition with some shallow dents. The bayonet draws and sheathes smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a reasonable example of an increasingly hard to find saw toothed German Great War bayonet.