Bulgarian AK bayonets
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This is a Bulgarian hybrid AK47 bayonet & scabbard. It combines the hilt design of an AK47 with a Type III blade and scabbard. It is designed to retro fit on original AK47 rifles yet uses the blade and scabbard of a 6X5 Type III insulated wire cutter design. The hilt has been redesigned to provide electrical insulation again using 6X5 technology. This bayonet & scabbard were designed for countries, groups or individuals still using the AK47s to be able to upgrade their bayonets both for commercial and collector's market. Mike
Here is my example of this beast, which I bought from a fellow collector on the old Bayonet forum back in Sept. 2007. The seller told me it was a prototype, so I paid a premium for that, as it has no acceptance stamps and you can see the 'ears' and muzzle ring are in ‘steel’.
I am not sure if these hybrid bayonets were made up for a specific contract or just for possible sales with the large quantities of surplus AK47 rifles on the market. It is interesting to see the different finishes on the exposed metal on the hilt. Mine is painted black, yours appears to be Parkerized or phosphated. Others I have seen are bare metal. Different production lots or just quality issues or rejects? Mike