This Indian No.1 Mk I** pattern bayonet was converted from an Ishapore pattern 1907 bayonet. The conversion was done in India at the Rifle Factory Ishapore in 1956. All No.1 Mk I bayonets were converted from 1907 pattern bayonets. The only difference between the Mk I* and Mk I** is the upper false edge on the Mk I**. The addition of a false edge was in order to improve the points’ penetration.
The 309mm single-edged blade has a rounded spine above a deep single fuller. The blade has a 45mm sharpened upper edge. The blade terminates in an asymmetrical double-edged point. The blade is in excellent condition with its original blackened finish and factory edge.
The ricasso is stamped with the new pattern designation, Mk I** above the cypher of King George VI, Emperor of India. The original pattern designation, 1907 is stamped below, with the manufacture date, 3 ’41 (March 1941).
The obverse ricasso bears two inspection marks and a bend test X which is over-stamped with FR56, indicating that the bayonet was factory refurbished (converted) in 1956.
The cross-piece, muzzle ring and bird-beak pommel are in very good condition and retain their original black finish. The locking catch is in crisp working order. The wooden grip scales are in good condition with a dark patina. The scales are held firmly in place with two blued screws. The outside scale is stamped with a government ownership mark.
The bayonet is complete with its black leather scabbard with steel locket and chape. The scabbard is in very good condition. The leather is strong and the stitching is intact. The steel locket and chape retain their black finish. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is an excellent example of an Indian Mk I** bayonet.
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