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by Mr. B.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: New book in preparation
Replies: 7
Views: 48

Re: New book in preparation

Good presentation. Excellent overall pictures. Maybe supplemental closeup pictures of the small details and marking to help identify variations? For example the differences in the arsenal mark on the Romanian 6x4 above and the similar Russian Izhevsk mark. Mike
by Mr. B.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:33 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Type II Blue Grip Bayonet
Replies: 14
Views: 2844

Re: Egyptian AKM Type II Blue Grip Bayonet

This is what to look for under high intensity photo lamps and also some camera flashes. a lot depends on the light and viewing angles. There is nothing blue in the room this was taken in, white walls, ceiling and brown carpet. M.

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by Mr. B.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Type II Blue Grip Bayonet
Replies: 14
Views: 2844

Re: Egyptian AKM Type II Blue Grip Bayonet

The dark blue can be difficult to detect under normal indoor lighting. Use intense white light and look at different angles. It also helps to have an East German or Yugo black next to it to compare. It took me several years to find a light blue/grey one that was very obvious to the naked eye under n...
by Mr. B.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: New book in preparation
Replies: 7
Views: 48

Re: New book in preparation

Good for basic identification, but can they be detailed enough to determine a specific country or manufacturer. The one above could be either an AKM 6X4 or 6H4 Type II. However is it East German, Russian, (Tula or Izhevsk?), Polish, or even Romanian? Details such as grip color and marbling. How abou...
by Mr. B.
Mon Nov 19, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: New book in preparation
Replies: 7
Views: 48

Re: New book in preparation

That sounds like a very interesting project. I would be glad to help in any way I can. My collection, pictures, information, references, etc., are available to you. Let me know what I can contribute. In my opinion it should be limited to just bayonets. like you mention maybe knives in a later projec...
by Mr. B.
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: Supporting this forum
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Supporting this forum

Done! It's a privilege to be a member. Thanks for making it available Brian! It's appreciated!
by Mr. B.
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Poland
Topic: New Polish 6H4 Black
Replies: 37
Views: 4695

Re: New Polish 6H4 Black

I was recently examining these pictures from Gerhard and noticed something I had missed before. On one of the first pictures the leather hilt strap is very unusual as it has a black rivet instead of the usual sewn loop. Mike
by Mr. B.
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: India
Topic: INSAS
Replies: 17
Views: 3492

Re: INSAS

There is also currently a nice INSAS on sale for $500.00 shipped on The AKforum.net
https://www.theakforum.net/forums/35-wa ... insas.html
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

One last thing. The bayonet came without a hilt strap. I had one spare Egyptian I had replaced because it was made too short. It hade the glue or sealant on the loose end, but about 1-2 inches shorter than most and barely reached the crossguard hook. Also the buckle was weakly plated and had some co...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

This is the hanger that came with this bayonet and scabbard. When I received it the snap hook was reversed with it being attached to the scabbard and hooking to the hanger. I corrected this, but noticed the black painted snap hook and loop were both crudely made to start with. The leather is typical...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

The scabbard also had another noticeable defect. The insulator stop that is spot welded to the front side of the body is miss-placed. This bayonet and scabbard came to me with out the rubber insulator and hilt strap. I installed a spare Egyptian black rubber insulator and a too short spare hilt stra...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:41 pm
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

There's more, the Type I scabbard is a good match for the bayonet. As usual for Egypt, the scabbard body is made from a flattened welded seam tube. This seam leaves a noticeable ridged affect. The wire cutter plate is a stamped steel plate secured on the end of the body with a filler piece by two ri...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

A couple more pictures of the blade saw teeth. Also pictures showing how the bayonet is out of alignment from the pommel to the point leaving the point off to the right of the rifle bore. Also a side note, the muzzle ring hole has only a slight bevel or chamfering but it's on the front. The chamferi...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:59 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

More blade pictures and a couple overall pictures. It doesn't look so bad from a distance.
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by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:53 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

Next comes the blade. Over all, it is more of a clip point profile then the usual bowie style blade found on most AKM 6X3 & 6X4 bayonets. The blade flats have a dull brushed finish. The main edge is roughly and irregularly vertically ground but is sharp. The false edge is circularly ground but i...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

Here are more pictures of the problems with the crossguard. There are lot's of gaps where it fits around the blade and a gap in the front of the grip. Also notice no glue on the right side to fil the gaps at the crossguard and grip where they are tight together. IMG_0304.JPG IMG_0307.JPG IMG_0308.JP...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

Next is the crossguard which was made with the molds misaligned leaving a ridge around the edges. The machining is crudely done on both sides and the muzzle ring hole is drilled off center. The entire crossguard is misaligned on the blade/tang, angled to one side. This can be seen from the top and r...
by Mr. B.
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:21 am
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

The synthetic black, (actually very dark blue), plastic grip is poorly molded and appears to be shrunken on the sides and does not fit the pommel correctly. At the front the grip is tight against the crossguard on one side and there is a large gap on the other. This is not necessarily th fault of th...
by Mr. B.
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Re: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

More pommel pictures. Notice the too long pommel attaching screw and the too wide slot on the release button. Also the misfit and miss-aligned lock plate. However the locking assembly does function.
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by Mr. B.
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: Egypt
Topic: Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?
Replies: 13
Views: 351

Egyptian AKM Quality Control Sample !?

I recently acquired this Egyptian AKM 6X4 Type II Bayonet and Type I scabbard because of the different numbering variation. On closer examination I believe this is the absolute lowest overall quality bayonet and scabbard I have ever seen. We have all seen all sorts of damage from use and abuse, beat...

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