Look what I found at the gun show held in a church on Sunday.
Two examples of good Spanish steel.
I had been looking for a Spanish Mauser bayonet for a bit in that the one I have had to be dremeled (is that a word?) a bit to remove all the silvery metal all over it to make it fit on the rifle. It had a short blade on it, and I did not know they made a longer blade for it. Surprise, surprise.
Anyway, I found one today and paid $50 for it that included the leather sheath.
There is a number on the blade with the letter "C" under the number. No idea what they mean to a collector.
As I paid the man, he directed my attention to the checkering on the grip panels, then had me look at this really ugly smasher basher type blade that had the same type checkering. He said it was a Spanish artilleryman's short sword. I would imagine they used it more to cut brush and dig holes to set up their field piece than to fight with.
Once I held the thing, I could tell it was no reproduction simply by its heft and strength. He said I could have it for $100, so it came home with me.
I am not so concerned if I got ripped off or not, but mostly the purpose of this thread is to get some historical information on these two. I have no doubt there are many blade gurus out there.
The big one almost feels like a Philippine bolo. Maybe that is where they got the inspiration? The Spanish were in the PI for a very long time.