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Why is this Japanese bayonet curved? Found in a cave on Peleliu. I've never seen anything like it! Any experts out there....

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Forget the bayonet, whats that MONSTER that is casting its shadow over it??!!?? :):)
 

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Looks like a purposeful modification rather than damage to me?!?!
 

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Is it still in the scabbard? If it had gone through a fire, then cooled slowly, being run over like Edokko said would allow it to bend like that without breaking. If it's still in the scabbard, the blade could be in two or three pieces inside there and only the untempered scabbard showing the bend.

I wonder what effect a mortar round or grenade blowing up right beside a bayonet would have?

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Perhaps it is a machete? A heavy curved blade would make sense for clearing brush. I can not make out the handle, is it a standard T-30 bayonet grip?
 

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Vis, good to see you back. How's it go in Anchorage ?
That does look like a T-30 bayonet that had curved something wildy. Notice the ball tip on the end, that should be the T-30 scabbard tip.
 

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Definately a Japanese bayonet still in the scabbard! Bayonets are not uncommon finds on Peleliu but this speciman "grabbed" by attention because it is curved. Found at the mouth of a cave. Maybe the owner customized it?? Strange.

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My crazy theory.... it was in close proximity to a large blast and was bent. I've seen pictures of rifles with similar curvature to the whole barrel.

Can the bayonet be pulled out of the scabbard?
 

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Very possible. It could have been inside and cooked for a while as the cave and ammo inside burned. It looks too perfect though?? Man, here I thought this was the rarest bayonet ever! Sorry about the bad pic. It's difficult to get good, clear shots in the Peleliu jungle due to dark condtions. I had to retake the shot of this print with my digital too.

LOL! Eric
 

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Josh,
what is your reference for 'Japanese simitar'?

By etymology a 'simitar' is a Turkish, Arabic, or middle eastern weapon.
 

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Josh,
what is your reference for 'Japanese simitar'?
By etymology a 'simitar' is a Turkish, Arabic, or middle eastern weapon.
You're not going to UCSB this semester are you? Cripe, some of those kids scare me. What's next?
 

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Well Josh is right..if the japanese had had a scimitar or cutlass bayonet, thats what it would have looked like.
 

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Hi Edokko! Winter is on its way to Anchorage, snow is about a third of the way down the mountains, and we will likely have some in town in another two weeks or so! I have not been posting much lately, no new treasures added to the collection recently. When I check the board it is usually in the wee hours and there is not much for me to add.
 

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Vis, it's really good to hear from 'ya !
Man, I could almost see the Ranges when I close my eyes. Are the Lights coming out anything spectacular yet ?
 

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I think I have heard there has been some aurora activity, but I have not seen any myself yet. I just stepped out on the deck to check for you but it is very cloudy tonight! Back when I used to have a cabin up in Talkeetna, it was most impressive!
 

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Oh man, I need to go up your ways again ! Here's a few shots of a Lights show I saw at Tok last year.

P.S. : Eric, sorry for highjacking your thread...
 
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