Posted 2 years ago
I know the silly kid that tried to restore this, what I believe to be a Japanese Bayonet. He did it 50 years ago after his father brought it home to him from work. His father was a Tow Boat Operator that was pushing a Suction Dredge, that was dredging the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, for placement of the Transbay Tube, for BART(Bay Area Rapid Transit), a new high speed train system, that was being constructed then, and this Bayonet was caught on the suction head, where other artifacts, and old ammunitions, were pulled from, and some are pumped into the barge, with the bottom sludge.
When the silly kid got it, it was twisted and rusted, and the wood on the handle was rotted off. He worked on it, straightened it, re-riveted the guard(that he put on backward, to be like a hand guard, like a sword has), and cut and finished a piece of oak, and attached it to the handle, where the rotten one had been. Then he cleaned and sharpened the blade the best he could, and this is the way it's been since that time.
Yeah, you got it that silly kid was me, and I even got to go to work with my father, and search that bottom sludge, for bottles, fish, and crabs, and what ever else was pumped up from the bottom! A childhood dream of treasure hunting! :^D
Thank you for looking, I saw a Bayonet similar on the internet to come up with what this one is, if you know different, please let me know! All comments welcome! :^)