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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 Mädel) 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 #40036C Hitler Youth Leader’s Dagger – RZM M7/66 (Carl Eickhorn)

This is one of the rarely seen Eickhorn Hitler Youth Leader’s Daggers. Judging from the pommel it is a relatively early piece; it is the style with a single revers screw which, when removed, enables the pommel to turn off the tang. The later examples had two screws or brads on the side. This pommel is in good condition, with excellent silvered surfaces that show quite a bit of patination in the recessed areas. The upper pommel top has a raised HJ diamond and swastika, nicely lined. Ringing the pommel are rope-like designs and dual decorative lines. The ferrule has a single line embellishment.

The rope-like design is repeated all the way around the edge of the crossguard. Remarkably this guard retains all of the silvering and has nicely patinated throughout.

The grip wire is in choice condition, with no slinkiness anywhere, and straight throughout but for a small portion where it enters the pommel cap.

The scabbard, judging from the weight, is most likely an aluminum type. It is a one piece affair (as they always are) with good faux mounts. The upper mount has the special Eickhorn HJ eagle; this bird is always slightly slimmer than those seen on Hörster pieces. This bird has outstanding detail throughout, with lines cut below the wings and an engraved swastika on the breast. It clutches a sword and hammer in its talons and is accented with more rope-like decorations. These are seen again on the center and lower ramps. All of the mounts are in very fine condition, with full silvering. The original leather covering is also in fine condition, showing some age but with no nips, separations, or missing leather. The eyelets are round and smooth, which matching carrying rings.

The blade of the dagger is a typical Eickhorn example. These differ from the Hörster types in that they were polished as opposed to nickel plated. The surfaces are in excellent condition, with some visible crossgrain. The center of the blade is etched with the Hitler Youth motto, "BLUT UND EHRE!", in block lettering. The reverse is matching etched with a single open RZM circle set atop the Eickhorn code "7 7/66". The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

An extremely sound HJ Leader Dagger here, in excellent condition. The Eickhorn examples are rarer than the Hörster examples and are always desirable.

Excellent Plus. $4,495.00

HYK #40035C Late Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/95 (Gebruder Bell)

This Hitler Youth Knife is in nice overall condition. The hilt is constructed from steel, and is nice and clean with old some thinning to the plating. It looks fine.

The grip plates are in perfect condition, being the checkered Bakelite variety. In the center of the grip is a fine HJ insignia which retains bright, perfect enamel. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard is straight throughout and remains in very fine condition. The reverse scabbard retains 100% of the original paint, while the obverse has about 95%. It shows only a few carrying signs. The scabbard leather is in fine condition, with wide grain and still supple. The retainer loop is also in good condition, with a working snap.

The mint blade of this knife is as nice as they come. It is plain with a ricasso, and still as 100% of the original crossgrain. The reverse is etched with a single RZM circle, set atop the code for Gebruder Bell "M 7/64 / 1939". The original blade buffer is in place.

A nice HJ example here, with a terrific blade.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

HYK #39962 Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto - Anton Wingen Jr

This Hitler Youth Knife has a steel-based hilt which retains almost all of the original nickel plating. There are some "tap-tap" signs on the reverse of the pommel, probably some from someone tacking up posters or the like.

The grip plates are the early, closely checkered Bakelite types which remain in perfect condition. The HJ insignia is quite good, with 100% of the original, brightly colored enamel. The plates are retained by means of nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads.

When we received this HJ Knife the scabbard shell had no paint, so we elected to restore it. The shell is nice and straight and has a good, matte finish black surface. The original leather is intact, showing some mild age but still serviceable. It is complete with the retainer loop and a working snap.

The early blade is the style without a ricasso. This blade shows a little graying and perhaps some old sharpening, but this is nearly negligible. The etched HJ motto is good and it retains about 60% of the original background darkening. The reverse is marked with the Little Knight logo of the Wingen firm, and the original blade washer is in place.

A good HJ Knife here, if you can live with the repainted scabbard.

Excellent. $495.00

HYK #37994C Unissued Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/13 – Schüttlehöfer

This unissued Hitler Youth Knife is in full mint condition; it is a real beauty. The hilt has 100% of the the original nickel plating over the pot metal base. This plating remains factory bright.

The grip plates are the black checkered variety, and they too are in perfect condition, They are retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The enamel grip insignia retains bright colors and has a flawless surface.

The scabbard is completely straight throughout and has 100% of the fine, original black paint. The paint is in perfect, mint condition. The belt and retainer loops are the large grain artificial leather type made later in the period. They are in choice condition with a good working snap.

The original issue tag is connected to the reverse of the leather strap. It is of off-white paper with green printing. It has an RZM mark and associated copy. The RZM code for the Schüttlehöfer firm, RZM M 7/13, is clearly stamped on the tag.

The choice blade is completely bright throughout, with all of the original crossgrain. There are virtually no signs of this blade. The reverse ricasso is marked with a RZM circle placed over the code for the Schüttlehöfer firm, “M7/13”. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

An outstanding leftover HJ Knife here, in perfect, unissued condition.

Mint. $1,395.00

HYK #38003C Unissued Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/31 – August Merten

This outstanding Hitler Youth Knife does not have an attached issue tag, but I am certain that it is unissued. It shows no signs of wear and almost no age anywhere.

The nickel plating on the hilt mounts is in extraordinary condition, being 100% intact and remaining in a factory-bright state.

The grip plates are in perfect condition throughout, having fine checkering. They are retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads; the plating remains intact on these rivets. The enamel HJ insignia retains bright coloration and is free of any flaws.

The scabbard is the best you will see, completely straight and with flat-out mint original paint. This paint is beautiful and looks like it was done yesterday! The leather hanger and retainer strap are also new-like. The black leather is still stiff and has perfect finish throughout. The same is true of the retainer loop, snap and button.

As you might have guessed the blade is also perfect. I'm happy to say that it is in new condition throughout, completely mirror-bright and retaining 100% of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is stamped with an RZM circle placed over the code for the August Merten firm, “M 7/31”. The original, new-like brown leather blade washer is in place.

A late-issue HJ Knife here, in fabulous condition.

Mint. $1,495.00

HYK #37993C Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/13 – Schüttlehöfer

This Hitler Youth Knife has the pot-metal base construction, with excellent nickel plating. There is some minor age in this plating, but no lifting anywhere and remaining 100% intact.

The grip plates are the standard checkered Bakelite type, retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia has perfect enamel and looks great, retaining bright colors throughout.

The scabbard is a very fine example, with no dents and with exceptional original black paint. This paint is nearly perfect on the reverse, having some signs of usage on the obverse and a little minor wear at the tip. Overall it is about 95% intact. The black ersatz leather strap and retainer loop are pebbled style; both are in good condition, as is the working snap clip.

The blade of this knife is beautiful, with no signs of sharpening, good brightness and all of the original crossgrain. Naturally it is the style of blade with a ricasso. It is marked with an RZM circle on the reverse, placed over the code for the Schüttlehöfer firm, “M7/13”. The fine original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A great Schüttlehöfer HJ Knife here.

Near Mint. $795.00

HYK #37992C Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/13 – Schüttlehöfer

This Schüttlehöfer Hitler Youth Knife is in choice condition overall. It is constructed with a base of pot-metal, however the nickel-plating remains in perfect condition throughout the hilt. There are a couple of signs of usage on the upper portion of the pommel, but they are very minor.

The black checkered grip plates are in excellent condition and are retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The plating remains on these rivets. The HJ insignia is a beauty, brightly colored and with perfect enamel.

The scabbard is a very fine example, being completely dent-free. The paint on the reverse facing is 100% intact and is factory bright. The obverse has a couple of traces of wear but remains 98% intact. The belt loop and retainer strap are an attractive brown color. The leather throughout is in perfect, supple condition. The snap is in good shape and works well.

The blade is also a real dandy, bright throughout and showing just a some “in-and-out” marks; it is basically in mint condition. All of the crossgrain is present and it has a short ricasso. The reverse is etched with a RZM circle positioned over the code for the Schüttlehöfer firm, “M 7/13”. The original leather blade washer is intact an in place.

A very fine Schüttlehöfer Hitler Youth example here.

Mint Minus. $895.00

HYK #37783 Hitler Youth Knife with Motto, RZM M7/1/38 – Emil Voos

This Hitler Youth Knife has good, bright nickel plating over a solid steel base. The plating shows only the most minor traces of age and is at least 95% intact.

The grip plates are the early, finely checkered variety and they are in perfect condition. The enamel grip insignia is a real killer, with all of the enamel intact and vibrant red, white, and gold colors. The rivets are of nickel with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard is one of the best you will see. It has very fine original black paint. On the obverse this paint is nearly 100% intact, while the reverse has just a touch of age and crazing (don't we all) and is still at 90%. The leather is brown in color and has an oak leaf stamped on the back, along with the initials “LES”.

The blade of this knife has a motto, the later type, and also has a ricasso. The blade is in good condition, with no sharpening, but it does have some smudge evenly spread across the surfaces of both sides. For an HJ knife, however, it is in very good shape. The motto is deep and crisp, retaining about 80% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds.

The reverse ricasso is stamped with an open double RZM circle. To the right of this circle is the Emil Voos code, “M7/1/38”. The original blade washer is in place.

Excellent Plus. $850.00

HYK #37991C Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/52 – Herbertz & Meurer

This Hitler Youth Knife is a stunner. The nickel-plated hilt is in perfect condition, with only a slight age mark on the obverse edge. It is nothing, though.

The grip plates have fine black checkering and are in perfect condition. These plates are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. These rivets have all of their original plating intact. The enamel HJ insignia set into the grip is similarly flawless, retaining bright, vivid colors and with a flawless surface.

The scabbard is completely straight throughout and has wonderful original black paint. Other than small spots along the age and the tip of the left side this paint remains in nearly perfect, bright condition. The black belt loop and retainer strap are the heavily pebbled ersatz leather type. This material is completely perfect throughout, to include the working retainer snap.

The beautiful blade of this knife is bright throughout, retaining 100% of the original crossgrain. There are a couple of extremely minor age marks on the obverse and reverse, but they are very minor; by the usual low standards of Hitler Youth Knives this blade is in mint condition. The reverse of the blade is etched with an RZM circle set above the code “M7/52”, which represents the Herbertz & Meurer firm. The original fine blade buffer is in place.

An outstanding HJ Knife here.

Mint Minus. $1,095.00

HYK #39538C Hitler Youth Leader’s Dagger – RZM M7/66 (Carl Eickhorn)

This Eickhorn HJ Leader’s Dagger has a rich patina throughout the silvered fittings. These fittings are of aluminum, as is the scabbard.

The pommel has a fine raised Hitler Youth Diamond, along with rope-like designs on the edges. This pommel has a brad in the reverse center. The ferrule matches nicely, with just a single accent line around the top.

The crossguard has quillons that arch slightly upward, with edges that carry more rope-like designs. All of the silvering remains on the guard, with traces of frosting in the area that butts against the ferrule.

The grip is of wood wrapped in very fine silver wire. This wire is totally tight and is in first-rate condition.

The scabbard is constructed from aluminum and is straight throughout. The original blue-black leather covering is in excellent condition, showing lots of wearing signs but only in the form of little bumps here and there, with no cuts or problems. The three mounts are also in choice condition, each retaining full, original silvering. The mounts have more rope-like designs, with the addition of an HJ eagle on the upper mount. The eagle’s head is smaller this Eickhorn version is smaller than those seen on examples from Hörster. This bird is finely detailed, clutching a sword in one talon and a hammer in the other. Cut into the breast of the bird is a swastika. There is just a little bubbling visible on the center and upper mounts.

The blade of this dagger is almost completely bright, having only the slightest traces of age on the lower area. The tip is needle-like, and the motto retains the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle and the Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”. The original brown leather washer is in place.

A fine example of a rarely seen Eickhorn Hitler Youth Leader’s Dagger, recently acquired from a family in western Pennsylvania.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $5,895.00(#080917)

HYK #39864C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Carl Eickhorn (Early Oval trademark)

This HJ Knife was one of the first examples produced. It is of highest quality and despite its age and years of usage it has survived extremely well.

The hilt is constructed from quality steel. It has been nickel plated beautifully; this plating, believe it or not, is nearly 100% intact and bright on this knife! This is extremely rare to see.

The grip plates are the early black Bakelite type, with finer checkering than we see on later plates. These plates are in perfect condition and are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia in in good condition, with fine, bright enamel.

The scabbard is also a nice example. It is straight throughout and the original paint is nearly perfect, with only minor age crazing on the obverse.

The scabbard is equipped with a brown leather hanger. This hanger is also in nice condition, but the retainer loop does show a little age. If the next owner does not keep it snapped I’m sure it will last for may years to come. The snap has the original brown surfaces.

The early blade is the style with no ricasso. It remains bright and even has a few faint traces of crossgrain. About ¾ of the blade is in choice condition, but there is some staining towards the end. Nothing bad, though. The motto is still nice and crisp and retains about 90% of the original darkening. The reverse ricasso is heavily stamped with the early oval trademark used by Eickhorn from 1933 to 1935. It features the name and location of the firm within the ovals and, in the center, a crisply defined squirrel holding a nut in his paws. Beneath is the protected trademark term, “Ges Geschutz”. The original brown blade washer is in place.

If you collect HJ knives this variant is one should be of interest to you; it is of the hardest to obtain, and even harder to locate in this nice a condition.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

HYK #39867 Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Rob. Müller, RZM M7/32

This is a mid-period example that remains in absolute top condition. It is constructed from steel with a nickel-plated finish that remains 100% intact throughout. The condition of the hilt is perfect and this is extremely rare to see.

The grip plates are black checkered Bakelite type. They are in perfect condition and are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The Hitler Youth insignia has a small defect on the right “point”; I’m not sure if there is any enamel missing or if it is just a scar of some sort. At any rate it is very minor and the rest of the enamel remains nice and bright.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The reverse of the shell has 100% of the paint and the obverse has some minor wear and crazing. None of this is bad, however.

The attached leather hanger shows quite a bit of wear and some of the original finish has come off the reverse. The retainer loop is intact although it was broken next to the snap and we did repair it. The loop should be fine if the snap is left open.

The blade itself makes up for any sins seen on the scabbard. This blade is in full mint, new-like condition, something very, very to see on an HJ blade. It has a short ricasso and has 100% of the crossgrain. It is bright and the motto is dark and crisp. On the reverse the blade has been etched with a single RM circle set atop the code “M 7/32”. To the right is the maker’ name and location, “Rob. Müller / Sol-Merscheid”, in block lettering. The original blade washer is in place.

If you are looking for a new-like HJ Knife this one should satisfy you.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

HYK #39812 Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Tiger, RZM M7/68 1936

This mid-period Hitler Youth Knife is in very fine condition throughout. The hilt is constructed of steel with sensational nickel plating. This plating is 100% intact and has a fine factory shine.

The grip plates are the black checkered Bakelite type and remain in perfect condition. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is in beautiful condition, with perfect, brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard shell is also a choice example. It is straight as an arrow and is a blued variety, something we don’t see all that often. The reverse bluing is perfect, while the obverse is intact but does show some age.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine black hanger and retainer loop. This hanger is the style with the an oak leaf and the initials “LS” stamped on the reverse. The retainer loop is in new-like condition with a fine, working snap.

The blade of this knife is still mostly bright. It has no sharpening or any problems, and shows only modest surface age. By the generally low standards set for HJ blades it is excellent. The motto is still all there, the word “Blut” being slightly lighter from wear than the rest of the motto. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the famous Tiger trademark, with fine detailing on the cat. Behind the cat is the name and location of the firm, “Tiger / Solingen”. The ricasso is stamped with a single open RZM circle to the left of the Tiger code “M7/68”. Below this is the year of production, “1936”. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

A very fine Tiger example here, with lots of excellent features.

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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. $495.00

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. $795.00

HYK #39753 Hitler Youth Knife – RZM M 7/52 (Herbertz & Maurer)

This Hitler Youth Knife is in exceptional condition throughout.

The nickel plating on the hilt remains outstanding, still bring bright and nearly 100% intact, with just traces of wear to the area crossed by the leather retainer loop. Considering that the base construction of the hilt is lower quality pot metal, this plating is nothing sort of amazing.

The grip plates are black checkered Bakelite type and are in perfect condition throughout. They are retained by 100% intact nickel plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is very fine, with perfect, brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard is about as nice as you will ever see. It has outstanding original black paint which is about 99% intact on the obverse and shows just a tad of wear on wear on the reverse, being about 96-97% intact.

Attached to the scabbard is an ersatz black leather hanger. It remains in very fine condition and is complete with a retainer loop with a working snap.

The nearly mint blade is also in outstanding condition. It is bright and has all of the original crossgrain in the surface. It has never been sharpened (which is unusual for an HJ knife) and has a short ricasso. The reverse of the blade is etched with a large, double RZM circle set atop the Herbertz & Maurer code of “M 7/52”. The original black leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine HJ example here, ready to add to your collection.

Mint Minus. $995.00(#080917)

HYK #39754 DJ Knife

This DJ Knife is the last type of Hitler Youth affiliated knife produced during the period. It did not have an HJ diamond in the scabbard, presumably because the rapidly crumblingReich could not afford even minor embellishment at the time.

The knife has the usual aluminum hilt. This hilt is in excellent condition, showing only normal age and no faults.

The grip plates are of black checkered Bakelite, retained by aluminum rivets with dressed heads.

The scabbard remains in nearly perfect condition, with nearly 100% of the original paint on both sides and only a couple of chips at the tip. Attached to the scabbard is an outstanding black leather hanger. This hanger is quite new-like and is complete with a smaller retainer loop with a working snap.

The blade is a fine, slab-sided example without a ricasso. It remains in fully mint condition, with full, original crossgrain. The original brown felt buffer is in place, showing only modest wear.

These DJ Knives are absolutely original and make a fine addition to any collection of HJ items.

Excellent Plus. $425.00

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.

Excellent. $950.00

HYK #39290C Hitler Youth Knife – RZM M7/72 (Kaldenbach)

This Hitler Youth Knife has pot metal base construction which has been nickel plated. The plating is in fairly good condition, showing some of the usual wear underneath the area of the pommel normally covered by the retainer strap. Overall this plating is about 85% intact.

The grip plates are the usual black checkered Bakelite type and are in good condition. The HJ diamond is nicely placed and wiggles to the touch as it should. The enamel of this insignia remains bright and perfectly intact. The plates are retained by a pair of steel rivets with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard is in excellent condition throughout, with nearly mint reverse paint. The obverse paint has a few signs of carrying time but is about 98% intact.

The attached leather belt loop and retainer strap are both in fine condition, the snap clip working as it should.

The blade of this knife has never been sharpened and retains the original shape, being the style without a ricasso. The blade has some minor age evident in the surfaces, but overall remains quite bright. The reverse is stamped with a double open RZM circle set above the Kaldenbach code of “M7/72”. The original blade washer is intact and in place.

A very good, late production Hitler Youth Knife here.

Excellent Plus. $850.00

HYK #39522C Hitler Youth Leader Dagger – RZM M7/66 (Carl Eickhorn)

This is one of the rarely seen Eickhorn Hitler Youth Leader Daggers. We mostly see them coming from Hörster, but even those of that type are quite rare.

This piece is in very fine condition throughout. The pommel has a raised Youth diamond at the top, with a swastika in the center. Around the edges of the pommel are rope-like designs, and, interestingly, it is retained by a screw set into the reverse center. It is merely a set screw to retain the pommel to the tang, as the pommel itself does screw on to the blade tang.

The crossguard is also a fine example, having 100% of the silvering intact throughout. It arches slightly upward on both sides, with edges decorated with the same rope-like pattern seen on the pommel. The ferrule is of simple design, with just a decorative line running around the upper area.

The grip is of wood, beautifully wrapped in twisted silver wire. This wire is nice and tight, with no unsightly slinkiness to be seen.

The scabbard is constructed from aluminum and is as straight as an arrow. The leather covering on the scabbard is original and about the best you could hope for, being absolutely perfect. I cannot even detect where the seam is in this finely grained, blue-black leather. It really is beautiful. The three mounts are also in choice condition, each retaining full, original silvering. The mounts have more rope-like designs, with the addition of an HJ eagle on the upper mount. The eagle’s head is smaller this Eickhorn version is smaller than those seen on examples from Hörster. This bird is finely detailed, clutching a sword in one talon and a hammer in the other. Cut into the breast of the bird is a swastika.

The blade is nice and bright throughout. It has just the slightest of smudging towards the lower are of both sides, but nothing serious and it is still nearly mint. The tip remains needle-like and the motto is boldly etched, with 100% of the original darkening. The original leather blade washer is intact and in place. The reverse ricasso is marked with a single open RZM circle and the Eickhorn code, “M 7/66”.

If you are looking for a HJ Leader this example would be a superb choice; it has both excellent condition and is the much rarer Eickhorn type. You couldn't ask for more!

Near Mint. $5,995.00

HYK #39544 Hitler Youth Watch Bayonet

This is one of the rarely seen HJ “Watch” Bayonets issued to the boys that were chosen to perform special ceremonial guard duties, such as the November 9th Annual Martyrdom affair and the like. It was a great honor to be chosen for these duties.

The bayonet has fairly good hilt plating, although there are a couple of age spots along the pommel and crossguard. Overall the plating remains about 85 to 90% intact throughout. The mortise button and lock work well, and there is no felt in the rifle slot.

The grip plates are in excellent condition, being the traditional black checkered Bakelite type. The obverse grip plate has a HJ insignia set perfectly into the center, an absolute factory job. The enamel on this diamond insignia is in perfect condition throughout, and the colors remains bright. The rivets are are steel with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard is straight and has good original paint. The paint on the reverse is about 98% intact, while the obverse is perhaps 95%. This paint retains the original luster and could be cleaned up.

The blade is the same type I’ve seen on other original examples I have handled. As is the case in this example, they always seem to be short and have a wide fuller, as opposed to the normal stepped end. This unmarked blade remains bright with only a few minor age spots on the obverse ricasso. The original black leather washer is in place.

A rare opportunity to acquire an original and scarce HJ Watch Bayonet.

Excellent. $1,250.00

HYK #39287C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – SMF

This Hitler Youth Knife is of initial production and is of outstanding quality. The hilt is constructed of steel with a nice nickel plating. This plating is very good, with just the slightest bit of wear on the area of the pommel normally covered by the leather retainer loop.

The grip plates are the early, closely checkered variety and remain in perfect condition. These plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The insignia wiggles slightly as it should, and the enamel surfaces remain bright and free of flaws.

The scabbard is also in excellent condition, with nearly 100% of the original paint.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine leather hanger and retainer loops. The leather of the hanger shows some age but is generally supple and sound. The retainer loop has a good working snap.

The blade is the style without a ricasso. It retains the original geometry and has never been sharpened. It is still mostly bright throughout and in nearly mint condition, especially when measured against the normally low standards of HJ knife blades. The motto is excellent, still being quite dark with about 98% of the original blacking. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm and the protected trademark term “Gesch Geschützt”. The leather blade washer is in place.

An extremely fine, early SMF HJ Knife here, complete with a great motto.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

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 #39274C Personalized Hitler Youth Knife – RZM M 7/51/41 (Anton Wingen)

This Hitler Youth Knife, despite the fact that it was made in 1941, has the fine solid steel construction typical of the Wingen firm. This steel base metal has allowed the nickel plating to remain in excellent condition, with only the slightest of wear on the area of the lower pommel that would be covered by the fastened retainer loop.

It is interesting to note that the back plate of the pommel bears the professionally engraved name and city of the original owner. It reads “Herbert Hecht / Delkenheim”. Delkenhiem, incidentally, is part of the area of Wiesbaden.

The grip plates are of fine checkered Bakelite, in perfect condition and retained by aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia wiggles slightly to the touch as it should, but, unfortunately, has a couple of chips in the enamel; one at the top point and another at the lower point. They are not too distracting, however. The enamel coloring remains bright.

The scabbard shell of this knife is straight throughout. The original black paint in in excellent condition on the reverse, showing only minor crazing and a small amount of loss at the bottom. The obverse facing is in similar condition, but overall the paint is not too bad.

Attached to the shell is are fine black leather belt and retainer loops. The retainer snap button works well.

The blade is a nice example, free of sharpening and retaining the original shape. The blade has some brightness and might even be cleaned up further by the next owner, if so desired. The reverse ricasso is marked with a double open RZM circle with the Wingen RZM code, “M 7/51/41” to the right. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

A good Wingen HJ knife here, with some possible research potential.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

HYK #39277C Hitler Youth Knife/Bayonet Variant – Anton Wingen

This Hitler Youth Variant is very seldom seen; this is the first example of the type I’ve come across in many years.

The hilt is slightly larger than a standard HJ piece, looking more the bayonet. The pommel area has a beak on the left of the pommel and a faux mortise button. The base metal is steel, covered in an outstanding nickel plating which remains in perfect condition throughout.

The grip plates are the early, black checkered Bakelite types and are in perfect condition. The upper rivet is in place as it normally would be, however the hole normally filled by the lower rivet is now occupied by a HJ diamond insignia. This insignia has been expertly cut into the Bakelite and is retained by a screw and spanner on the opposite side. The enamel on this insignia remains in nice condition.

The scabbard is tapered straight down to a narrow tip, similar to those used on period fighting knives. It is painted black throughout. This paint is about 85% intact, showing wear around the tip and on the lower portions.

Attached to the upper portion of the scabbard is a period leather accoutrement which was at one time equipped with a belt loop. Most of the leather remains but the loop portion has been lost to time.

The blade if a fighting knife style but of very high quality. It has a single edge without a ricasso and a false edge which runs back about halfway down the spine. The nickel-plated finish is in mint condition. The reverse is stamped with the familiar Little Knight trademark of the Wingen firm. The original brown leather buffer is in place.

An extremely rare variant here which should be of great interest to HJ collectors.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00

HYK #39285C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – CAM

This early production Hitler Youth Knife has solid steel base construction. The nickel-plated surfaces are still in perfect condition and remain bright.

The grip plates are the early checkered Bakelite variety and they remain in perfect condition, retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia wiggles as it should, and the colored enamel remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is straight throughout and has perfect original paint on the reverse. The obverse paint shows a little age and wear but it is nothing serious and the scabbard overall is very nice.

Attached to the reverse of the scabbard is a black leather hanger and retainer loop. The leather remains in good condition throughout and the snap clip works well.

The blade of this knife is the early type without a ricasso. It remains bright and shows only minimal traces of age. The original grain is present although you have to look closely to see it. This blade is etched with the HJ motto. The etching looks to have about 98% of the original background. Judged against the normally rough condition of HJ knives this blade is nearly mint. The reverse of the blade is stamped “CAM” over “Solingen”, as well as with “Ges Geschütz” in a rectangle. The original leather blade washer is in place.

An extremely nice early HJ Knife here, from a seldom seen maker.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

HYK #39289C Hitler Youth Knife – RZM M7/80 40 (Gustav Spitzer)

This late production Hitler Youth Knife is in excellent condition. The hilt is the pot metal type but the plating remains outstanding, which is very rare. This plating is nearly 100% intact and looks fantastic.

The grip plates are of black checkered Bakelite, retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia on the grip wiggles as it should. The enamel throughout this insignia remains in perfect condition.

The scabbard is a fine example, being completely straight and actually retaining 100% of the original paint! This is a really nice looking scabbard.

The scabbard is equipped with a fine black leather hanger and retainer loop. The fine leather remains in very sound condition and the snap clip works well.

The blade is a plain example with a ricasso. It remains bright and retains traces of the original grain, although most of it is gone. It does have a pretty bright finish and it has never been sharpened. When judged against the normal, brutalized condition of most HJ knives it remains in nearly mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single RZM circle, as well as the Spitzer code “M7/80 40”. The original leather washer is in place.

A very nice, basic HJ Knife here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

HYK #39138C Hitler Youth Leader's Dagger, RZM M 7/36 - E. & F. Hörster

This Hitler Youth Leader's Dagger is one of the best-conditioned examples I have seen. Amazingly, the silvering appears to be all intact throughout the piece, to even include the aluminum crossguard!

The pommel cap has all of the silvering, but it has patined dark. It has the vaulted HJ diamond with center swastika. The sides are decorated with the rope-like lines that run around the circumference and there are dual accent lines below. This cap is retained by two headless side screws, an indication that this is an early example as the later types are retained with two brads. The ferrule still has almost all of the factory lacquer, being covered with frosted finish.

The aluminum crossguard also appears to have nearly 100% of the silvering with most of the finish being frosted. This is amazing preservation as these aluminum guards just did not take well to the silvering process; most examples have little to no silver left. The guard is gently curved upward on both sides and the edges have the rope detail running completely around. The grip is also amazing. There is absolutely no looseness to the beautiful silvered grip wire. Normally, the wood below shrinks over time making for a slinky affect, but not on this dagger!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has totally pristine leather. This perfect original blue-black leather retains its fine grain and is the best you will see. These scabbards are a one piece unit with exception of the throat. The silvering throughout the three scabbard mounts is still all there and the two upper mounts have frosting remaining. Each of the three mounts has the rope designs running around them. The HJ eagle is the Horster type being open-winged and looking to the viewer's right with mobile swastika cut into the breast area. The bird retains a sword in his right talon and a hammer in his left. The eyelets are the rounded, smooth type and they too have their silvering. The throat cantilevers over the scabbard throat and it is retained by a single flat head screw in the center reverse. A great scabbard here!

Finally, as we would expect, the HJ blade is a stone mint wonder having mirror finish. These blades were quality nickel-plated. The HJ motto appears etched in the center blade segment, "Blut und Ehre!". The letters retain 100% of the factory blackening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with an open double RZM circle positioned over the E. & E. Hörster code, "M 7/36". The original brown leather blade washer is in place and remains new-like.

This is a top-notch original Hitler Youth Leader in incredible condition - easily one of the best I have seen. We don't see these daggers come up for sale much anymore, so this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire a gem like this for your collection.

Mint. $7,495.00

HYK #38953 Hitler Youth Fighting Knife – Puma-werk

Puma-werk was known to customize for an additional fee, and this fighting knife is evidence of this fact. The hilt of this knife is exactly the the size of a normal HJ, although with a pointier beak on the pommel and a faux mortise button.

The nickel plating over the steel base is excellent, 100% intact and showing only modest traces of age.

The grip plates are the standard black checkered style. The are retained by a pair of rivets which are headless on both sides. The Hitler Youth insignia nicely wiggles (something we like to see) and the enamel surfaces are intact. It does have a touch of age staining around the swastika.

The scabbard is the type used for fighting knives, with a tapered, pointed end. This scabbard is completely dent-free and has good original black paint with only minor carrying wear. Attached to the scabbard is the original leather hanger, complete with the retainer loop and working snap.

The blade measures 5 ¾ inches long, slightly longer than a standard HJ knife. It is made similar to a bayonet, with a stepped end and a small fuller. It is in fairly good condition, still mostly bright; it would probably clean up even nicer with some effort. I don't see any sharpening and the tip is still good. The reverse is marked “Puma-werk Solingen” and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A nice original variation here.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

HYK #38125 Double Proof Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/66 – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn HJ Knife is in outstanding condition. All of the nickle plating is intact throughout the hilt and it is still factory bright.

The grip plates are the standard black checkered type, in perfect condition. The enamel grip insignia is similarly perfect. The plates are retained by nickel-plated steel rivets with dressed heads.

The scabbard is straight and in excellent condition, having good original paint. Although the paint is nearly 100% intact it does have some age crazing even spread throughout the surface.

The leather hanger on this piece is in nice condition throughout, still supple. The retainer loops shows a little more wear and the original black paint is worn, but it is still very sound. The retainer loop is equipped with a working black snap and a boss beneath.

The blade of this HJ is a real gem; it retains a factory-bright finish and all of the original crossgraining. It has never been sharpened and really has great look. It is the still with a ricasso, and on the reverse it is deeply stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The squirrel rests above an open RZM circle and the code “RZM M7/66”. The ricasso also has the year of production, “40”, a design trait typical of the Eickhorn firm. The original black washer is in place and in good condition.

If you are looking for a choice HJ Knife, look no further; this piece would be a fine addition to any collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

HYK #38656C Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/13 – Schüttlehöfer

This Schüttlehöfer Hitler Youth Knife is a high quality example. Although must Schüttlehöfer pieces will have pot metal bases, this example has one of solid steel. It must have been an early made piece.

The nickel plated surfaces are perfect throughout the hilt and are in mint condition. The grip plates are the black checkered variety, completely intact and retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is very nice with bright, perfect enamel.

The scabbard is in the same outstanding condition. It is totally perfect with immaculate, 100% intact paint. The attached leather strap and grip retainer loop are intact and in choice, new-like condition.

As we would hope the blade of this example is just as good. It is a beauty, stone mint and with full graining. The reverse of the blade is deeply stamped with a large open double RZM circle set above the Schüttlehöfer code “M7/13”. The original, new-like blade buffer is in place.

A very beautiful HJ example here, in superb condition.

Mint. $1,395.00

HYK #38655C Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/27 – Puma

This Puma Hitler Youth Knife is in very choice condition. It has a pot metal base but the finely plated surfaces remain 100% intact.

The grip plates are the black checkered type, in perfect condition and with a very fine HJ insignia.

The scabbard shell is quite nice, with 100% of the original paint and showing almost no age at all. The black leather strap is also new-like, being complete with the small retainer loop and working snap.

The blade of this example couldn't be better. It is bright and retains 100% of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single RZM circle to the left of the Puma code “M7/27”.

The original blade buffer is in place, being an extremely fat example but absolutely original.

A killer HJ Knife here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

HYK #38378C Hitler Youth Leader Dagger, RZM M7/36 – E. & F. Hörster

This HJ Leader Dagger shows some signs of period usage but it is all there and in collectible condition.

The upper portion of the one piece pommel is somewhat lacking in terms of plating. It features a raised out HJ diamond and swastika. There is some age darkening that surrounds the diamond but it is not bad. The pommel edges, at least on the obverse, also show some minor darkening, where are the reverse is clean. It has the usual hand-cut rope design running around the circumference and is retained by a pair of brads.

The crossguard is the usual aluminum-based type. It is amazing that all of the silvering is still present on the upper and lower portions of the guard. It appears to have some age on the obverse edge, which has the same rope design as the pommel. The reverse edge it still nice and clean. The ferrule is typical of this type of dagger, with a single accent line running around the upper portion.

The grip of this dagger is constructed with a base of carved wood wrapped in tightly twisted silvered wire. The wire is just slightly loose but is not Slinky-like. This type of thing is commonly seen in HJ Leader Daggers; over the years the wooden base invariably shrinks, loosening the wire wrap.

The one piece scabbard is nice and straight. It has been recovered at some point, but the job was extremely well done and it is difficult to detect the seam; I doubt that most people would know this piece was recovered. The leather is very finely grained and looks good. The upper portion of the scabbard features the HJ eagle on the obverse. This bird has open wings and a swastika engraved on his breast. It looks to the viewer's right, grasping a sword in his right talon and a hammer in his left. The detail throughout this bird is excellent. Below the eagle are more rope-like designs, which also appear on the center ramp and the upper portion of the lower mount. All of the mounts are in excellent condition, retaining their original silvering. There is a minor amount of lifting on the lower reverse but the silvering remains intact. The upper pair of mounts have smooth, round eyelets and matching silvered carrying rings.

The blade of this dagger is exceptional. This beautiful mint blade has quality nickel plating, with a mirror finish and a needle-like tip. The center of the obverse blade is etched with the HJ motto, “BLUT UND EHRE!”, in block letters. All of the factory darkening is present in the backgrounds of the etching. The reverse ricasso is etched with double RZM circles positioned over the code of the E. & F. Hörster firm, “M 7/36”. The original brown leather washer is in excellent condition and is firmly in place.

A very collectible HJ Leader Dagger here, not in mint condition but extremely nice and priced accordingly. Genuine HJ Leader Daggers are extremely difficult to come by these days.

Excellent. $4,225.00

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

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

HYK #38004C Double Proof Hitler Youth Knife with Motto, RZM M7/65 – Carl Heidelberg

This Carl Heidelberg Hitler Youth Knife has the early steel-based hilt with a good nickel-plated finish. This plating is showing some minor signs of age in the area covered by the strap as well as in the center of both guards. The plating, though, seems to be be at least 98% intact.

The grip plates are the early, finely checkered Bakelite type. They are in perfect condition, being retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The enamel HJ insignia is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard shell is completely straight throughout and has good, original black paint. This paint has a few mild age spots spread evenly throughout the surface, but overall this paint is at least 95% intact.

The blade of this knife is a extremely nice example. Most of the crossgrain remains on the surfaces. There is a slight flaw toward the blade tip where the knife was apparently used to pry something, but beyond this the blade is nearly perfect. The HJ motto etch is completely crisp, with fine background darkening that is at least 98% intact. This blade is the mid-period type that has a ricasso. The reverse of the blade is marked with log of the Carl Heidelberg firm; a pair of beer bottles in a circle, with the firm's name and location, “Carl Heidelberg / Solingen” to the right. The ricasso is marked with a RZM circle placed next to the code “M 7/65”. The original leather blade buffer is intact and in place.

A great, mid-period piece here, with a great motto.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,195.00

HYK #37920C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – LUX

This early Hitler Youth Knife is from a desirable maker and is in very fine, collectible condition.

The hilt has the quality steel base metal with a plating of excellent nickel. This plating shows a little thinning in the areas covered by the leather strap, but is otherwise 100% intact.

The grip grip plates are the early, finely grained Bakelite type. They are in perfect condition, having nickel rivets with dressed heads. The HJ insignia is a beauty, bright colored and totally intact.

The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has good original black paint, showing some period wear around the bottom tip as well as a few scattered spots on both sides. The paint, though, is in good condition and remains about 85% intact. The leather belt loop and retainer strap are still in fine condition, constructed of supple black leather. The retainer loop has a good working snap.

The blade of this knife is really a fine one. It is still bright and shows no signs of sharpening. Other than a couple of very light age stains on both sides it is nearly mint condition. The HJ motto is nicely done, with about 95% of the original background darkening present. This early blade is the style without a ricasso. On the reverse is stamped the name and location of the maker, “LUX / Solingen”. Beside this we see an image of tufted ear rodent of some kind, running at full speed. Beneath the logo and maker name registered trademark term “Gesch Geschütz”. The original black leather blade buffer is in fine condition.

A very desirable HJ Knife here. I like this maker a lot as it is quite rare, and I am sure you will too.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

HYK #37744 Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/36 – E. & F. Hörster

This HJ Knife has the early steel base construction and very fine nickel-plated surfaces. The plating is nearly 100% intact and really looks great.

The grip plates are the early, finely checkered variety. Unfortunately, we noticed a hair-line crack in the front grip plate upon photography. Fortunately, this crack is hardly noticeable. The back plate is mint. The enamel grip insignia is a real killer, with all of the enamel intact and vibrant red, white, and gold colors. The rivets are of steel with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard is a real beauty, in nearly full Mint condition. The paint is still bright and factory new-looking on the reverse. The obverse shows only mild surface scratches. The black leather is in supple, new-like condition, to include the retainer strap. The retainer has a working snap.

An extremely nice HJ dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

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(#60616)

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 #36688A 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 (#060616)

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 #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 #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