Italian Model 1938 Carcano
"Folding" Knife Bayonet

This is an Italian Model 1938 Folding Knife-Bayonet for the Model 1938 Mannlicher-Carcano Infantry Rifle. These come in folding and non-folding variants.
Non-folding variants were also used by Finland; the Finnish types will have a "SA" stamped on them.

There are several M1938 bayonet sub-models:

  • Model 1938 "Folding" (shown) - bayonet folds as with a pocket knife. The machanisms were problematic, so discontinued;
  • Model 1938 "Fixed-Folding" - original folding type, altered in post-production modification where it is "fixed" and will no longer fold;
  • Model 1938 "Fixed" - full production "fixed" blade, never intended to fold.

All models have wood grips, steel pommel, muzzle-ring acts as upper crossguard quillon; the later two types utilized a crossguard with an additional lower quillon.
Steel single-edged, single-fullered blades (either "folding" or "fixed").
Scabbards are of "blued" sheet-rolled-steel. Two types of belt attaching systems are known: one type with single belt loop (shown below); the other with a single teardrop-shaped "frog" stud, held in place by a single screw .

Italian Model 1938 Carcano Knife Bayonet - Open
Italian Model 1938 Carcano Knife Bayonet - Folded
Italian Model 1938 Carcano Knife Bayonet - Scabbard
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