Rare German WW1 S98/05 m.S. Saw-back “Butcher’s Blade” Bayonet. The saw-back version was known as the S98/05 m.S. (mit Säge - with saw). Only 6% of S98/05 bayonets were made with the saw-back. This S98/05 m.S was made in 1916.
From 1917, Germany ceased production of the S98/05m.S. and many saw toothed bayonets had the teeth ground off after allied propaganda led to the mistreatment of German soldiers who were captured with one.
The 367mm blade is in very good condition with no rust and minimal speckles of tarnishing. The blade was service sharpened. The 29 pairs of saw teeth remain very sharp. The ricasso is stamped with the makers’ details, Waffenfabrik Mauser. AG. Oberndorf. a.N. The spine bears the date stamp “16” and a crown over the letter “W” (Kaiser Wilhelm) and an inspection stamp.
The wooden grip scales are in good condition. The hilt has had a steel flash guard added and the muzzle ring shortened. The centre of the shortened “ears” has an inspection stamp. The pommel has cleaned pitting and is stamped with an inspection mark. The press-stud locking mechanism works perfectly.
The bayonet is complete with its steel scabbard. The scabbard is in good condition and retains its original black finish. The top of the scabbard is stamped with an inspection mark. The scabbard mouth bears another two inspection stamps. The bayonet draws and sheathes smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a great example of a rare German WW1 saw backed bayonet.