LUFTGRAV #44290 Luftwaffe "Takedown" Gravity Knife
The grip plates are in good condition, with fine wood grain. The marlin-spike is marked with a stick-bird eagle with a "5" in his belly. The point looks to be original but these things are hard to tell.
The activator lever is marked "393" and the butt plate of the throat is marked "224". Normally these numbers do no match on gravity knives.
The blade of this knife shows age but is free of sharpening, which is nice to see. It probably had etched Luftwaffe issue numbers on it but if it did they've been lost to time.
A good gravity knife here, with honest period wear. This piece was a direct purchase from a veteran family.
LUFTGRAV #43871 Luftwaffe Gravity Knife - SMF
The stainless fittings remain in bright and in perfect condition throughout. The throat of the knife shows almost no wear. The activator lever is stamped "2" and "762". The marlin spike has never been sharpened and remains in pristine condition, with a stickbird "5" waffenamt.
The grip plates are extremely nice, with a good wood grain and fine finish. The reverse grip plate there is a scratched-in personalization which reads "Kaiserlutern, Germany 1944'. I assume with was added by the GI who liberated this knife.
The springs are sound and the blade just outstanding. It remains in nearly mint condition with full crossgrain. There is just a hint of sharpening on this blade but this is pretty normal to see on this type of knife. The blade is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, as well as "Rostfrei".
A real keeper here.
Mint Minus. $1,095.00
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.