Japan stayed in isolation for many decades. In 1854 USA forced it to open to the world. This resulted in many reforms, among them common conscription and reforms of the army. Initially diferent European weapons were imported to Japan. There are French and British yatagans with Japanese markings. Honestly I am very cautious with them, being afraid they may be false.
Murata bayonetsMurata bayonetsFirst regular Japanese bayonets were for Murata rifles. There were 3 distinctive patterns – 13, 18 and 22 (with two variants). The first was huge sword bayonets, made well out of good quality steel. Chequered wooden grips are unique for this model. The second was model 18, very similar in shape to Turkish M1887. Model 22 was small, tiny and delicate, almost as a toy. LaterMurata 18 on the great family of Arisaka bayonets appeared.
Arisaka variants There are numerous variants of Arisakas, differing in hilt and grips shape, pommel shape, crossguard, blade finish, blueing, scabbard shpae and material. Alle this variants were manufactured by different arsenals.
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