Early German WWII HJ Knife w/Motto by Anton Wingen, Jr***STILL AVAILABLE***

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Early German WWII HJ Knife w/Motto by Anton Wingen, Jr-This is an excellent example with nickel-silver hilt fitting which are 100% intact. The obverse black checkered grip plate along with the HJ enamel diamond grip insert are excellent. The blade has been sharpened (this is very typical and done by the HJ kid I am sure) The motto is quite bold and clear. The reverse of the blade is stamped with a single open RZM circle, with the code M7/51 to the right of it with 1938 below. The scabbard is in excellent shape with the original black enamel paint being 95% intact. The brown leather belt loop is also in excellent condition and the snap clip functions correctly. This is an excellent early HJ knife! 

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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.