|“||Also known as the bayonet/fighting knife 98k, no matter what you call it, it is an effective fighting knife as well as a tool knife. If you can get close enough to your target it is a silent and effective killer.||”|
|― Heroes & Generals|
The Seitengewehr 98 is a close quarters combat weapon, first incorporated into the German army as a bayonet for the M1898 Mauser rifle, with a blade 50cm (19.7 inches) in length. In 1905, the Seitengewehr 98/05 replaced the former blade and was shortened to 37cm (14.6 inches). In 1908, when the Karabiner 98 Kurz was introduced as the standard issue short barrel rifle, the two were paired and issued until the end of World War II. It was used extensively by engineer, pioneer, cavalry, artillery and specialist troops.
As with all close combat weapons, range is severely limited. It can kill an enemy with two hits to the torso or one to the head. Unlike the Schanzzeug Spade, the Seitengewehr can stab people much faster. It has the longest reach than all other combat knives.