K98 Bayonet (Seitengewehr)

This was the standard bayonet for the K98 rifle. Early bayonets often had bakelite handles as opposed to wood. It is carried in a steel scabbard that is suspended from a black leather ‘frog’.

Often seen were so called 'cavalry' frogs that had an extra strap which secured around the bayonet handle.


E- tool and bayonet with bakelite handle                                           As worn together on the belt

Entrenching tool (Spaten)

This is an early non-folding spade. It is made from steel and has a wooden handle. The carrier is made of leather and was usually worn on the belt in conjunction with the bayonet. A sharpened spade could be a deadly weapon in hand-to-hand combat.