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Hitler believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend)was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of Nazi ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (Hitler Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization. The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed minor exams. The knives had nickeled hilts with black checkered grip plates. The obverse plate was fitted with an enameled HJ swastika insignia. Through 1937, these knives were etched with the motto of the organization, Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!). Examples produced after this date were made with plain blades usually bearing an RZM marking.

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


HYK #36657 Hilter Youth Leader Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

Normally, most Hitler Youth Leader daggers we see on the market place were produced by the E. & F. Hörster firm. It is a pleasure to offer an Eickhorn-made example - and a really fine-conditioned example.

The hilt fittings of this example are similar to the Hörster counterpart, being a steel-base pommel cap and ferrule, with an aluminum cross guard. The parts, though, are of higher quality. The pommel is in perfect condition with 100% of the original silvering intact. The cap slightly tapers downward and is decorated on the top with a raised Hitler Youth diamond insignia. The diamond features a smooth border with line-decorated interior, having a raised mobile swastika in center. The edge below the top is hand engraved with a rope design. The plain areas below, have a cut-in set of dual lines running around the circumference. The cap is retained by two brads, one located on each side edge. The ferrule has a single decorative line positioned at the upper area. The silvering is also perfect on this mount. The silvered aluminum cross guard is thin, having quillons taper upward slightly having squared ends. The edge circumferences have a rope design which is hand-enhanced. Unlike most of the Hörster cross guards, this example still has all of the silver over the surfaces. There is a little mild bubbling at the end upper flat surfaces, but the plating is still all there. The inner grip is a carved wood which is oval-shape and tapers downward. The wood is tightly wrapped with silvered twisted wire. The wire is still completely tight, an indication that the wood below has not shrunk over time - nice. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard, like the Hörster version, is a one-piece unti, having built-in, raised upper, center, and lower mount. Each of the mounts have further rope designs running their circumference. As with the hilt, the silvering is 100% throughout. The upper obverse mount features a raised HJ eagle. The Eickhorn version is slightly different than the Hörster, having a slightly smaller head on the bird and other minute differences. The detail, though, is much crisper than the Hörster version. The bird looks to the viewer's right grasping a sword in his right talon and a hammer in his left. There is a cut-in mobile swastika on the breast of the bird. It is also worth noting that on this example, the scabbard shell is steel, whereas most of the Eickhorn pieces tend to have aluminum scabbards. This steel version gives a quality feel and heft to the dagger. The eyelets of the Eickhorn scabbards are smaller than the Hörster product, as are the rings.The throat is retained by a single, center-placed screw in the rear upper mount. The leather of this scabbard is in perfect condition - that is because we recovered it. The leather covering, when we purchased the dagger, was also replaced, but it was the wrong texture and grain. We have original Moroccan leather purchased in Germany, so this new leather is the same grain, texture and color of the original; it really looks great.

The blade is a polished example as opposed to the nickel-platedversions found on the Hörster product. This blade is bright throughout and remains in a near mint state, having a few smudges on small areas of both sides of the blade, but they are not bad. The blade is precisely formed having perfect symmetrical center section. The HJ motto, "Blut und Ehre!" features a crisp etch and retains all of the factory blackening in the backgrounds of the letters. The reverse ricasso has the Carl Eickhorn code perfectly centered with an open RZM circle placed over the code, "M 7/66". The brown leather blade washer is in place showing some wear, but it is all there.

This is a rare opportunity to purchase a seldom-seen Eickhorn Hitler Youth Leader piece. It is a quality dagger remaining in choice condition. I believe it to be an outstanding investment opportunity for those out there that love the Eickhorn name and prestige. Since HJ Leader daggers are getting very difficult to obtain, and since normally they are Hörster built, best to step up to the plate on this one.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $6,995.00

HYK #36433C Hitler Youth Leader Dagger, RZM M7/36 – E. & F. Hörster

This Hitler Youth Leader dagger is a very fine, textbook Hörster example. It shows some period usage, as well as a little age, but it is all there and has an extremely fine Mint blade. There pommel cap is the all steel variety, being silver plated. This Hörster piece was produced a little later in the period, as evidenced by the brads that acts to retain the pommel as opposed to the earlier screws. This pommel cap shows a little bit of age in the silvering, having some minor flaking, but still being at about 85%. The top of the cap bears a vaulted HJ diamond insignia. The insignia is lined at the upper and lower areas while being smooth at the center edge, providing relief to the mobile swastika. The cap has rope-like decorations at the upper edge, while the lower is adorned with twin lines.

The ferrule below has all of the silvering intact, and a single black accent line below the upper surface. The crossguard is an aluminum type, which tapers on both quillons. This aluminum guard is flat on both the top and bottom, while the edges have more of the rope-like design seen on the pommel. The original silvering on this guard has been lost to time; I only see minor amounts clinging around the area where the ferrule butts against the guard. Because of the aluminum construction, very often the silvering come off over time. This is almost a normal sight on HJ Leader Daggers.

The grip tapers slightly downward, and is produced of carved wood. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire. Many times the wood dries out, leave a “Slinky” like grip wire, but this grip has somehow not shrunk at all and the wire is still is a tight as the day it was made; a good sight indeed!

The scabbard is a one piece unit despite the fact that it has leather covering between the upper, center, and lower mounts. These mounts are actually integral to the steel of the scabbard and not applied; the leather, however, gives them the appearance of being separately affixed. This shell is perfectly straight throughout, and has an outstanding original leather covering. This leather is a dark, blue-black Moroccan, and has very fine grain. The leather shows some carrying time, but is almost 100% intact. There is only one extremely small cut (about the size of a single grain of rice) on the reverse, just above the center ramp. This minor flaw hardly shows, however. It is rewarding to see an HJ Leader with such minor carry-wear and no evidence of problems. The upper scabbard mount features a nicely detailed, open-winged HJ eagle. The bird clutches a sword in his right talon, and a hammer in his left, and is surrounding by further rope-like decoration. The eyelet, attached at the right edge, is the rounded variety. The rope-like theme is repeated on the center and lower mounts. The throat of this example is retained by a slightly domed screw in reverse center.

The blade is an extraordinary sight when pulled from the scabbard. This fine blade is factory bright, having outstanding condition to the high quality, nickel-plated surfaces. The tip is still needle-like, and the blades three sections are nicely even. The HJ motto, “BLUT UND EHRE!” is perfectly etched into the center of the blade, and still retains 100% of the original factory darkening. The reverse blade is in similar condition, and is matching-etched with the dual, open RZM circle, positioned over the Hörster code, “M7/36”. The original dark brown leather washer is in place.

An extremely nice HJ Youth Leader Dagger here, in a very desirable, untouched state.

Excellent. $4,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $1,195.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $795.00

HYK #36443C Late DJ Knife

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

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

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

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

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

Mint. $795.00

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

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

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

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

A very nice early Hitler Youth Knife here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $995.00

HYK #35952 Hitler Knife with Motto, RZM M7/68 – Tiger

This mid-period Hitler Youth Knife is in exceptional condition. The hilt is the quality steel based type, having excellent nickel-plated surfaces. The nickel-plate is nearly perfect, showing just the slightest thinning in the area normally covered by the grip retainer loop.

The grip plates are a fine, checkered style, being in perfect condition. These plates are retained by nickel rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse facing. The insignia is beautifully set in the grip, with perfect enamel and vivid colors throughout. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard is one of the blue finished types. The scabbard is in perfect condition, and even the blue finish is at 100%. A beautiful piece here! The scabbard is equipped with an equally nice black leather hanger and retainer loop. The leather throughout is still supple and in very fine condition. This leather is stamped on the reverse with oak leaves, and the letters, “L&S”.

The blade of this example is still in really nice condition. For those of you that know the usual (awful) state of Hitler Youth blades, this example is a real treasure. I don't see a lot of grain in the blade, but the surfaces are still bright. The obverse has an excellent Hitler Youth motto, which has about 85% to 90% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. This blades in a Near Mint condition. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the Tiger logo; the cat is prowling towards the tip of the blade. To the rear of the cat is the firm's name and location, “Tiger/Solingen”. A small portion of the lettering is either light or slightly worn off. The ricasso is stamped with a single, open-style RZM circle with the Tiger firm code to the right, “M7/68” and the date of manufacture “1936” beneath. There is a fine, intact brown leather washer in place.

A very nice, mid-period HJ piece here.

Near Mint. $1,295.00

HYK #35910 Early Hitler Youth Knife – Emil Voos

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

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

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

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

Excellent. $695.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

HYK #33593C Hitler Youth Knife Double Proof RZM M7/51/39 – Anton Wingen, Jr.

This Hitler Youth Knife was issued and worn, and it is about as nice an example as you would expect to find. Most of the worn Hitler Youth knives show lots of “action” as let’s face it, they were worn by teenage boys and of course they stuck them into trees, sharpened the blades and did all kind of things with them. This being so, we don’t see many nice conditioned knives that were actually issued. This example, as most Wingens will have, has a solid steel base not the pot metal used by most manufacturers after 1938. The steel base allows for a fine nickel-plated surface which really lasts. In the case of this example the nickeled surface still has its original factory luster and shows very little usage. It is a very fine hilt here!

The grip plates are a fine Bakelite having outstanding checkered surfaces. The Hitler Youth insignia is an outstanding example which still wiggles slightly. It is composed of fine enamel with no flaws having red, white, gold and black swastika. The grip plates are retained by aluminum rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard is straight throughout. The scabbard paint still has its original luster and is in choice condition having some paint worn off at the tip area of the obverse but the reverse, still has most of the paint. This paint overall rates at about 95%. Attached to the scabbard is a brown leather carrying loop with retainer loop having working black colored snap. This leather is still in very fine condition and is still supple.

The blade of this example is a beauty still being nice and bright throughout. The crossgraining can be seen throughout the blade if you tip it nicely into the light. There are some very slight surface signs of usage but they are extremely negligible. This blade has never been sharpened and retains its fine original shape. This blade easily grades in near mint condition. The obverse ricasso is deeply stamped with the little knight trademark. On the reverse it is stamped with a double open RZM circle with the Anton Wingen code being “M 7/51/39”. I think it is 1939 but the last digit is a little faint so it is possible it could be 38 but I don’t think so. The original leather blade buffer is in place. An extremely nice Hitler Youth knife here that I’m sure would make most collectors extremely happy.

Near Mint. $1,495.00

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 #35885C Hitler Youth Knife, RZM M7/72 - Rob. Kaldenbach

This Hitler Youth Knife was probably made circa 1940. It has the pot-metal base hilt, but overall the plating has held up exceptionally well, with only a small amount missing on the pommel beneath the leather retainer loop. Other than this small spot, the rest of the plating is 100%.

The grip plates are fine, black checkered examples, in perfect condition throughout. The HJ grip insignia wiggles nicely, and has brightly colored, perfectly condition enamel. The plates are retained by steel rivets, having good, dressed heads and mostly intact plated surfaces.

The scabbard shell is also an extremely fine example. It is completely dent free, and except for the areas of the bottom tip, the original black paint is in perfect condition. The leather hanger is the ersatz type, made late in the period. This leather shows age, but is still sound, and is complete with a retainer loop and a working snap button.

The blade of this example appears to be unissued. It is in Full Mint condition with 100% of the cross-grain visible. The reverse of this choice blade is stamped with a open, double RZM circle with the code for the Kaldenbach firm, “M 7/72”. The blade is buffered by the original leather washer.

A first rate piece here in very fine condition; it could easily be unissued.

Mint Minus. $995.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

HYK #35645 Early Hitler Youth Knife with Motto – Christianwerk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very nice Hitler Youth knife here.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

HYK #26476 Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/13

This Hitler Youth knife is made of the later pot metal base, having a nickel plated surface. The nickeling is still pretty good throughout, except it is beginning to develop a couple of cracks in the surfaces, here and there. The cracks do not look as though they are going to spread any further, but nonetheless, they are there. The plating, although having a little bit of underbubbling, is also still all there. The grip plates of this example, at first glance, appear to be crisp, but the keen eye will see that there is also a crack in both the obverse example at the top rivet, and the reverse example, just below this rivet. These cracked grip plates appear to have been repaired, most likely with the use of some epoxy to keep them in place. This is a shame, but if you’re just looking at this piece, you cannot see it from a small distance. The grip plates are retained by nickel plated rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth insignia is nicely placed in the center, and has perfect enamel. This insignia features the bright colors of red, white, gold, with a black mobile swastika in the center. The scabbard of this example is a nice straight one. It has very choice original black paint. This paint is in near full mint condition. The leather strap with retainer loop is a black color, and is the later type leather that we see. The retainer loop looks as though it could have been replaced, as it is slightly thinner than the usual type. It is complete, though, with a working snap. The blade of this piece is extremely nice. This blade is bright, and has all of the original factory graining in its surfaces. In fact, I believe that this blade is as close to mint as you will see. The reverse of the blade is etched with an open double RZM circle. Below the circle is the code for the Arthur Schuttlhofer firm, “M7-13”. This blade has a ricasso, and has been protected by an in-place leather washer. It is a shame about the broken and repaired grip plates, but the job that was done is definitely okay, and a good restoration for this knife. This knife has too many nice things going for it, for the grips not to have been properly repaired. A nice example here, if you can stand the repair. It is priced accordingly.

Excellent Plus. $595.00

HYK #28015 Hitler Youth Knife (RZM M7/13) - Arthur Schuttlehöfer

Despite the fact that this Hitler Youth knife has an RZM marking, the hilt is still the early heavy steel variety. This hilt has good nickel plating throughout, showing a little bit of thinning around the quillon and also the area where the leather strap covers. All in all, though, the nickel plating is quite good on this example and shows well. The plating is about 95%. The grip plates are the early finely checkered variety. These Bakelite plates are in perfect condition to include the Hitler Youth insignia. The enamel is still perfect throughout the red, white, gold and black swastika areas. These grip plates are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard of this example is nice and straight and has outstanding original black paint. The scabbard snap has a personalization of 'WF' on the inner rim. The reverse is nearly perfect, while the obverse has a couple of minor chips toward the lower area and some wear at the tip. This paint, though, still has its original factory luster and really looks good, being in near mint condition. The black leather hanger is complete with the little retainer loop. The very end of the retainer loop has gone to time, but the working snap is still in place and in good condition. The blade of this example is nice and bright, having most of the original graining still in the surfaces. This blade shows almost no age and is easily in near mint condition throughout. There is no sharpening on this example. The reverse is stamped with a double open RZM circle which is positioned over the code for Schüttlehöfer, “M7/13”. This blade is protected by the original black leather washer. An outstanding Hitler Youth knife here, probably of about late 1938 vintage.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

HYK #28156 Hitler Youth Knife (RZM M 7/13) - Arthur Schuttlehöfer

This Hitler Youth knife is a fine-looking example having excellent preservation. The hilt plating is still good, beginning to fail a little on the pommel area beneath the leather retaining strap. This is normal and is seen quite frequently with pot metal based later made Hitler Youth knives. The plating, though, is at least 95%. The grip plates are in excellent condition, having good checkering. They are retained by nickel plated steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The Hitler Youth insignia has perfect enamel and looks outstanding with its red, white, gold and black swastika colors. The scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent original black paint. This paint shows a little bit of thinning at the bottom tip but, overall, it is still there at about 98%. It also has good brightness still in the finish. The leather belt loop and small retainer are all there but are beginning to become slightly limp from age and usage. It would be a good idea for the next owner to use some leather conditioner to aid in preserving this strapping. The small retainer loop appears to have had an old repair but it is well done and everything is in good shape with a working snap. The blade of this example is still nice and bright and also retains nearly all of its original factory graining. Other than in-and-out marks, this blade almost looks in new condition. If you look close though, there is a little bit of edge sharpening but it is not too bad and has not gone into the slab edges of the surfaces. This is really a nice blade here, rating in near full mint condition. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the Schüttlehofer code, being a double open RZM circle over the number “M 7/13”. The original leather blade buffer is in place. A pretty nice Hitler Youth knife here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

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 #28621 Hitler Youth Knife with Issue Tag (RZM M7/13) - Arthur Schüttlehöfer

This Hitler Youth Knife is most likely unissued, as it was liberated complete with its paper tag still affixed to the reverse of the leather carrying loop. The printing on the loop is mostly worn off but if someone took the loop off and unfolded it there would be a way to see the details. Normally the tag would best be left just where it is frozen in time on the reverse of the leather. The hilt of this knife is a real beauty. It is nickel-plated over the pot metal base. The plating still is factory bright and is also 100% throughout. The grip plates are a fine perfect condition black checkered variety, retained with nickel-plated rivets and having dressed heads on the obverse. The nickel plating on the rivets is also in pristine condition. The obverse grip plate has a fine Hitler Youth insignia. It features perfect enamel having the bright colors of red, white, silver and a black mobile swastika. You won’t find a nicer hilt here! The scabbard is straight throughout and the obverse has good original black paint. There are a few signs of age and a couple of minor chips here and there from time. On the reverse the paint is also very nice but does have a few more chips, mostly confined to the right edge. I would assume these come from the knife being set in place on a table or whatever over the years. The leather is the late style type having fairly large graining in the surfaces. It still remains in choice condition, complete with the small loop and working snap. As mentioned above the issue tag is still attached to the reverse of this leather. The blade of this example is as nice as they will come and is in virtually new condition. This blade has perfect shape and has 100% of the original crossgraining. It is the style blade with short ricasso. This full mint blade is marked on the reverse with an etched open double RZM circle positioned over the code for Arthur Schüttlehöfer, “M 7/13”. The original leather washer is in place looking to match the leather of the carrying loop section. This is an outstanding Hitler Youth knife and a great chance to add an unissued piece to your collection if you are specializing in HJ pieces.

Mint Unissued. $1675.00

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 #33004C Unissued Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/13 - Schüttlehöfer

This Hitler Youth Knife is in choice unissued condition. The original issue tag is gone from the piece, but there are still remnants on it on the back of the leather belt loop. I have had tagged unissued Schüttlehöfer Hitler Youth knifes in the past and I know that this was the place where they put their RZM tag, so these remnants are proper. The knife itself is in spectacular condition throughout. The hilt plating is mirror bright and factory new. The base metal of the hilt is pot metal but, fortunately, time has not affected the beauty of this plating. All edges are completely crisp and sharp. There is one tiny flaw on the pommel obverse center edge where the piece may have been dropped or something was dropped on it, but it is very minor. The grip plates are the checkered celluloid and they are in complete perfect condition. The Hitler Youth insignia still has a frosted silver plating to the borderline and the center area surrounding the black mobile swastika. The colors of red and white are nice and bright in the diamond. These grip plates are retained by nickel plated steel rivets, having dressed heads on the obverse. The plating is still 100% across the rivet heads. The scabbard of this example is the typical tube steel variety. Its original black paint is a dull style finish, and it still rates at 100%. The scabbard is equipped with a synthetic style leather belt loop with small loop to retain the knife. The leather shows normal signs of handling along the edges, but it is still in excellent condition throughout with a fine working snap. As mentioned above, the residue from the original paper tag is still clinging to the upper reverse of this synthetic leather. The blade is in a remarkable state, being totally mint and having 100% of the original graining. This late style blade is complete with a crisp ricasso area. On the reverse above the ricasso is a double etched open RZM circle that is positioned over the code “M 7/13”. This code was assigned to the Arthur Schüttlehöfer firm of Solingen. The original new-like brown leather washer is in place. A great opportunity here to acquire a mint conditioned unissued Hitler Youth knife.

Unissued Mint. $1,995.00(#041114)

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

HYK #28015 Hitler Youth Knife (RZM M7/13) - Arthur Schuttlehöfer

Despite the fact that this Hitler Youth knife has an RZM marking, the hilt is still the early heavy steel variety. This hilt has good nickel plating throughout, showing a little bit of thinning around the quillon and also the area where the leather strap covers. All in all, though, the nickel plating is quite good on this example and shows well. The plating is about 95%. The grip plates are the early finely checkered variety. These Bakelite plates are in perfect condition to include the Hitler Youth insignia. The enamel is still perfect throughout the red, white, gold and black swastika areas. These grip plates are retained by steel rivets having dressed heads on the obverse. The scabbard of this example is nice and straight and has outstanding original black paint. The scabbard snap has a personalization of 'WF' on the inner rim. The reverse is nearly perfect, while the obverse has a couple of minor chips toward the lower area and some wear at the tip. This paint, though, still has its original factory luster and really looks good, being in near mint condition. The black leather hanger is complete with the little retainer loop. The very end of the retainer loop has gone to time, but the working snap is still in place and in good condition. The blade of this example is nice and bright, having most of the original graining still in the surfaces. This blade shows almost no age and is easily in near mint condition throughout. There is no sharpening on this example. The reverse is stamped with a double open RZM circle which is positioned over the code for Schüttlehöfer, “M7/13”. This blade is protected by the original black leather washer. An outstanding Hitler Youth knife here, probably of about late 1938 vintage.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00