LUFTGRAV #43825C Luftwaffe Gravity Knife - F. & A. Helbig
F. & A. Helbig Gravity Knives are extremely rare; I've only have a few to offer in the past. This particular example remains in exception condition. The mounts are fine stainless steel and show very little evidence of use. If you compare a Helbig gravity knife to the more common Weyersberg and SMF types you will notice that the throat mounts and other fittings are slightly different.
This example has an outstanding marlin-spike which retains the original tip and marked with a stick-bird "5" waffenamt. Unlike most other gravity knives this example has no numbers stamped on either the activator lever or internal parts. The spring seems to be in excellent condition and the blade mechanism works well.
The grip plates are made of a lighter colored wood than more typically seen types. Both plates are in first-rate condition, with a pleasing wood grain on both sides.
The blade itself is in nearly mint condition. This blade has never been sharpened and retains nearly 100% of the original factory crossgrain. Other than a few very minor age spots on the reverse it is nearly new-like. Lightly etched on the ricasso is both the mysterious "Saefller" trademark of the Helbig firm and "Rostfrei", or stainless steel.
A nice Gravity Knife here, from a very, very rarely seen maker. If you are collecting these knives this example is a key piece.
Near Mint. $1,295.00
LUFTGRAV #43346 Gravity Knife SMF
The activator lever is stamped "697". The marlin-spike retains the original tip and is marked with a stickbird "5" waffenamt.
The grip plates are in good shape but have turned quite dark from years of handling. There is what looks to be a name scratched into on the plates but I can't quite make it.
The blade is a nice example, still being quite bright. There are signs of wear and use but it not bad. The ricasso is etched with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, as well as "Rostfrie", or stainless steel.
There is a key ring attached to the reverse ring.
A good, solid example here, with honest period wear.
LUFTGRAV #43464C Gravity Knife - SMF
The throat is in excellent condition, as is the activator lever. The lever is numbered "425". The marlin-spike is also good, with a stickbird " 5" waffenamt and the original tip.
The walnut grip plates remain in fine condition. The reverse plate has the name of the original owner scratched into the surface, "Aube".
The blade is as nice as they come, with full crossgrain. It is etched with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. It is also marked "Rostfrie", or stainless steel.
There is a leather strap, hook, and belt loop attached to this knife. It may or may not be original to the piece but looks good on it.
Near Mint. $995.00
LUFTGRAV #43347 Gravity Knife SMF
the marlin-spike is in good shape, with the original point and marked with a stickbird "5" waffenamt.
The dark walnut grip plates are in fine shape. One plate is hand carved "John Rapp", who is most likely the GI who brought this knife home.
The blade remains in nice condition, still bright and free of sharpening. It shows wear here and there but some grain still remains. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm.
A nice Gravity Knife here, with good springs and one that should last for many years into the future.
LUFTGRAV #40845C Luftwaffe Gravity Knife - Paul Weyersberg
The marlin-spike retains the original tip has the usual stickbird "5" waffenamt stamped in the lower corner.
The grip plates are in excellent condition, with fine horizontal wood grain on the obverse plate. The reverse plate is slightly coarser and looks to have the name of the original owner on it, rendered with a series of dots. There also looks to be a number below it, colored with a purple background.
The blade has sharpening that extends on to the blade surface. It is possible, however, to see about 30% of the Weyersberg trademark and the blade is mostly bright.
Attached to the back ring is a belt loop with a "dog leash" catch. The loop is made of tropical web and has a buckle. It is possible this knife was used in a Luftwaffe unit based in the tropics.
An interesting example here, in fairly nice condition ignoring the blade sharpening.