The S84/98 III required very little in the way of development time as it was merely a 'reinstatement' of older German World War I technology to equip the German Wehrmacht quickly in preparation for an all out war.
While the S84/98 III quickly became the standard bayonet, it was certainly not the only one used.
Like many other areas of the German, large amounts of weaponry and equipment were collected after the German early conquests and annexations.
As such, these were also put into service causing some irregularities.
Nonetheless, the S84/98 III was still the most common bayonet of the Wehrmacht, with millions being produced from 1935 to 1945.
Several minor differences existed between S84/98 III bayonets throughout the production life of the weapon.
For example, bayonets created from 1937 to 1944 were typically made with a bakelite grip, however 1935-1936 and 1945 models had wooden grips, with Germany simply not having enough bakelite available by 1945.