The Imperial Japanese Army Type 30 bayonet was produced from 1897 until 1945 to accompany the Arisaka Type 38 rifle. Until the late 1930’s, the Type 30 bayonet remained virtually unchanged, but as wartime production increased, numerous civilian as well as military contractors and colonial arsenals were engaged to produce the Type 30 and this, combined with wartime shortages and expediency forced simplifications in production, resulting in a large number of variations, some of which are rare.
This bayonet was manufactured by National Denki (National Electric) under Kokura Arsenal Supervision and is designated as “Variation C.” The bayonet has a hooked quillon on the cross-piece, contoured, wrap around wooden grips secured by rivets and a flat sided, birds head pommel.
The 398mm blued blade has a rounded spine and long, single fuller on both sides. The blade is single edged and is in good condition, free from rust or damage and retaining most of the original blued finish. The ricasso is stamped with the National Denki and Tokyo Arsenal stamps.
The hooked cross-piece and bird’s head pommel retain their blueing with minor wear. The wooden grip scales are in good condition with minor use related marks. The pommel is stamped with the serial number 81887 and inspection stamps. The press stud mechanism is in good, crisp working order.
The bayonet is complete with its blued steel scabbard with closed tube-type end (as opposed to the earlier button end). The scabbard is in good condition with minimal age and use related marks and wear to the finish. The bayonet sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a good, honest example of the iconic Japanese WW2 Type 30 Arisaka bayonet.