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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 Mádel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization.

The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed state examinations. These knives had nickel-plated hilts with black checkered grip plates. The obverse plate was fitted with an enameled HJ swastika insignia. Through 1937, these knives were etched with the motto of the organization, Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!). Examples produced after this date were made with plain blades usually bearing an RZM marking.

The Hitler Youth Leaders were professionals in charge of the training and NSDAP education of the German Youth. They wore a special dagger consisting of silvered hilt fittings with blue-black leather-covered scabbard. The grip was composed of tightly wrapped silver wire, over a wood base. The pommel cap featured an HJ diamond on top, complete with swastika. The upper scabbard fitting depicted an open-winged Hitler Youth eagle with swastika cut into the bird's chest. The blade was etched with the Hitler Youth motto, Blut und Ehre!.



HYK #44527 Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/14 1941 (Lüneschloss)

This Hitler Youth Knife is in nice condition, being one of the last pieces made in 1941.

It is a pot metal example but the nickel plating remains pretty good, with only some wear through on the pommel, quillon, and the area that was crossed by the retainer strap. Overall I'd say the plating remains about 80% intact throughout.

The grip plates are finely checkered Bakelite. They remain in perfect condition, retained by a pair of steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip insignia retains perfect, brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard is nice and straight, with excellent original paint. The reverse paint is 100% intact, while the obverse shows some age in the center. The black leather strap remains sound and the retainer loop is a very substantial example, with a working snap.

The best part about this knife is the blade. It remains completely bright and mint, with full, original crossgrain. The reverse of the short ricasso is marked with a single RZM circle beside the Lüneschloss code, "M7/14 1941". The original blade buffer is in place.

A very nice late-war example here.

Excellent. $850.00

HYK #44490C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto - G. Felix / Gloriawerk

This Hitler Youth Knife is a real beauty produced by a desirable maker. The hilt mounts are steel with perfect, 100% intact nickel plating.

The grip plates are are the early, closely checkered Bakelite variety. They remain in prefect condition, being retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip insignia remains in perfect condition, with bright, undamaged enamel.

The scabbard is also extremely nice. It appears to be one of the original anodized types; this finish is just about 100% intact, showing just a trace of age and some wear down near the tip.

Attached to the scabbard is a fine black leather belt loop and a retainer loop with a working snap. The leather remains sound and free of issues.

The blade is the type with a ricasso. It retains all of the original crossgrain and the HJ motto is quite dark. The edge of the knife have never been sharpened (a rare sight on an HJ) and it retains perfect geometry. The reverse of the blade is etched with the rarely seen trademark of the G. Felix / Gloriawerk firm, along with an RZM circle and the code "M7/28". The original, new-like blade washer is in place.

An extremely fine HJ knife here.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

HYK #44491C Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/19 (Ed. Wüsthof)

This HJ Knife is a high quality example; the steel hilt has excellent nickel plating throughout. This plating remains 100% intact.

The grip plates are are the early, closely checkered Bakelite variety. They remain in prefect condition, being retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip insignia remains in perfect condition, with bright, undamaged enamel.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint is all there on this scabbard however there is age even spread throughout the surfaces of both sides. Perhaps this could be worked up with a little wax, as the paint is still intact.

Attached to the scabbard is a very fine black leather belt loop and a retainer strap with a working snap. The belt loop is marked with an oak leaf and "LFS" on the interior.

The blade is a beauty, still bright and with most of the original crossgrain. There is no sharpening evident, which is nice to see. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the Wüsthof Trident trademark, along with "Gesch Gesch". The obverse is stamped with an RZM circle and the code, "RZM M7/19 1938". The original blade washer is in place.

A very nice Wüsthof example here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

HYK #44377C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto - Ed Wüsthof

This early HJ Knife has is made of nickel plated steel. The plating remains 100% intact.

The grip plates are the early black Bakelite type, with fine checkering. The plates are retained by a pair of nickel rivets with dressed heads. The HJ grip insignia retains perfect enamel and looks great.

The scabbard is straight and has good, original black paint. The obverse paint is about 90% intact, while reverse of the scabbard is better at 98%. Attached to the scabbard is brown leather belt loop and a retainer strap, with sound leather and a working snap.

The early blade is style without a ricasso. This blade is in very nice condition, especially for a HJ knife which are typically very beat up. It does not look to been sharpened and the original shape is intact. The metal is turning a bit gray but it is not too bad. The HJ motto is present but you've got to look quite closely to see it as the original background darkening has long since worn away. The reverse is stamped with the Trident trademark of the Wüsthof firm and "Gesch Gesch". The original blade buffer is in place.

A very nice early HJ Knife here.

Excellent. $895.00

HYK #44267C DJ Knife with Scabbard Insignia

This DJ Knife is a textbook example in collectible condition.

The hilt mounts are the usual smooth aluminum types, showing mild patination.

The black checkered Bakelite grip plates are in good shape, retained by aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard remains in excellent shape, with the original black paint. This paint shows some crazing but is nearly 100% intact. Attached to the scabbard via pins is a fine HJ insignia, with compete enamel and free of damage. On the reverse of the scabbard is an affixed black leather belt loop and a retainer strap with a working black snap.

The blade is plain, single edged type without a ricasso. There is some surface smudge but it is relatively minor. The original brown felt blade washer is in place.

A good, sound, original DJ Knife here.

Excellent. $795.00

HYK #42022C Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife - Robert Klaas

This HJ Knife is of highest quality, with perfect nickel plating on the steel hilt. This plating really is in superb condition.

The grip plates are the usual black checkered Bakelite and remain in perfect condition, retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads.The HJ grip insignia is completely intact, with no issues on the brightly colored enamel. It nicely wiggles to the touch.

The scabbard is quite fine, with full paint on the reverse. The obverse remains bright but does show a little carrying wear, the paint being about 98% intact.

The blade is a real killer. It shows some traces of surface wear but is easily in a near mint state. This blade has no visible crossgrain but has not lost any brightness. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the Kissing Cranes trademark of the Klaas firm, while the reverse stamped “RZM M7/37 / 1938”. The original blade washer is in place.

An extremely nice Hitler Youth Knife here.

Near Mint. $1,095.00

HYK #44136C DJ Knife

This DJ Knife is a fine textbook example. It has the usual aluminum style hilt mounts and the original sheen is kind of worn off the finish but if anything it gives it a good look. The grip plates are the black checkered type and they are in fine condition. They are retained aluminum rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard is in very fine condition. It has at least 98% of the original paint and still has its original shine. The attached black leather hanger is also in fine condition with a working snap. Applied to the scabbard obverse via pins through the scabbard is the Hitler Youth insignia. This enameled insignia is in perfect condition with fine bright colors. The blade is the typical single edged type with no ricasso and it remains in near full mint condition and also has the small brown felt washer. A very nice textbook example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

HYK #43948C Hitler Youth Leader's Dagger - RZM M7/36 (E. & F. Hörster)

This Youth Leader dagger is in exceptional condition and is very desirable. The nickel plating to the pommel is perfect, having a fine raised and lined HJ diamond with center swastika. The edges have the rope-like design running around the upper area with twin accent lines below. The cross guard is the aluminum variety having the tips of the qullion ends sweeping upward slightly. The thin guard has all of its rope-like designs running around the edges. The original silver plated surface remains on the upper and lower sides of the right quillion. On the left side, the plating is mostly gone to time. The ferrule above retains all of its plating and features an accent line at the upper area. The grip is a wood base, covered with very thin silver wire. The wire remains very tight with absolutely no "slinky" effect, commonly seen on these daggers often caused by shrinkage of the wood base. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is completely straight throughout. It features the three mounts of the upper, center and lower, all having outstanding silvered finish. Each mount is decorated with rope-like designs. The upper obverse mount portrays the the distinct Hörster HJ eagle, clutching a sword in one talon and a hammer in the other. There is a mobile swastika engraved into the bird's breast. The two center areas of the one-piece scabbard shell are covered in luxurious original blue-black Moroccan leather. The grain is very fine and the leather remains in total perfect condition throughout. The upper and lower mounts have attached rounded eyelets with hanging rings.

The blade is a real beauty being completely mint. The Hörster blades were always nickel-plated, retaining their original brightness. The obverse center blade segment is etched with the Hitler Youth motto, "Blut und Ehre!". 100% of the original darkening in the letter backgrounds remains. The mint blade reverse features the E & F. Hörster code, being an open RZM double-circle positioned over "M 7/36". The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine HJ Leader dagger here!

Mint Minus. $6,895.00

HYK #43139 DJ Knife with Etched 1938 Breslau Sporting Event - E. & F Hörster

This DJ Knife is a most interesting example; I've only seen a few of these over the years.

The hilt is the standard aluminum type, with black checkered Bakelite grip plates that remain in good condition. These plates are retained by a pair of aluminum rivets with dressed heads on both sides. The HJ grip insignia shows some surface wear and has a very tiny chip but nothing too bad.

The scabbard is a tapered steel example, with fairly good original paint. There is wear to the lower portion of the obverse, but the reverse is much more intact. There is some minor age crazing spread here and there. The scabbard is equipped with a black leather belt loop which remains in fine, serviceable condition, and is complete with a retainer loop and working snap.

The DJ style blade has no ricasso, a single edge, and a short false edge at the top. Etched on the obverse in gold is what appears to a church or some other building, presumably where the event occurred. Next to the "church" is an etched sports flag with a swastika in the center. The center of the blade is etched "Deutsches / Turn-und Sportfest / Breslau 1938". Next to this is a fine 3rd Reich Sport Eagle. The reverse is etched with E. & F. Hörster trademark, and the blade remains in near mint condition.

Obviously this knife was made to commemorate this Gymnastics and Sports festival, which makes it quite a rare and desirable example.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

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 perfect condition, and is nice and bright.

The Bakelite grip plates are closely checkered and in perfect condition, retained by nickel-plated steel 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 is a 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%. A nice scabbard here. 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 from the metal finish.

The blade of this example is a real killer. This blade is still factory-bright, and has no signs of sharpening and all of the cross grain is still in the surfaces. Other than a small stain or rub on the end portion near the tip, this blade is in mint condition. On the reverse the blade is stamped with a well-detailed tiger which is loping towards the tip of the blade. The firm's name, "Tiger" and "Solingen" location is to the right of the cat.

At the reverse the short-style 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 #38125 Double Proof Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/66 – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn HJ Knife is in outstanding condition. All of the nickel 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 #43023C Hitler Youth Watch Bayonet

These Watch Bayonets were used by HJ boys given the honor of special guard duty at Party rallies and special events such as the Feldernhalle Putsch anniversary.

The hilt plating on this bayonet shows freckling and age but it is all still there. The grip plates are the usual checkered Bakelite type, in excellent condition and retained by what look to be aluminum rivets.

The enamel HJ insignia has been placed into the obverse center of the grip, with the Bakelite perfectly cut to accommodate it; this was definitely a factory job. The insignia has a small chip at the top but it otherwise in sound condition.

Fitted to the scabbard is a K98 style frog. This frog is in nice condition throughout, having four rivet construction. The reverse is marked "Lederwerk Sedloa / Finkenwalde / 1940".

The blade of this bayonet shows some age on both sides and has what were once unwiped fingerprinted. It is possible the next owner might clean the blade up some; I'm sure some Simichrome could remove most of the smudging. With a rare bayonet like this one, though, I prefer to leave it as-is. The blade is buffered with a black leather washer.

These HJ Watch Bayonets are very rarely seen and I've only had a small number to offer over the years. This is an absolutely original example.

Excellent. $1,195.00

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, being at 100%. 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 as we often see, and it has perfect, brightly colored enamel, in red, white, black and gold.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has 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%. As fine scabbard here. The dark brown leather belt loop and retainer strap are still in good, serviceable condition, with a working snap.

The early blade with motto is the style without a ricasso. There are some signs that the edge was sharpened, evidenced slightly on the rear side and restricted to only the very edge. The blade has turned only slightly gray and the motto is beginning to fade but is still quite visible. This blade grades at about Excellent.

The reverse is stamped "E. & F. Hörster / Solingen / Ges. Gesch". There is a good leather blade buffer in place.

A pretty good early HJ example here.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

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 Bakelite 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. $995.00

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

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 Bakelite 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 #40180C Early Hitler Youth with Motto - J. A. Henckels

This Henckels Hitler Youth Knife is a steel-based example, with excellent nickel plating throughout. It shows almost no wear to the area covered by the leather retainer loop.

The grip plates are the early, finely checkered Bakelite type and are in perfect condition. These plates are retained by means of nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia retains perfect, brightly colored enamel and really looks great. It wiggles slightly to the touch, something you like to see.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original black paint is fairly good, showing even wear on both sides and probably about 85% intact overall. The black leather strap is in good condition, being the style with the oak leaf and "LS" stamping. The retainer loop is also in good condition, with a good working snap.

The early blade is the style without a ricasso. It remains mostly bright, with some visible cross grain and no sign of sharpening. There is a mild stain on the edge on both sides, which might be the remains of a repair to a once-present nick. The blade motto is nicely etched and retains about 85% of the original darkening. This motto really looks good. The reverse of the blade is marked with the Henckels Zwillingswerk Twins logo, as well as the protected trademark term "Gesch Geschutzt". The original blade buffer is in place.

A good looking early HJ Knife with good motto here.

Excellent. $995.00

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 are still bright throughout. The checkered grip plates are in good condition and have good checkering. 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 cross grain. 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 example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

HYK #42165 Hitler Youth Knife with Motto & Dedication - RZM M 7/13 (Schüttlehofer)

This Hitler Youth is a very special example, having a dedication on the blade. It is a later, pot-metal example, although all of the nickel-plating remains bright and intact.

The grip plates are the standard black checkered Bakelite type, and the HJ grip insignia has perfect, brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard is straight throughout. The original black paint is perfect on the reverse, while the obverse show some wear and age. Overall this paint is about 95% intact. The black leather hanger is in good condition, as is the retainer strap and the working snap.

The blade is in choice condition, with all of the original crossgrain. The obverse of the blade is etched with the HJ motto, with all of the original blacking the depth of the letters. It has a short ricasso.

The reverse has a professional engraving which reads, "Der Hitler Jugen / delegation / Guatemala's / 20.4.1939". Obviously this knife was carried by an HJ boy who was part of a delegation to Guatemala! The date of the visit falls on Hitler's 50th birthday in 1939. Below the dedication is a open double RZM circle and the Schüttlehofer code of "M 7/13".

The Hitler Youth experts out there will ask why, given the last year for HJ mottos on blades was 1938, is this blade dated 1939? Well, it makes sense to me that a knife made to celebrate this visit was certainly made in advance and would be far less impressive without a motto. Mottos were cut after 1938 to save money, and obviously this was not a mass produced item.

A great HJ knife here, and an equally great research opportunity here. If someone out there can provide any information about this visit, I'd love to hear about it!

Excellent Plus. $1,995.00

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 no plating is missing and the area remains bright. The nickel plating on the back strap 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 very 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 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 all of the cross grain. This blade has a great shape to it and it has never been sharpened. It has the typical short ricasso. This blade is in 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 a solid steel base, as Wingen did not use the usual pot metal we see on later pieces. The hilt has 100% nickel plating remaining and is in near full mint condition. The nickel plating appears to have a flash coat of brass below as there is a little bit of the plating missing where the pommel and quillon meet the grip plates. The plating still though is at 95%. The grip plates are a fine black checkered Bakelite having retainage rivets which are nickel-plated steel. The Hitler Youth insignia has excellent enamel to the diamond with its nice bright colors of red, white, silver and mobile black swastika. Nice hilt here! The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse has some wear and minor age to the original paint. The reverse has also some age and wear but not quite as much. This scabbard is still very presentable as the areas where the paint has thinned have developed a fine age tone. The original owner has sculpted his initials in to the painted area on the reverse and they appear to be, "A.H." The leather hanger is a black color having excellent serviceability to the belt loop, retainer loop and working snap. In fact this leather shows little age and is still completely serviceable. The blade is an outstanding example. It still retains its original mirror finish and also has all of its cross grain. It is quite rare to see a blade in this condition. The keen eye will pick up just the slightest of sharpening at the edge but it is nothing. This blade is easily in near full mint condition. It is the style with short ricasso. On the reverse ricasso is the double open style RZM circle with the code, "M 7/51/41". This is the code for the Anton Wingen Jr. firm and "41" would be the year this Hitler Youth Knife was produced. The brown leather washer is in place and is in a new-like condition. A very fine HJ knife here.

Near Mint. $795.00

HYK #43136 Late Hitler Youth Knife

This late production HJ Knife has fairly nice plating over the pot metal base construction. The plating is nearly 100% intact and still quite bright.

The grip plates have good checkering and remain in perfect condition, retained by a pair of steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The grip insignia retains perfect, brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard is straight throughout and is a nice example. The original paint is nearly 100% intact on the obverse and shows wear down by the tip on the reverse. Overall the paint is about 98% intact. Attached to the scabbard is a fine black leather hanger, complete with a retainer loop and a working snap.

The blade shows minor wear and usage but the original crossgrain can still be made out. Although it was sharpened at one time it hardly shows and this is not unusual to see on a HJ knife.

It is unusual to see a HJ knife with no maker or RZM markings on the blade, but not unheard of. There were millions of these knives made and as such there are bound to be exceptions. The original blade washer is in place.

A good, solid, basic HJ Knife here.

Excellent. $650.00

HYK #43138 Late Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/80 (C. Gustav Spitzer)

This HJ Knife was finished with the more gray style plating and remains in good condition.

The grip plates are excellent, with crisp checkering and retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip insignia retains perfect, brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard remains straight throughout. The obverse paint shows some wear and age but nothing too bad; I'd say the paint is about 90% intact. Attached to the scabbard is a black leather hanger with the original retainer loop and a working snap.

The blade is late style with a short ricasso. It still has good surfaces with no sharpening to be seen. It shows surface age but nothing too bad by HJ standards. The reverse ricasso is stamped with an RZM circle and the C. Gustav Spitzer code "M7/80", and "40", representing the year of production. The original blade washer is in place.

A good, sound late HJ example here.

Excellent. $695.00

HYK #43137 Late Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M/13 (Arthur Schüttlehöfer)

This late production Hitler Youth Knife is in exceptional condition. It has a pot metal hilt but the nickel plating remains perfect throughout.

The grip plates are in excellent condition with good checkering, retained by steel rivets with dressed heads. The HJ grip insignia has perfect enamel.

The scabbard shell is a beauty; the original paint is 99.9% intact. The attached hanger is black faux leather, in good condition with a retainer loop and a working snap.

The blade of this example is pristine. It has never been sharpened and is nice and bright, with all of the factory grain. It has a short ricasso. The reverse is etched with a RZM circle atop the Schüttlehöfer code "RZM 7/13". The original blade buffer is in place.

A very fine late production HJ Knife here.

Near Mint. $1,095.00

HYK #42998C 1936 Berlin Olympic Souvenir Knife w/ Original Issue Sack - Emil Voos

This Olympic Knife is one of the left-overs that were discovered still in their shipping container after the Russians left East Germany in the 1990s. The hilt is of aluminum with pommel, back straps and qullion end. The grip plates are genuine stag being expertly cut and fit. The obverse grip is fitted with an enamel HJ insignia. The enamel is perfect throughout the red, white, gold and black swastika. The grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on both sides.

The scabbard remains straight throughout. The original paint has dulled some from age, but it still remains in mint condition. The scabbard is equipped with a black leather belt loop and grip retainer loop with working snap. The strap is retained by two rivets through the top of the reverse scabbard. The blade is a typical DJ type, having short ricasso and single edge with false edge at the end. The blade is virtually in mint condition, having a couple of extremely minor nicks in the blade edge. In gild and black enamel at the top of the obverse blade is the Berlin city logo of a crown above a standing bear within the shape of a decorative seal. Below this is gild lettering in four lines,: "ZUM RUHME/ DES SPORTS/ ZUR EHRE/ DES VATER-/ LANDES" Translated, "To the glory of sports and the honor of the Fatherland". Below, positioned above the ricasso, is a gild Sports Eagle with swastika positioned above the colored enameled 5 Olympic rings. On the reverse blade is the snake-wrapped-around-stump logo with the firm name and logo above and below the stump repectively, Emil Voos/ Solingen". Below the logo area is the patent pending term, "Ges. Gesch" The original leather washer is in place.

Accompanying this interesting souvenir knife is the original manila paper issue sack. It remains in fine condition complete with the original issue flap. It is printed, "Emil Voos/ Solingen" at the upper area which is positioned in turn over the firm's logo. Below is the underlined word, "Fartenmesser". Rubber-stamped below this is "Berliner/ Oympiade". And last printed line is the statement for best of steel blades, "1st Gusstahl-/Klinge".

A very historical piece here that should appeal to the Olympic collector as well as the edged weapons collector.

Mint. $2,395.00(#031220)

HYK #42723C Nürnberg Party Day DJ Knife

This DJ Knife is one of the examples that were discovered after the Berlin Wall came down. This piece has the standard aluminum hilt, and the pommel and guard remain in excellent condition.

The grip plates are wood fashioned to stimulate stag after. They both remain in good condition, trained by aluminum rivets.

The scabbard is straight throughout and in perfect condition; the original paint is nearly 100% intact. The black leather hanger and retain strap are also in good condition, with a working snap.

The blade is the simple, single edged type typical of these pieces. It has full crossgrain and remains in mint condition. Etched on the the obverse of the blade is an open winged eagle and swastika atop the words "Reichspartietag / Nürnberg / 1935". Beneath this is the colorful city crest of Nuremberg. The quality of this work is exceptional. The original felt washer has been lost to time.

A very desirable DJ piece here, and definitely a key piece for the Hitler Youth collector.

Mint Minus. $1,595.00

HYK #42400 Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto - Robert Klaas

The hilt of this example is one of the best you will see, constructed of steel with an outstanding nickel plated finish. This finish is easily 100% intact throughout the hilt, which is an uncommon sight.

The black checkered grip plates are also in superb condition, still being crisp and with a very fine HJ insignia that wiggles to the touch, which is something we like to see. These fine plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard is straight throughout, with perfect original paint on the reverse. The obverse shows a little wear and carrying signs, but overall remains at least 90% intact. The dark brown leather hanger is a fine example, still supple and complete with a matching retainer loop and working snap. The hanger is stamped with an oak leaf flanked by the letters "L" and "S".

The blade is a nice example, with no evidence fo sharpening. It has a gray tinge but nothing too bad, and the motto retains at least 90% of the original darkening. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the Kissing Cranes trademark of the Klaas firm, and the original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very nice HJ example here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

HYK #42418 Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/36 (E. & F. Hörster)

This mid-period Hitler Youth Knife is about as nice as you will see. Although it is constructed from pot metal the plating remains in nearly perfect condition, with only a few minor rubs on the area covered by the retainer loop. The rest of the plating remains in effect condition, which is very uncommon for a pot metal example.

The black checkered grip plates are in crisp condition. These fine plates are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The grip insignia wiggles slightly to the touch, as we like to see, and has perfect enamel throughout.

The scabbard is a real beauty, with nearly 100% of the original paint on both sides. The leather hanging strap and matching retainer loop remain in nearly new-like shape, and the snap works well. An outstanding HJ scabbard here.

The blade is in wonderful shape. It has a short ricasso and has never been sharpened, with a mirror finish and the original crossgrain. HJ blades like this are a very uncommon sight. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the RZM code for the Hörster firm, "RZM M7/36", and the original brown leather washer is in place.

If you're looking for a choice mid-period HJ example this one will easily meet your needs.

Mint Minus. $995.00

HYK #42366C Hitler Youth Leader's Dagger - RZM M7/66 (Carl Eickhorn)

This Eickhorn Hitler Youth Leader's Dagger is the lightweight variety, with an aluminum scabbard and hilt mounts.

The pommel is the standard type with a raised Hitler Youth diamond and swastika on the upper surface. The pommel top shows some age but there is no lifting anywhere. The sides of the pommel have a rope-like trim as well as a pair of accent lines. It is retained by a single screw in the reverse. There is a small amount of lifting on the pommel, mostly on the reverse.

The ferrule has a single accent line and retains perfect silvering throughout.

The crossguard repeats the rope design on its thin edge. The guard arms tip gently upward at the ends. The silvering throughout the guard is nearly complete, with just a small amount missing on the right quillon and on the left and right reverse dose of the arms. The twisted silver grip wire is excellent, still tight and with no springiness.

The scabbard shell is constructed of aluminum and straight throughout. The three mounts are a one piece shell, with a Hitler Youth eagle on the top example. This bird has the thin head characteristic of an Eickhorn piece, as well as the usual swastika, sword and hammer of an HJ eagle. The silvering remains intact on this fitting. Since it is aluminum the throat is built into the mount.

The center mount and lower mounts repeat the rope design, and retain good silvering. These mounts have smooth, rounded eyelets and aluminum rings.

The original blue black leather covering on the scabbard shows some age and carrying time but remains in generally nice condition, with no cuts or nips anywhere.

The blade of this dagger is a polished type, typical of the Eickhorn firm. It remains bright and retains a needle-like tip. There is some evenly spread age smudge in the surfaces of both sides. The HJ motto remains crisp and retains about 85% of the original darkening in the recesses of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RZM circle and the Eickhorn code "M7/66". The original black leather blade washer is in place.

A good Hitler Youth Leader Dagger here. It is not a mint example but remains collectible. These are tough daggers to find these days.

Excellent. $4,795.00

HYK #41304 Late Hitler Youth Knife - Wüstof

This Wüsthof HJ Knife was made quite late in the period but doesn't lack for quality. The hilt mounts are steel and not the cheap pot metal normally used for late war pieces.

The grip plates are the usual black checkered Bakelite and remain in perfect condition, retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads.The HJ grip insignia is completely intact, with no issues on the brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard is quite fine and very straight. The original paint is nearly 100% intact, with only traces of age and wear. The black leather hanger and retainer strap are also very sound, with a working snap.

The blade remains bright, with only faint traces of the original crossgrain. It has never been sharpened and is nearly mint. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped "RZM M7/18 / 1941". The reverse ricasso is marked with the Trident trademark of the Wüsthof firm, and the original blade washer is in place.

A very nice, late war HJ here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

HYK #40182C Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/40 (Hartkopf)

This mid-period Hitler Youth Knife is in nice condition overall. The hilt is constructed of pot metal but the nickel plating remains quite good, with only slight amounts of wear on the area covered by the retainer loop and on the guard. Overall, however, the plating remains about 95% intact.

The grip plates are the black checkered Bakelite type and are in good condition. The rivets are steel with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia has perfect, brightly colored enamel and wiggles slightly to the touch, something we like to see.

The scabbard is as straight as an arrow. This shell is in exceptional condition, actually having nearly 100% of the original paint. This paint is outstanding, with only the most minor traces of age. The leather belt loop and retainer loop are also in extremely nice condition, with a good, working snap.

The blade is the style with a ricasso. It remains bright throughout and has no sharpening. There is a little age in the blade surface but it is minor; the the usual low standards of HJ blades the example is in very fine shape. The reverse of the blade has the desirable Double Devils trademark of the Hartkopf firm. There is also a single open RZM circle with the code "M7/40". The original blade buffer is in place.

A nice mid-period HJ Knife here, with a very desirable trademark.

Excellent Plus. $950.00

HYK #40185C Double Proof Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/19 (Ed. Wüsthof)

This W¸sthof Hitler Youth Knife remains in outstanding condition, something not often seen on these late production pieces. The hilt is constructed of pot metal, but miraculously 98% of the original plating remains intact; only a small amount is missing in the area normally covered by the leather retainer loop.

The grip plates are the black checkered type, and they are in perfect condition. The HJ insignia is a beauty, with 100% intact enamel which retains its bright coloring. The plates are retained by means of nickel-plated rivets with dressed obverse heads.

The scabbard of this example is very nice, with outstanding original black paint. There is a small amount of cuffing on the lower portions but it is in otherwise perfect condition. Th leather belt loop and retainer loop are also in very fine condition. The leather has an new-like quality and the snap works well.

The blade of this knife is very fine. It remains completely bright and has much of the original crossgrain. Other than a little "in-and-out" marking this blade is nearly mint. It is very rare to see an HJ blade this nice. The obverse ricasso is marked with an open RZM circle with the code "M 7/19" set to the right. The date of production, "1939" is also present. On the reverse of the blade is the Wüsthof Trident trademark. The original blade washer is intact.

A very fine, late production HJ Knife here.

Near Mint. $995.00

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 #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 #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 #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