Tactical Knives

A Folding Bayonet? Really?

Image courtesy ecrater.comI’ve got a couple of AKs in my collection at any given time, and some of them came with the obsolete clip-point bayonet. It’s completely useless as a general-purpose knife, and I can’t imagine using it for anything unless my OP is overrun by unarmed Tangos after I run out of AK ammo. Since I don’t live in the rebel-infested jungles of the Philippines (and I’ve got enough ammo to melt my AK’s hammer-forged barrel clean off) I’m pretty sure that bayonet will stay in its wire-cutting Bakelite sheath until hell freezes over.

But I noticed an alternative AK свинья-sticker while browsing at a pawn shop the other day: this folding pocket bayonet with a lug lock and an AK barrel band. Intrigued?

Maybe not. As Kurt M. showed us, there are a lot of innovative, yet useless bayonets in the world. There are also a ton of AK-themed folding knives in the world. (And here is another.) The doohickey pictured above probably combines these two sad memes into one even more dismal corporeal object.

Even through the eyes of a failed 1980s engineering student (which would be me) this folding bayonet has a host of mechanical problems. The first is that flimsy barrel band. Thin metal parts with sharp right angles fatigue quickly, and this looks like it could snap off right in your pocket after a few months of (uncomfortable) carry. Care to sit down with that thing clipped in your hip pocket? Not me, thanks.

Folding AK bayonet 2

The second and more important problem is that it folds. When mounted to a rifle and thrust at an enemy, a bayonet is subjected to enormous stress. Even a Benchmade Axis lock or a Cold Steel Tri-Ad lock could easily fail under such use: this is the reason bayonets are built as heavy-use fixed blade knives.

Even if the bayonet has military relevance beyond its capabilities as a general-purpose field knife (a legitimate question) this oddity tries to accomplish too much and succeeds at nothing. I guess we ought to say thanks for trying. But no thanks.

Discussion

5 responses to ‘A Folding Bayonet? Really?

  1. Those two photos don’t appear to be the same knife. They’re very close, but the jimping is different, the scales are slightly different, and the one in the top photo has a hole punched clean through the middle of the blade (why?).

  2. The Italians used a folding bayonet for their Carcanos in World War Two. Look up 1938 Carcano folding bayonet if you’re curious.

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