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    Default wooden and bakelite grips

    I am new to German weapons and accessories. I have a bayonet question. Why were some made of wood and some with Bakelite grips ? was it because of wood shortage in later war years or just manufacturer preference ?

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    I assume from real pieces that prior 1937 was used only wood, since that late 1937 was started to use dark brown colored bakelite grips, which changed to almost black in period 1940, post 1940 were brown colored and since 1943 they are observed in red/brown color, since early 1942 as the production was increased was used wood grips too, by some producers exclusively. Bakelite grips remains in condition on bayonets found after 70 years in ground, so they are better for holding the exterior condition as wood.Anyway for the latewar red plastic grips are not so good camouflage as a normal natural wood.
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