GDR M1959 rubber insulator, not that often seen !
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    Exclamation GDR M1959 rubber insulator, not that often seen !

    Not that often seen !

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    Im interested in trench knives of WWI, combat knives of WWII, also, in "modern" Military combat and utility knives, (favored knives of the states of the former Warsaw Pact).

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    [QUOTE=Reibert;1865706]Not that often seen !

    You are correct! Not often seen or even noticed. The DDR 6X3 type I scabbards have rubber insulators with a wide variety of mold marks. They make an interesting sub-collection when collecting Kalashnikov bayonets. Pictured below are my earliest DDR 6X3 bayonets and scabbards. The first one came with a two piece tan hanger and strap, (similar to the Hungarian pattern). The flat top wire cutter pivot on the scabbard designates this one as the first pattern. The second bayonet is the second variation with the tan leather hanger.
    The mold make on the earliest insulator is 5998 the second one has the more common 5998 (dot).
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    Here are pictures of other examples of DDR insulator mold marks that can be found. I am sure that there are others in the series as well. I don't really "collect" them, but pick them up when I have the opportunity. M.
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    One last picture. I would be interested in seeing pictures of other examples if anyone has them. As always interested in trading for or purchasing ones I don't have. M.
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    neat! are the long number ones early or why do they have such a long number being used? any ideas?

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    I have no idea what the differences are in the mold markings or their chronology. I try to establish what is early from the bayonets and scabbards that they came with. However the insulators are often worn and damaged and are easy to remove and replace either in the field or during rework/ reissue. One note is that one of the long series of numbers came to me in new, unissued, condition on a Viet Nam AKM wire cutter bayonet with a surplus new DDR type I scabbard. This would indicate a left over late issue insulator!?!? It would be my best guess that the mold markings would indicate a military standard or acceptance number or possibly indicate a particular contractor or supplier. Or perhaps just lot or job number. M.

 

 

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