German WWII Hitler Youth Dagger by Arthur Schuttelhofer***STILL AVAILABLE***

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German WWII Hitler Youth Dagger by Arthur Schuttelhofer-This is an RZM vintage knife made under contract to the Arthur Schuttelhofer Company which was given the contract number M7/13. This is a handsome piece with approx. 80% of the plating intact on the hilt. The checkered grip plates and Hitler Youth enameled diamond are very good, with the diamond showing some very slight scuffing and discoloration to the white enamel. The paint on the scabbard is a remarkable 85% intact but the interesting thing is the owner’s initials that have been carved into the reverse of the scabbard.  The marked blade has signs of sharpening but will clean up very nice. There is no motto on this blade, but it is maker marked on the reverse with RZM M7/13. The black retaining strap is present and also in very good shape.  Overall, a desirable HJ knife. 

History: The Hitler Youth Knife (Hitlerjugend Fahrtenmesser) was introduced in the summer of 1933, shortly after the NSDAP seizure of power in Germany. It was produced by a multitude of manufacturers and could be purchased from authorized shops for a price of 4 Reichsmarks. It was used not only as a dress sidearm, but as a functional camping tool, and these were commonly sharpened by their original owners. The earliest examples bore the motto of the Hitler Youth, “Blut und Ehre!” (Blood and Honor), etched on the blade. The blades on these early knives were marked with commercial manufacturer logos. They had nickel silver handles, and anodized metal scabbards. The use of the etched motto was discontinued in August 1938. Later HJ knives had nickel plated steel handles, painted scabbards, and the maker logos were replaced with an RZM code along with the year of manufacture. There are also transitional types that still have the etched motto but have dates on the blade ricasso. Manufacture of these knives is believed to have ceased around 1942. All HJ knives have the diamond emblem of the Hitler Youth on the handle.

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