Turkey has a long tradition of modifying imported bayonets to fit their Mauser rifles and in 1935 they began production of their own bayonet, the Model 1935. The M35 bayonet was the last Turkish bayonet designed for use with the Mauser rifle. The designation, Model 1935 however was also applied to a huge variety of similar bayonets of the period that were cobbled together from recycled parts. This example was made from new at the Askari Fabrika arsenal in Turkey.
The 250mm single-edged blade has a thick, flat spine above a deep ¾ length fuller and terminates in a spear point. The heavy blade is in good condition and retains its fighting edge.
The polished steel crosspiece has an elevated muzzle ring. The hardwood grip scales are in good used condition and are held securely in place by two rivets. The steel pommel is stamped with ASFA, the mark of Turkey’s Askari Fabrika Arsenal. The obverse of the pommel bears the serial number 15C792 and the end of the pommel is stamped with the letter B. The press-stud attachment mechanism is in good working order.
The bayonet is complete with its black painted steel scabbard with a round frog stud. As with the bayonets themselves, there is much variation in the scabbards that accompany the bayonets. The scabbard is in very good condition with some use related marks. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good example of a “new made” Turkish M1935 Mauser bayonet.
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