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Hitler believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of Nazi ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (Hitler Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization. The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed minor exams. The knives had nickeled 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 portrayed 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 #37093 DJ Olympic Souvenir Knife with Paper Issue Sack – Emil Voos

At the recent SOS Show I was was fortunate to be able to pick up this outstanding DJ Souvenir Knife complete with the original issue sack. I ha a number of these about six months ago and all of them went very fast; if you are interested in adding one of these to your collection, I suggest that you act quickly.

This example has the typical all-aluminum hilt parts which are fashioned in the DJ shape, having a plain eagle head that faces to the viewer's left. The crossguard has a quillon which goes upward in a teardrop shape. The aluminum parts show a little bit of age in the surfaces, but considering the age of the piece it is hardly surprising. These knives languished in East Germany for many, many years, forgotten, leftover souvenirs from the Olympics that never sold.

The grip plates are genuine stag, and they are cut and fit perfectly. These plates have very fine grain and are a good dark coffee color with golden edges. The center area of the obverse plate has been cut out and has the HJ enamel insignia. The enamel is perfect and the bright colors look great. The plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides.

The scabbard is a tube steel type that tapers to a point at the end. The scabbard has 100% of the original paint and has a nice, muted finish to it. This paint is really nice!

The leather carrying strap is also in great condition, black in color and having a fine retainer loop with a working snap. There is a little bit of age on the snap but, but again, this is an old piece and there is nothing we can do about the ravages of time.

The blade is the style a short ricasso and a false edge that runs back at the top about 1/3 of the distance. The blade is in perfect condition, nice and bright and retaining all of the crossgraining. Other than the normal runner marks this blade is in mint condition. The blade is etched with the Berlin symbol of a standing bear within a seal and topped with a crown. Below the bear is the five line inscription “ZUM RUHME DES SPORTS / ZUR EHRE DES VATER- /LANDES”. This translates to “To the Glory of Sports and the Honor of the Fatherland”. Below this is the German Sports Eagle with a swastika in his breast. The eagle rests upon the five Olympic rings. The rings are colored blue, gold, green, red, and what looks to be brown.

The reverse of the blade is etched with the snake and stump logo of Voos firm, with the name of the firm above and the location of “Solingen” below. Below this is the protected trademark term “Ges. Geschütz”. The original black leather washer is in place.

Accompanying this fine souvenir knife is the original shipping bag. It is constructed of manila-style paper. It has the name and logo of the firm printed on the front, as well the term “Fahretenmesser”. Below this, stamping in purple ink, is “Berlinner Olympiad”. “Ia Gusstahl Klinge” or, roughly, “the Best of Steel”, is printed below.

So, here is one more of these examples complete with the original sack. I do not think it will last so if you are looking for one (and we do get a lot of calls for them) this one will work for you.

Mint Minus. $2,295.00

HYK #37092 DJ Olympic Souvenir Knife – Emil Voos

We acquired this DJ Olympic Souvenir Knife at the recent SOS show. It's a terrific example., but unfortunately there was no issue sack with it. These knives have been very much in demand; I had a few about six months ago and we promptly sold out of them. I've been getting calls for them ever since. This is a good opportunity for you to acquire your very own.

The hilt is constructed with the usual aluminum mounts, having an eagle headed pommel which looks to the left. The crossguard has a quillon in the shape of a teardrop which goes upward. The finish is still quite nice this aluminum.

The grip plates are of beautiful genuine stag which have been perfectly cut and fit. The stag has excellent grain and is a good, dark brown color throughout, except for the edges which have a golden tone. Set in the middle of the obverse grip is a fine HJ insignia. This insignia has perfect enamel and has great looking bright colors. The grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads and a very good attempt to dressing on the reverse.

The scabbard is a black tube steel style, with excellent original black paint. The paint is still perfect showing only minor traces of age.

Attached to the scabbard is a black leather belt loop with a small retainer loop. The retainer has a good working snap.

The blade is the slab-sided single edged type, with a false edge at the top and a short ricasso. This blade, other than runner marks, is still in mint condition; it is bright and has all of the original crossgraining. The blade has a gilded etching with the Berlin symbol of a standing bear within a seal and topped with a crown. Below the bear is the five line inscription “ZUM RUHME DES SPORTS / ZUR EHRE DES VATER- /LANDES”. This translates to “To the Glory of Sports and the Honor of the Fatherland”. Below this is the gilded etched German Sports Eagle with a swastika in his breast. The eagle rests upon the five Olympic rings. The rings are colored blue, gold, green, red, and what looks to be brown.

The reverse of the blade is etched with the snake and stump logo of Voos firm, with the name of the firm above and the location of “Solingen” below. Below this is the protected trademark term “Ges. Geschütz”. The original black leather washer is in place.

A very fine example here, and as I mention above, a very popular item. Get yours while they are still available as almost all of these leftover knives have disappeared into collections.

Mint Minus. $1,995.00

HYK #36831C Double-proof Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M 7/33 - F. W. Höller

This double-proofed piece is in excellent overall condition. The hilt is quality steel base metal and retains all of the nickel-plated surfaces; very nice. The plated finish is fine and bright.

The grip plates are finely checkered, being in perfect condition. The insignia has 100% enamel surfaces and looks great with its colorful red, white, gold and black swastika in the middle. The nickel-plated rivets as retain their plating on the obverse dressed heads.

The scabbard is perfectly straight having excellent original black paint. This paint shows some minor wear on the lower edges and some mild usage signs over both of the surfaces, but overall it rates at about 95% and is still bright. The leather strap and retainer loop are both in good condition having excellent workable snap.

The blade does not show any grain, but remains bright throughout. There are a few minor scratches in the surfaces, but nothing that is not normal for a knife that was carried by a teenage boy. This blade easily grades at excellent plus. The reverse features the double-oval trademark having the firm's name between, "F. W. Höller, Solingen". The inner area features the well-known thermometer logo. The trademark shows some minor wear to the etched surfaces. Below is the double open circle containing the code, RZM, "M 7/33". There is an outstanding conditioned leather washer in place. A fine example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

HYK #36837C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Emil Voos

This early Hitler Youth Knife is constructed with a heavy steel base with an exceptional nickel-plated surface. The plating remains at 100%, and still has a fine factory brightness throughout.

The grip plates are the black checkered variety, in perfect condition and retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The Hitler Youth insignia is nicely placed in the grip and wiggles to the touch as it should. This insignia looks great, with perfect enamel.

The scabbard is a blued type which still has about 98% of the finish. The reverse facing is in near perfect condition, while the obverse does show a few age spots in the surfaces; nothing bad though. The black leather strap with attached retainer loop and working snap is in place and in excellent, sturdy condition. The reverse of the hanger strap is marked with the oak leaf and has the “L” and “S” initials on either side.

The blade of this example is nicely shaped with no signs of sharpening. It has turned slightly gray, but overall is not bad. The Hitler Youth motto is still at about 60% and still very visible. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the snake and stump Voos logo. Above the logo are the initials of the firm as well as their location, “E.V.S.” and “Solingen”. Below the trademark is the protected patent term “Ges. Geschütz”. In modern English this term, an abbreviation of gesetzlich geschützt, best translates to “proprietary”. There is a good condition brown leather blade buffer in place.

A pretty nice example here of an early Voos variation; it is unusual to see the Voos maker name in initials.

Excellent Plus. $595.00

HYK #36822C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – J.P. Henckels

This early HJ Knife has a steel-based hilt and excellent original nickel-plated surfaces; they remain 100% intact and have a fine brightness.

The early, closely checkered Bakelite grip plates are in fine condition, and are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The Hitler Youth insignia is an outstanding example with perfect, brightly colored enamel. It wiggles to the touch, as it should.

The scabbard is of fine tube steel with outstanding original black paint. This paint has some mild crazing evident in the finish, but it is very minor and, with a little would, would easily clean up to a near Mint state.

The scabbard is equipped with a brown leather belt loop and retainer. This leather is in good, supple condition, and is stamped with an oak leaf and the letters “LES” on the reverse. The retainer loop has a good working snap clip.

The blade of this HJ is in fairly nicely condition throughout, and actually has a little bit of visible crossgrain remaining in the surfaces. There is a small nick up towards the tip but it is not bad. There is some age smudging here and there, but the motto is intact and rates at about 70%. The reverse blade is stamped with the famous Henckels “twins” logo, as well as the text “J.A. Henckels Solingen / Zwillingswerk”. Below the trademark is the protected patent term “Ges. Geschütz”. In modern English this term, an abbreviation of gesetzlich geschützt, best translates to “proprietary”; it has never and will never mean “Patent Pending”. If I had a penny for every time I've heard someone say that I could retire in a princely fashion! There is a fine leather blade buffer in place.

A nice, basic early HJ knife here.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

HYK #36825C Personalized Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto and Windmill Logo – Robert Herder

This early HJ Knife is quite special; we do not see many piece produced by the Robert Herder firm, the company that used the attractive and highly desirable windmill logo.

This example has steel-based hilt parts, with fine nickel-plated surfaces. There are a few “tap-taps” on the backstrap, but they are nothing too severe. Other than this the plating is still intact throughout.

On the reverse of the pommel, deeply stamped, is the monogram of the original owner, “W. E”. It is always interesting to see evidence of period personalization; it really makes the piece come alive.

The grip plates are the very early, closely checkered Bakelite types. These plates are in perfect condition, retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip diamond is an excellent example which wiggles slightly to the touch, as it should, and has a perfect, brightly colored enamel surface.

The scabbard shell has excellent original paint. The paint is quite thick, even having a couple of runs on the obverse, but in an otherwise good state. The paint rates at nearly 100%. The scabbard is equipped with a dark brown leather hanger and small retainer loop with a working snap.

The blade is the early type without a ricasso. It did have some substantial sharpening evident when we acquired it. We were, however, able to get most of it out the surface but unfortunately some it still remains. Take it from me, though; it looks a hell of a lot better now that we did the work! This blade, despite the sharpening, is still bright and has an excellent motto. The motto retains about 90% of the original darkened letters.

On the reverse of the blade is the great logo featuring a full-sized windmill. The sharpening does not touch the logo so your view is not spoiled. Below the windmill is the firm's name and location, “Robert Herder / Solingen”, and the protected patent term “Ges. Gesch”. The original blade buffer is in place.

A pretty rare maker here, and a fairly good knife if you can live with the traces of sharpening.

Excellent. $695.00

HYK #36824C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – E. & F. Hörster

The hilt of this Hitler Youth Knife is constructed with a solid steel base. It has an excellent nickel-plated finish, showing the slightest bit of wear on the area of the pommel covered by the retainer loop. Otherwise this plating is superb.

The grip plates are the early, finely checkered type, and are in perfect condition. These plates are retained by solid nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The Hitler Youth grip insignia wiggles slightly, and has perfect, brightly colored enamel, in red, white, black and gold.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has fairly nice original black paint. The paint on the reverse facing is about 95% intact, while the obverse shows more evidence of use, but still rates at close to 90%. The dark brown leather belt loop and retainer strap are still in good, serviceable condition, with a working snap.

The early blade is the style without a ricasso. There are some signs that the edge was sharpened, but these are more pronounced on the reverse than the obverse, and are restricted to only the very edge. The blade has turned slightly gray and the motto is beginning to fade but is still visible. This blade grades at about Excellent.

The reverse is stamped “E. & F. Hörster / Solingen / Ges. Gesch”. The original blade washer has been lost to time.

A decent early HJ example here.

Excellent. $595.00

HYK #36830C Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/66, Eickhorn Logo

This HJ knife is marked “39” on the ricasso, which would be the year it was produced. The hilt is constructed of pot metal, with excellent nickel-plated which is heavily patinated. If cleaned, however, it appears it would come up bright and in near-perfect condition. There is a tiny amount of wear on the upper area crossed by the retainer strap.

The black checkered grip plates are in excellent condition throughout, retained by nickel-plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The insignia is in perfect condition, wiggling slightly to the touch as we like to see. The enamel is perfect. This enamel looks great, with bright colors of red, white, black, and gold.

The scabbard shell is the tapered type. The original paint is in near Mint condition on the reverse, with some spidering and a bit of wear towards the end on the obverse. Overall this obverse paint is still at 95%. The black leather hanger and retainer strap is still in good condition and still supple. The retainer strap is complete with a working snap.

The blade of this example has some minor smudges on the surfaces, but would clean up some with a little bit of work. The good part about this blade, though, is that it has never been sharpened or touched in any way, retaining the fine, original shape.

The reverse is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark, and below the logo is an open single RZM circle positioned over the Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”. The short ricasso is stamped with the production date “39”. The original leather washer is in place.

A good, collectible example here.

Excellent. $595.00

HYK #36835C Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/66, Eickhorn Logo

This mid-period Hitler Youth Knife shows little usage, and is also personalized.

The hilt of this piece is nickel-plated pot metal. The obverse is in choice, Mint condition with an original, factory-bright finish. The reverse area at the pommel top has a little bit of lifting in the plating, and the crossguard has some minor lifting as well. None of this is bad, however.

The black checkered grip plates are in perfect condition throughout, retained by nickel-plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is also in perfect condition, wiggling slightly to the touch as we like to see. The enamel is perfect. This enamel looks great, with bright colors of red, white, black, and gold.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout, with outstanding original paint. The paint on the obverse of the scabbard is in perfect condition, rating Mint. The reverse has a few spots where the paint has lifted, towards the bottom. This reverse paint still is in choice condition, however. The dark brown leather strap is a very fine example, still crisp and with a fine matching grip retainer loop with a working snap. A nice scabbard here!

The blade of this example is very appealing. It is still bright, although it does have some small areas of smudge. They are not bad though, and the viewer is still treated to much of the crossgraining that is still present on the blade. This blade rates at Near Mint. The obverse portion of the blade also has the original wearer's name, printed in some method of etching. It reads “K. Schmidt” and below the name is a fancy line.

The reverse of this fine blade is The reverse is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel trademark, and below the logo is an open single RZM circle over the Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”. The short ricasso is stamped with the production date “39”. The original brown leather washer is in place.

A very fine HJ knife here, with the addition of the personalization as an unexpected bonus.

Near Mint. $995.00

HYK #36838C Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/68, Tiger Logo

This mid-period HJ knife is a fine example of the type, nickel-plated over a pot metal base. The plating still remains in nice condition, though. It is perfect on the reverse, while the obverse has just a little lifting at the edge of the upper pommel and just a slight wear spot on the area covered by the leather retainer strap.

The Bakelite grip plates are closely checkered and in perfect condition, retained by nickel-plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is also in choice condition, wiggling slightly to the touch as we like to see. The enamel is perfect. This enamel looks great, with bright colors of red, white, black, and gold.

The scabbard shell the typical tapered example, having good original paint. The paint shows some signs of usage and some wear on both sides, but it is still bright and rates at about 90%. The original owner also scratched his initials on the reverse scabbard below the leather hanger rivets, “RR”.

The leather hanger and belt loop are a dark brown color and are still in good, supple condition. The retainer loop has a good, working snap, however the colored surface of the snap is worn to the metal finish.

The blade of this example is a real killer. This blade is still factory-bright, and has no signs of sharpening or problems and all of the crossgrain is still in the surfaces. On the reverse the blade is stamped with a well-detailed tiger which is loping towards the tip of the blade.

At the reverse of the cat is the maker name over the location, “Tiger/Solingen”. The short ricasso is stamped with a single open RZM circle, with the code “M7/68” to the right of it. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

A fine Hitler Youth Knife here, with very desirable markings and an outstanding blade.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

HYK #36832C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Carl Eickhorn, 1933-34 Logo

This HJ Knife is of very early production, probably made prior to 1934.

The hilt has the quality steel base and has been professionally nickel-plated. This plating remains nearly 100% intact, with just the slightest wear to the upper portion of the lower pommel caused by the leather of the retainer strap. Otherwise this plating remains in Near Mint condition.

The checkered grip plates are the early Bakelite type; the checkering is finer than we see on later pieces. The plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is also in choice condition, wiggling slightly to the touch as we like to see. The enamel is almost perfect, with just a bit of wear to the left edge. This enamel looks great, with good, bright colors of red, white, black, and gold.

The scabbard shell is the standard tapered steel type. Amazingly, the original paint on the reverse facing is still in Mint condition. The obverse paint also remains bright, but at about the halfway point and downward the paint is worn from the shell. The brown leather belt loop shows some age but is still in serviceable condition. The retainer loop shows some wear and cracking, but it is still all there and has a good, working snap.

The blade without a ricasso. There is no sharpening to this blade, but there are some signs of age in the form of very minor, tiny pits. There is no grain showing. Overall, this blade grades at about Excellent. The original motto is still all there, showing some fading from age but retaining about 50-60% of the original factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse blade is stamped with the small oval trademark used from 1933 to 1934. Inside is a the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn / Solingen”, and in the center is a seated squirrel with a serrated tail. Beneath the logo is the protected patent tern, “Ges. Geschützt” is stamped. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

If you are looking for an ultra-early HJ example, his piece should make for a good future investment.

B>Excellent. $895.00(#052615)

HYK #36833C Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/64 – Carl Schmidt

This mid-period example is constructed from nickel-plated pot metal. The plated surfaces do show some wear. The wear is concentrated on the upper and lower section of the lower pommel where it rubs against the retainer loop. There is also some wear to the plating around the tip of the quillon. Otherwise the plating is still good, rating at about 80%.

The grip plates are in excellent condition, with good checkering. They are retained by two rivets which appear to be made of aluminum, with dressed heads on the obverse. The HJ insignia is also in choice condition, wiggling slightly to the touch as we like to see. The enamel shows just a bit of wear to the left edge. This enamel looks great, with good, bright colors of red, white, black, and gold.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout, having fairly good original paint. The reverse paint shows some wear at the center and tip, while the obverse has additional wear along the left edge and lower tip. Overall this paint rates at about 80-85%. The original dark brown leather hanger and retainer loop show age and wear but are still in serviceable condition, with a working snap.

The blade of this example is probably the bet part. It has never been sharpened, and retains the original shape. There is some minor scratching in the blade surfaces as we commonly see on these HJ knives, but it is not bad. The blade is just the slightest bit dull, but perhaps could be brightened with some Simichrome. Either way, this blade grades easily at Excellent Plus.

The reverse is stamped with a desirable trademark, featuring a church in the center, with a an oval around the edifice bearing the firm's name and location, “Carl Schimdt Sohn / Solingen”. Below the logo is an open RZM circle atop the code “M7/64”. On the reverse ricasso is stamped the full year of production, “1939”. The original black blade washer is in place.

A decent, standard example here, with a desirable maker.

Excellent. $495.00

HYK #36828C Late Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/13 – Schüttlehöfer

This late-production Hitler Youth Knife is in nice condition overall. Constructed of nickel-plated pot metal, it is bright overall. The plating lacks just slightly in the upper and lower areas of the pommel; the normal wear associated with the rubbing of the retainer strap. Otherwise this plating is still quite good.

The black checkered grip plates are in perfect condition throughout, retained by nickel-plated (still intact) steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is also in perfect condition, wiggling slightly to the touch as we like to see. The enamel is outstanding. This enamel looks perfect, with bright colors of red, white, black, and gold.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout. This shell has Mint original black paint on the reverse. The front side is also quite nice, showing only some wear to the paint at the lower tip. The original black leather strap is intact, being the very grainy type that we suspect might be synthetic leather of some kind. Either way it is in good condition, with a working retainer loop and snap.

The blade of this example is quite nice, retaining the original brightness and nearly all of the crossgraining. There is no sharpening to the blade, and it grades in a Near Mint state. It has the short style ricasso.

The reverse blade is stamped with an double open RZM, positioned over the code for the Schüttlehöfer firm, “M 7/13”. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A good example here, with an excellent blade.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

HYK #36688 Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Hugo Köller

This early HJ Knife is of initial production, with a good, solid steel base. The nickel-plating is beginning to show some age, particularly in the area where the retainer strap crosses the lower pommel. There is some small signs of pitting there, but it could easily be cleaned out with some careful work with Simichrome. The rest of the hilt has good plating.

The grip plates are the early, closely checkered Bakelite type. They are retained by nickel rivets, which, oddly, do not have dressed obverse heads. The are completely factory, and this must have been the way that the Köller firm did things.

The scabbard is a very fine example, being straight throughout. It has remarkable original black paint which shows almost no signs of use, and is in 100% condition with a bright finish. The leather strap is brown. Much of the original polish polished surface has worn away over time, with about 40% remaining. Nevertheless the strap is in good condition, as in the retainer strap. It is complete with a brown colored working snap.

The early blade is the style without a ricasso. It appears as though someone has cleaned it up in the past and it still looks quite nice. The blade does not appear to have any sharpening, and retains a fine shape. The motto is still all there, except for the fact that the original darkening has gone to time. It still looks good, however.

The reverse of the blade is stamped horizontally with an open-winged eagle, and the firm's name and location to the right, “Hugo Köller / Solingen”. Below this is the protected patent term “Ges. Geschütz”. The original blade buffer is in place.

A good early example here, with all of the features collectors like to see.

Excellent. $695.00

HYK #36444C Personalized Hitler Youth Knife – C. Lütters & Ce.

This Hitler Youth Knife is in exceptional condition, having a desirable maker as well as a fine instance of personalization.

The hilt retains a fine, bright, nickel-plated finish. The base of this HJ Knife is of pot metal, but very little of the plating has worn off. There is just a slight wear spot in the usual position, namely the area covered by the leather strap. The grip plates are perfect; extremely crisp, with a black checkered finish. The grip insignia wiggles in the way we like to see on these knives and is in perfect condition, with bright colors throughout the enamel surface. The plates are retained by nickel rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse.

The scabbard is also an outstanding example. It is straight as an arrow, and has 100% of the original black paint. The paint on the reverse is still Full Mint, while the obverse shows only the slightest of wear on the lower portion.

Accompanying this fine scabbard is a very fine leather belt loop. The leather comprising the loop is in a new-like state. The loop still has a good working snap, and while it shows some wear from being routinely opened and closed, overall it is very sound and in fine shape.

The beautiful blade is completely bright throughout, with all of the original cross-grain. There is some minor signs of sharpening, but they are very minor and must have been done halfheartedly given their faintness. This minor flaw hardly effects the blade, though; it is in a nearly Full Mint condition. Engraved into the obverse facing is the original owners name, “R. Barth”. I imagine there is a small possibility of this HJ member being traced and researched, but it would be a daunting task. It does add a very nice touch to the piece, however. On the reverse blade it is inspiring to see the rare trademark of the C. Lütters & Cie. resting lion. The firm's name is placed above the cat in block letters. Beneath the logo is a single open RZM circle, as well as the code for this firm, “M 7/59”. The original black leather washer is in place.

A most interesting HJ Knife here, with many desirable aspects that, to me, make it a great investment piece as well as being a weapon that can be enjoyed for many years while the value only increases!

Near Mint. $1,195.00

HYK #36360 Hitler Youth Knife with Motto, RZM M7/36 – E. & F. Hörster

This Hitler Youth Knife is a nice example, having a quality, steel-based hilt. The nickel-plating over the hilt is exceptional, still having a factory brightness and being nearly 100% intact. There are a couple of minor flaws in the plating in the usual area just below the retainer loop on the obverse. These lifts are negligible though, and do not detract from the overall quality of the piece.

The grip plates are the checkered Bakelite type, and they too are in perfect condition. The HJ insignia wiggles slightly to the touch, which is what we like to see, and retains vivid color through the perfect enamel surface. These grip plates are retained by steel rivets, still having their nickel-plated surfaces. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The paint is still pretty good, showing some mild crazing as well as a bit of wear in the vicinity of the tip. Overall this paint is about 80 to 85%. It is interesting to note that there is also a set of initials carved into the paint at the upper obverse area, and, just below these initials, is an arrow pointing to the left. I can't make out the first initial. It appears the original “craftsman” put a box around it to enhance the look, but over time the paint has worn off the boxed area and now the lack of contrast obscures the marking. The visible second initial is, “J”. I am not sure of the significance of the arrow; perhaps it had some meaning to the boys of the HJ.

The leather belt loop is in good condition, as is the retainer loop, which still is equipped with a working snap button.

The blade of the piece is the mid-period type, with ricasso. It shows just the slightest bit of graying, but has never been sharpened (rare for an HJ) and has a most excellent motto. The motto still has nearly 100% darkening in the recesses of the letters; this really makes the motto jump, despite the gray tone of the blade. As far as oft-abused HJ knives go, this example is a superior one. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single open RZM circle and, to the right, the code for the E. & F. Hörster firm, “RZM M7/36”. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

A nice, collectible HJ Knife here, with lots of extra appeal.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

HYK #36443C Late DJ Knife

This “DJ” Knife is the style that does not have the swastika applied to the scabbard. This probably was is a example of “last ditch” production, an effort by the NSDAP to provided knives to the HJ, which continued to exist to the bitter end of the war. As we now know, the DJ Knife was never a specific piece slated for the DL alone. The so-called “DJ” version we see is simply a cheaper, late issued variant of the standard knife. In other words, the HJ and DJ knives were totally interchangeable with the organizations.

This example has all aluminum hilt mounts, and they are pristine throughout. The pommel has the silhouette of an eagle's head, and a quillon which rises upward to a teardrop. The grip plates are of black Bakelite or celluloid, having a checkered finish. These plates are retained by aluminum rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse.

The scabbard is straight throughout, and has pristine, full Mint original black paint. The leather belt loop is in place and complete with a retainer loop and working snap. This leather in in Near Mint condition.

The single-edged, slab blade is without a ricasso, and is is still bright and Mint throughout. It retains 100% of the original cross-grain, with a needle-like tip at the end. The original brown felt blade buffer in in place , keeping this blade in a Mint state.

If you are collecting HJ daggers, you certainly need this version of the knife. This is an exceptional example and would fit perfectly into an advanced collection.

Mint. $795.00

HYK #36153C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Asso

This Hitler Youth Knife is a very fine example. It has the steel base hilt and very fine nickel-plated surfaces. There is only one slight wear mark being in the usual place just in the area where the leather retainer loop sits. Other than this, the plating is perfect throughout the hilt and still retains its original brightness. The checkered grip plates are beauties being Bakelite and being in perfect condition. These plates are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth enamel insignia is a choice example which wiggles slightly in the grip plate like we like to see them. This insignia has perfect enamel to the red, white, gold and black swastika in the center. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard also is a very nice example. The paint is in near 100% condition. It is possible that it is an old repaint but if it is it was extremely well done as without studying all of the surfaces this paint job would pass as the real deal. It has a couple of minor ships here and there but they are nothing. Attached to the scabbard is a fine leather strap and belt loop being complete with retainer loop and a brown working snap. It appears as though the original owner may have scratched his initials into the reverse of the leather but they are very hard to see today.

The blade is the initial production type having no ricasso. This blade shows no signs of sharpening and retains its fine original shape throughout. The blade is just the slightest bit gray but still is extremely presentable considering what most of the Hitler Youth knife blades look like today. This blade grades at easily excellent plus, plus. It is etched with the Hitler Youth motto which is slightly light but still quite visible throughout the blade. I would say that about 60-70% of the original darkening remains in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse is stamped with the logo of this company being a pair of crossed hobby horses. Next to the toys is the firm’s abbreviated name, “Asso” and the location city, “Solingen”. The abbreviation stands for the Arthur Schuttlehöfer Company of Solingen. Beneath the name is the German word for patent pending “Ges. Geschützt”. The leather blade buffer is in position.

A very nice early Hitler Youth Knife here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

HYK #35910 Early Hitler Youth Knife – Emil Voos

This Hitler Youth Knife, despite the fact that it is of early production, does not have the motto on the blade It appears to me as those the motto has been worn off from use and cleaning over the years. Either way, the blade is still fairly nice.

This HJ Knife has the steel base hilt, and has outstanding nickel-plated surfaces. In fact, this plating is still at 100% throughout the hilt.

The scabbard is also a beauty, being on the the early blued finish types. The bluing is at nearly 100% throughout this scabbard. The brown leather belt loop and retainer loop are also in nice condition, with a sound, working snap clip.

The blade, as I mentioned above, has had the motto completely worn off of it. The surfaces are still somewhat bright, and there are some signs of old sharpening, but it is not bad. The blade grades at about Excellent to Excellent Plus. The reverse ricasso is marked with the snake and stump logo of the Voos firm. Above and below the logo can be seen the firm's name and locations, “Emil Voos/Solingen”. Below this is the trademarking, “Ges. Geschützt”.

Excellent. $695.00

HYK #35906 Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M 7/14 1941 - Luneschloss

This Hitler Youth Knife remains in untouched condition. It is a late-production example, and perhaps this explains the nice condition.

The nickel-plate of the pot metal hilt is still bright and in good condition. There is a mild amount of wear to the area of the pommel normally covered by the retainer strap, but not much. This plating still rates at nearly 100%.

The grip plates are the checkered Bakelite type. They are in perfect condition, and are retained by steel rivets having dressed obverse heads which retain their nickel-plating. The Hitler Youth insignia in the obverse grip has perfect, bright colored enamel surfaces.

The scabbard is straight throughout and is in exceptional condition, with the reverse paint being 100% intact, and the obverse surfaces rating close to 90%. The attached leather hanger is in good shape, with a fine belt loop and retaining strap.

The blade of this piece is an extremely nice example, being bright and with much of the original grain in the surfaces. There are a few age stains on the blade, as well as some minor period sharpening, but overall this blade still rates at Near Mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single, open RZM circle as well as the code for the P.D. Luneschloss firm, “M 7/14” and a date of 1941. The original blade buffer is in place.

A really nice example here, one that, with a little effort, would clean up even nicer!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

HYK #34296C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Gust. Häker

This early Hitler Youth Knife is a fine conditioned example. The steel base has good nickel plating showing just the most modest of age in the pommel and a little bit of wear to the plating along the crossguard and quillon area of both sides. It is not bad however and with a little clean up would look in a near mint state. The grip plates are the early checkered black bake-o-lite having nickel-plated steel rivets with dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth insignia is in perfect condition with fine enamel and good bright red, white, silver and black swastika colors. The scabbard is a straight steel tube type. It has its original black paint. The reverse of the scabbard is still in mint condition whereas the obverse shows a little bit of usage signs near the tip of the scabbard and a few minor scratches in the surfaces. A nice scabbard however. The black leather belt loop and retainer loop are still in good condition showing minor age. The snap button works fine and has a bright finish rather than a colored surface.

The blade of this example is a beauty. It is the type without ricasso and is still nice and bright throughout. There are still signs of the original crossgraining throughout the blade. Other than the most minor of smudging here and there this blade is in near mint condition. It has never been sharpened and retains its fine original shape. The motto is very crisp and has about 90% of the original backgrounds. The reverse blade is stamped with the interesting logo of this firm featuring the upper portion of a hiker with a mountain hat on his head and a pick slung over his shoulder. To the reverse of the logo is the name and location of the firm, “Gust. Häker / Solingen”. Beneath this is the patent pending stamping, “Ges. Geschützt”. The blade washer is in place. A very fine early Youth knife here with rare interesting maker and first rate blade.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

HYK #35884C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Ernst Mandewirth (Rare maker)

This very early Hitler Youth Knife is still in very condition, and was produced by a very rare maker that I cannot recall ever having seen in the past.

The hilt is the steel-based type with excellent nickel-plated surfaces; in fact the nickel is still intact in the areas that are covered by the retainer loop. Normally this is a high-wear area and it is quite unusual to for it not to have been worn away, especially on a piece this old.

The grip plates are the early, closely checkered Bakelite type. The are in perfect condition, and are. The HJ insignia wiggles slightly to the touch, as it should, and has absolutely perfect enamel surfaces and exceptional colors of red, white, black, and gold. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard is straight throughout, and has a blued finish. This bluing does show some age to the surfaces, but there is no rust or other problems. The attached leather hanger is in good shape, with a fine belt loop and retaining strap. The functional snap button retains the original finish. Overall, this scabbard looks extremely presentable.

The blade of this example is still bright, and has much of the original cross-grain. The HJ motto shows a little bit of wear, but is still intact and still readable. The background darkening to the motto is about 50 to 60% intact. Despite the wear to the motto, this blade is in such good shape that it rates at Near Mint condition. The reverse of the blade is stamping with an eagle logo, that appears to be flying, who hold a globe or similar spherical item. Next to the bird is the firms name and location, “ Ernst Mandewirth / Solingen.”. Below this is the patent term “Ges. Geschütz”. Unfortunately the leather blade buffer is missing from this piece.

This HJ is by an extremely rare maker, the first that I recall handling. If you are collecting HJ knives the rarity and exceptional condition make this an incredibly desirable example.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

HYK #35645 Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Christianwerk

This early HJ Knife has the steel based hilt and excellent nickel plating. The plating appears to still be 100% throughout the pommel, crossguard, and backstrap pieces. The knife is equipped with the early, close checkered Bakelite grips. These grip plates are in perfect condition throughout. They are retained by nickel rivets, with dressed heads on the obverse. The HJ insignia is nicely set into the obverse grip, and it wiggles slightly. This insignia has perfect enamel throughout the red, white and gold areas, as well as the black of the swastika.

The scabbard is straight throughout, with good, original black paint. The paint shows some age and wear in the surfaces, but it still has a shine to it and overall rates at about 90%. The leather belt loop and retainer loop are a brown color, which we don't see as often as the black type. The retainer loop leather is still in good condition, with a working snap. It is interesting to note that there is some kind of maker's name stamped on the inside of the leather belt loop. I can't quite make out what it says, but I have not seen this kind of marking before on a HJ Knife.

The blade of this example is a real beauty! This blade has almost no age and has never been sharpened. It has a couple of spots over the motto letters “R” and “E”, and a little bit of smudge at the end area of the reverse side, but, overall, this is really a fine blade. All of the cross-grain still seems to be in place here. For an Hitler Youth Knife, as many experienced collectors will tell you, it is very rare to see a blade this good. After all, these knives were carried by teenage boys; proper maintenance and responsible use were certainly a (very) low priority! This blade is about as good as you will see.

The reverse of the blade is stamped with the always interesting Christianwerk trademark, consisting of a horizontally placed met fork, tongs to the left. Below this is the stamping, “Christianwerk/Solingen/Ges. Geschützt”. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

I like this knife a lot, and you will have to look hard to find better example.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00 (#120513)

HYK #35610 Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Knecht & Co.

This Hitler Youth knife has the heavy steel base metal hilt, and because of this has terrific nickel-plated surfaces. The nickel plating throughout the pommel, quillon and backstrap is at 100%.

The grip plates of this piece are the early, finely checkered Bakelite; they are in perfect condition and are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse.

The HJ insignia is in choice condition, nicely fit into obverse grip. It has great colors to the enamel, being red, white, gold and a black swastika. The scabbard is a good example, having excellent original paint. The paint shows usage throughout, and has a little bit of crazing on the surfaces, but it still rates at almost 95% on the reverse facing, and maybe about 80% on the obverse.

The leather belt loop and retainer loop are constructed of the thicker style leather, and as such are still in good condition. The retainer loop has a working snap. The blade is the early style, without a ricasso. This blade is in nearly Full Mint condition on the reverse, having full grain and a great original shine. This blade has never suffered sharpening. The obverse blade also is nice, having full cross-grain and great shine. The problem with the obverse blade though is an age stain which run from the top of the word “Ehre” in the motto etch, and also down through this word. Some age is also visible about the letter “T” as well. This is a shame, but then again when you consider what these Hitler Youth Knives went through during their wearing-time it is a miracle to see a blade this nice! Given the endemic state of abuse normally seen HJ blades, I still grade this blade at Near Mint in spite of the age stains. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

The reverse blade is stamped with the back-to-back Stags which comprise the logo for Knecht. Beneath the stags is the firm's name “Knecht & Co.” with “Solingen” and “Ges. Geschützt” (Patent Pending) beneath.

A very nice Hitler Youth knife here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

HYK #28558 Hitler Youth Knife (RZM M7/80 41) - C. Gustav Spitzer

This Hitler Youth knife has a little bit of bubbling to the nickel plating around the pommel but for the most part the finish is still all there. The nickel plating on the backstrap areas and the quillon is still in good shape. The base metal of this piece is pot metal. The grip plates are in good condition being the black checkered variety. The Hitler Youth enamel is in perfect condition having good coloring to the deep red, white, copper and black swastikas. These grip plates are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets. The scabbard of this example is the typical steel tube type and it has pretty good original black paint. There is some loss to the tip area and there is some carrying signs throughout, but for the most part, this scabbard paint is at least 95%. The leather strap is a black type being that kind of leather that we see on most of the wartime pieces. It does not have the quality look of the earlier type leather but still it is in good condition and the retainer loop has a good working snap. The blade of this example is in bright outstanding condition still having what appears to be all of the crossgraining. This blade has a great shape to it and it has never been sharpened. It has the typical short ricasso. This blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with a single RZM circle and next to it appears the code for Spitzer, “M7/80” and then beneath that is, “41”, which was the date this piece was made. The leather washer is made of the same type of material as the hanger. Although this is a late made piece it really is in good shape considering there are very few of these pieces found with nice blades.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

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 made of solid steel base having excellent nickel plating. 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 quite a bit of wear and age to the original paint. The reverse has also some age and wear but not quite as much. The original owner has sculpted his initials in to the painted area and they appear to be, “A.H.” All in all, this paint rate probably on about 60%. The leather hanger is a black color having excellent serviceability to the belt loop, retainer loop and working snap. The blade is an outstanding example. It still retains its original mirror finish and also has all of its crossgraining. 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 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

HYK #34310C Hitler Youth Knife RZM M 7/72 - Kaldenbach

This Hitler Youth Knife is a later made example having the pot metal hilt base but still having outstanding nickel-plated surfaces. There is only the slightest of deterioration noticeable in the plated area which is covered by the retainer leather strap. Overall though this plating is at least 98% and still has its fine factory bright finish. The bake-o-lite checkered grip plates are in perfect condition and are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth grip insignia is in perfect condition having fine enamel with bright red, white, gold and black swastika colors. A nice hilt here! The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has good original black paint. There are quite a bit of usage signs in the scabbard paint but overall this paint rates at about 70-75%. The black leather belt loop and grip retainer strap are still supple and in good condition with a fine working snap with plated button.

The blade though is the best feature of this fine Hitler Youth knife. This blade is still mirror bright and has all of the original factory graining. This blade, other than the normal runner marks, is in mint condition. It is very rare to see a Hitler Youth blade in this fine of a state. It is the type blade with ricasso of course and is marked with a large double RZM stamp with open center. This stamp is over the code name for the Kaldenbach firm, “M 7/72”. The original black leather blade washer is place. A fine example here, especially the blade.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

HYK #34298C Hitler Youth Knife RZM M 7/40 - Hartkoph

This Hitler Youth knife is of mid period construction. It has good nickel plating throughout the hilt which is a pot metal base. The plating is wearing slightly on the upper and lower pommel portions where the leather strap covers the area. Otherwise the plating is excellent throughout. The grip plates are the usual checkered bake-o-lite and they are in perfect condition. The enamel Hitler Youth insignia is perfect throughout having fine colors to the red, white, gold and black swastika. The scabbard shell is the tube steel type and it has excellent original black paint. The black paint shows some spidering throughout the surfaces and there is a little wear toward the tip area but overall the paint is about 90%. The black leather belt loop and retainer loop are still supple and in good condition. The retainer loop has a good working snap with brown color button.

The blade is the style with ricasso and it is still nice and bright. It shows only the most modest of age and most of the original crossgraining is still in the surfaces. There is no noticeable sharpening on this blade and it retains its fine original shape throughout. This blade grades near mint. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the two devil’s heads. To the right of the heads is the company name and location, “Hartkopf & Co. / Solingen”. The ricasso is marked with a single open RZM stamp and to the right is the code, “M 7/40”. The original brown leather blade washer is in place. A desirable maker here with a very good conditioned example.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

HYK #33594C Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/52 - Herbertz & Meurer

This Hitler Youth Knife has the later style hilt having a pot metal base with nickel-plated surfaces. The surfaces show some age dullness and some wear but might clean up with a little effort. The grip plates have a small crack on the obverse just below the lower rivet and on the reverse lower area there is some kind of a “hit” to the checkering which has squashed in the pattern slightly. Whatever hit this on the reverse probably caused the crack on the obverse. At any rate, the grip plates though are still all there and not all that bad. They have good crisp checkering otherwise. The rivets are a nickel-plated steel type having dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth insignia wiggles and is in perfect condition with good bright colors to the red, white, gold and black mobile swastika. The scabbard is a fine example having excellent original paint. The paint on the reverse of the scabbard is nearly in mint condition showing only a couple of carrying signs. The obverse is also in good condition showing some age but still rating at about 98%.

The original black leather strap and retainer loop are in good condition. A little bit of the leather past the snap has broken off and has gone to time. The snap has no color left on the head but it still works well. The best part of this HJ knife is the blade. This blade is virtually in mint condition. It is nice and bright and has all of its crossgraining on both sides. It is very rare to see a Hitler Youth knife with such a nice blade. The reverse ricasso area is deeply stamped with a double open RZM circle positioned over the code, “M 7/52”. This code stands for the firm of Herbertz & Meurer. The original black leather blade buffer is in place. A fine blade here and I wish the outside was a little better but there is nothing that can be done.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

HYK #33002C Named Early Hitler Youth Knife With Motto - Ed Wüsthof

This early example shows the early wear and tear that we usually see on Hitler Youth knives, but what makes it interesting is the fact that it has the original owner’s name and what appears to be his address or possibly his school. The next owner will have to figure this one out. At any rate, the hilt is a fine steel type having excellent nickel plated surfaces. The nickel plating is still in near 100% condition, thinning only slightly on the area covered by the leather strapping. This nickering is still bright. The grip plates are the early black checkered Bakelite type and they are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth insignia still wiggles and is in excellent condition to the bright colors of the enamel being red, white and gold with black swastika. On the inner spine of this example is the original owner’s personalization. It is nearly scratched “Gnther Kosch Glauchaui./Sch”. I could be wrong with the letters on the last word but that is the best I can do with it. I think that the last word is definitely an address or possibly the name of a school. It is quite rare to see names on Hitler Youth knives because this type of personalization was forbidden. The philosophy at that time was for everything to be exactly the same and everyone to be alike. So, personalized weapons did not pass muster. The location and also the small writing certainly hid this boy’s engravings from sight. The scabbard of this example shows quite a bit of wear to the paint. This paint is only about 30%. At least the scabbard is straight, however. The scabbard is equipped with a still serviceable black leather hanger. The hanger has the retainer strap with a good working snap. The early blade is the style without ricasso. This blade has turned gray and shows quite a bit of age with some very minor sharpening just along the edge. The blade only grades at good, but it is possible to still see the vague motto on the obverse. It takes a close look with a little twisting in the light but the motto is still there if you look hard. The reverse ricasso area is stamped with the maker’s name, location and logo “Ed Wüstof Solingen” and there is a trident within a circle. Beneath this is the registered design stamp, “Ges. gesch.” The original blade buffer has long gone to time. An interesting H.J. knife here.

Excellent. $795.00

HYK #31337 Hitler Youth Knife (RZM M 7/13) - Schüttlehöfer

This Hitler Youth knife is in outstanding condition when compared to most of them that we see. It has nice bright nickel-plated surfaces throughout the hilt fittings. In fact, the nickeling is still in near full mint condition. The grip plates are the checkered Bakelite type and they are in perfect condition being retained with nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth insignia is in choice perfect condition and it wiggles to the touch. This insignia has good red, white, gold and black swastika colors. An extremely nice hilt here! The scabbard is also a fine example. The original paint on the reverse is near 100% just showing a little bit of spidering towards the tip. On the obverse the paint is also very nice having only the most mild signs of carrying and some mild spidering. This paint is about 98%. The leather loop and grip retainer strap are still in good serviceable condition and the snap button still works well. The blade is still nice and bright. In fact, this blade still has all of the crossgraining which you can easily see if you look closely. It is very rare to see a Hitler Youth knife blade in this fine a condition. It does have a couple of minor nicks along the edge but you have to expect something as these knives were carried by teenage boys. The reverse of this choice blade is stamped with an open double RZM circle positioned over the code, “M7/13”. This fine blade has been protected by an in place black leather washer. A very nice example here.

Near Mint. $895.00