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 #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 #48249 Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto by Gottlieb Hammesfahr
The hilt of this example is in perfect condition, which is rare to see on an early HJ knife. The nickel plated steel looks nearly new.
The grip plates remain in good condition, with a perfect enamel insignia and aluminum rivets with dressed heads.
The scabbard is also in fine condition, with outstanding original paint that remains about 95% intact. The black leather belt loop is sound, as is the retaining strap.
The early blade has no ricasso and the HJ motto. The blade has unfortunately been sharpened, but this is common with youth knives. The blade surface also shows age, but the motto remains visible. The reverse is marked with the Pyramid trademark of Gottlieb Hammesfahr and the original blade washer is in place.
It’s a shame the blade is not better on this knife, but it is priced accordingly.
HYK #48248 Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife by Hartkopf
This piece was produced in 1938. It still has fairly nice hilt plating, only showing wear in the area covered by the leather strap.
The grip plates remain in perfect condition, as does the enamel HJ insignia. The steel rivets have dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard shows wear to the paint on both sides; the paint is about 75% intact throughout. The dark brown leather belt loop and retainer strap remain sound.
The blade is mostly bright but it does have some sharpening on both sides that encroaches up to the center of the blade. The motto is very faint and only partially visible. This blade is the type with a ricasso and is one of the last types featuring a HJ motto. The reverse ricasso is marked with an RZM symbol and the Hartkopf code M7/40/38.
HYK #47799 Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife With Motto RZM M7 36 (E. & F. Hörster)
The nickel plating to the hilt of this example is still in quite nice condition showing some age and having the usual wear at the area where the leather retainer strap goes over the pommel. The grip plates are in nice condition throughout and the HJ enamel insignia is all there having a couple of stains in the upper and lower areas of the diamond but there is no breaking to the enamel.
The scabbard is a very fine example having outstanding original black paint. The reverse paint is completely mint and the obverse shows only very nominal carrying signs. The black leather strap is in very fine condition having a good retainer loop with working button. The leather is marked on the reverse with what are probably the original carriers initials “MG”.
The blade of this example is still quite bright and reflects no sharpening whatsoever. There are a few age spots on the blade but they are quite nominal and by Hilter Youth standards this is a very fine blade. The motto is also crisp and jumps right off of the blade. It has about 90 percent of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The blade is the style with ricasso. The reverse is marked RZM M7/36 which represents the E. & F. Hörster firm. The original blade washer is in place.
A nice example here.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
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 #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 #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 #39357 DJ Knife
This DJ Knife has the usual aluminum hilt. It is in good condition, with mild traces of wear but nothing detrimental.
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
This Dj Knife would have been one of the last HJ pieces made before the end of the war. These knives do not have the HJ insignia on the scabbard as their predecessors did.
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