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Souvenir bayonet knives series "NS-AK"

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Bayonet knives for Kalashnikovs are an indispensable attribute of any collection of modern cold weapons. A large number of issued blades contributed to the wide distribution of such samples among collectors. However, novice collectors of collections often face legal problems. Bayonet knives are cold weapons, because of which their acquisition and storage is associated with some difficulties. Several years ago, the manufacturer went to meet collectors and facilitated the process of acquiring new "artifacts".


A large number of various types of bayonets have accumulated in the army’s warehouses, which are unlikely to return to exploitation, but are of interest to civilians, primarily to collectors. Sometimes army blades in one way or another, and not always legally, get into private collections, but there was no legal way to obtain such samples until a certain time. The solution to this problem was the release of two types of souvenir bayonet knives. Several years ago, the Izhmash plant, now the head enterprise of the Kalashnikov concern, proposed to all who wished new versions of serial bayonets that were no longer cold weapons.

According to the existing legislation, the blade refers to cold weapons, if it has a number of signs, including certain length and strength of the blade, the presence of hand protection elements, etc. Thus, if several parameters do not correspond to a certain standard, the bayonet can be recognized as a household item. This is the way the authors of the project of souvenir bayonets went in preparation for their release.

Souvenir bayonet knives series "NS-AK"
Souvenir version of the bayonet 6X4 - "NS-AK Sb-01". Photo Bayonet.lv


For some time, "Izhmash" produced two variants of souvenir bayonet knives, based on the serial cold weapons. For its production, the bayonets were removed from storage, received a new marking, and were also subjected to a procedure that reduces the strength of the blade and allows them to be transferred to the household category. Thus, collectors and other interested people were able to get a real bayonet for the Kalashnikov, including those released a few decades ago, but to do this without a ton of additional procedures related to special permits, etc.

Souvenir bayonets were produced under the general name “NS-AK”, which could be interpreted as “Souvenir knife - Kalashnikov assault rifle”. In the course of alteration, a characteristic marking was applied to the blades of the bayonets, which makes it possible at first glance to distinguish the souvenir sample from the battle one. On the side surface of the blades there was an engraving in the form of the emblem of the plant (stylized inscription "Izhmash" with an arrow in a triangle) and a large inscription "NS-AK". Such marking was oriented “combat-oriented”: the inscriptions were read correctly when turning the bayonet with fasteners up, as when mounted on a weapon. Souvenir bayonets of the two models had the same engraving with the emblem of the plant and the name. Other indications of the type of souvenir were not provided.

After completing all the necessary procedures, NS-AK underwent technical control and received the appropriate stamp. The mark of quality control was put in ink on the heel of the blade. A new marking for the scabbard was not envisaged, the existing marks were preserved on them. After the alteration, the bayonet retained various marks and marks that were applied during production in the past. Thus, a considerable number of souvenirs at the same time had the stigma of two enterprises, for example, the Tula Arms Factory, which made the blade, and Izhmash, which remade it for free sale.

The main way to change the legal status of the blade was to change its strength characteristics. This made it possible to reclassify cold weapons into a household item, and also not to subject it to drastic modifications, including those that distort the appearance and thereby sharply reduce the collection value. All such alterations consisted in making a cut that weakened the blade. On one of the surfaces of the heel of the blade was made cut to a depth of about two-thirds of the thickness of the metal. The resulting groove seriously reduced the strength of the blade and thus allowed him to meet the requirements for "hozbyt."

Alterations to enter the civilian market were two types of bayonet knives. Samples of type 6X4 were taken from storage. In addition, the bayonets of the model 6X5 were altered (or were produced from scratch on the basis of ready-made components, but with the corresponding nuances). Both variants of souvenir bayonets were called as “NS-AK”. In addition, a souvenir based on 6X4 is sometimes denoted by the additional index “Sat-01”. The refined 6X5 is most often referred to as “HC-AK 6X5”. With respect to 6X4, similar designation is also often used.

Souvenir bayonet knives were made of real mass-produced melee weapons, which gave them several characteristic features. With the exception of markings and weakening the cut, they were, from the point of view of design, a complete copy of combat samples. The shape and dimensions of the blade, the design of the handle, as well as the means of attachment to the machine and the sheath, were preserved.


The engraving on the blade, indicating the name of the product. Photo Bayonet.lv


The product "NS-AK Sb-01", being a slightly modified version of the bayonet 6X4, had a blade of a recognizable shape with a butt bevel and two-sided sharpening of the combat end. One edge of the blade kept sharpening, on the second there was a notch-serritor. In its place remained a hole for fastening on the sheath when using a bayonet as nippers. The only change to the blade was the cut, which reduced its strength and did not allow the use of cold weapons.

On the handle of the souvenir knife, the crosspiece with the ring for mounting on the barrel of the weapon and the hook for fastening the strap remained. In its place remained plastic lining handles with corrugated for easy holding. The head of the handle was still equipped with a spring-loaded latch, controlled by a button on the right side (when positioned “in combat”). On the opposite side of the head there was a loop for the strap.

Improvements to the blade did not lead to any noticeable changes in the size and weight of the structure. The total length corresponded to the base 6X4 and was 270 mm with the 150-mm blade 30 mm wide. The weight of the bayonet in the souvenir configuration was slightly less than 250. The difference in weight was only due to the removal of a small amount of metal from the heel of the blade.

Despite the weakening and marking of the blade, the souvenir 6X4 retained the existing sheath, made of an elongated metal part and a plastic lining. The block with fastenings and a cutting edge for using a bayonet with a scabbard as nippers was also saved. On one side of the plastic lining, there were still mounts for a belt system for suspension.

The second variant of the “Souvenir knife - Kalashnikov assault rifle” was made on the basis of the bayonet of the model 6X5. Such a bayonet had a different blade shape with a symmetrical combat end of double sharpening. The main sharpening and a gear file were provided on the cutting edges of the blade. In addition, there was a hole for attaching to the sheath. The handle consisted of a main plastic lining and crosses and latches inserted into it. For attachment to the weapon it was proposed to use a ring on the crosspiece and a spring-loaded latch in the head of the handle. The handle has an ergonomic shape with knurling and several transverse ribs.


Souvenir based on the bayonet 6X5. Photo Forum.guns.ru


The total length of the souvenir bayonet remained at the level of 290 mm, the blade had a length of 160 mm and a width of 29 mm. The weight of the bayonet was at the level of 220-230.

The sheath of the bayonet 6X5 was a slightly modified unit from the previous 6X4. The main metal part for storing the blade was closed with a plastic lining and equipped with a unit for use as nippers. For hanging on the strap and fixing the bayonet, there was a loop and a strap with a buckle. The most noticeable difference in the sheath for 6X5 from the older product was color. In the case of 6X4 bayonets, the sheath overlay was made from brown-colored plastic, while black or dark polyamide was used on 6X5.

All improvements of the serial bayonet knives consisted only in weakening the blade design and did not affect the rest of the details. Thus, the products of the NS-AK series were full-fledged mass-dimensional layouts of cold weapons. The possibility of cutting various objects and materials also remained. However, the manufacturer warned of the need for blade care and the undesirability of using a souvenir as a cutting tool. The preservation of fastenings made it possible to install souvenir bayonets on automatic rifles or small arms models of compatible models.

Souvenir bayonet knives were made for several years and were sold without special permits required for the purchase of cold weapons. According to some information, a few years ago the production of such products ceased, because of which, to date, the shops have completed the sale of residual shipments purchased earlier. Information about the possible continuation of the production of souvenirs, of great interest to a wide range of collectors and the public interested, is not available.


On the materials of the sites:
http://bayonet.lv/
http://forum.guns.ru/
http://rusknife.com/
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  1. ovod84
    ovod84 11 February 2016 07: 30
    0
    And where to buy a real bayonet knife with shipping to the regions.
    1. Glot
      Glot 11 February 2016 13: 33
      +1
      And where to buy a real bayonet knife with shipping to the regions.


      Any one to choose from. smile

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    2. siberalt
      siberalt 11 February 2016 15: 19
      +1
      In the early 70s, during military exercises, he tried to open an ordinary tin can of porridge with a bayonet-knife (though frozen in the cold). The tip of the knife broke off immediately. I had to sit on biscuits for XNUMX hours in the seaside steppe. Although, maybe the marriage was caught, or the knife is not intended for opening cans.
      1. Glot
        Glot 11 February 2016 16: 13
        0
        In the early 70s, during military exercises, he tried to open an ordinary tin can of porridge with a bayonet-knife (though frozen in the cold). The tip of the knife broke off immediately. I had to sit on biscuits for XNUMX hours in the seaside steppe. Although, maybe the marriage was caught, or the knife is not intended for opening cans.


        For two years I have never taken mine into my own hands. And did not see at all. Yes, in the last topic about bayonet-knives, I wrote about this. smile
        No, somewhere he was probably lying around, but there was no need for him.
        There were knives. Own, different. Open the canned food, so for this openers from zinc were available in quantities. Well opened canned food. smile
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      3. ydjin
        ydjin 11 February 2016 19: 04
        +1
        Quote: siberalt
        In the early 70s, during military exercises, he tried to open an ordinary tin can of porridge with a bayonet-knife (though frozen in the cold). The tip of the knife broke off immediately. I had to sit on biscuits for XNUMX hours in the seaside steppe. Although, maybe the marriage was caught, or the knife is not intended for opening cans.

        During his service (he served in Belarus in training, in Germany and the last six months of his service in Kaliningrad Oblast) he repeatedly used the Ak-74 bayonet-knife as nippers, a hammer, an opener for bottles and just a knife. Never failed! The thing is just super! Universal and unpretentious tool! Great respect to Soviet designers! It is a pity that you can not have it in everyday life! The distortions of our legislation are complete insanity! After all, you can kill a person with a kitchen knife!
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    4. Arthur the Wise
      Arthur the Wise 21 November 2019 12: 09
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      Site: Catalog of bayonets and bayonet-knives of World War 2. The collection consisted of: 1. bayonet-knife for Ak-47. 2. Bayonet Mosin 91/30, warehouse condition. 3. Cottlib Hammesfahr Solinger Durkopp weekend AG 1916; 4. Briton, M 2903 / 17.5.No Limits voton
      s
      5. Continuation: Japanese bayonet to Arisaka rifle. 6. Swiss bayonet Dig Stgw. 1957 year. 7. German bayonet-knife, serial number 801009750. 8. Swedish bayonet M 1896. Without suspension. 9. Swedish bayonet NM 1914 with a suspension. 10.French bayonet-knife for the Shaasspo rifle. 11.Gresian bayonet of the sample 1875 to the rifle Gra.12.French bayonet of the sample 1886/16 to the rifle Swan. 13. The Spanish bayonet to the Mauser, code Fr7 and Fr8 / number 828979048 /. 14.German bayonet S98, Mauser M 1898.Number / 882669588 / .15.Spanish bayonetToledo, 1941 model, number 927528054. 16.Belgian bayonet ABI SAFN model 1949 number 958491866. 17.British Lee Metford M 1888, Mki Type 2, number 958442376. 18. Bayonet Indian number 1, MK 3, period 2 of World War II. 19. Bayonet of the Swan, sample 1886 / 93.20. Bayonet = knife. Belgium, to the Mauser rifle, M 1924
      need a collector's rating, who would buy the whole collection
    5. Arthur the Wise
      Arthur the Wise 21 November 2019 12: 12
      0
      Site: Catalog of bayonets and bayonet-knives of World War 2. The collection consisted of: 1. bayonet-knife for Ak-47. 2. Bayonet Mosin 91/30, warehouse condition. 3. Cottlib Hammesfahr Solinger Durkopp weekend AG 1916; 4. Briton, M 2903 / 17.5.No Limits voton
      s
      5. Continuation: Japanese bayonet to Arisaka rifle. 6. Swiss bayonet Dig Stgw. 1957 year. 7. German bayonet-knife, serial number 801009750. 8. Swedish bayonet M 1896. Without suspension. 9. Swedish bayonet NM 1914 with a suspension. 10.French bayonet-knife for the Shaasspo rifle. 11.Gresian bayonet of the sample 1875 to the rifle Gra.12.French bayonet of the sample 1886/16 to the rifle Swan. 13. The Spanish bayonet to the Mauser, code Fr7 and Fr8 / number 828979048 /. 14.German bayonet S98, Mauser M 1898.Number / 882669588 / .15.Spanish bayonetToledo, 1941 model, number 927528054. 16.Belgian bayonet ABI SAFN model 1949 number 958491866. 17.British Lee Metford M 1888, Mki Type 2, number 958442376. 18. Bayonet Indian number 1, MK 3, period 2 of World War II. 19. Bayonet of the Swan, sample 1886 / 93.20. Bayonet = knife. Belgium, to the Mauser rifle, M 1924
      This is all from Me, I need a collector's rating, who would buy the whole collection. Viber 9163292899
  2. Walking
    Walking 11 February 2016 07: 37
    +2
    I bought both options and only for the collection, I’m not going to do either of them. The blade and so often breaks off and on these options they also made a slot, so that for sure there would not even be a chance to use it.
  3. ovod84
    ovod84 11 February 2016 08: 08
    -1
    I need him to cut the gobies and take them with him on a hunt. Why souvenir can not be used in business
    1. La-5
      La-5 11 February 2016 09: 46
      +3
      Quote: ovod84
      I need him to cut the gobies and take them with him on a hunt. Why souvenir can not be used in business

      Better buy a normal hunting knife, the choice is huge than this craft.
      1. Walking
        Walking 11 February 2016 10: 08
        +3
        Quote: La-5
        Quote: ovod84
        I need him to cut the gobies and take them with him on a hunt. Why souvenir can not be used in business

        Better buy a normal hunting knife, the choice is huge than this craft.



        In no case not to hunt and not to kill bull-calves, disappointment will come quickly. For each case there should be a tool.
      2. Mordvin 3
        Mordvin 3 11 February 2016 10: 35
        +4
        I don’t understand, you buy knives on a fig? Do it yourself under your arm, and you will be happy ..
        1. cth; fyn
          cth; fyn 11 February 2016 18: 56
          +1
          Manufacture is punishable by law.
  4. Alex_T
    Alex_T 11 February 2016 12: 52
    +2
    The only possible point of buying this souvenir, I see, is to replace the damaged blade later, otherwise "money wasted."
  5. Cympak
    Cympak 11 February 2016 15: 41
    +1
    Quote: Alex_T
    The only possible point of buying this souvenir, I see, is to replace the damaged blade later, otherwise "money wasted."

    What is it like? The Combat Knife is a single unit of blade and heel. Only the blade cannot be replaced. Conversion from a combat to a household version actually means that the blade is "almost" separated from the heel.
    1. Alex_T
      Alex_T 11 February 2016 17: 42
      +1
      If the design allows, then disassemble, make the blade with the fifth yourself. If it is impossible to disassemble, then you can cut the blade to a weakening groove and weld another blade. In order not to violate the law, the thickness of the blade should not exceed 3 mm. So at least it will be possible to use.
      1. cth; fyn
        cth; fyn 11 February 2016 18: 59
        +1
        There are many nuances, you can make a screwdriver at the tip or remove the "guard", the list of all the signs by which the knife is not considered to be quite large.
  6. uzer 13
    uzer 13 11 February 2016 18: 40
    +1
    It’s hard for me to imagine that someone will use this curved hoe as a cold weapon, so there’s no point in remaking it into a civilian version. Another whim of some high-ranking id. With this knife, it’s only good to cut the wire, there’s no more benefit from it , I've seen enough of him in the army.