Hitler believed German youth to be the future of his Third Reich. The Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) was formed officially in 1935, and, with the exception of intense Nazi indoctrination, was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (Hitler Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mádel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization.
The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed state examinations. These knives had nickel-plated hilts with black checkered grip plates. The obverse plate was fitted with an enameled HJ swastika insignia. Through 1937, these knives were etched with the motto of the organization, Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!). Examples produced after this date were made with plain blades usually bearing an RZM marking.
The Hitler Youth Leaders were professionals in charge of the training and NSDAP education of the German Youth. They wore a special dagger consisting of silvered hilt fittings with blue-black leather-covered scabbard. The grip was composed of tightly wrapped silver wire, over a wood base. The pommel cap featured an HJ diamond on top, complete with swastika. The upper scabbard fitting depicted an open-winged Hitler Youth eagle with swastika cut into the bird's chest. The blade was etched with the Hitler Youth motto, Blut und Ehre!.
HYK #46783C DJ Olympic Knife with Stag Grips with Insignia
The hilt is produced of aluminum being the same as we see on a standard DJ knife. The pommel and crossguard show a little bit of usage here and there but are still in basically good condition.
The grip plates are of genuine stag. They are well fit and have attractive brown grains and have the gold edges from where they were fit. These plates are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on both sides. The obverse grip plate has an HJ insignia recessed into it with excellent enamel.
The scabbard is a good example still having 100 percent paint which has a good gloss to it. The leather hanger shows some usage and age but it remains sound with retainer loop having a working snap.
The blade is the style that has a ricasso and it is single edged with a false edge at the upper area going back about one third of the blade. The obverse of the blade is etched with the coat of arms of Berlin featuring a crown above a bear. There is a five line etching in German which translates to “To the Glory of Sports and Honor to the Fatherland”. Below this is an eagle clutching the Olympic Rings. This etch may have had gold color to it originally but most of it is gone to time.
The reverse is marked with the Emil Voos snake and stump trademark as well as Gesch Geschützt. The original brown washer is in place.
A good example here of a very interesting knife.
HYK #46784 DJ Olympic Knife with Stag Grips by Emil Voos
This example has the standard hilt of aluminum construction. The hilt is in fine condition throughout. The knife is equipped with genuine stag grip plates with good dark grain and are well fit with golden edges where they were trimmed.
The scabbard still has all of its paint and it is a dull flat black color. The original leather hanger is of a dark brown color having a working snap.
The blade is style with ricasso having a single edge and also a false edge at the top which goes about one third of the length. The obverse of the blade is etched with the coat of arms of Berlin featuring a crown above a bear. There is a five line etching in German which translates to “To the Glory of Sports and Honor to the Fatherland”. Below this is an eagle clutching the Olympic Rings.
The reverse is marked Emil Voos Solingen along with the snake and stump trademark and gesch geschützt. The original leather buffer is in place.
A fairly good conditioned example here.
HYK #46928 late Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/80 1939 (Spitzer)
The grip plates are in good condition throughout being the black checkered variety. The HJ insignia shows staining around the swastika but the enamel seems to be good. The rivets are steel and have dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is straight throughout. It has fine black paint which looks like it could have been touched up a number of years ago. The paint at this point is just about 100 percent and is bright. The black leather carrying strap is in very fine condition and is complete with the retainer loop having working snap.
The blade is the style with ricasso and it still remains bright throughout. It has a little bit of age marks around the upper tip but otherwise is in good condition. The blade have never been sharpened. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single circle containing the RZM and to its right is the code for Spitzer “M7/80” and the date of “39” appears below. The original blade washer is in place.
A very nice piece here.
Excellent Plus Plus. $995.00
HYK #46889 Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife Double Proofed H & F Lauterjung RZM M7/6
The grip plates are in perfect condition and are retained by steel rivets. The enamel grip insignia remains in perfect condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has fairly good original black paint showing some wear on both sides. The leather is still all there but is a bit limp from age. The retainer strap is still in good condition complete with its working snap button.
The mid-period blade is actually a really nice example here. It is still quite bright throughout and does not appear to have been sharpened. In fact this blade is in a near mint condition. The reverse is marked "H & F Lauterjung Solingen" and beneath is an open RZM circle which is positioned at the 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock spot over the code M7/6. Both the 6 and the "Z" in the RZM stamp look to have been incompletely applied at the factory. The blade washer is still in place.
A decent example here which I wish had better leather but at least the leather is still there as the blade is very very nice. The RZM code is also interesting and if someone knows something about this strange code please drop me a line.
HYK #46912 Late Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/42 1942 (WKC)
This example has good plating to the hilt failing on in the areas that are covered by the grip retainer loop. The crossguard shows a little bit of wear in the center area.
The grip plates are the black checkered variety and both are in good condition. They are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads. The HJ insignia is in excellent condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has fairly nice original paint.. The reverse is nearly mint and the obverse shows minor carrying time. The scabbard is equipped with a brown leather loop which remains in nice condition complete with its retainer loop with working snap.
The blade of this example is extremely nice. In fact this blade remains in mint condition. It is the style with ricasso and on the reverse ricasso has a double open RZM circle and to the right is the WKC code M7/42 and beneath is the late date of production 1942.
Excellent Plus Plus. $795.00
HYK #45734 Late DJ Knife with No Insignia
It is my feeling that the DJ knife was really just the last ditch attempt to produce a Hitler Youth knife cheaply and then eventually the insignia installations were also abandoned for just the plain DJ knife. We need to see some in period wear pictures to verify this but I believe that this will prove to be the case some day when we discover these photos.
This example has the standard aluminum hilt with black checkered grip plates that are retained by aluminum rivets.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. The black leather hanger is in good condition and is complete with the retainer loop and working snap.
The blade is plain with no ricasso and shows a little bit of usage and scratching. The original felt buffer is still in place.
Excellent Plus. $350.00
HYK #45873 Late Hiter Youth Knife Double Proofed Richard Herder / RZM M 7/18 1941
This late produced HJ knife remains in nice condition throughout. The plating is still fairly good being over a zinc base. There is only a little wear on the area of the pommel which is covered by the leather strap.
The checkered grip plates are in perfect condition, retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The enamel insignia remains in nice perfect condition with its bright enamel colors and swastika.
The scabbard is a fine example being straight throughout. The original paint is extremely nice the reverse side being near mint and the obverse side showing only minor signs of carrying. The black leather belt loop is also in fine condition complete with the retainer loop and serviceable snap.
The blade with ricasso shows normal edge sharpening but not bad. The blade is still fairly bright. The reverse is stamped with the pyramid logo and Richard Abr Herder Solingen. The ricasso is marked with a double RZM circle with the code to the right of M7/18 and the date of 1941. The original blade washer is in place.
A good conditioned later example.
Excellent Plus. $795.00
HYK #46639C Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife Double Proofed Carl Heidelberg / RZM M7/65 1938
This Hitler Youth knife remains in an untouched condition. The plating to the hilt shows some mild wear at the area beneath the leather strap. The rest of the plating appears to still be okay. The hilt is a steel based type.
The grip plates are in good condition and are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The grip insignia is in excellent condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout. There is little to no paint remaining on this scabbard. The leather hanger is in good condition with good retainer loop and working snap.
The blade is the style with ricasso and has turned somewhat gray. It also shows signs of minor sharpening. The reverse is double proofed stamped with the twin beer bottle logo within a circle with the firm’s name to the right being Carl Heidelberg Solingen. At the ricasso is an open double RZM circle and to the right is the code M7/65 and below the date “1938”. The original blade washer is in place.
A good example here.
Good Minus. $495.00
HYK #44367C DJ Knife with Scabbard Insignia
The hilt mounts are the usual smooth aluminum types, showing mild patination.
The black checkered Bakelite grip plates are in good shape, retained by aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads.
The scabbard remains in excellent shape, with the original black paint. This paint shows some crazing but is nearly 100% intact. Attached to the scabbard via pins is a fine HJ insignia, with compete enamel and free of damage. On the reverse of the scabbard is an affixed black leather belt loop and a retainer strap with a working black snap.
The blade is plain, single edged type without a ricasso. There is some surface smudge but it is relatively minor. The original brown felt blade washer is in place.
A good, sound, original DJ Knife here.
HYK #46381 Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7 80 38 (Gustav Spitzer)
The grip plates are the black checkered variety in perfect condition and are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The enamel insignia remains in perfect condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original paint. Although the paint is still all there and is at 100 percent it does have some attic crazing on both sides but no paint is missing. The black leather belt loop and retainer loop are in almost new-like condition and really look great. The retainer loop has a good working snap.
The blade is as nice as you will see. It is absolutely bright throughout and still has its crossgrain. It shows almost no age and by Hitler Youth standards this blade is in mint condition. It is the style without ricasso and must have been made right after the time the Hitler Youth motto etching was discontinued. This beautiful blade is buffered by its original leather washer.
An extremely nice mid-period piece.
Near Mint. $1,195.00
HYK #45190C Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife by Geb. Gräfrath
The grip plates are the black checkered variety being in perfect condition. The HJ insignia has fine enamel with its nice colors of red white gold and black swastika. The grip rivets are the steel type with dressed heads still having the plating on the heads.
The scabbard shell is extremely fine having 100 percent of the original paint. Really a nice scabbard here. Attached to the scabbard is a very fine brown leather hanger complete with its retaining loop and working snap. This leather is still supple and has the majority of its original finish.
The blade is also outstanding. It is the type with ricasso and its grain is still very prevalent in the areas which escaped some sharpening at the bottom. Unfortunately the original teenage owner elected to sharpen the blade but fortunately it is not the entire blade it is mostly around the edges and still leaves the fine mint finish where sharpening had not occurred. The reverse of the blade is marked G. Gräfrath in an arch over Solingen. The letter W is between the two words. The ricasso is marked RZM M7/30 with the date of 1936. The 1936 date seems strange to me as the blade would normally have a motto at this date and also the hilt would be of a steel base metal which it is not. I believe there perhaps was a mistake on the date stamping as this piece appears to be 1938 rather than 1936. The original washer is in place.
It is also interesting to note that the etch is flawed with the line separating the 7 from 30 and also the 9 in 1936 is flawed with some of the numeral missing so I have a sneaky suspicion that probably a little bit of the etching is missing in the 6 number whereas it may have been truly an 8 being 1938. This makes the most sense of this example being that it is purely an acid etch problem here.
A very fine original example here.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
HYK #45192C Early Hitler Youth Knife by E. P. & S.
This Pack produced Hitler Youth knife is not in the best of condition which I realize but it does have interest to the collecting community as Pack had their own way of making these knives and they are rarely seen. This example has heavy steel based hilt fittings.
The pommel shows lots of usage and there is plating gone around the upper edges. The crossguard also has most of the plating done on the quillon area as well as the center areas.
The grip plates are a very wide checkered Bakelite entirely different from normal Hitler Youth knives. Unfortunately the center section of the reverse grip plate has broken off and is gone to time. As we see on these Pack made youth knives the grip plates are retained by a rivet with a screw out spanner on the reverse. So technically if a grip plate could ever be found this knife could quite easily be repaired as the spanners just screw out. The insignia in the grip has all of its enamel and is in good condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout however it does have even age spread throughout both sides of it. The original black leather hanger is in place and the retainer loop is there but is positioned within the loop and not over the knife as we normally see it. Someone could choose to change this if desired in the future.
The blade is the style with a ricasso which I’m not sure whether Pack made their very early pieces with a ricasso or without like other producers. The blade itself does not have the HJ motto on it and never did. The blade is not in bad condition the obverse being extremely nice and the reverse also being nice but does have a spot near the tip. The obverse ricasso is stamped “Gesch Gesch” and the reverse ricasso is stamped “E. P. & S. Solingen”. The maker name is next to the hammering Siegfried figure. The original washer is gone to time.
Since there is no RZM mark on this piece it can be assumed that it is an early piece but then again why is there no motto on the blade? This is a great piece for study by you avid HJ knife collectors out there. A very interesting example here and I just wish it was in better condition however it is what it is.
Good Plus. $995.00
HYK #43023C Hitler Youth Watch Bayonet
The hilt plating on this bayonet shows freckling and age but it is all still there. The grip plates are the usual checkered Bakelite type, in excellent condition and retained by what look to be aluminum rivets.
The enamel HJ insignia has been placed into the obverse center of the grip, with the Bakelite perfectly cut to accommodate it; this was definitely a factory job. The insignia has a small chip at the top but it otherwise in sound condition.
Fitted to the scabbard is a K98 style frog. This frog is in nice condition throughout, having four rivet construction. The reverse is marked "Lederwerk Sedloa / Finkenwalde / 1940".
The blade of this bayonet shows some age on both sides and has what were once unwiped fingerprinted. It is possible the next owner might clean the blade up some; I'm sure some Simichrome could remove most of the smudging. With a rare bayonet like this one, though, I prefer to leave it as-is. The blade is buffered with a black leather washer.
These HJ Watch Bayonets are very rarely seen and I've only had a small number to offer over the years. This is an absolutely original example.
HYK #28940C Hitler Youth Knife (RZM M 7/51/41) - Anton Wingen Jr.
This Hitler Youth knife despite its late vintage is a quality example. The hilt is a solid steel base, as Wingen did not use the usual pot metal we see on later pieces. The hilt has 100% nickel plating remaining and is in near full mint condition. The nickel plating appears to have a flash coat of brass below as there is a little bit of the plating missing where the pommel and quillon meet the grip plates. The plating still though is at 95%. The grip plates are a fine black checkered Bakelite having retainage rivets which are nickel-plated steel. The Hitler Youth insignia has excellent enamel to the diamond with its nice bright colors of red, white, silver and mobile black swastika. Nice hilt here! The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse has some wear and minor age to the original paint. The reverse has also some age and wear but not quite as much. This scabbard is still very presentable as the areas where the paint has thinned have developed a fine age tone. The original owner has sculpted his initials in to the painted area on the reverse and they appear to be, "A.H." The leather hanger is a black color having excellent serviceability to the belt loop, retainer loop and working snap. In fact this leather shows little age and is still completely serviceable. The blade is an outstanding example. It still retains its original mirror finish and also has all of its cross grain. It is quite rare to see a blade in this condition. The keen eye will pick up just the slightest of sharpening at the edge but it is nothing. This blade is easily in near full mint condition. It is the style with short ricasso. On the reverse ricasso is the double open style RZM circle with the code, "M 7/51/41". This is the code for the Anton Wingen Jr. firm and "41" would be the year this Hitler Youth Knife was produced. The brown leather washer is in place and is in a new-like condition. A very fine HJ knife here.
Near Mint. $795.00(#051021)
HYK #39357 DJ Knife
The grip plates on this knife are the black checkered variety, in perfect condition. These plates are retained by a pair of aluminum rivets with dressed heads.
The scabbard is a good steel shell. It is free of dents and has about 99% of the original paint. This paint shows some mild crazing but retains most of the original brightness. Pinned to the obverse of the scabbard is a colored enamel HJ Diamond insignia. The upper portion of the red enamel has two tiny spots here the enamel is missing, but they are so small they are difficult to notice.
Attached to the scabbard is the original black leather hanger. It is complete with the retainer loop, which has a good working snap.
The blade is the usual, simple, single-edges type, with a point and a small false edge. This blade has been sharpened, but we expect to see this on HJ and DJ pieces. It is not in bad condition when judges against the usually rough state of most HJ pieces. It could even be cleaned up a bit, if the next owner so desired. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place.
A nice, original DJ Knife here, which shows period wear. This knives are very difficult to find today and I rarely have the occasion to offer one.
HYK #39288C Double Proofed Hitler Youth Knife Klittermann & Moog
This Hitler Youth Knife is a quality example with a steel hilt. The nickel plating throughout the hilt is in nearly perfect condition, with only the slightest bit of wear on the area of the lower pommel covered by the fastened retainer loop. Overall this plating is about 98% intact.
The grip plates are the early, closely checkered variety; they are in perfect condition, retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia wiggles slightly to the touch as it should, with perfect, brightly colored enamel.
The scabbard is nice and straight. The reverse of the scabbard has all of the original paint, with just a bit missing near the tip. The obverse, however, shows quite a bit of wear and has only 40 to 50% of the plaint.
The scabbard is equipped with fine belt and retainer loops, the leather being supple throughout and the latter having a good working snap.
The blade of this knife is the style with a ricasso. It is in very good condition, with no sharpening and only slightly gray. There is no visible grain left in it, but as HJ knives go it remains in very fine shape. The reverse is interesting as it is stamped with the excellent Klittermann & Moog logo; a disembodied, spear-wielding arm. The firm's name and location, "Klittermann & Moog GMBH / Haan / Solingen", ring the belligerent limb in circle. Below this is an etched double RZM circle with a shaded center. The etching is a bit light on this RZM mark but it remains visible. Below the circle is the code "M 7/29 - 1938". The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.
A decent double proof example here, from a desirable maker.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
HYK #38203C Late DJ Knife
The hilt is of aluminum and is in pristine condition. The grip plates are of black checkered Bakelite retained by a pair of aluminum rivets.
The scabbard is in choice condition, having perfect paint on the reverse. The obverse has only a few minor scrapes. Overall this original paint is 99% intact.
Attached to the scabbard is a fine black leather belt loop and retainer strap with a working snap. This loop retains the original shiny black surfaces and is nearly pristine.
The slab-sided blade has no ricasso. It retains 100% of the original grain and has a fine tan felt blade buffer.
A fine example here, of a type that collectors have had their doubts about for years because of the lack of swastikas. This is, of course, utter nonsense.
Near Mint. $795.00