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Old November 17, 2020, 02:17 PM   #9
FrankenMauser
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I tracked it down. It is a variant of the Austro-Hungarian M1888/16 bayonet, converted for use on M95M rifles, with the barrel ring removed some time later.

So, it was, indeed, converted into a knife.

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I'm no expert, but it certainly wouldn't be uniform since the handguard lacks that hook for ensaring the opponent's bayonet
Leading up to WWI, and nearly universally afterward, hooked quillons were done away with (thanks to snagging on barbed wire and hooking other soldiers in trenches). Those that did retain a hooked quillon were almost exclusively long bayonets.
A shorty like this one would be exceptionally odd to have a hooked quillon.
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