that could be the reason why you think Russian SKS spike bayonet is easy to find.
oh, quite possibly. i count the sides at the gun show and cant remember how many by the time i get home.
Although, its much less common in my area to see even a norinco sks.
The hardware store had 7 sks, 6 frankenpinned and black painted badly
(think stevie wonder with a 6 inch brush) Interestingly one was an 54 Izhevsk in a Tula stock, a backwards N letter gun, and the paint was coming off of the receiver cover on one with bare metal underneath. But everything matched.
The other store had much nicer slightly painted ones with one part mis matched on all of them. But they were locked in a cabinet, i didn't look further.
What happens if you try and remove the paint? Does the blueing survive?