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Field Editor ~ GUNS Magazine, Co-Author ~ Serbian Army Weapons of Victory &PH - Kudu Safaris
To me it looks like it was freshly made in Ukraine.
Here is how the real one looks: http://popgun.ru/viewtopic.php?f=344&t=448093
Rule of thumb - real stuff costs more in Russia and Ukraine than here. A lot more. You will never, ever buy a genuine article cheap there. That bayonet (the one shown by the topic-starter) was offered for $380 "buy now" (http://webapi.aukro.com.ua/shtyk-na-vintovka-mosina-polk-n-gulkevicha-i4195240621.html). A genuine Gulkevich bayonet will sell for many times that amount in Russia.
Spot on Nick!
I've dealt with several well known legitimate Russian dealers in Moscow over the years, all of whom I have met in person while visiting their shops. While many of the items I have purchased from them either in person or over the web, have been reasonably priced since they were items that are near impossible to find anywhere, however other items that are commonly available here are often astronomically priced in Russia! So much so that when the time comes to liquidate the Collection, some of my rifles that are classified as antiques here in the States, will most likely be sold in the Russian market, depending of course on the status of the import laws in Russia at the time. In the current market, most rare Russian rifles will bring double or triple the highest price that they would possibly bring here in the U.S. market. Most Russians who can afford collections are extremely wealthy.
Valentina reads various news sources in Russia every morning on her tablet. A recent competition was held among Russian sculptors to design and cast a new monumental statue to commemorate the Russian soldiers who dies in WWI. The Great War which was barely mentioned in Soviet History courses has become quite popular in recent years. The last time I was in Moscow they were overhauling the WWI section of the Red Army Museum. Putin's "Greater Russia" has been hailed in a new wave of nationalism.
On a final note, the last legitimate Gulkevich bayonet I saw for sale went for over $4500 U.S.