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Attached are some pics of an interesting M7 bayonet and scabbard combination that I own. I would be interested to know if anyone has ever seen anything like it before.

Here's the back story... I purchased this bayonet from a factory store (don't remember which one) in Solingen, Germany while I was an exchange student in the late 1970s. I don't remember many of the details except being told that it was left over from a test design. The only marking on the bayonet itself is US M7 and the scabbard is only marked Made in W. Germany.

I later carried it in the field on occasion, but mostly used what I had been issued.
 

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It's a copy of a modified M7 designed by Bauer Ordinance Company that never was adapted by the Government.
Sorry I can't tell you what it might be worth. I do think that there will be an interest from bayonet collectors.

 

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It's a copy of a modified M7 designed by Bauer Ordinance Company that never was adapted by the Government.
Sorry I can't tell you what it might be worth. I do think that there will be an interest from bayonet collectors.
Thanks. That might shed some light on its origin. The Bauer patent filing certainly predates when I was in Germany by four or five years. Mine may have been an attempt to improve on the Bauer design.

Bayonets were never "my thing." I just thought it was interesting at the time.
 

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My interest mostly is with U.S. military knives from WW2 to Vietnam. I also have some bayonets, but when it comes to German made bayonets, I only know enough to be potentially dangerous.
That being said, I will say that "West Germany" marked sheaths generally go for a premium when compared to the "Germany" marked sheaths that appear to be identical.
It's probably worth your time to try and find out more about this specific bayonet. It wouldn't surprise me if this one might be worth a pretty penny.
I'd look for forums and/or blogs that deal with foreign made bayonets.
Whatever you hear, check and confirm it's more than just an "IMHO".
One of the best ways to get an idea of actual value is when you can see history of actual open auctions for the specific item.
Good luck and happy hunting.
 

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Carl Eickhorn of West Germany made M 7 bayonets for Colt. Is the bayonet marked in any way? I have seen this bayonet in the past maybe 30 years ago. My guess its a Eickhorn.
 

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Carl Eickhorn of West Germany made M 7 bayonets for Colt. Is the bayonet marked in any way? I have seen this bayonet in the past maybe 30 years ago. My guess its a Eickhorn.
I will double check, but I looked before taking the pics and all I saw was US M7. For all I know, it was in the factory store because they forgot to mark it and as a result it failed inspection.

It was '78 or '79 when I bought it. At the time, I didn't know or care whether it was collectible, rare, etc. I bought it because I thought it was cool and the Germans were a hell of a lot less uptight about a 16 yo owning a bayonet than we were.

It could well have been the Eickhorn store, but I don't remember. I know for certain that it was not the Henckels store. I never went to Henckels because a friend's mother worked for them and she would use her employee discount to buy me whatever I wanted to send home.
 

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Just for your general information, Sarco that was in New Jersey, used to sell something that looked a lot like that, and may still. They also sold several variations of Eickhorn bayonets made for US Military arms, some years ago.
 

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Just for your general information, Sarco that was in New Jersey, used to sell something that looked a lot like that, and may still. They also sold several variations of Eickhorn bayonets made for US Military arms, some years ago.
That's were I saw the bayonet. And yes Sarco sold Eickhorn bayonets. A lot were close outs from Eickhorn. I have a Colt marked standard M7 Eickhorn I purchased from Sarco about 15 yrs ago.
 

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I double checked this evening and there are no other markings on the bayonet besides US M7 and only Made in W. Germany on the scabbard.

I agree with the opinions that it is probably an Eickhorn. Sarco still has a pic on their site of an Eickhorn M7 with the hole. Checking their website, Eickhorn still makes a few bayonets that have similar features. (Yeah, I know, that's not really saying much)
 
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