Your chance to own a. Over 6M M1905 bayonets were produced from 1906 - 1943 with Wilde Drop Forge & Tool (WT), Kansas City, MO producing only 60,000 of the 6M. The following is from an article in the Garand Collectors Association Newsletter.
Wilde was a small hand. It had tremendous difficulties meeting their production quotas and was dropped from the bayonet program in February 1943. Wilde Drop Forge and Tool produced an estimated 60,000 M1905 bayonets from 1942 to 1943. Low production numbers make them difficult to find and expensive today.From an article by Gary Cunningham - the Bayonet Man. Contracts and confirmed by the Register of Prices Paid for Small Arms Items dated August 20, 1942. As with all the makers, Wilde had great problems in starting production, both in obtaining the proper steel and in heat treatment. Although it was planned for deliveries to begin in late 1941 or early 1942 and to be completed by June 1942, first deliveries were not made until the late summer of 1942. The Register of Prices Paid mentioned above show no deliveries as of August 20, 1942.
The order for 60,000 was completed around March or April of 1943, but because of the difficulties involved, they and the Ordnance Department agreed not to extend the contract. Wilde was producing other hand. Which were needed in industry, and the bayonet contract seriously interfered with their ability to make their regular product line.They also had a later contract with the Navy for hand. The bayonets appear roughly made, as Wilde's machinery was not set up for this type production and finishing, but they were serviceable. The low contract price probably also meant that Wilde could not spend much time on final finishing. The marking used in 1942 is crude in appearance and used the older style Ordnance Shell and Flame with the flames separated at the top. The 1943 mark is neater in appearance and uses the shell with the flames coming to a point that is common for World War Two. GREAT VINTAGE PIECE IN GOOD CONDITION!! PLEASE CHECK OUT PHOTOS IN LISTING AND ZOOM IN TO DETERMINE CONDITION. WOULD MAKE A GREAT ADDITION TO YOUR COLLECTION!
The item "SUPER RARE MAKER WT VINTAGE WW2 M1 BAYONET 11 KNIFE DATED 1942 68B" is in sale since Friday, August 17, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Edged Weapons". The seller is "john6070" and is located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.