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German WWII Hitler Youth Knife by WKC w/Motto***STILL AVAILABLE***

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  • $ 1,450


German WWII Hitler Youth Knife by WKC w/Motto-This HJ dagger is in very good condition. This is a transitional blade as it shows both the maker’s logo along with the RZM code. The plated fittings remain a solid 80% intact, and the checkered bakelite handle and the HJ enameled diamond are perfect. The original scabbard enameled paint is 80% in place with one small nick on the reverse. The blade rates very good, although it does show the usual sharpening. The motto “Blut und Ehre!” is deep and clear. The reverse shows the WKC Knight logo, the RZM code (M7/42?), as well as the date 1937. The RZM code is slightly erased at the 2. The black leather restraining strap is in excellent condition, though the snap has lost some of its black finish. Overall, this is an excellent offering!  

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History: The Hitler Youth Knife (Hitlerjugend Fahrtenmesser) was introduced in the summer of 1933, shortly after the Nazi 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.