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M-1892 Bayonet Basic Information

The M-1892 Bayonet, also known as the Krag Knife Bayonet for it’s association with the M-1892 Krag Rifle, was the first standard production knife bayonet adopted by the US Army and produced at the Springfield Armory. Production began in 1894 and continued through 1903 although there are reposts of 1904 abd 1905 dated blades. The M-1892 Bayonet replaced a series of rod bayonets and socket style bayonets previously used in the U.S. small arms inventory.

Originally, the M-1892 was blued and issued as such in 1894 and 1895, and in a bright finish thereafter. In 1896, many bayonets that were blued were returned to the arsenal for removal of the bluing, however, small quantities of originally blued bayonets survived. From 1894 until 1899, all of bayonets were manufactured with the rivets ground flush to the grips. Beginning in April 1899, all bayonets were produced with the rivets in the dome style. Bayonets returned to the Springfield Armory for refurbishing were also re-issued with domed rivets.

There are four notable bayonet variants, each with unique scabbards:

M- 1895 Cadet Bayonet
(1895 & 1900)

M-1902 Bolo Bayonet

M-1900 Bowie Bayonet
M-1898 Cadet Bayonet

M-1892 Basic Data

Blade Length: 11.7 inches Overall Length: 16.3 inches
Blade Width: 1.0 inches Blade Thickness: 0.25 inches
Scabbards: There are four distinct standard scabbards that were issued in sequence over the 10 years that the M-1892 bayonet was produced. The most distinguishing characteristic is the swivel hanger that fit onto the cartridge belt. The first two were of the metal loop variety, the first having a full 360 degree rotation and the second being limited in rotation by a stop. The third and fourth variants had wire closures that were hinged. The third had a narrow gap fitting between cartridge loops on the belt, and the fourth variant had a wide gap that fit around a single cartridge loop.