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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 Nazi ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (Hitler Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization. The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed minor exams. The knives had nickeled hilts with black checkered grip plates. The obverse plate was fitted with an enameled HJ swastika insignia. Through 1937, these knives were etched with the motto of the organization, Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!). Examples produced after this date were made with plain blades usually bearing an RZM marking.

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



HYK #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 #38954 Early Initial Production Hitler Youth Knife – Carl Eickhorn

This initial production Hitler Youth Knife is extremely rare as it has a trademark dating from the 1920's. We are not sure when Hitler Youth knives were initially produced but there is a good chance some were made prior to the Nazi takeover in January of 1933.

This example has a steel hilt with high quality nickel plating. The plating is almost entirely intact, only beginning to wear a little bit on the area where the leather strap goes over the lower pommel. This is normal, however, and the plating on this piece is otherwise outstanding. There is a little “tap-tap” on the reverse of the hilt, but again this is normal as HJ boys often used their knives to tack up party flyers and the like.

The grip plates are the very early, closely checkered Bakelite type. These plates are in perfect condition, retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The Hitler Youth insignia nicely wiggles (something we like to see) and the enamel surfaces are bright and intact.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is a painted version, having about 90% of the original black paint on the reverse and perhaps 50% on the obverse. The leather strap shows age but remains serviceable. It is complete with a small retainer loop and working snap.

The blade of this knife is the early type without a ricasso. It has turned slightly gray but is still pretty good, with only traces of sharpening at the very edge. This sharpening is not too bad and commonly seen on HJ knives. This blade has a motto which is a bit faded but still easily legible.

The reverse of the blade is in about the same condition. It is deeply stamped with a single oval which contains the image of a seated squirrel holding a nut in his paws. The tail of the rodent is serrated. This trademark, to my knowledge, was used by Eickhorn in the late '20's. Beneath the trademark is the location of “Solingen” and “Ges Geschützt”. The name of the firm is not present in this variant of the trademark. The original leather blade buffer is in place.

If you are a collector of HJ knives this example should be of keen interest to you. I feel this type is ultra-rare; I've only had one or two in the past. A serious HJ Knife here.

Excellent. $1,495.00

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 #38173C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Max Weyersberg

This early HJ Knife has a fine base of solid steel and 100% intact nickel-plating. This plating is in a remarkable state, still being very bright.

The grip plates are the early, finely checkered Bakelite style, being in perfect condition. They are retained by nickel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip insignia has a couple of small nicks to the red portion of the enamel; not bad, however, and though it does detract from the piece the impact is minor at best.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout and has extremely nice original paint. This paint shows some minor signs of carrying wear but overall is still about 98% intact. It looks as though the letter “K” has been scratched into the obverse surface, but this could simply be a random mark. The black leather is in very fine, supple condition and is complete with a small retainer loop with a working black snap.

The blade of the knife is the style without a ricasso. There is no visible graining in the metal but the blade remains bright and show no sign of sharpening. The motto is a good and easy to see, retaining about 90% of the original darkening. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the maker's name and location, “Max Weyersberg / Solingen”. Below the trademark is the patent term “Ges Geschutzt”. The original brown leather blade buffer is in place.

A very fine early HJ example here with a great looking motto.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

HYK #38126 Late Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/51/41 – Wingen

This Wingen-produced Hitler Youth Knife, despite the fact that it was produced late in the period, has a steel base as Wingen seemed to always. For some reason this firm managed to avoid using the usual pot metal base we see from most other producers. Because of the steel base the nickel plating has withstood the test of time and is still 100% intact. This plating is really very fine throughout.

The grip plates are finely checkered black examples and are in perfect condition. They are retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip insignia is exceptional with perfect, brightly colored enamel.

The scabbard is also in nice condition and is straight throughout. It has good original black paint which is about 95% intact with only normal signs of carrying wear. The tip of the scabbard has a small, precise cut in the edge; I don't know why this cut would have been mad, but possibly it rendered the scabbard usable as some kind of tool. This is something of a mystery but the cut does look very purposefully made. The black leather is in good condition, still supple and having a small retainer loop. The color has gone from the snap button but it still works well.

The blade of this knife has a sharpened edge, but the job was comparatively well done and doesn't mar the blade surface. The metal has gone a bit gray and there is some pitting on the tip of both sides. Perhaps the cut allowed air and moisture to get to the blade and cause this minor flaw. The reverse ricasso is marked with the an open RZM circle with the code “M 7/51/41” to the right. The original washer is very thick, but it is definitely always been on this knife.

A good starter HJ Knife here, and one that could be cleaned up a bit.

Good. $450.00

HYK #38085 DJ Olympic Knife with Original Issue Sack - Emil Voos

This Olympic Souvenir Knife has the same aluminum hilt as we find on DJ knives. The aluminum has a few mild age stains but barring these is in generally good condition throughout.

The knife is equipped with stag grip plates. The stag has a nice dark tone to its grains throughout. The trimmed edges are just starting to take on a slightly golden tone. Having been protected all of these years they do not have the deep golden oxidation that we normally see on a stag grip. In the center area there is a Hitler Youth enamel diamond. This diamond has perfect enamel throughout and looks great with its red, white, silver and black swastika colors. The grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets which have dressed heads on both sides.

The scabbard shell is a steel tapered type and it is in good condition throughout. The paint shows a little minor age in the surfaces and very minor traces of rust but is in generally good condition overall. The black leather belt loop is riveted to the scabbard, the rivets showing traces of rust and age. The leather retainer loop is intact and sound, but the snap clip does show mild mild evidence of rust.

The blade of this knife is etched on the obverse with a crown above a seal having the Berlin bear in the center. The seal and the crown are in a gilt-like color. Below this in five lines is, “ZUM RUHME / DES SPORTS / ZUR EHRE / DES VATER- / LANDES”. This dedication means, “To the glory of sports and the honor of the Fatherland”. Below this is the German sports eagle being a half open-winged bird having a mobile swastika on its breast area. The bird has the five Olympic rings in his talons. These rings are colored in red, green, gold, blue and black.

The blade still has all of its original crossgraining on it and is still bright. This blade is in near full mint condition. On the reverse, there is the etch of the snake around the stump with the firm’s name and location above and below the stump, “Emil Voos Solingen”. Below this is the protected trademark term, “GES. GESCHÜTZT”. The original leather washer is in place.

Accompanying this fine knife is the original issue sack. It is of a manila paper having the Emil Voos name and location printed on the front with the snake around stump logo. Below this is printed the name of the item, “Fahrtenmesser”. Below this in rubber stamping is the type of knife, “Berliner/Olympiade”, and below this is a printing indicating that the knife is produced of “good steel”.

This is a great opportunity to own one of the last remaining Olympic knives. These knives were found left over in Eastern Germany after the wall went down. There was a large carton of them that was brought into a German show and they were all sold in the middle nineties. Most of these have gone into collections by now so it is rare to see one come up for sale.

Near Mint. $2,095.00 (#020316)

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. $1,695.00

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 #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. $1,295.00

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 #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. $995.00

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. $1,095.00

HYK #38006C Early Personalized Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Herbertz & Meurer

This H&M Hitler Youth Knife is of early vintage, but not the earliest as it does has a blade ricasso.

The hilt is the steel-based type. It appears as though the nickel-plated finish is thinning, with the overall look being slightly gray but still even. There are also a couple of “tap-tap” marks on the pommel top and edge. Nothing bad, though, and normal for this type of knife.

The grip plates are the early closely checkered Bakelite type, retained by what appear to be aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ grip insignia is in perfect condition, with good colors and perfect enamel.

The scabbard is still nice and straight. The paint shows signs of usage on both sides, bring worn mostly off the obverse tip and reverse. There is also some carrying wear spread around the shell. Overall this paint is about 85% intact. Attached to the scabbard is an excellent lack leather hanger. The leather is still supple and is marked with an oak leaf and the superimposed initials “LES” on the reverse. The retainer loop is also in good condition, with a fine working snap.

As mentioned above the blade of this knife has a short ricasso. The original owner had his name etched into the obverse ricasso; the etching is fairy well done and reads “Illgner”. The blade itself has some sharpening along the edge which we were able to remove, and it now looks very presentable. The blade is deeply etched with the HJ motto, which retains about 85% of the original background darkening. The etch is still clear and readable. The reverse of the blade is stamped with name and location of the firm, “Herbertz & Meurer / Solingen-Gr.”, as well as the REGISTERED TRADEMARK words “Ges Geschützt”. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

An interesting example here, particularly with the personalized ricasso.

Excellent. $795.00(#081916)

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

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

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

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

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

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

A good example here, with an excellent blade.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,195.00

HYK #36443C Late DJ Knife

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $795.00

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

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

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

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

A very nice early Hitler Youth Knife here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice Hitler Youth knife here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

HYK #28940C Hitler Youth Knife (RZM M 7/51/41) - Anton Wingen Jr.

This Hitler Youth knife despite its late vintage is a quality example. The hilt is made of solid steel base having excellent nickel plating. The nickel plating appears to have a flash coat of brass below as there is a little bit of the plating missing where the pommel and quillon meet the grip plates. The plating still though is at 95%. The grip plates are a fine black checkered Bakelite having retainage rivets which are nickel-plated steel. The Hitler Youth insignia has excellent enamel to the diamond with its nice bright colors of red, white, silver and mobile black swastika. Nice hilt here! The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The obverse has quite a bit of wear and age to the original paint. The reverse has also some age and wear but not quite as much. The original owner has sculpted his initials in to the painted area and they appear to be, “A.H.” All in all, this paint rate probably on about 60%. The leather hanger is a black color having excellent serviceability to the belt loop, retainer loop and working snap. The blade is an outstanding example. It still retains its original mirror finish and also has all of its crossgraining. It is quite rare to see a blade in this condition. The keen eye will pick up just the slightest of sharpening at the edge but it is nothing. This blade is in near full mint condition. It is the style with short ricasso. On the reverse ricasso is the double open style RZM circle with the code, “M 7/51/41”. This is the code for the Anton Wingen Jr. firm and “41” would be the year this Hitler Youth Knife was produced. The brown leather washer is in place and is in a new-like condition. A very fine HJ knife here.

Near Mint. $795.00

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $895.00

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

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

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

Excellent. $795.00

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

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

Near Mint. $895.00