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 #49750C Late Hitler Youth Knife Double Proof Eickhorn 1939
This piece has good hilt plating being a pot metal type as it is a later piece. There is the usual wear to the finish on the plated section beneath where the retaining strap rub of the scabbard lies. Otherwise the plating is still excellent.
The grip plates are very good having their black checkered finish with a good enamel insignia having just one spot in the top portion which is not really a break but looks more like just perhaps a small hit. The grip plates are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads.
The scabbard shell has outstanding original paint. The obverse still is 100 percent having a little bit of crazing and the reverse is near 100 percent also having some small crazing towards the bottom. The original leather hanger and retainer loop are in very very fine condition being black in color. The retainer loop is still almost stiff and has a fine working snap clip.
The blade of this example is really a fine example. The obverse is the style with ricasso and only shows a little bit of light rubbing over the years but there is no sharpening and the original shape is all there. On a Hitler youth standard this blade is in near mint condition. The reverse also has a couple of mild spots on it but is also still bright. Stamped into the blade is the 1935 through 41 Eickhorn squirrel trademark which is positioned over a single open circle RZM with the code M 7/66. The ricasso is marked "39" indicating the year of production. The original blade washer is in fine condition.
A nice HJ knife here by a preferred maker.
HYK #49891 Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife With Motto Double Proof Halback (Christmas Tree) / RZM M7/35
The grip plates are in very fine condition with their black checkering as is the enamel HJ insignia. The grip plates are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.
The hilt of this example is a steel base.
The scabbard is a very nice example being straight throughout and having fine original paint on the obverse with just a couple of chips. The reverse has all of the paint with some mild crazing. The black leather hanging strap and retaining loop are both in good condition. The hanger is marked with the oak leaf leather maker with the initials L and S.
The blade is in nice condition showing no sharpening and having its original shape. It shows just a minor amount of age in the surfaces but is still mostly bright. The motto is still all there being just a little bit vague but still readable. The reverse has the seldom seen logo of the Wilhelm Halback firm which features a Christmas tree. Beneath is the RZM code being a single circle over M7/35. The original blade washer is in place.
An interesting HJ knife here.
HYK #49332 Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife Double Proof Ed Wüsthof / RZM M7/12 1938
This Hitler Youth knife has a perfect hilt with all plating intact. It is a steel based example. The plating is completely bright throughout and couldn't be nicer. The grip plates are also in fine condition. The Hitler Youth emblem has a tiny spot of enamel damage at the upper top of the diamond but it is not bad. The rivets are of nickel having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard is a beauty appearing to have all original paint and still in mint condition. The leather is in fine condition being a black color and complete with the retainer loop and working snap.
The blade is a very fine example that easily grades in Mint Minus condition. It does not appear to have and sharpening and still has its fine original brightness. The obverse ricasso is marked "RZM M7/19" and the production date of 1938 beneath. The reverse of the blade is stamped Ed Wusthof Solingen featuring the trident symbol beneath and Gesch Gesch. The original leather buffer is in place.
An extremely nice example here that would sell for probably much more money were it not for the small enamel damage. So if you can live wit that you have yourself an outstanding youth knife here.
Mint Minus. $850.00
HYK #49486C Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife By G. Lütters And RZM M7/59
This double proofed Hitler Youth Knife is in fine condition having nearly perfect hilt plating. It is the pot metal style base. Aside from just a little plating missing on the obverse pommel and the reverse pommel where the leather strap covered the rest of the perfect. The grip plates are in perfect condition being retained by steel rivets still having the plating on the heads of the rivets. The HJ insignia is in perfect condition throughout with its fine colors. The scabbard is straight and has outstanding original paint. This paint is nearly full mint showing only a couple of minor wearing signs but hardly noticeable.
The leather belt loop is in nice condition being a black color and having a retaining loop with working snap. The blade is the style with ricasso. It is still bright throughout showing just a few scratches on the surface but they don't really detract from this nice bright blade. The reverse is marked with the maker we very seldom seen being G Lütters which has the logo of a resting lion beneath the word Solingen. Beneath the logo is a small open RZM circle with the code of M7/59. The original blade buffer is in place.
A very fine example here with a rare maker.
Mint Minus. $1,250.00
HYK #49287C Late Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/112 (Carl Wüstof)
This later Hilter Youth knife is in nice overall condition. It shows some minor wear to the plating being in the usual place around the pommel and also around the center crossguard area. The Bakelite grips are in perfect condition and have a fine HJ insignia with perfect enamel. The rivets are an aluminum type having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard is in nice condition being totally straight and having almost mint paint on the reverse. The obverse shows a little more usage but the paint is still quite good. The black leather belt loop is in nice condition and is complete with the retainer loop and working snap.
The blade is the style with ricasso and it has not been sharpened and it is still in quite nice condition showing only the most modest of age. This blade easily grades at Mint Minus on a Hiter Youth scale. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a double open RZM circle and the code "M7/112". This code represents the Carl Wüsthof Gladiator factory. The original blade buffer is in place.
A good example here.
Excellent Plus. $925.00
HYK #49204C Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife Double Proofed Tiger And RZM M7/68
The plating on this knife shows a little bit of wear especially around the area where the leather strap goes but overall it is not bad and the base is the pot metal type. The grip plates are excellent with a fine Hitler Youth insignia. The grip plates are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads. The scabbard is straight throughout. The paint on the reverse is in extremely fine condition being near mint. The obverse shows a little bit of wear towards the tip and some wear signs in the paint but overall the paint is still pretty good. The leather strap is in excellent condition being complete with the retainer loop and working snap.
The blade is the ricasso type and it is in excellent condition not appearing to have any sharpening. The blade still retains most of its brightness. The reverse of the blade is stamped in the center with the tiger cat making his way towards the end of the blade. The firm's name "Tiger Solingen" is a little light in the stamp but still there. On the ricasso it is marked with a single open RZM with the coed M7/68. The leather washer is in place.
Excellent Plus. $850.00
HYK #49333 Early Hitler Youth Knife By Gustav Spitzer
This early example has quite good nickel plating throughout and it is the steel base variety. The plating looks nearly 100 percent just thinning slightly but not through the plating where the leather straps goes over. The grip lates are in nice condition retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads. Unfortunately there is a little bit of enamel damage to the grip insignia just in the area above the swastika. The scabbard itself is straight throughout and the reverse still has full mint paint. The obverse also has just about mint paint also with only slightest signs of usage. The black leather belt loop is in excellent condition with a retainer loop. The connecting section of the snap clip has broken free from the leather but perhaps this could be easily repaired by someone.
The early blade is the style without ricasso. It shows a little sharpening but it is hard to see and the blade still has fairly good brightness about it. The original owner must have enjoyed owning it and wiping it off a lot as the motto although still being there is fairly vague but can be read. The reverse is stamped C. Gustaf Spitzer of their logo of a prancing lion with upper curved tail. Below is Germany and Gesch Geschützt. The original blade buffer is in place. A decent early dagger here which I think with the repair to the retainer loop could be a good addition to a hobby. It is priced accordingly.
Good Plus. $695.00
HYK #49522C Spanish Hitler Youth Knife Unmarked
These Spanish Hitler Youth knives are quite rare and I have only had a couple of them over the years, This example is in very fine condition. The nickel plated hilt has 100 percent of the plating and is a pot metal based metal. The plating is still as bright as the day it was made. The grip plates are very nicely made having a wide style checkering and being retained by aluminum rivets which have a small dressing on the obverse but none on the reverse. The Spanish HJ insignia is perfectly set into the obverse grip plate. The insignia shows arrows going through something (This insignia is a Falange diamond. Falange was the name of a nationalist political party in Spain that was active from 1933 to 1937. The party's symbol, a yoke pierced by arrows, is what is shown on this insignia.) in the center with a black and red background. The workmanship is absolutely perfect throughout.
The scabbard appears to be a normal type HJ variety it has good paint which has kind of a flat look to it the black leather serves as a belt loop and it is the style with oak leaf and the initials I think it's LBS stamped over the oak leaf. It is also interesting to see that the retainer loop in the strapping is a brown color with a working snap however the snap section has broken off of the other area. The blade of this example is a style with ricasso and is unmarked. It still reflects almost all of its original factory grain. There is some signs of a small amount of sharpening but it is not bad and the blade is still in near mint condition. The original leather buffer is in place.
This is a very rare knife and a fine example for those of you out there specializing in youth pieces.
Mint Minus. $1,195.00
HYK #47000 Mid-Period Hitler Youth Knife with Motto - Double-proofed J.A. Henckels / RZM M 7/10.
The nickel plating throughout the hilt of this knife is in excellent condition, having only a little modest wear in the spot where the leather retaining ring secures the knife in the scabbard. The grip plates are in fine condition with the HJ enamel insignia in the center. The enamel is excellent with its bright red, white and gold- surrounded black swastika. . The grip plates are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. A fine hilt here. The scabbard is straight throughout having nice black paint being near 100%. The paint looks as though there may have been some old touch-up, but if so, it was done during the period. The black leather hanger and retainer loop with working snap are in excellent condition.
The blade is the style with ricasso and still remains quite bright with no sharpening signs. The motto is still readable, but is a little vague. Some of the black background black color still remains in the motto letters. On an HJ scale, this blade grades at near mint. The reverse is double proofed reflecting the stamped Henckels' twins with the firm's name next to it, "J,A. Henckels / Solingen / Zwillingswerk" and also, "Ges Gesch". Below, there is also a hard-to-see RZM circle with the code, 'M 7/10", but it is there. The original leather blade washer is in place.
A very decent example here.
HYK #48241 Late Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/31 (August Merten)
This youth knife remains in very fine condition throughout. The nickel plated hilt parts which are done over pot metal are still in perfect condition and remain nice and bright. This is a rarity to see a later piece in this nice state. The grip plates are in perfect condition with their black checkering and the Hitler Youth insignia with its red white and black swastika enamel is perfect. The steel rivets still retain all of their plating on their dressed obverse heads. The scabbard is also in fine condition the original black paint is nearly perfect being a duller color. The leather hanger is brown and it is still ins serviceable condition with good grip retainage loop and working snap.
The blade of this example shows just the slightest bit of usage and maybe a tiny bit of sharpening on the very edge but overall it has its original shape and is still bright. It is rare to see HJ knives with a decent blade like this. The reverse ricasso is marked with a large double open RZM over the August Merten code M 7/31. The original blade buffer is in place.
A very nice later piece here.
Near Mint. $1,125.00
HYK #48504 Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife With Motto
This HJ piece has a steel base hilt. The nickel plating is still quite good throughout having just a little bit of wear where the leather retainer strap covers but not bad. The grip plates are the early closely checkered Bakelite and they both remain in good condition. The HJ insignia has perfect enamel. The rivets are nickel style with dressed head. The scabbard is straight throughout and is in nice condition. It has its original black paint which is still mostly all there and remains quite bright. The black leather carrying strap is in place and is complete with the retainer loop with working snap. The cover button at the upper snap is gone but does not affect the workings of the snap. The blade is still mostly bright having some age to both surfaces but not bad. There is a tiny bit of sharpening but not much. The blade is the style with ricasso. The youth motto is still visible on the blade. It is slightly faint but is still easily discernible and has about 30 percent of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is marked with the diamond trademark having the cat head inside with “Puma” underneath. Beneath the diamond “Solingen” and Gesch Geschützt. The ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle with the Puma code to the right M7/27 and it is also dated “1937”. The original weather washer has gone to time. A decent youth knife here with motto.
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 #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 #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