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Blades and Edged Weapons Including Khukuris

Video: How to Make a Japanese Katana Sword: Exquisite Detail Of the Hamon and Engraving

I thoroughly enjoyed this Japanese video that covers the forging, engraving and heat treat of a Japanese Katana by a Master – Sadatosh Gassan. The video provides a great overview and while it is in Japanese, there are subtitles in English.

What I found most fascinating was the detail of the creation and application of the clay to create the hamon. Sadatoshi-san also is shown carefully engraving a dragon around a plum tree.

He evenly applied the clay and is now drawing the hamon pattern into it prior to the heat reat.
Here it iss just prior to the firing.
Carving the dragon into the blade.
The end result is beautiful.

The Video


I hope you found this video as interesting as I did!

Please note that all images were extracted from the video and are the property of their respective owner.

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A Kershaw Knockout Knife and Streamlight Microstream LED Light Are In My Pocket These Days

I have quite a selection of folding knives that I use all the time for work – cutting open boxes, plastic pails, insulation, tubing, etc. It’s funny but I wind up rotating through them for one reason or another – it may be because one needs to be sharpened and is too dull (my ZT 0350 is that way right now) or because I just pick up the blade that is by my desk and drop it in my pocket as I head out to the shop. The same is true for whatever small light I am carrying. A while back, I posted about buying both a Kershaw Knockout and Streamlight Microstylus. I’m so happy with both that I figured an update was in order.

Kershaw Knockout

As mentioned, I did buy this blade some months back and posted about it For the last few months, my goto blade has been the Kershaw Knockout. It is a very decent medium sized pocket knife that has a 3.25″ blade made from Sandvik 142C28N steel. It is holding the edge remarkably well – I haven’t needed to sharpen it yet and am very impressed. Note, I use a Work Sharp Ken Onion edition sharpener to true up my blades and it can handle any steel.

The handle is very comfortable, The Knockout gets its name from the cut out in the handle where they rivet in the blade lock. It makes for a very easy to operate locking mechanism. I always like the flag they add to their American made knives also.
The blade is holding up great. You know, I don’t know the details behind the “Diamond Like Coating” – DLC – process but it is really impressive. I’ve beat my ZT 0350 half to death and that coating is holding up on that knife also. Also, you can see the Streamlight Microstream light.

The second reason is that it is remarkably light and thin. For its size, it really does not drag down my pocket. At the same time, the hande is big enough for me to get a firm grip to cut open plastic pails.

The third big reason is that it uses Kershaw’s “SpeedSafe” flipper mechanism for one handed opening. When I am working, being able to open the knife with only one hand is a huge benefit.

The Streamlight Microstream LED Light

I have bought a number of these little lights – my best guess is 6-8 of them. Simply put they hold up great and are at a very reasonable price especially given the quality. Here’s a blog post that I did after my initial purchase back in 201.

I have put at least four of them through the clotheswasher and as long as the base is on tight, they survive. If the base comes loose and water gets in then it is pretty much always game over.

This is a good photo both of the Knockout and the Microstream. The Microstream is 3.5″ long and has a diameter of about 0.6″.

What I can tell you is that I have never had one fail on me due to worksmanship. Dead battery, yes. The switch, body and LED have all held up just great.

I really like these lights because they are small, don’t weigh much, use regular AAA batteries and only cost $16.22 off Amazon. I should also point out that they produce 28 lumens of light and that little battery will last about 2-2.5 hours. I probably carry this light even more than I do a blade because it is just so handy and I can’t see as well as I used to.

In short, I am so happy with both that I wanted to post the update to you folks,


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Using my KO Worksharp With Third Party Belts to Sharpen My Three Favorite Flipper Knives – A Hogue X5, ZT 350 and Kershaw Knockout

As I have written about in the past, I have a Ken Onion Worksharp (KOW) knife sharpener. Folks, I have used the heck out of that little thing and it is still cranking. For example, I used it one time to put the edges on five khukuris from scratch. They were antiques and I used my belt sander to remove the beat up edges and then the little KOW to profile and put the final edges on them. I can’t begin to guess how many khukuris, folders and fixed blade knives have been sharpened on this unit.

At any rate, the one thing about the KOW is the cost and selection of the little 3/4″ wide x 12″ belts that it uses. Worksharp does sell kits with belts in them but its pricey. Happily, as the popularity of the KOW has increased, a number of makers have appeared. I’ve had very good luck with Econaway Abrasives and Red Label Abrasives to name two of them.

What makes a belt good? I really look at two things – does the belt stay together and does the grit stay on or seem to flake off. I have no means of knowing whether a given declared grit is what I actually get – for example, the vendor says it’s 400 grit but is it really? All I can do is go by feel.

Leather Belt

I added a new step in my sharpening – I added a leather belt this year so I could use rouge on the belt for a grit of close to 10,000 for the final edge. I opted for a belt from Pro Sharpening Supplies. It comes with a small packet of white rouge polishing compound.

Sharpening My Three Favorite Flippers

Okay, I needed to sharpen my three favorite assisted opening “flipper” pocket knives. My #1 favorite is my 3.5″ Hogue X5. The other two tie for second place at this point – my ZT 350 and my Kershaw Knock Out.

If I had thought about it, I would have put them in order of being my favorite. Purely by coincidence they are in order of age – the Knockout I bought near Christmas 2018, the Hogue was Father’s Day 2018 and the ZT 350 was purchased in 2015.
Guys, I love that Wharncliffe blade profile on the Hogue. You can use it to scrape stuff as you have a flat edge.

It had been ages since the ZT350 was properly sharpened, the Hogue needed a touchup and my new Kershaw Knockout did not have as fine of an edge on it as I wanted. The ZT was part of what motivated me to buy the KOW years ago – The ZT uses S30V steel which is very hard and takes forever to sharpen by hand. I had been using a Spyderco Sharpmaker to that point and decided it was time to buy a better sharpener. The KOW has a wider 3/4″ belt and a bigger motor than it’s predecessor, the basic Worksharp unit. I’ve never regretted the purchase.

The KOW is adjustable so I use this brass guage made by Richard Kell in England to determine what to set the KOW at. The blades were 15 degrees or less with the Hogue pretty much being right at 15. The other two, I’m not sure. They were more accute than the gauge supported.

A Richard Kell blade angle gauge.

Belt Details

I bet everyone has their secret formulas for sharpening blades and odds are they all work. Since these were all touchups, I started with a 320 grit belt. See, I don’t want to take off any more than I have to so I’d rather start with as fine of a grit as possible.

GritMakerPasses/SideSets
320Econaway32
600Econaway31
800Red Label31
1200Econaway31
5000Red Label31
10,000Pro Sharpening32

Comments on the Leather Belt

Okay, it through parts of loose leather everywhere when it first started just like when you start a new cloth wheel on a buffer. It did stop after a bit. By the way, safety note – you should always wear safety glasses and a dust mask regardless – this just reminds you of the need.

The second comment is that it did not stay centered on the wheels of the KOW and traveled to the left when looking down from the top towards the front edge. It did not seem to harm anything but the whole point is that it really should have stayed centered on the wheels. No harm done and since I will not use it a ton, I am not going to worry about it.

Photo of the belt up on the left edge of the front lower wheel. Note all the junk on the mat. Good reminder to wear eye protection and a dust mask *always*.

Lesson learned for me, dial back the speed on the KOW from the get go when doing the leather belt.

Sharpening Results

All three knives are wickedly sharp now. I’m very pleased with the results.

Cleaning and Lubrication Comment

Whenever I sharpen a flipper, I blow out the insides with compressed air and then lubricate them. My preferred lubricant is Teflon/PTFE. Because it dries after application, it does not attract and hold dirt. Thus, I applied it to all three knives like I normally do.

It’s common for things to feel gritty until the fluid evaporates but the Hogue didn’t get better, it got worse. I’m not sure what Hogue uses to lube their knives but the solvent in the Dupont spray must have cleaned it off and the dry Teflon wasn’t enough. Conversely, the ZT 350 and Kershaw Compound worked great. It’s not unusual to see something work with one mechanism but not another so it was time for plan B.

Okay, plan B. I started using Super Lube this year on firearms and really like it. Basically, Super Lube is a synthetic lubricant that includes tiny PTFE particles in it. So, I applied it with a pen dispenser and it works great. Way, way better.

Final Result

The knives are all very sharp and they are flipping smoothly. Time to keep using them 🙂 I hope you found this helpful.


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Kershaw Thermite 3880BW – Cool Knife But It Was Discontinued in 2017 – Buy Now

The Thermite has been on my radar for a while because it is a Rick Hinderer design but I was in no rush to buy one. Then Kershaw announced they were discontinuing it in 2017 and that made me watch out for a deal. Their Amazon price is still only $21.59.

One of the the reasons I wanted one was that it had a 3.5″ blade but only weighed 4.9oz, in part due to the relatively light weight G11 handles. Add to this that it has the SpeedSafe Assisted Opening (AO) mechanism and it makes for a very decent utilitarian pocket knife. The blackwash finish is a nice touch.


The Thermite’s Specifications

  • Blade length: 3.5″
  • Blade Steel: 8CR13MoV – A nice mid-range stainless steel that Kershaw makes extensive use of. They treat it to a 58-59 Rockwell Hardness
  • Closed length: 4.9″
  • Overall length: 8.4″
  • Weight: 4.9 oz

Comparison Photos

In case you are curious, here are three other blades that you can compare the Thermite too. The top is the Cryo with the Titanium Carbo-Nitride finish (1555TI), next down is the Cryo II with a blackwash finish (1556BW) and the bottom knife is the Knockout with an Olive Drab handle and black DLC finish (1870OLVLK).

In Summary

It’s a cool knife and I’ll definitely be using it more. I really like the combination of light weight, size and balance. For the price, you can’t beat it.


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1870OLBLK Kershaw Knockout speed safe Green aluminum handle plain blade NEW BLEM

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Kershaw 1870 Knockout speed safe black aluminum handle plain blade *BLEM*

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KERSHAW Knockout 1870 Deep Carry Clip Used & Modified

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The Kershaw Cryo and Cryo II Are Elegant Small Pocket Knives

Without a doubt, Kershaw makes a ton of interesting knives. Many times they bring in design talent such as Rick Hinderer. I’ve been a fan of Rick’s work for years and own a number of his designs plus I had a huge surprise one year when I happened to meet him on a flight! He was wearing a Hinderer T-shirt and I couldn’t help but tell him while we were waiting to get off the plane that those were great knives. He turned and said “I’m glad to hear that – I’m Rick Hinderer.” We chatted for a bit as we walked through the terminal and he really struck me as a down-to-earth guy.

The Kershaw Cryo 1555TI – a 2.75″ Blade

At any rate, I was surfing and saw the Kershaw Cryo. It’s not a new design by any means – It got Best Buy in 2012 by Blade Magazine. For whatever reason though, it had never caught my eye until that point. Specifically, the 2.75″ model with a Titanium Carbo-Nitride coating did. I was looking for a small light knife and it was affordable enough to simply order one in and I am glad I did.

With the Titanium Carbo Nitride finish, the knife is a nice grey-ish color and the black hardware contrasts nicely.
The clip can be moved around to suit the user.

Boy does it look nice. Right out of the box I was stuck by it being a modern day gentleman’s pocket knife. It was small, light and had a quality look to it.

The Cryo’s Specs:

  • Blade Length: 2.75″
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV – a decent Chinese steel roughly the same as AUS-8. Kershaw blades make extensive use of it and do a good job of heat treating it to a hardness of 58-59 Rockwell.
  • Closed Length: 3.75″
  • Overall Length: 6.5″
  • Weight: 4.1 oz

My Take

I really like it for those cases where you want a pocket knife just in case you need to do something light duty but don’t want it really weighing down your slacks or whatever. Honestly, Amazon has it for $21 with Prime – you just can’t go wrong at that price.

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The Cryo II – 1556BW – a 3.25″ Blade

I actually bought these knives, it’s not like someone asked me to do a review. In this case I bought both the Cryo and Cryo II because I couldn’t decide which I would like more and they are both very affordable.

This is also a Hinderer design and is 20% larger than the original Cryo. The Black Wash finish mutes the shiny grey steel considerably without going completely black.

The Cryo II’s Specs

  • Blade Length: 3.25″
  • Blade steel: 8Cr13MoV – Kershaw makes extensive use of this mid-range stanless steel and heat treats it to 58-59 Rockwell hardness.
  • Closed Length: 4.4″
  • Overall Length: 7.75″
  • Weight: 5.5 oz.

My Take

Yeah, I like this one also. I wind up leaving knives scattered all over so I bet there will be times I am using this one also. It definitely feels beefier than the Cryo but is still very easily carried.

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Comparison Photos

I figured this would be a great chance to let you visually compare the Cryo and Cryo II to one another as well as my Kershaw Knockout. In the photos below, I tried to be consistent – the Knockout is at the top, followed by the Cryo II with its Blackwashed finish and the Cryo with its Titanium Carbo-Nitride finish at the bottom.

In Summary

I didn’t review the Knockout in this post as I felt it really was for a different intended type of use. The Cryos are lighter and more elegant. I’m glad I have all three and have no reservations in recommending them at their respective price points.


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KERSHAW - CRYO Hinderer TITANIUM Spring Assist SPEEDSAFE FLIPPER Knife KS 1555Ti

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Kershaw Cryo G10 Assisted Open Pocket Knife Folder 1555G10X 8Cr13MoV 4 Way Clip

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Kershaw Cryo Knife 1555TI mint flipper frame lock knife

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Kershaw Cryo Hinderer Folding Knife 2.75" Stainless Blade Black G-10 Handle

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Kershaw 1555TI Titanium Carbo-Nitride Cryo Straight Assisted Folder Knife

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KERSHAW - CRYO Hinderer BLACK Spring Assisted SPEEDSAFE FLIPPER Knife KS 1555BLK

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KERSHAW - CRYO II TANTO BLACKWASH Hinderer 2 Assist SPEEDSAFE Knife kai 1556TBW

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Kershaw Cryo Hinderer Spring  Assisted Opening Framelock Knife 1555TI

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Kershaw Scores a Knockout!

I’m pretty pragmatic when it comes to pocket knives. Looks matter but the knife must also be something I can use as a tool. For me, I am always having to cut down boxes, cut plastic, strip wires, and so forth and a knife may well get wet from rain, snow, or plumbing. Furthermore, I need something that I can readily carry in a pocket. Kershaw has made a knife I really like with their 1870OLBLK Knockout. Let me take a few minutes of your time to say why I am impressed.

Made in the USA

The first thing I noticed when the knife arrived was Kershaw’s proudly placing the USA label on the box. Many of Kershaw’s blades are made in China but the Knockout is made in the USA – Tualatin, Oregon, to be specific.

Usually, I get excited and forget to take photos right after I pull a knife from the bag. This time, I had the camera ready and took the following:

The olive drab handle and blackwashed blade really make a good looking combination. You can see the holes for the pocket clip if you wanted it positioned up front on the nose. There’s a generous thumb stud and the Speedsafe flipper lever protrudes from the bottom.
Here’s the reverse side with the clip plus use can clearly see the black colored sub-frame lock. The handle has three positions drilled and tapped so you can move the clip around. The stylized US flag is a nice touch just under the clip plus you can see “Made in the USA” on the blade through the sub-frame.

Specifications

The Knockout has some nice stats:

  • The blade is 3.25″ long
  • The blade steel is 14C28N. I appreciate blade steels and this is a pretty decent middle-of-the road steel made by Sandvik. It can take a keen edge, is corrosion resistant and holds up pretty well.
  • The blade is colored black using the DLC – Diamond Like Coating – process.
  • The handle is made from 6061-T6 anodized aluminum
  • The handle is colored an olive drab green
  • When closed, it is 4.6″ long
  • When open, it is 7.9″
  • Overall weight is 3.4 oz.

The Feel

It’s fairly thin and light. I wear XL-sized gloves and the knife fills my hand very nicely. The combination of a relatively tall blade and the weight of the handle gives it both a good heft and a balance that I like. It does not feel cheap by any means.

The flipper mechanism is solid and does a good job. The sub-frame lock does its job firmly yet is also is easy to unlock. You can’t say this for all frame locks – some can be more cumbersome to move out of the way than others. By using the sub-frame they can get the right geometry and tension to do the job yet also be easy to move out of the way to unlock the blade. This cut out, or knock out, that they did in the frame to hold the riveted in sub-frame is actually where the knife gets its name.

Look carefully at the handle and then look at your hand with the fingers bent just a tad. The handle’s curve and the bumps will conform to most hands very nicely. Your hand will index on the big finger groove they made for your index finger – no pun intended. In other words, your hand’s position will begin by putting your big first finger in that groove.

Kershaw’s Overview Video

Kershaw actually has a short overview video so you can see the blade at different angles.

Comparing the KnockOut to my Hogue X5 with a 3.5″ Wharncliffe Blade

Now, so you have a comparison, here’s the Knockout next to my Hogue X5 with a 3.5″ Wharncliffe blade, which is my most frequently carried blade now. I’ve given up saying every day carry because I seem to be rotating through a few but more often than the others, it’s the Hogue. We’ll just have to see if Knockout dethrones the X5 over time.

The Hogue X5 3.5″ Wharncliffe is striking to look at but let me tell you something really cool – the CPM154 steel is really excellent and the profile of the blade makes it excellent for scraping a surface with a relatively straight edge.

In Summary

It arrived quite sharp and I just did a few test cuts. At this point, I need to see how the Knockout holds up over time. As far as first impressions go, I really like it and will keep folks posted.


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KERSHAW Knockout 1870 Deep Carry Clip Used & Modified

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Kershaw Knockout Folding Knife 3.5" Damascus Steel Blade Green Aluminum Handle

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Tips on How to Find AK Bayonet Deals on eBay

While I am not fond of eBay’s antigun sentiments there are deals to be found there – especially when individuals are listing stuff for sale.  So, I want to give you some tips and also have the system run you some real-time results of searches so you can see what is out there.

Buyer Tips

  1. Watch out for the scammers.  Folks will list stuff and make claims. So, know what you are looking for and don’t buy blind.
  2. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is a scam.
  3. Watch the shipping price.  I’ve watched sellers enter a low price and then have a very high shipping charge to recover the difference.
  4. Businesses sometimes have good deals but many will price stuff high and just let them sit there until a buyer comes along.  All things being equal, try searching only on auctions (not Buy It Now (BIN)) and have the eBay system list them in the order of auctions ending soonest.  You might be surprised what turns up.  Under Advanced Search, you can change a number of search criteria to dig around in your favor.
  5. Watch the seller rating – I put a lot of stock in the number of transactions and the seller’s score.  If you have a seller with very few transactions and is relatively new, then there is more risk.  I will not bet a fortune on an unknown seller but I might take a small risk and see what happens.  Statistically, if they have more than 30 sales and a good score, you have a pretty good indication that the buyer is legit.
  6. Don’t freak out of the seller doesn’t reply right away.  Folks do go on vacation, get sick, etc.
  7. Save your searches so you can re-use them and get emailed results.
  8. Realize that if you are really specific you may not find stuff listed differently.  For example, I will list the country and bayonet in case they say AK, rifle, AK47, AK74, etc. and throw a really tight search off.
  9. Look at the photos carefully.  I’ve bought stuff after looking at an item on a smart phone and missed problems I would have seen on a larger monitory.
  10. Learn the prices.  If you jump right in you may pay too much.  In some cases you will see one buyer asking multiples of the going price – he/she may be counting on people jumping in and buying with little to no knowledge of prices.
  11. Be objective – if an auction starts exceeding what you want to pay then bow out.  Don’t get emotionally attached and feel that you need to win the auction.
  12. If you buy something international, you will want to understand shipping charges and any regulations you may encounter either in the seller’s country or in your own.

Searching on a eBay

This is your basic search page in eBay.

You’ll notice it is set to “Auction” only and the sort is set to “Time ending soonest”.   Lastly, the heart under “Accept Offers” means I checked the box to save the search.

If you look to the right of the search button, you will see “Advanced” and this is where you can do all kinds of cool stuff to your current search or a saved search including:

  • Words to exclude – this is powerful if you are getting unwanted stuff in and it happens all the time.  This can make your search far more likely to turn up what you care about.  For example, you could tell it to exclude airsoft and model.
  • You can search just in specific categories.  Be careful with this one – bayonets for example can be in a number of different categories.
  • You can search in title and description, completed listings, and sold listings.
    • By specifying a price range you can skip stuff like frogs/scabbards.  For example, you might tell it to only show you items between $14.99 and $200
  • It again let’s you select from Auctions, Buy It now and Classified Ads.
  • You can specify the condition new, used or not specified.
  • You can list specific sellers you care about.
  • Items with Free shipping or located somewhere.
  • And much more

Russian and Soviet Bayonets

Here I am searching both ways – I tend to find people do not always realize the difference between the USSR and Russia when they list an item.  It’s set to auction only and sorted by items ending first.

SOVIET RUSSIAN BAYONET KNIFE W/URAL SCABBARD

$75.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 7:27:25 PST
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lot 2 russian bayonet only one scabbard 1958

$7.26 (4 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 13:25:26 PST
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Soviet, Russian bayonet scabbard with carrying strap Izhevsk Logo

$19.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 17:58:05 PST
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Soviet, Russian bayonet scabbard with carrying strap Izhevsk Logo

$19.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 18:00:55 PST
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russian bayonet

$5.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 11:28:08 PST
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Vintage Military AK Russian Bayonet w/sheath - Nice

$69.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 14:18:44 PST
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Military Vintage Russian Bayonet W/Scabbard and Belt Buckle Men 34

$149.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 12:33:44 PST
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VIETNAM ERA IZHEVSK RUSSIAN BAYONET WITH BAKELITE HANDLE

$37.77 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-22-2020 15:50:49 PST
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Bulgarian Bayonets

Same thing but in addition to saying “Bulgarian Bayonet” I will use the slang of “Bulgy Bayonet” too.  It’s also auction only and sorted by items ending first.

Bulgarian Bayonet Knife with Numbers XXXX by your Choice

$119.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-28-2020 8:50:39 PST
Buy It Now for only: $119.00
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VTG Black Bulgarian Bayonet- Marked K8 on both Blade and Scabbard

$29.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 18:12:31 PST
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BULGARIAN BAYONET WITH SCABBARD WITH LEATHER FROG. USED CONDITION.

$69.95
End Date: Saturday Feb-15-2020 11:06:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $69.95
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Bulgarian Bayonet Knife Arsenal Latest Model with Matching Numbers XXXX

$119.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-28-2020 11:12:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $119.00
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BULGARIAN BAYONET WITH SCABBARD WITH LEATHER FROG. MATCHING NUMBER.

$89.95
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 10:23:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $89.95
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Bulgarian Bayonet & Scabbard Type 1

$62.00
End Date: Sunday Jan-19-2020 10:48:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $62.00
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VTG Bulgarian Bayonet & Scabbard Type 1 #8588

$54.99
End Date: Friday Feb-14-2020 12:27:10 PST
Buy It Now for only: $54.99
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Vintage Bulgarian Bayonet With Scabbard And Frog

$64.95
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 17:45:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $64.95
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Bulgarian bayonet military knife blade scabbard #1566 Russian type Soviet USSR

$64.00
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 0:10:37 PST
Buy It Now for only: $64.00
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Unused Bulgarian bayonet military knife #4814 scabbard Soviet USSR Russian type

$99.00
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 0:20:43 PST
Buy It Now for only: $99.00
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Bulgarian bayonet military knife blade scabbard Soviet USSR 1182 Russian type

$75.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 23:29:17 PST
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
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Unused Bulgarian bayonet military knife #4631 scabbard Soviet USSR Russian type

$95.00
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 0:17:47 PST
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
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Bulgarian bayonet military knife blade with scabbard Soviet USSR 479 Russian

$79.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 23:17:46 PST
Buy It Now for only: $79.00
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Bulgarian bayonet military knife blade scabbard #4082 Russian type Soviet USSR

$67.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 23:51:03 PST
Buy It Now for only: $67.00
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East German Bayonets

I didn’t see any auctions when I wrote this post so this search is for all items, not just auctions, sorted by “Price + Shipping:  Lowest First”.  This is an example where you tend to see a lot of frogs and scabbards show up first due to their relatively low pricing.

Vintage EARLY East German Bayonet scabbard for Russian 7.62 x 39mm Type

$24.95
End Date: Sunday Feb-2-2020 10:16:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $24.95
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Vintage DDR? Bayonet with Bakelite Scabbard

$28.20
End Date: Sunday Feb-9-2020 10:23:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28.20
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Original Soviet Era East German Bayonet

$70.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 13:48:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
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Rare East German Bayonet Type II Survival Knife Barbed Wire Cutter Sheath DDR

$68.49
End Date: Wednesday Feb-12-2020 11:56:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $68.49
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EAST GERMAN BAYONET WITH SCABBARD WITH LEATHER FROG. MATCHING NUMBER.

$89.95
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 10:26:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $89.95
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East German Bayonet 6X2 Type1 - 1959.- 65. Complete

$65.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-6-2020 0:54:52 PST
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
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East german bayonet w/frog Nos

$95.00
End Date: Wednesday Feb-12-2020 19:14:56 PST
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
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Polish Bayonets

Here’s an example where you can get weird stuff like shoe polish so I will exclude the word shoe.  It’s also auction only and sorted by items ending first.

Pre 39 Polish bayonet wz 24 Perkun

$300.00 (2 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 18:35:24 PST
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WWII Polish WZ28 ? F.B. RADOM Mauser Rifle Bayonet Scabbard

$500.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-30-2020 11:40:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $500.00
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WWII Polish F.B. RADOM Mauser Rifle Bayonet #12137

$599.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 10:02:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $599.99
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ORIGINAL WW2 GERMAN OCCUPATION POLISH VZ 24 PERKUN BAYONET SCABBARD AND FROG

$399.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 14:16:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $399.00
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rare polish ww2 perkun bayonet with elite diamant scabbard numbered 424277

$499.00
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 12:47:25 PST
Buy It Now for only: $499.00
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RARE French Lebel Bayonet Polish Re-issue WZ86/93 WW1 WW2 Radom

$200.00
End Date: Wednesday Jan-22-2020 13:24:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $200.00
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POLISH BAKELITE 7.62 Bayonet Scabbard 5.45 soviet military russian knife poland

$65.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 7:36:32 PST
Buy It Now for only: $65.00
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Rare Antique/Vintage French Polish? Bayonet WZ 92 Estate Find

$300.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 4:27:02 PST
Buy It Now for only: $300.00
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Polish Bayonet Frog

$33.99
End Date: Sunday Feb-16-2020 2:54:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $33.99
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Polish Bayonet 1958, #11, A88813 with scabbard

$34.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 17:03:35 PST
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Display Stand for the Soviet/ Polish/ Czech Type I,II, & II Bayonet & Scabbard

$20.00
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 17:26:51 PST
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
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BAYONET /SCABBARD WITH BELT FROG * STYLE USED IN VIETNAM * Polish Military

$53.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-6-2020 20:25:18 PST
Buy It Now for only: $53.00
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Vintage Polish AK47 Bayonet 1958 NICE

$67.95
End Date: Tuesday Feb-4-2020 13:32:17 PST
Buy It Now for only: $67.95
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WW2 Polish Mauser Bayonet Leather Frog WZ24 1924 WZ98/05 WZ86/93 Radom Perkun

$250.00
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 8:16:27 PST
Buy It Now for only: $250.00
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Polish Type 1 Bayonet dated 1958 with Scabbard

$52.25
End Date: Saturday Feb-1-2020 11:09:58 PST
Buy It Now for only: $52.25
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POLISH ARMY BAYONET 6H3 ORIGINAL GI PERFECT CONDITION COLD WAR ERA

$69.00
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 23:44:34 PST
Buy It Now for only: $69.00
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Polish Military Iss** BAYONET /SCABBARD STYLE USED IN VIETNAM GREAT FOR DISPLAY

$43.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 23:06:06 PST
Buy It Now for only: $43.99
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Polish Type 1 Bayonet dated 1958 W/Scabbard

$49.00
End Date: Thursday Feb-6-2020 20:43:45 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.00
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Wz29 Model M1930 Polish eagle Radom Bayonet & Scabbard pre WWII Mauser K98 1930

$400.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-22-2020 8:02:44 PST
Buy It Now for only: $700.00
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Polish Radom Folding Training Bayonet Mint 1988 New Never Used

$99.00
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 12:28:24 PST
Buy It Now for only: $99.00
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Romanian Bayonets

We need to search both for Romanian bayonets and Romy bayonets.  Now when I created this search, no auctions turned up so I am showing any items that match the keywords and am sorting “Price + Shipping: Lowest First”.  Some of the prices I am seeing are nuts.  I would not pay over $20 for a Romy AKM bayonet – sorry.

Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #5

$49.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 16:39:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #4

$49.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 16:39:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet w/Matching Number Wire Cutter Bakelite Scabbard #7

$49.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 16:39:43 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Type 1 Numbers Matching Romanian Bayonet Leather & Frog 3-Cell Magazine Pouch

$49.99
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 19:10:53 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.99
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Romanian Bayonet w/ Scabbard, green Canvas Hanger, Insulator and Wrist Strap

$48.00
End Date: Tuesday Jan-21-2020 18:29:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $48.00
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Romanian Bayonet AND East German wire cutting Scabbard. Unissued REAL Surplus

$48.95
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 11:05:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $48.95
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Romanian Bayonet Belt Frog VZ 24 Mauser (Czech Import) Tanned Leather Hide 23cm

$44.83
End Date: Monday Jan-20-2020 20:36:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $44.83
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Vintage Romanian Bayonet With Case ,

$95.00
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 14:06:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $95.00
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Romanian bayonet with wire cutting scabbard

$20.00
End Date: Monday Feb-10-2020 5:14:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $20.00
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Romanian bayonet with wire cutting scabbard

$30.00
End Date: Monday Feb-10-2020 4:53:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $30.00
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ROMANIAN BAYONET WITH SCABBARD WITH LEATHER FROG.

$39.95
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 15:37:56 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
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ROMANIAN BAYONET KNIFE W/SCABBARD BAKELITE RUSSIAN TYPE

$49.95
End Date: Saturday Feb-1-2020 18:24:14 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.95
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ROMANIAN BAYONET KNIFE W/SCABBARD BAKELITE RUSSIAN TYPE

$49.95
End Date: Saturday Feb-1-2020 18:25:24 PST
Buy It Now for only: $49.95
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Romanian Bayonet 2-Cell Magazine Pouch Leather Sling Cleaning Kit Oil Bottle

$75.00
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 18:33:31 PST
Buy It Now for only: $75.00
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Yugoslavian and Zastava Bayonets

On this one we need to get more creative and will search using variations of Yugo, Yugoslav, Yugoslavian, and Zastava,  I did need to exclude “WWI” and “WWII” because of all the WWI and WWII bayonets that come up.  Not a great deal came up when I was writing this so the search is for all items and is sorted “Price + Shipping: Lowest First”

Demilitarized Yugoslavian Bayonet, Cut Blade, Complete Handle and Scabbard Yugo

$17.95
End Date: Monday Feb-10-2020 18:24:07 PST
Buy It Now for only: $17.95
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YUGO YUGOSLAVIAN K98 MAUSER M48 BAYONET SCABBARD LEATHER FROG MINT condition.

$19.99
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 3:59:12 PST
Buy It Now for only: $19.99
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WW2 YUGOSLAVIAN BAYONET NEAR UNUSED CONDITION MATCHING #S

$39.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-18-2020 9:26:44 PST
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Russian PLUM Bakelite 7.62 BAYONET Scabbard strap 5.45 military knife soviet

$82.00
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 13:00:32 PST
Buy It Now for only: $82.00
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Orange Russian BAKELITE 7.62 BAYONET Scabbard strap 5.45 military knife soviet

$90.00
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 10:20:29 PST
Buy It Now for only: $90.00
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YUGOSLAVIAN BAYONET, ПРЕДУЗЕЋЕ 44, PRE 1953, FOR THE 1948 YUGO MAUSER

$115.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-1-2020 12:30:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $115.00
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Bulgarian ( Orange BAKELITE ) 7.62 BAYONET Scabbard 5.45 military knife russian

$120.00
End Date: Monday Jan-27-2020 9:45:38 PST
Buy It Now for only: $120.00
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RARE Russian BAKELITE 7.62 BAYONET Scabbard strap 5.45 military knife soviet

$135.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-2-2020 10:00:57 PST
Buy It Now for only: $135.00
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WW2 K98 YUGO BAYONET & SCABBARD & FROG

$160.00
End Date: Saturday Feb-15-2020 17:45:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $160.00
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*** YUGOSLAVIAN *** RARE M1924B bayonet & scabbard & frog M24B

$399.00
End Date: Friday Feb-7-2020 5:51:23 PST
Buy It Now for only: $399.00
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Yugoslavian Bayonet Frog

$18.70
End Date: Tuesday Feb-4-2020 10:12:32 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.70
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EARLY YUGOSLAVIAN BAYONET, ПРЕДУЗЕЋЕ 44, PRE 1953, FOR THE 1948 YUGO MAUSER .

$89.99
End Date: Wednesday Jan-29-2020 8:44:30 PST
Buy It Now for only: $89.99
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ORIGINAL YUGOSLAVIAN BAYONET,SCABBARD,FROG 4 M24,M48 & GERMAN K98 MAUSER RIFLES

$125.00
End Date: Friday Jan-31-2020 9:36:55 PST
Buy It Now for only: $125.00
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Conclusion

I hope this helps you out.  There are a lot of search capabilities in eBay and you need to learn how to use them in your favor.


AK-47 Image Source:  By Allatur, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16254298


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Amazon product links are at the bottom of the post.


How to Lubricate a “Flipper” Folding Pocket Knife

I really like assisted opening folding knives.  For example, I routinely carry either a Hogue X5 that my wife and kids bought me for Father’s Day or a ZT 350.  I am working all the time and often find myself needing to cut something.  In the old days, that meant I would have to fish out my pocket knife, open it with two hands and get back to work.  Now, I find the knife, open and cut all with one hand – it’s way more fast and efficient.  There’s one catch though – you’ll notice the action can get slower/less efficient with time whether it is spring assisted or not.

There are two likely causes for this – grit/dirt/debris working into the action from your pocket and just plain use as well as a loss of lubrication.   This is actually really easy to remedy.

First, if a knife was oiled, I like to use brake cleaner to remove the oil or it will just attract more dust and debris in the future.  Brake cleaner cuts oil and grease quickly and does not leave a residue.  Now, be careful on real cheap knives.  Some plastics do not like brake cleaner but you will not run into a problem with materials like metals, epoxy laminates such as G10, Micarta and so forth.  The cheapest way for you to get brake cleaner is from any place that sells car parts – Auto Zone, Pep Boys, O’Reilly, etc.

Second, I blow out the mechanism with compressed air.  Since I have an air compressor, doing this at 60-90 PSI is really easy.  If you don’t have a compressor, a can of Dust Off or something like that will also work.

Third, I lubricate the blade mechanism with Dupont’s Teflon Dry Film aerosol.  This stuff is just what the doctor ordered to lubricate a pocket knife.  You see, oil causes dust, sand and other junk you do not want to get stuck in the action.  In short, yes, oil helps the blade open and close easily but stuff will stick to it.  Instead, use a dry lubricant.

Dry lubricants leave some form of slippery substance behind that is not a liquid.  In the case of the Dupont branded product I use, it leaves Teflon behind.  So the Teflon is suspended in a liquid that then evaporates away and leaves just the Teflon.  I spray it into the action, work the action to get it everywhere and evenly distribute it.  I then use a cloth to wipe off the extra.

The above three steps works great for me.  The one caution I would give you is to make sure whatever dry lubricant you choose to use really does leave a dry residue.  A while back I did some testing and found that the “3-in1” brand product does not leave a truly dry film behind for example.

I do the above for all my flippers and find it really helps.  I hope you find it useful as well.


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Cost-Effective Sanding Belts for the Work Sharp Ken Onion Knife Sharpener

I’ve had a number of guys email me asking if there are affordable replacement sanding belts for the Work Sharp Ken Onion (KO) edition knife sharpener.  The short answer is yes.

The actual Work Sharp brand belts work very well but they are pricey.  A group called Econaway Abrasives is making affordable replacement belts that I’ve had very good luck with.  Note that the Ken Onion edition uses a 3/4″ wide belt whereas the traditional Work Sharp uses a 1/2″ belt.  That means the KO can use either but the traditional can’t use the KO belts.

6/1/19 Update:  I’ve also had good luck with belts from Red Label Adhesives.

There are other brands starting to show up as vendors realize there is a market opportunity for them.  Econaway and Red Label are just the two that I have first hand experience with and hope this helps you save some money!


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Finding Parts and Accessories for Norinco Firearms

Because I make and sell a variety of AK furniture, I often get asked about where to find parts and accessories for a given type of firearm.   One brand that comes up quite a bit is Norinco.

Norinco, or China North Industries Group Corporation Limited (中国北方工业集团有限公司), is a huge defense conglomerate and makes everything from small arms to big weapons systems such as tanks and missle systems (click here if you want to visit their site).  They were established in 1980 and began selling small arms to the US domestic market not long after that.

Unfortunately, they ran into a number of legal problems.  In 1993, importation of most of their firearms and ammunition was blocked other than sporting shotguns and shotgun ammo.  In 1994 US Customrs conducted a sting on the importer and in August 2003, sanctions were imposted that effectively blocked their remaining lines of firearms and ammunition not already banned.  In short, Norinco is very much still in business in China and exporting to clients elsewhere – just not in the US.

This unfortunate series of events leaves US owners of Norinco firearms such as their Type 56 SKS carbine, Type 56 assault rifle (and specifically the civilian MAK-90 and NHM-90 rifles), the NDM-86 Dragunov clone DMR, their various other rifles, pistols and shotguns wondering where to find parts.  As for myself, I wish I could afford an NDM-86!

There are two reputable businesses I have dealt with who carry Chinese firearm parts – one is Numrich and the other is PolyTechParts.  Of course, there is Gunbroker and the many sellers who use it as well.

There is another surprising source – eBay.  Below is a live feed of Norinco parts for you to peruse plus they have much more:

Original Chinese SKS 15 inch Spike Bayonet with mounting hardware Y42

$45.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-9-2020 7:15:57 PST
Buy It Now for only: $45.00
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Chinese SKS Rifle Wood Stock.

$15.05 (3 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jan-26-2020 19:43:47 PST
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Polymer Grips TT-33 Tokarev | Norinco 213 With Safety Lock - Black

$18.95
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 9:48:42 PST
Buy It Now for only: $18.95
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sks rifle 10 Round Original Fixed Box Magazine SN: 53554

$50.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Friday Jan-17-2020 9:59:14 PST
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Custom Grips Tokarev TT-33 and Norinco 213 Pearl White

$28.00
End Date: Sunday Feb-16-2020 13:37:35 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28.00
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Magazine For Norinco 213 9mm 8 Round

$39.99
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 13:50:28 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.99
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1 - NICE used 10rd magazine mag clip for Norinco 213 9mm (S152C)

$39.95
End Date: Tuesday Jan-28-2020 19:43:31 PST
Buy It Now for only: $39.95
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Sks Star Magazine

$71.00 (21 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-22-2020 13:24:41 PST
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Original Norinco Model 213 9mm Tokarev Pistol 8 Round "Narrow Type" Magazine

$38.95
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 19:13:16 PST
Buy It Now for only: $38.95
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Norinco Tokarev 213 9mm 8RD Pistol Original Factory Magazine

$40.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 10:57:04 PST
Buy It Now for only: $40.00
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Norinco TU-33/40 Rifle Cleaning Rod Rare

$30.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-25-2020 14:05:07 PST
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Custom Grips Tokarev TT-33 and Norinco 213 Smooth Pearl White

$28.00
End Date: Tuesday Feb-11-2020 7:42:15 PST
Buy It Now for only: $28.00
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VINTAGE NORINCO POLYTECH STOCKED CHINESE .177 CAL. AIR RIFLE

$249.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-23-2020 18:00:53 PST
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1 - NICE used 8rd magazine mag clip for Norinco 213 9mm (N101)

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Norinco 213, 54-T, TU-90 9MM 8 round Magazine

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Norinco 213 9mm Slide ONLY Stripped 9x19 9mm

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1 - 10rd Magazine Mag Clip for Norinco JW-15 - .22lr (N102)

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Chinese Norinco Tokarev grips and magazine spacer 9mm 213 t54

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Norinco Model 213 9mm Magazine, 8 Round

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Again, the above is just a sample and you can find much, much more by clicking here.  The following are some specific searches:

Maybe the one thing I get asked the most about is where to find ferrules for the lower handguard.  There is currently a seller on eBay with those for sale who has great feedback – click here for his listing.

Just to be clear, I am not a Chinese firearms expert.  I get asked questions and have done some searching to try and help clients but that’s it.  I created this blog post to have a quick link to email people when they have questions about where to find parts and I hope this helps you out.


If you find this post useful, please either buy something using one of the links to eBay and Amazon.  With Amazon, if you click on one of our links and then buy something else – even unrelated stuff like clothes, electronics and groceries – we get credit and it would be hugely appreciated.  Doing something like the above will help us fund continued development of the blog.


Photo of the Type 56 is by Dhalikar – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25006497

Military Surplus NORINCO 7.62 x 39 AK SKS Type 56 Canvas Web Sling 1970 8#

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Chinese Type 81 bayonet (China-Norinco) Very Rare!

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Chinese Surplus NORINCO 7.62 x 39 type 56 AK Canvas Web Sling Marked 9#

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Chinese Surplus NORINCO 7.62 x 39 AK T56-1 Canvas COVER, Drop Case Rifle case

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Military Surplus NORINCO 7.62 x 39 AK SKS Type 56 Canvas Web Sling Marked 8#

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