This Indian No.1 Mk II pattern bayonet was made at the Rifle Factory in Ishapore in 1943. The Mk II was a newly made bayonet as opposed to being a conversion. The only difference between the Mk II and Mk II* is the upper false edge on the MkII*.
The 304mm single-edged blade has a rounded spine. The un-fullered blade terminates in an asymmetrical point. The blade is in good condition and retains its factory edge.
The ricasso was initially stamped with the incorrect designation (Mk I*) but an additional 1 was later stamped over the *. The ricasso is also stamped with the crowned cypher of George VI, Emperor of India and the manufacture date, 1 ’43 over the R.F.I maker’s mark.
The obverse ricasso bears three inspection stamps.
The cross-piece, muzzle ring and bird-beak pommel are in good condition with mild wear to their original blued finish. The locking catch is in crisp working order. The wooden grip scales are in good condition with use-related wear. 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 very 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 good example of an Indian WW2 Mk II bayonet.
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