This Knife bayonet was adopted in 1924 by the Czechoslovakian army for use on the 8 mm Mauser VZ–24 and VZ-23 rifles. VZ–24 bayonets were essentially VZ-23 bayonets with their blades shortened by 100mm and were made by Československá zbrojovka a.s., Brno.
Unmodified VZ-24 bayonets have a muzzle ring but when Czechoslovakia was overrun by the Germans in 1939, the German military modified large numbers of captured bayonets by removing the muzzle ring for use with their own Mauser rifles.
The 300mm blued blade has an inverted profile, the cutting edge being at the top when held or fitted to the rifle. The single-edged blade has a flat spine above a long, single fuller and tapers to a 50mm upper false edge. The blade terminates in a spear point and is in good used condition, retaining its original blued finish with some use related wear.
The ricasso is stamped with a Z inside a circle. This marking often indicates that the bayonet was made at the Brno factory for export, but this is not always the case. The obverse ricasso is blank.
The crosspiece is un-altered and retains its muzzle ring. The crosspiece and pommel are in good condition with wear and fading their original blued finish. The pommel is stamped with the number 1861 (this is not a date) and the attachment mechanism is in perfect working order. The hardwood grip scales are in good condition with use related wear and are held securely in place by two screws.
The bayonet is complete with its blued steel scabbard in good condition, retaining its original finish, again with use related wear. The scabbard’s frog stud is stamped with the issue number 14268. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good issued example of the Czech VZ-24 bayonet.
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