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I have a Japanese bayonet I think it's a Type 99, on the handle there are Japanese characters, I had them translated and it's somthing like "Spirit under 3" or "Mind under 3" or some variation thereof, the yellow chord came with it though had a fancy knot that I mistakenly untied. Has anyone seen a bayonet with similar writting and any info would be greatly appreciated.

 

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Yep, Type 30 trainer. The visible kanji mark, is the number "3". Can't make out the other. All Japanese bayonets of this style, are Type 30s.
 

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Trainers or, more properly, School Bayonets, are locally made items. They were not made in government arsenals or by government contractors; nor were they made to government specs. Dimensionally, they vary all over the place. Some will mount to a service rifle and some will only mount to the school rifle for which they were made. It just depends. School bayonets were used in local high schools, which had military drill as a required part of the curriculum. The Army used regular service rifles and bayonets for soldier training. School bayonets are made of soft steel and castings. They were for "no-contact" drill exercises. If you tried to use it in bayonet fencing it would just bend or break.
 

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I've purchased trainers that were bent, and straightened them with my hands. Pretty mild steel. When mfg, they had smooth rounded edges. Some even have rounded points. Sometimes, you will find them, with sharpened points. Just the first couple inches. I believe, that these were sharpened, and issued, or were intended to be used, at the end of the war. Bubba, would have sharpened the whole blade.
 
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