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Dealer with this item called me over for my opinion on orginality. Told him exactly what it was, that his price was fair at his standard "last ditch" bayonet in wood scabbard price, then bought it. He was afraid it was a recent Chinese copy because of condition and because it didn't "look" right. For those who haven't seen one, it's a Type 30 "Naval Special" bayonet. Easiest way to ID is false edge along top 2 inches of blade. Normally found in a rubberized canvas scabbard/frog combo or in a crude metal scabbard. This scabbard (probably Toyoda Loom) does not fit well as it wears the blue on blade when inserted/removed (throat too narrow). BUT, the scabbard has an ID paper of some kind with remnants of Kanji, which is unusual in itself. Bayonet is my third of this type and the most I have spent for one at $175, but at about 98% condition with excellent painted Naval rack numbers on the spine I couldn't pass. Can't decide if I will keep or sell the scabbard. Love bayonets!