Valmet Bayonets

Finnish AK and Valmet Bayonets
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Valmet Bayonets

Post by Brian » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:56 pm

A few variations of the Valmet bayonet. Not mine...found pic online a long time ago.
I have Hackman and Fiskars variants. Normally they have the maker marked on the handle, but sometimes there is no maker name there.
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Post by croblade » Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:16 pm

When I got mine F and H models they were very expensive so I had to give up models without producer name on handle.

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Post by Mr. B. » Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:23 pm

This is my Valmet. It is unmarked and has the short clip point. I do not have a Fiskars or Hackman version. I keep this one as a representative sample in a side collection as it is not a true Kalashnikov bayonet. Note the unusual means of attachment, the long bayonet mounting lug is part of the flash hider. It mounts from the from unlike the similar Czech VZ58 which slides on from the rear. M.
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Post by Mr. B. » Mon May 20, 2019 4:05 am

Here are close-up views of the Valmet M62 showing the three different manufactures. Fiskars, Hackman and Unknown. Notice the difference in the grip rib molding and the release catch button. Also note the different metal finishes. Blued, parkerized and black crinkle paint. Even the rivets are different. The unmarked version may not be a third company but made by Fiskars and/or Hackman as a "sterile" contract for internal use or export. Mike
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Post by Mr. B. » Mon May 20, 2019 4:18 am

The original Finnish version of the Kalashnikov AK47 was the M60-1. The bayonet made for it was a Finnish modification of the Italian M38 folding blade bayonet with the latch lock mounting catch. Finland had imported these rifles and bayonets during earlier wars. The early M60 had muzzle rings the later ones did not. Finland made up their own folded leather scabbards that held the bayonet when folded. Here are pictures of two early versions and one later one. Mike
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Post by Mr. B. » Mon May 20, 2019 4:35 am

While we are on the subject of Valmet M62 bayonet and scabbard variations here are a few different scabbards that can be found. Some of the folded leather scabbards can be found with three or four body rivets and in both natural tan and green finish. Others can be found with eleven rivets. These rivets are usual aluminum or aluminum alloy. There are different types of rivets and setting. Also note that the scabbards can also be found made of green synthetic leather made of a vinyl or plastic type material,(lower picture). The last picture is a scabbard made of white leather for parade/dress usage. Mike
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Post by Brian » Mon May 20, 2019 2:06 pm

Very interesting, especially since I own an early latch lock Beretta M38 (the SMG version without the muzzle ring) bayonet.
I suppose the Valmet version is uber scarce?
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Re: Valmet Bayonets

Post by Mr. B. » Mon May 20, 2019 4:52 pm

Here is another small variation I have observed in the Finnish M62-72 Valmet bayonets. It seems the Fiskars logo and grip molding, (raised ridges), were changed at some point. Mike
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