Dating k98 bayonet sheath
My collection is to try to gain one of each of what I consider the main variations, plus the two WWII makers that were not based in Germany (I have one so far).
After WWI some of the early blades were used by the Turks, and after WWI the Czechs and the Yugoslavians both reworked examples for sale and/or use by their own troops.
The 84/98 or K98 was the standard bayonet of the German army after WWI until the end of WWII.
The following is a summary of the main variations that can be found, it does not cover all of the different makers marks nor dates, although you will find serious WWII collectors of the type who try for complete sets of makers and dates.
Likewise, Pierre Borel wrote in 1655 that a kind of long-knife called a bayonette was made in Bayonne but does not give any further description.