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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:34 pm 
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Hi, Guys,

I'd like some advice. I acquired a nice M1905 bayonet, but it was chrome-plated. I had the chrome removed at a plating specialist, and the bayonet came out great. However, I'm now trying to decide if I should leave it as-is, or have it parkerized, like it would have been brand new. The real collector value is gone already, since the bayonet was chrome plated, but I'm trying to decide if I should just leave it as-is, or get it re-parkerized. I've got the original WW1 wood grips as well.

I've attached a picture of the way it is now.

Any comments would be most-appreciated.

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:47 pm 
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I would leave it as it is. if you do decide to put a finish on it, bluing would be much more economical, then you can age it so it doesn't look like it's brand new

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:11 am 
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It depends on what you want and the finish on the rifle. I used a good quality cold blue on mine and was happy with the result. I think a mint condition parked M1905 bayonet would look out of place on any of my old war horses but others may think different.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:12 am 
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A 1.1 million serial number would have been produced c. 1919-1920. It would have been parkerized when newly made.

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