This heavily corroded bayonet was brought to me by a customer who wanted the knife preserved.
The bayonet was a bring back from his Great Grand Father who fought with the U.S. Army during
WWI. My task was to remove all the corrosion, and bring the finish back to the way it was at the time
of capture in 1918. This will turn out to be an awesome family heirloom to be displayed in a lighted
curio cabinet or display case.
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Manufactured by Gottlieb Hammesfahr & Co., Solingen-Foche
1915 - 1918
This is where your research pays off, a little time spent here ensures that the final finish matches
what a period original bayonet finish would have looked like in 1918.
Then I aged the finish to provide the worn combat look.
The final artifact is accurate and looks awesome, a very nice scarce saw back version of this Imperial
1st Level corrosion removal process starts with a solution soak that last several days. After the soak,
the artifact is wire brushed and cleaned. This removes light surface rust.
2nd Level corrosion removal process removes the deep rust left in pitting and scaling. These pictures
show the bayonet after completing 1st and 2nd level corrosion removal processes.