U.S. Model 1898 Krag-Jorgensen
"Bowie" Knife Bayonet
This was - for all practical purposes - an experimental knife bayonet in the "Bowie" style. It was intended
as a utilitarian fighting knife/tool/bayonet, but did not stand up to testing. These were intended to fit the
various US Krag-Jorgensen Military Rifles. Although the hilt is of this bayonet is the same as the U.S. Model 1892 Krag-Jorgensen Knife Bayonet -
and of obvious Swiss influence - the blade is entirely of American "Bowie" design and style.
They are very well made, all steel, with wood grips. The hilt configuration is a "bird's head" pommel with
the standard push-button/integral spring latch, steel crossguard; grips are wood and held on by flush-mounted rivets.
The blade is also well made: steel, single-fullered (both sides), single wide cutting-edge with clip-point in the "Bowie" style.
Blades are marked US on one side of the ricasso, with a date of 1900 on the opposite side.
Scabbards are almost "bolo-style" in shape and are made of sheet-rolled steel and blued; ball finial as a drag. The belt attaching loop swivels side-to-side
(front-to-back when on a side-belt).
These bayonets are scarce.