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 #45331C Late Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/56 1940 (C D Schaaf)
This Hitler Youth knife is later version having the pot metal base. Like we see often the plating has worn in the areas round where the leather retainer loop goes on the pommel and also a bit on the quillon teardrop.
The grip plates are in fine condition as is the Hitler Youth insignia. The rivets are steel types having dressed heads on the obverse.
The scabbard is straight and still has fairly good paint being almost 100 percent on the reverse and only usage signs on the obverse but not too bad. The leather hanger is all there and the retainer loop has come loose from the hanger loop but it is still there and works fine with a working snap.
The blade is where the action is on this piece. This blade retains its original shape and has never been sharpened. The blade is still bright and still has some visible crossgrain. By Hitler Youth standard this blade easily grades in near mint condition. It is the style with ricasso and stamped on the reverse is the code for CD Schaaf and the date of production "RZM M7/56 1940". The original blade washer is there.
So if you’re looking for a fairly nice Hitler Youth knife here as far as the blade is concerned this is a fine example. The outside reflects the history of the piece which is also desirable to many collectors.
HYK #45280 Hitler Youth Leader RZM M7 36
This HJ leader is in overall very nice sound condition. The pommel has the raised Hitler Youth diamond with swastika in the center and is nicely patinated. The upper edge has the ropelike design that run around and at the lower of the lower area of the pommel there are twin decorative lines that run the circumference. A little bit of the plating has aged on the pommel mostly on the right area and some of the age extends in discoloration to the wire grip at the top. The ferrule is also nicely patinated with a single accent line.
The crossguard is the aluminum variety which has both ends tipping upward slightly. There are still traces of the original silvering on the crossguard but for the most part it has gone to time. The grip wire is still nice and tight with no slinky problems and looks great.
The one piece scabbard has the fine three pseudo mounts being the upper type featuring the Hitler Youth eagle. The eagle has open wings with a swastika engraved in its breast area. The bird carries a hammer in one claw and a sword in the other. Below the design are rope images. The center mount also has rope images in the middle area and the lower mount has the rope images at the top. These mounts are in good condition still having their silvering. The scabbard of this example is in very fine condition still retaining its original very fine grain and being in perfect condition. A great scabbard here.
The blade is as nice as they come with its rich nickel plated surfaces. The blade is easily in full mint condition having the darkened etched motto on the obverse "BLUT UND EHRE!" in capital letters. The leather washer is still in place protecting the blade
A very nice good conditioned HJ leader here reasonably priced.
HYK #45188C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto and Reshaped Blade by Hermann Konejung
The grip plates are in excellent condition throughout being the early close checkered type. They are retained by nickel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The HJ enamel insignia is in perfect condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The paint is fairly good but is worn at the lower portions of both sides. The original leather hanging strap is there however the retainer loop has broken off on both sides and is gone to time.
The blade of this example will be a surprise to those that pull it out of the scabbard. It is an early blade and if the viewer looks closely still does have the motto on the obverse. Unfortunately this blade has endured a new shape most likely done by the returning veteran but it is hard to be sure. The blade has been reshaped into that of a deadly hunting style type which of course would not have been allowed to be carried by HJ boys. The blade itself has some sharpening on the lower edge and there is also a nick at about the center. On the reverse the maker is deeply stamped "Herm. Konejung / A-." and beneath this is a pair of spectacles in an oval. Beneath the spectacles is the location of Solingen and also Gesch Geschützt. The original blade washer is gone to time.
An interesting example here for those of you who like something different. It is priced accordingly.
HYK #45190C Mid Period Hitler Youth Knife by Geb. Gräfrath
The grip plates are the black checkered variety being in perfect condition. The HJ insignia has fine enamel with its nice colors of red white gold and black swastika. The grip rivets are the steel type with dressed heads still having the plating on the heads.
The scabbard shell is extremely fine having 100 percent of the original paint. Really a nice scabbard here. Attached to the scabbard is a very fine brown leather hanger complete with its retaining loop and working snap. This leather is still supple and has the majority of its original finish.
The blade is also outstanding. It is the type with ricasso and its grain is still very prevalent in the areas which escaped some sharpening at the bottom. Unfortunately the original teenage owner elected to sharpen the blade but fortunately it is not the entire blade it is mostly around the edges and still leaves the fine mint finish where sharpening had not occurred. The reverse of the blade is marked G. Gräfrath in an arch over Solingen. The letter W is between the two words. The ricasso is marked RZM M7/30 with the date of 1936. The 1936 date seems strange to me as the blade would normally have a motto at this date and also the hilt would be of a steel base metal which it is not. I believe there perhaps was a mistake on the date stamping as this piece appears to be 1938 rather than 1936. The original washer is in place.
It is also interesting to note that the etch is flawed with the line separating the 7 from 30 and also the 9 in 1936 is flawed with some of the numeral missing so I have a sneaky suspicion that probably a little bit of the etching is missing in the 6 number whereas it may have been truly an 8 being 1938. This makes the most sense of this example being that it is purely an acid etch problem here.
A very fine original example here.
Excellent Plus. $895.00
HYK #45187C Early Hitler Youth Knife by Ed Wüsthof
The grip plates are the early checkered Bakelite type and they are both in perfect condition. The rivets are the nickel type having dressed heads. The enamel insignia in the grip is in perfect condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout. This scabbard has very nice original paint showing a few chips here and there but overall it is at least 95 percent. The leather hanger is not in good shape; the retaining strap has rotted and is broken.
The early blade still retains its original shape with no sharpening. It does have the motto on the blade but it is mostly worn and the viewer has to look close to see it. Unfortunately there is some light age spotting on both sides of the blade. This early blade is the type without ricasso. On the reverse it is stamped "Ed Wüsthof Solingen" which is positioned above their logo of a trident within a circle. Below this is Gesch Gesch. The original blade washer is gone to time.
HYK #45224C Hitler Youth Leader RZM M7/36 (E. & F. Hörster)
The pommel is as nice as they come featuring the Hitler Youth raised insignia on the top featuring a diamond shape with swastika in the center. The edges of the pommel have a ropelike design at the upper area and are twin line decorated below. This is an early piece as can be told by the fact that the retaining method for the pommel is two flat head side screws each unturned. At the lower portion is an extremely fine ferrule with all plating intact also having the single single decoration.
The aluminum crossguard is also a marvel to look at. It has the usual rope like designs that run throughout its edges and on the top and the bottom the original silvering is just about at 100 percent. This is very rare to see on HJ leader crossguards because as most of you know the aluminum did not retain the plating very well.
The grip is a carved wood base and is tightly wrapped with silver twisted wire. There is no slinkiness here and the wire still remains very tight throughout. An outstanding hilt.
The scabbard is straight throughout. These scabbard are a one piece unit with the leather breaking them up to give the look of three sections. The upper section has the Hitler Youth eagle which on this example is in great condition. The raised bird has open wings with an engraved swastika on its breast. It retains a hammer in one talon and a sword in the other. The mount is decorated with ropelike designs at the edges. The center ramp is plain with a ropelike design running through the middle area. The bottom mount is nicely sloped to a flat tip and also features the rope designs. The original dark blue leather on this example is absolutely perfect. It is extremely beautiful still having much of its original shine and also all of its very fine pebbled pattern. There is a screw at the reverse which retains the throat. It is a flatter head type screw.
The blade of this example just could not be any better. The Hörster firm nickel plated their Hitler Youth leader blades so we have this very fine finish which remains mirror bright and in full mint condition with needlelike tip. In the center section of the blade obverse is etched “BLUT UND EHRE!”. The letters all have 100 percent of the darkening in their backgrounds. The reverse ricasso features the double open circle RZM which is positioned over the E. & F. Hörster code “M 7/36”. The new like washer is in place.
You will go a long way to find a Hitler Youth leader dagger in this condition. Absolutely perfect throughout and a real gem.
Mint Minus. $6,495.00
HYK #45192C Early Hitler Youth Knife by E. P. & S.
This Pack produced Hitler Youth knife is not in the best of condition which I realize but it does have interest to the collecting community as Pack had their own way of making these knives and they are rarely seen. This example has heavy steel based hilt fittings.
The pommel shows lots of usage and there is plating gone around the upper edges. The crossguard also has most of the plating done on the quillon area as well as the center areas.
The grip plates are a very wide checkered Bakelite entirely different from normal Hitler Youth knives. Unfortunately the center section of the reverse grip plate has broken off and is gone to time. As we see on these Pack made youth knives the grip plates are retained by a rivet with a screw out spanner on the reverse. So technically if a grip plate could ever be found this knife could quite easily be repaired as the spanners just screw out. The insignia in the grip has all of its enamel and is in good condition.
The scabbard is straight throughout however it does have even age spread throughout both sides of it. The original black leather hanger is in place and the retainer loop is there but is positioned within the loop and not over the knife as we normally see it. Someone could choose to change this if desired in the future.
The blade is the style with a ricasso which I’m not sure whether Pack made their very early pieces with a ricasso or without like other producers. The blade itself does not have the HJ motto on it and never did. The blade is not in bad condition the obverse being extremely nice and the reverse also being nice but does have a spot near the tip. The obverse ricasso is stamped “Gesch Gesch” and the reverse ricasso is stamped “E. P. & S. Solingen”. The maker name is next to the hammering Siegfried figure. The original washer is gone to time.
Since there is no RZM mark on this piece it can be assumed that it is an early piece but then again why is there no motto on the blade? This is a great piece for study by you avid HJ knife collectors out there. A very interesting example here and I just wish it was in better condition however it is what it is.
Good Plus. $995.00
HYK #45191C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto by Carl Schmidt
The black checkered Bakelite grip plates are in perfect condition. They are retrained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The HJ insignia has excellent enamel with good colors to the red whit gold and black swastika.
The scabbard is straight throughout although does show much of the paint missing. The obverse side shows age and missing paint at the tip and the reverse side probably has about three quarters of the paint missing. The leather hanger is still in excellent condition complete with the retainer loop and working snap.
The blade has never been sharpened and still retains its original shape. Unfortunately there is some spotting which occurs for some reason on the obverse side. The spotting is not deep into the metal but it can be seen. The Hitler Youth motto is in good condition and still quite visible. The reverse blade is still in nice condition easily rating at excellent plus plus on a Hitler Youth scale. The logo of the producer is a church with two crosses on it next to the firm’s name and location Carl Schmidt Sohn Solingen. There is also a Gesch Gesch stamping below the maker name. The original leather washer is in place.
All in all not too bad of a early HJ knife here especially with the motto still being quite visible.
HYK #44650 Hitler Youth Honor Bayonet
This honor bayonet is in the style of a fighting knife and if you are not familiar with them I show these in my SS book on page 578. This example has the etching on the obverse pommel which includes the Hitler Youth flag. The flag is placed between a variety of acanthuslike leaves. When these honor bayonets were new the Hitler Youth flag has red paint in it. This example still has some red paint remaining in the top and bottom stripes of the flag. The swastika in the center still seems to have the black paint. There is some mild age throughout the hilt of this bayonet but it is not bad. The grip plates are Bakelite having fine checkering. These grip plates are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard is basically the same as a Hitler Youth type. The paint is fairly good remaining at maybe 60 percent. There is also a ding on the reverse of the scabbard underneath the leather hanger. The hanger itself is all there showing some minor age but it is complete with a good working snap. The blade itself gives the impression that it is longer than a Hitler Youth knife blade but actually it is the design that gives this look. The blade is nickel plated throughout and is still bright. It is equipped with a ricasso and it is unmarked. There are a couple of nicks along the edge that are minor and also a few minot scratches in the obverse surface of the blade but basically it is not in bad condition at all. A washer was not used on these honor bayonets. To date no one has actually identified what their true usage was and in some cases these honor bayonets come with the Hitler Youth motto etched on the blade surface which this one does not have. Still, a very rare item here and in my opinion these were probably worn by early Hitler Youth leaders.
HYK #44651C Hitler Youth Honor Bayonet - Carl Wüsthof
This honor bayonet has the standard larger size bayonet hilt with no etching to the pommel. The nickel plating throughout the hilt mounts is still very bright and in nice condition showing only the most nominal of age. The grip plates are of Bakelite having fine checkering. They are in perfect condition and are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard is the type that we see with a normal fighting knife slimming to a point at the tip. The original paint is still not bad being about 95 percent on the reverse and perhaps 90 percent on the obverse. The leather strap is still attached with the grip retainer loop however the snap and button are all there but the lower button has broken out of the leather retainage. The blade of this example is a beauty and is shaped in the form of a fighting knife type. It has a ricasso with single edge and a false edge that run about halfway back. The blade is about a quarter of an inch longer than a standard Hitler Youth blade. Etched on to the obverse blade and still remaining in beautiful mint condition is the Hitler Youth motto "Blut und Ehre!'. The area behind the motto still has 100% of its original darkening. Surrounding the panel is a framework of leaf decorations on both sides and straight lines on the upper and lower. A beautiful etch here. The blade itself still remains in mint condition. The obverse ricasso is marked Carl Wüsthof Solingen and on the reverse of the upper portion of the blade is the trademark often used by Carl Wüsthof "Gladiator". There is no washer used on this blade. A very interesting original example here still in nice condition.
Excellent Plus. $1,895.00
HYK #44527 Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/14 1941 (Lüneschloss)
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.
HYK #44377C Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto - Ed Wüsthof
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.
HYK #44267C DJ Knife with Scabbard Insignia
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.
HYK #36838C Mid-period Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/68, Tiger Logo
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 #43023C Hitler Youth Watch Bayonet
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.
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 #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)
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 #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
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.
HYK #43138 Late Hitler Youth Knife - RZM M7/80 (C. Gustav Spitzer)
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.
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 #41304 Late Hitler Youth Knife - Wüstof
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 #39357 DJ Knife
The grip plates on this knife are the black checkered variety, in perfect condition. These plates are retained by a pair of aluminum rivets with dressed heads.
The scabbard is a good steel shell. It is free of dents and has about 99% of the original paint. This paint shows some mild crazing but retains most of the original brightness. Pinned to the obverse of the scabbard is a colored enamel HJ Diamond insignia. The upper portion of the red enamel has two tiny spots here the enamel is missing, but they are so small they are difficult to notice.
Attached to the scabbard is the original black leather hanger. It is complete with the retainer loop, which has a good working snap.
The blade is the usual, simple, single-edges type, with a point and a small false edge. This blade has been sharpened, but we expect to see this on HJ and DJ pieces. It is not in bad condition when judges against the usually rough state of most HJ pieces. It could even be cleaned up a bit, if the next owner so desired. The original brown felt blade buffer is in place.
A nice, original DJ Knife here, which shows period wear. This knives are very difficult to find today and I rarely have the occasion to offer one.
HYK #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 #38203C Late DJ Knife
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