Re: Happiness is a Clean Bayonet
Aardvark, the final look of your grips- if you want them to be close to original- depends on what year they were made. And by that I refer to the way standards changed during the course of the war.
I have a small collection of the Arisaka bayonets ( only eight) but they clearly show the increasingly desperate situation of the Japanese manufacturing industry. The 'last-ditch' models have roughly-hewn slabs of untreated wood, while the earlier models (from the 1930s) have finely finished and varnished grip scales that are finely contoured to the metal. The construction and finish of the blades and metal parts show the same degradation of quality...
Can you post a picture of your bayonet? That would go a long way in determining how the wood should look if an original appearance is your aim.
And like BuffaloChip said- leave that sandpaper alone! Sanding your grips will damage them...