This Indian No.1 Mk II* pattern bayonet was made at the Rifle Factory in Ishapore in 1943. The only difference between the Mk II and Mk II* is the upper false edge on the Mk II*. The addition of a false edge was in order to improve the points’ penetration.
The 298mm single-edged blade has a rounded spine and upper false edge. The un-fullered blade terminates in an asymmetrical point. The blade is in great condition with its original blackened finish and factory edge. The ricasso is stamped with the incorrect pattern designation, showing it as being Mk II instead of Mk II* and the maker’s mark R.F.I below the manufacture date, 3 ‘43. The obverse ricasso bears three inspection stamps.
The cross-piece, muzzle ring and bird-beak pommel are in good condition and retain their original blued finish. The locking catch is in crisp working order. The wooden grip scales are in good condition. The scales are held firmly in place with two blued screws.
The bayonet is complete with its leather scabbard with steel locket and chape. The scabbard is in good condition. The leather is strong and the stitching is intact. The steel locket and chape retain their original finish. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard. This is a very good example of an Indian WW2 Mk II* bayonet.
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