KCB77 German Army Knife/Bayonet Blank

Jim Levite

Well-Known Member
KCB77
German Army knife/bayonet w/ Bowie style blade, saw and wire cutter slot.

Manufacturer- These are authentic KCB77 blades manufactured by Eickhorn Solingen, Germany (stamped with Eikhorn's squirrel logo) that were never finished with handles or scabbards.

Dimensions:
Blade length- 7"'
Blade Width- 1.18"
Blade Thickness- .14"
Tang Length- 3.2"
Tang hole diameter- .27
Steel Type- 55Si7

Condition- These blades are ground, heat treated (hardened and tempered), stamped with Eikhorn squirrel logo and but were not coated/parkerized.
As shown in the photo I received them rusty but ZERO PITTING.

5 HOURS OF SPECIAL CLEANING REVEALS A BEAUTIFUL BLADE WITH A DEEP PATINA.
NO ABRASIVES, NO HEAT, NO DAMAGE DURING CLEANING

The blades do need to be sharpened as the edges have not been ground on them. They have been shipped halfway around the world and stored away since the early '80s in crates.

History- KCB stands for "Knife-Cutter-Bayonet". This model was first developed in the late '60's by Eikhorn as a multipurpose bayonet-knife with a wire cutter similar to the Soviet AKM bayonet (SABC Journal). Several different variant have been produced over the years and used by various military groups around the world.
These are most definitely something to buy, finish, and cherish.

Price is $22.00 per blade. Shipping is $10 any amount. PM if interestedIMG_20200629_214740_resize_19.jpgIMG_20200629_214723_resize_21.jpgIMG_20200629_211108_resize_93.jpgIMG_20200629_221139_resize_11.jpgIMG_20200629_214811_resize_12.jpg
 
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Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
Interesting design to those. What an odd shaped tang. I cannot think of a reason to shape a tang that way unless they had some pre-made handle which was machined to fit it correctly.
 

Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
I'd imagine the extra steel is there to withstand twisting/torquing of the bayonet without snapping the tang since that's where the guard goes.
That makes sense but why not taper it from there? It must have something to do with the handle. The difference in mass production and hand made I guess.
 

John Wilson

Well-Known Member
That makes sense but why not taper it from there? It must have something to do with the handle. The difference in mass production and hand made I guess.
Good question. It’s probably just for production purposes / work holding. The same reason your soda and water bottle has a neck ring under the cap. That’s how the preform / bottle is held by the machines during the bottling process.
 
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