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Old 12-14-2017, 04:55 PM
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Default Mystery M5 Bayonet?

Does anyone know who made this M5 bayonet? According to the owner, there are no other markings than the M5 on the blade.




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Old 12-14-2017, 07:28 PM
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I am not positive, but I believe this could be a Japanese Kiffe M5 bayonet. I am basing this only on the scabbard, which appears to be identical to unmarked leather hanger M8 type scabbards produced by Kiffe for their M4 bayonets. Are you sure there is not a Kiffe mark anywhere on the bayonet? They are usually very small and lightly stamped. I found an identical bayonet/scabbard for sale on the internet, but it is identified only as a US M5, which this clearly is not. If I find out anything else, I will post it.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:42 PM
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OK, after additional research, I believe this is a Japanese made M5 bayonet, made by the same company that produced the Kiffe marked M4 and M5 bayonets. The blade form is identical to the kiffe marked version, but it may have been deliberately left unmarked for sales into South or Central America. Kiffe is a New York company that is known to have dabbled in supplying M4 and M5 bayonets for military sales in those areas. Without additional markings, it is almost impossible to further narrow which country it may have been sold to by Kiffe.
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Old 12-15-2017, 12:11 PM
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Interesting, thanks for the theory. I ran across this one here in the UK.
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:10 PM
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Lots of Kiffe info in bayonet points 14, 15 and 31.

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Old 12-15-2017, 01:14 PM
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