Founded officially in 1934, the RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) or Reich Labor Service was instituted as a "make-work program" to help alleviate the depression of Germany in 1934. It was similar to the WPA and other programs initiated by President Roosevelt in this country. German men (and women, to a lesser degree) were taught the merits of drilling, digging, bridge and road building, not to mention National Socialism. From 1939 onward service in the RAD was absolutely compulsory.
RAD Officers and men initially wore the same edged weapon, a large Hewer with stag gripped plates. In 1938, RAD Officers wore a scaled-down hewer. It has silvered fittings with eaglehead pommel top. The crossguard features a shovel over wheat shafts, with a superimposed swastika. The weapon is fitted with white celluloid grip plates. The silvered scabbard has curled design decoration at the upper and wheat stalks at the lower. The center area features a pebbled panel. The matte-finished, Bowie-shape blade is etched with the RAD motto, Arbeit Adelt.
RADALL #38734C RAD Officer's Dagger – E. & F. Hörster
The pommel of this dagger features a noble eagle head with great detailing throughout. The rear of the eagle has four accent grooves which run downward. The ferrule has five accent grooves that run upwards at a slight angle.
The crossguard features quillons that end in curls. In the center is the symbol of the RAD; a spade with a mobile swastika, set atop a pair of wheat stalks.
The grip plates are also really nice. The obverse is perfect, while the reverse has just an extremely small hairline crack in the center. The screw looks to be unturned.
The straight, mint scabbard has crisply pebbled panels in the center and, at the top, are the usual RAD curls. These curls are nice and crisp, only appearing on the obverse facing on Officer pieces. Below the curls are two wheat stalks set at 45 degree angles. On this scabbard they are the type that touch each other. A matching pair of wheat stalks can be seen at the bottom. Much of the original frosting remains on this scabbard and it is about as nice as you could hope to find. The throat is held in place by unturned flat head screws.
The Bowie-style blade is in the original matte finish and in very choice condition. There are three runner marks on each side of the blade, where the runners sat against the steel for many years. It would not be difficult for the next owner to clear these marks if so desired; they are extremely shallow and there is little risk of damage to the matte finish. The motto is factory new, with a dark, crisp etch. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the familiar Hörster “H” logo.
A very nice RAD example here.
Near Mint. $1,995.00
RADALL #38318 Personalized RAD Officer's Dagger – E. & F. Hörster
This RAD Officer's Dagger is in mint condition, having a beautiful dark tone to all of the silver mounts. The silvering is 100% intact throughout the hilt. The pommel features a noble eagle who looks to the viewer's left; the detailing to the beak, eye and brow of this bird are exceptional. There are also fine accent lines which run down the eagles neck. At the ferrule area there are good, clean accent lines cut at a 45 degree angle.
The grip plates of this piece are a fine, off-white color. There is a tiny flake off the upper edge of both sides, but the flaw is extremely minor. The toned silver screw nicely matches the rest of the piece and seems to be unturned.
The crossguard features quillons that end in curls. In the center is the symbol of the RAD; a spade with a mobile swastika, set atop a pair of wheat stalks. On the reverse we see the original owner's personalization. The name reads “H. Chr. v. Bülow”. The Von Bulow family was very famous in Germany and had many descendants that were active during the Third Reich time. It would take some research to ascertain the identity of this man but I'm sure the next owner of this piece would find the process very rewarding. I think it would be worthwhile given the status of the family.
The scabbard is also in fine, mint condition. It is totally silvered with the same dark patina. The scabbard has crisply pebbled panels in the center and, at the top, are the usual RAD curls. These curls are nice and crisp, only appearing on the obverse facing on Officer pieces. Below the curls are two wheat stalks set at 45 degree angles. On this scabbard they are the type that touch each other. A matching pair of wheat stalks can be seen at the bottom. The carrying bands are in good condition, being the type that are closed. The throat is held in place by unturned flat head screws.
The blade is a very fine, matte finish example. It has a bolo-style tip and a very fine motto, having 100% of the darkening present in the recessed areas of the lettering. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar “H” trademark of the Hörster firm. Other than a couple of extremely minor traces of age this blade is nearly mint.
A very fine RAD piece here that should prove appealing the the condition conscious collector, or to someone who enjoys researching.
RADALL #38223 Early RAD Enlisted Man's Hewer – Axt und Hauerfabrik
The hilt retains all of the original silvering, still having a lot of frosted areas. The areas where air have penetrated this frosting have developed a patination. The beak is nice and crisp, as are the edges on the ferrule. The reverse ferrule is marked “BR. 856”. This same number is also seen stamped into the scabbard throat.
The grip plates are also very stunning, being of natural antler. Both plates curve inward toward the center, affording a natural hand hold. It is really spectacular to see how the original craftsman chose these two plates for their curvature; it gives quite a desirable look to this hewer. These plates are an appealing coffee color, with the trimmed edges toned to a fine golden hue. The plates are retained by screws and spanners which look to have been turned maybe once or twice.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has what appears to be original black paint. The paint may have been touched up a little many years ago but it looks quite good, being at about 98% intact. The scabbard mounts also have all of their silvering and some frosting clings to them as well, nicely matching the hilt. The RAD iconography on this scabbard is still crisp and looks fantastic. The two upper screws are in place. The lower screws are also in place, but for some reason have had the grooves ground off of them. It is not something that looks to have been done recently; perhaps this was done in the period to keep the screws from coming loose. It is also interesting to note that the lower mount has no denting; a miracle given the weight of these early hewers!
The blade has the usual matte finish and Bowie-style tip. It shows just traces of mild age in the surfaces but is still in excellent condition. The obverse is etched the the RAD motto, and the backgrounds in the lettering appear to be about 98% intact. The reverse ricasso is marked with an RAD triangle set above the protected trademark term “GES. GESCH.”. Below is the pleasing logo of Axt und Hauerfabrik; double circles containing a fine horse head.
An extremely nice early RAD Hewer here, really having everything you would want.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #38137C RAD Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
The hilt has all of the original silver plating intact, with lots of frosting here and there. In the airs where air penetrated the frosting we see a fine patination. The pommel top has a beautiful eagle head looking to the viewer's left. The bird has very fine, hand-enhanced detailing throughout. The eyes in particular are wonderfully done. The reverse of the pommel has hand-enhanced accent lines that run down the neck of the bird, while the ferrule has enhanced lines which run upward at a steep angle.
The crossguard features a center line enhancement and has curled quillon ends. The front of the guard bears a detailed RAD spade insignia and the reverse has been left plain.
The off-white grip plates fitted on this dagger are in nearly perfect condition. There are a couple of minor age lines on the reverse right plate. The original silvered screw has never been turned on this piece.
The scabbard is also a real beauty. It has an even black patination throughout 99% of the surface. There is a still some frosting remaining in the small area that was protected by the crossguard. The pebbled panels are new-like and extremely crisp on both sides. The upper portion of the scabbard has the classic RAD curls which are all lined. Below the curls are a pair of wheat stalks set at a 45 degree angle; they do not touch. At the bottom of the scabbard these stalks are repeated, this time in an upward position. The reverse of the scabbard is plain beyond the pebbled panel. The two hanging rings are in good shape and the throat is retained by two unturned flat head screws.
The blade of this dagger is a fine example, being in a matte finish with a Bowie tip. The blade is designed with a fuller at the upper area of both edges. It is etched with the Labor Corps motto, “Arbeit Adelt”. Although the blade is in mint condition it appears the runners have worn off the background darkening in the letters “l” and “t” in “Adelt'. Other than this the blade is nearly perfect. The reverse ricasso of the blade is etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.
If you are in the market for a very fine RAD Officer's Dagger for your collection this piece would be very difficult to upgrade; it is a real beauty!
Mint Minus. $2,695.00
RADALL #38150C RAD Enlisted Man's Hewer – WKC
The nickel-plated hilt still has a look of newness throughout the mounts, with no scratching or any other signs of wear to the surfaces. The ferrule area has completely crisp corners. The guard is also new-like, with fine twin accent lines on the center and ending in a curled quillon on left side.
The stag grip plates are also extremely nice, showing no wear. The front plate is lighter than the revere, with shades of tan that darken as they get deeper. The trimmed during the mounting process have all toned to a golden yellow. The reverse grip plate is darker with deeper grains. The screws on this example were installed from the reverse with the spanners visible on the obverse. Studying the screw heads we see they are also completely new-like and have never suffered the touch of a tool. This kind of condition is very rare to see.
The scabbard is also in remarkably good shape. The shell is perfectly straight and has wonderful original black paint. This paint retains a factory sheen and just a few of the most minor age cracks; these do nothing to detract from the quality of the scabbard, however. This is some of the best original paint you will see. The nickel-plated mounts are also in fine shape, the upper mount having lined RAD curls and fine beading. The same beads appear on the lower mount at the scabbard edges. On both sides is a RAD Spade insignia resting between a pair of angled wheat stalks. These beautiful mounts are retained by unturned flat head RAD-style screw.
The large, Bowie-style blade is in the original matte finish an in stone mint condition. It is one of the best you will ever see, with the motto “Arbeit Adelt” being quite striking. The dark backgrounds of the letters are 100% intact. There is a fuller above the motto and on the reverse. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar WKC Knight Head logo.
This is easily one of the best RAD pieces in existence today; I don't think this hewer could ever be upgraded.
RADALL #37819 Full Stag RAD Hewer – Carl Eickhorn
This RAD Hewer has full stag grips which are rarely seen today. The full stag was used initially with on the first examples of this type produced by Carl Eickhorn, but the task of finding antler wide enough to accommodate the grip must have proved difficult. The stag was reduced to an open beak at the top after full production began.
The grip plates of this particular example are really outstanding. Both of the plates have a very deep coffee color, highlighted by the full graining that projects from the surfaces. When you look at this grip from the quillon edge side it is really impressive. Both plates are in totally perfect condition, with deeply toned golden edges. These plates are retained by screws and spanners, all of which are in place.
The ferrule area retains a deeply silvered look with a fine patinated across the surface. The crossguard below has an accent of double lines, with an upward pointing teardrop on the left side. All of the original factory darkening remains in the accent grooves.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. It has an outstanding finish which appears to paint, but actually could be “anodizing”. It has a great, slightly gray look to it, and is still in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts exactly match the deeply silvered look of the hilt, and also have a fine, even patination. The upper mount has the classic RAD curls on both sides with a border of beaded circles. The area below on both sides depicts a RAD spade, nicely lined and with a mobile swastika in the center. The spade is placed upon a pair of wheat stalks that are set at a 45 degree angle. The border on this mount also has matching beading. Both mounts are retained by flat RAD screws which are unbuggered.
The blade of this piece is the standard Bowie style; a large, no-nonsense slab of metal. This heavy blade sports fullers on both sides and is finished in a matte style. The obverse of the blade is crisply and deeply etched with the motto of the RAD, “Arbeit Adelt”. 100% of the original darkening remains in the backgrounds of the lettering. On the reverse we see an RAD triangle set above the protected patent term “Gesch Gesch”. Below is an early Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. This squirrel has a serrated tail and holds a nut in his paws and sits above the initials of the firm, “CE”.
A very fine, rarely seen RAD Hewer here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00
RADALL #37535C RAD Hewer – Alcoso
This RAD Enlisted Man's Hewer, produced by Alcoso, is about as nice as you will see. It is a very fine nickel-plated example. The plating is easily 100% intact throughout the hilt, and the original factory darkened lines are mostly present and visible in the accent grooves of the guard. The upper ferrule has extremely crisp corners and the beak at the top left of the pommel is in absolutely perfect condition.
The grip plates are real beauties, being genuine antler and having very pleasing colors to the raised grains. They are mostly a dark coffee color, with lighter areas on the raised sections. These grip plates are retained by two screws and spanners which are installed from the reverse, slightly different from the norm. The screw heads do not really show any signs of removal, so I believe this anomalous installation was factory done.
The scabbard is as fine as the hilt. The shell is completely dent-free and has outstanding, 100% intact original paint. This paint shows only the most modest traces of age. The mounts are also beauties, with no denting to the lower example. The upper mount has the RAD curls stamped into each side, and the lower edge of the upper mount has curl designs which run throughout both sides. The same designs can be seen on the upper portion of the lower mount. The mounts are retained by four flat head screws which are in place and unturned. A lined RAD logo decorates the center of the obverse facing of the scabbard, and the original darkening is complete throughout the spade and stalks of wheat.
The blade is a fine, Bowie-style example, with a fine matte finish. This blade is easily in near Mint condition and shows little age. It is complete with a narrow fuller and a nicely etched motto on the obverse facing. Most of the original darkening is still present in the backgrounds of the motto.
If you re looking for a crisp RAD Hewer for your collection that need not be upgraded easily, this example should be for you.
Near Mint. $1,295.00
RADALL #37349 RAD Leader's Dagger – Ed. Wüsthof
The hilt has 100% of the silvering, which is very rare to see on these RAD Leader's Dagger. The eagle head faces to the viewer's left and has great hand-enhanced detail to the birds beak, eye, and beetling brow. A really great look here. The reverse of the bird head running down the backstrap has four accent grooves which still appear to have the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. The ferrule has six accent lines that run upward at almost a 45 degree angle. The crossguard features quillons which end in curls on both sides, while the center is marked with the RAD logo; a lined spade with a smooth, raised mobile swastika in the center. The spade is set above two wheat stalks, with nice detail throughout. The reverse of the guard is plain.
The grip plates of this dagger have toned pleasingly with age, and they are both in exceptionally nice condition. The obverse is totally perfect, while the reverse has just a tiny hairliner right at the junction of the two plates. It is so minor it is hardly even noticeable and does not detract from the grip at all.
The scabbard is a beauty with 100% of the original silvered finish remaining. It features good, strong pebbled panels at the lower portion, while the upper obverse is decorated with a series of RAD curls. Beneath the curls are two downward pointing wheat stalks, being the style that touch. The same stalks appear on the lower panel pointing upward. The hanging rings are the wire type and they are both in good condition. The throat is retained by tow flat head side screws. This scabbard is in full Mint condition.
The blade of this RAD Dagger has the usual bolo tip and is a very fine example, being in the matte finish but just slightly brighter than most. It is in perfect condition throughout, having a very deeply etched motto. The reverse ricasso is marked with the logo of the firm, consisting of two ovals that contain the name and location, “Ed Wüsthof / Solingen”. Inside is a upward pointing trident.
A nice RAD Officer's Dagger here, from a maker that we do not see too often.
Mint Minus. $2,995.00
RADALL #37355 Early RAD Hewer – Ed. Wüsthof
This early RAD Hewer weighs a ton, as the upper hilt is constructed of heavy solid nickel. It also has a fine silver plated surface, still being all there after eight decades. The silvering has patinated to a very pleasing dark tone. The beak of the pommel is still crisp, as are the corners of the ferrule. The crossguard is in perfect, untouched condition, still having the factory darkening in the two accent lines that run down through the curve at the left side.
The grip plates have a most pleasing antique look. These plates have very appealing grains with coffee colored backgrounds. The edges where the grips where originally trimmed to fit have tones to a deep, golden color, giving a great look to the hilt. The plates are retained by two silver plated screws and spanners, both of which are in place at north to south and appear unturned. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The shell still has the original black paint, the obverse in Near Mint condition, while the reverse shows a bit of thinning where it once rubbed against a bullet style hanger. It is still about 98% intact. The scabbard mounts are also beauties, still silver plated over the nickel base. They too have patinated to match. The upper mount has the lined RAD curls on both sides, and at the bottom edge there are a series of beads which run in-line following the contour of the edge. The same pattern is present on the upper edge of the lower mount. Additionally both sides of this mount have a deeply stamped RAD lined shovel logo, with a raised plain mobile swastika in the center. The spade rests on two wheat stalks which are positioned on 45 degree angles. The reverse mount has a tiny ding which appears below the spade handle, but it is minor. These mounts are complete with the original flatter head type screws which appear unturned.
The large blade of this dagger has great heft to it, being in the traditional Bowie shape. This blade has very crisp edges and a beautiful matte finish. It features a narrow fuller on both sides, while the obverse bears the Labor Corp motto etched into the surface. The etch is crisp and perfect and retains 100% of the factory darkening in the letter backgrounds. This Mint blade is matching etched on the reverse ricasso with an RAD triangle positioned above the protected patent term “Ges Gesch “. Beneath is the logo of the manufacturer; a set of double ovals containing the name and location “Ed Wüsthof / Solingen”. Inside is an upward pointing trident.
Given the amount of time that these pieces were carried and coupled with their extreme weight it is almost a miracle that a original production piece like this could survive in this fine a condition. A really nice RAD Hewer here.
Near Mint. $1,495.00
RADALL #37295 RAD Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This RAD Officer's Dagger was recently purchased by me directly from the son of a veteran along with some other militaria. It was by far the best thing his father brought home! This Eickhorn piece has great silvering to the hilt; a real blessing here. The silvering is totally black patinated, but it is easy to see that it is all there beneath the toning. The pommel features the noble eagle looking to the viewer's left. The details to the eye, brow and beak are exceptional. The reverse of the head has the five decorative accents that give the viewer the feel of feathering.
The ferrule has the accent grooves that are set on a 45 degree angle running the right to left direction. The crossguard features the two quillons that ride outward and curl at the ends. The reverse is plain, while the obverse center area depicts the RAD logo. It is a lined spade, having a superimposed, raised plain swastika in the center. Below, the shovel is bordered at the bottom with two wheat stalks positioned on 45 degree angles.
The grip plates are a pleasing off-white color. They remain perfect, being retained by a silvered screw that does not look to have ever been out. A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout showing signs of silver frosting here and there. Both sides feature a fine pebbled panel at the lower end. The original blackening appears to be behind all of the crisp pebbles. The obverse upper area features the line-decorated RAD curls. Below are 45 degree angle-positioned wheat shafts, being the style that do not touch. The wheat stalk pattern is repeated on the plain area below the pebbled banner. The upper and lower areas butting the pebbled panel are plain. This scabbard is also deeply patinated, matching the hilt mounts. 100% of the silvering is intact - nice. The carrying eyelets are made of a thin wire in the normal way, and are in excellent condition. The throat is retained by two unturned, flat head side screws.
The blade is the matte-finished type, having a Bowie shape. It is a beauty, having the thin blood groove and perfect RAD motto. This motto retains 100% of the factory blackening in the letters. A fine mint blade here. The reverse ricasso is matching dark-etched with the 1935-41 logo. It features the squirrel looking to the viewer's left and retaining a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, "Original", and below is the company name and location, "Eickhorn"/ "Solingen".
A great piece here that is fresh out of the woodwork never having the pleasure of gracing a worthy collectors' collection for preservation and enjoyment. Now is your chance to purchase an investment-quality RAD Officer. Not many RAD's around in this condition, and a prestigious maker to boot!
Mint Minus. $3,495.00
RADALL #37105 RAD Officer's Dagger – Alcoso
This RAD Officer's Dagger has good, toned silver hilt; almost all of the silvering is still intact, and what wear there is confined only to the high spots. The bird head is an excellent depiction, with a stern brow over the eyes and a good looking beak. The bird has the four engraved feather striations on the back, and the ferrule area has the 45 degree angle decorative grooves.
The crossguard is a fine example, featuring quillon arms that extend outward into downward curls. The center area depicts the RAD logo; a lined spade with a plain swastika superimposed in the center. The spade rests between two detailed wheat stalks.
The grip plates are real beauties, having toned to a desirable off-white color. They are in excellent condition and retained by a screw in the reverse that is still silvered.
The scabbard is about as nice as you will ever find. This scabbard has 100% of the silvering and most of the original lacquer. There are some patinated areas where air has gotten under the silvering giving it an interesting look that collectors in the know will recognize. The pebbled panels have the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. The scabbard has the RAD curls at the top, being nice and crisp, and beneath these curls are two wheat stalks being the style that do not touch. The same wheat stalks are depicted on the lower scabbard beneath the panel. The scabbard is equipped with two nicely made carrying bands, and the throat is retained by two flat head style screws.
The blade of this dagger is in choice condition, being forged in the matte finish. This blade shows only some in-and-out marks, and overall is still in mint condition. The RAD motto, “Arbeit Adelt”, is etched into the surface of the blade. On the reverse is the trademark used used from 1937 through 1939, consisting of a set of scales with the firm's initials, “ACS”, interspersed within them. Above the scales in arched block letters is the name of the firm, “Alcoso”, and below is the location city of “Solingen”.
This is an extremely nice RAD Officer's Dagger that will go well in the collection of those that are seeking highest quality weapons.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $3,395.00
#34498C Czech RAD Officer's Hewer (?) - WKC
This RAD Hewer is a real anomaly, and for those that like to use their brain, it is a most interesting original Third Reich artifact. The Officer's Hewer has an enlisted man's style hilt, and has an officer's blade with RAD Offficer's scabbard. Studying the edged weapon, it appears to have been definitely worn during the period. It also balances perfectly on a 45 degree angle, when held by the upper hanging ring. It is my belief that this hewer was made especially for an RAD leader that may have been assigned to Prague or one of the districts in Bohemia, and Moravia.
The hilt of the hewer has been lightly trimmed on the crossguard area around the lower quillon. This trimming or thinning of the area makes the hilt flow much nicer with the scabbard, and is a good touch. The ferrule and beak area at the pommel appear to be the same as a standard RAD hewer. The crossguard area does not appear to have ever had the darkening in the grooves. The plating throughout the hilt is maybe 60-70%, showing wear in the areas where one would expect it to be, enduring usage from the original wearer's hand. Instead of the normal stag plates, the officer's option has been accomplished through the installation of ivorine or celluloid grip plates. These grip plates have been masterfully cut and fitted and are an exact mount to the countersunk area, precisely matching the edges of the beak pommel and upper ferrule. The grip plates have age toned to an ivory color, and remain in perfect condition. Both plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware, in the normal RAD EM manner. Inserted into the obverse grip plate, is an enameled Hitler Youth insignia, the type of which was used in Czechloslovakia. The insignia has perfect enamel, except for the 3 o'clock diamond point, where there is a small chip. The insignia consists of the black enamel swastika within a silver diamond which is inlaid in a shield shaped device, having red enamel edges with white center. This enamel shield is slightly loose, an indication that it is pinned through the obverse grip.
The scabbard is a standard RAD officer example, with the exception that it does not have any screws that retain the throat. The silvering is still nearly 100% throughout the scabbard, having just a couple of tiny lifts toward the lower chape area. The scabbard features the standard RAD curls at the top with a pair of wheat shafts below, which are the type that touch eachother. There are matching wheat shafts on the lower portion of the scabbard. The pebbled panels appear on both sides, and they are the type that have a slight blue color to their background. This scabbard is in nice condition throughout. The right edge has the two carrying brackets which are in the shape of an ear.
The blade is the officer's type, and it is in choice condition, still being mint. The blade is equipped with the two fullers, one which runs on either side of the blade. The RAD motto "Arbeit adelt" is precisely etched and retains 100% of its original background darkening. The reverse of this beautiful blade is etched with the knighthead trademark, beneath which are the initials of the firm and its location, "WKC Solingen". There is the slightest of sharpening that appears on the lower side of the obverse blade, and just a little bit on the reverse side towards the end. Otherwise, this blade is in mint condition. A most interesting edged weapon here, and a great example for those of you out there that want something that is non-standard. It is amazing as we travel through the decades of this hobby, that we still seem to turn up never before seen items.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
RADALL #31309 RAD EM Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This RAD EM Hewer has the look of an artifact that has not been cleaned in seventy years and that is probably the case here! This piece is of early production and it has the very heavy solid base mounts with choice silvered finish. The silvering has long since patinated and has a coal black surface throughout. The only lightening of the surface we see anywhere is on the high points of the beak, the quillon and a little bit of the spine ferrule area. Otherwise this example is completely black throughout. The grip plates have kind of joined the look also in that they have toned very dark and have a great antique look. Usually these stag plates will turn golden color but in this case it is beyond golden, much more brown. The plates show a little bit of wear on the surfaces which one would expect considering the age of this piece. All in all though, if you like old stuff and the look of what only age can do you should really love this hilt. I certainly do and wish I wasn’t’ even selling it but how many RAD hewers can you keep! These grip plates are retained by spanner and screw devices. The screws do not look like they have ever been turned. This is really a virgin piece here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Its heavy steel base has a coat of black paint which looks like it was probably touched up a little during the period. This black paint is kind of rusty and spidery especially on the obverse and on the reverse it is a little bit better but still has a pretty rough look. I still like it though nevertheless. The two fittings are coal black, exactly matching the hilt. The upper mount has the complicated RAD swirl designs on both sides. They are in great shape and show little to no wear, just a lot of black! They are bordered by beads which go around both sides of the edges. The same beads are on the upper edge of the lower fitting. This fitting has a little slope ding right beneath the shovel. We though we would get it out but son of a gun we couldn’t get the fitting off without causing more damage so it is better to take the low road on these kinds of things. This mount has some dings and definite carrying history fairly prominent on its lower surfaces but, if you take it all into consideration with the rest of this great piece I don’t see where there is a detraction. The shovels on both sides have deep crisp stampings and they are horizontally lined with plain style mobile swastikas. The shovel stands on a pair of wheat shafts positioned upward at 45 degrees. There were no screws in this lower fitting so we made a couple out of some old rivets. They look pretty good and unless I told you you probably wouldn’t even notice it. Better to have something like this than large gaping holes.
The blade of this example is the typical big heavy bowie style. It is in a matte finish and shows some normal age in the surfaces but nothing really bad and actually if you look at the outside you would think it would be worn out. This blade though still grades at about excellent plus and would probably clean up even more if somebody wanted to bother with it. The spine is crisp, the fuller is nicely done and the etched motto is still crisp and probably has about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse has matching etching and it features the RAD triangle positioned over the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Beneath this is the trademark used from 1933 through 1935. It is the double small style ovals which trap the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a squirrel with serrated tail positioned over the initials of the firm, “CE”. A really good man’s man’s hewer here and if you are fussy about a little age or a little dust and dirt best to go into the diplomatic section as there is nothing delicate about this piece.
RADALL #32425 RAD EM Hewer – Ed Wüsthof
This RAD Hewer is of excellent quality throughout. The hilt is produced of heavy solid nickel material. The silver plating is still quite good throughout the hilt. The cross guard and curved quillon still have the original darkening in the background. This hilt shows normal usage but no abuse. The grip plates are a fine genuine stag. They are a very pleasing color, featuring tan and brown grains. The edges and the areas where the plates were fit to the ferrule have turned a fine golden color.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has original black paint. The paint is still quite good, showing wear mostly to both edges. The inside areas though are still quite good, with no bad chips or wear. The paint overall rates at about 90%. The scabbard mounts are the early solid nickel type. They also have a nice matching patina. The lower fitting is in good condition with no hits to the bottom areas. The upper mount has the RAD stamped curl designs. They are still nice and crisp and also appear on the reverse side. At the lower mount is the RAD spade which is lined horizontally and features a plain swastika in the center which stands out against the lined background. The spade is positioned over two wheat shafts which are on a 45º angle on both sides. Both scabbard mounts are beaded with designs that follow the edges that meet the scabbard shell. All four screws are in place and are unbuggered.
The blade of this example is quite nice. It has the bowie style end and the finish is still mostly bright. There is the tiniest bit of sharpening that is visible on the reverse but there is none on the obverse. Overall, this blade easily grades at excellent plus. The Labor Corps etch is very crisp and has outstanding background darkening. This darkening appears to be at about 98%. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle which is positioned over the patent pending abbreviation “Ges. Gesch.” Beneath this is the trademark which consists of double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Ed.Wüsthof Solingen”. In the center is a three-pronged trident. This is a good RAD which would really clean up quite nice if someone wanted to take the effort. These early pieces have lots of weight to them and as my grandmother used to say, there is a lot of meat for the money!
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #30133 RAD Hewer – Ed. Wüsthof
This RAD Hewer is an extremely nice example. The nickel plating throughout the upper pommel beak, ferrule and crossguard is in outstanding condition, almost showing no usage at all. The dark backgrounds are still in the crossguard accent lines.
The grip plates are beauties, showing little to no usage. These plates have fine, dark coffee colored backgrounds, with lighter golden tones on the raised parts which match the golden tones of the edges. The two screws are in place, with spanners on the reverse; both appear to be unturned. An extremely fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has very fine original paint. The reverse paint shows some sign of use, but still rates at 98%. The obverse shows some usage also, but is still good considering the weight and heft of these things. It rates at about 90%. The painted surfaces still have their original factory brightness. The scabbard mounts are in very fine condition, with no dents to the lower fitting. The upper mount features the RAD curls, nice and crisp on both sides. The lower portion of the mount has pearling along the entire edge which matches the pearling on the lower mount. In the center area of both sides is the RAD spade, having lined surfaces. There is a mobile swastika in the center of the spade, with a plain surface that provides an interesting contrast. The spade is positioned between two stylized wheat shafts. These mounts are retained by two unturned nickel RAD screws.
The large Bowie-style blade is in very fine condition, having a matte finish and showing little age. This blade is still crisp and easily rates in Near Mint condition. The obverse blade is etched with the RAD motto, “Arbeit Adelt”. The reverse ricasso has the RAD triangle positioned above the protected patent term “Ges. Gesch.” Below is the double oval trademark of the Wüsthof firm.
A very fine collectible RAD Hewer here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00
RADALL #36283 RAD Officer's Dagger with Grip Monogram – Alcoso
This RAD Officer's Dagger has a hilt that is produced of aluminum. Alcoso produced later in the period many examples with aluminum hilts. The bird head pommel shows outstanding detail to the bird’s brow, eye, nasal area and his beak. There are the four carved arches which run down the back area of the head. The ferrule has five accent grooves which are on a forty-five degree angle. The crossguard is plain on the reverse and on the obverse features the logo of the RAD in the center. It consists of a lined spade with a raised mobile swastika positioned over two wheat shafts each on a forty-five degree angle. The hilt is set off by a fine set of off-white grip plates. The grip plates are an off-white color and they are in excellent condition. The obverse plate has a professionally carved monogram in the center. It consists of the intertwined initials, “GM”. The “G” is left plain in the center areas between the scribe lines and the “M” has the center areas shaded indicating that the original owner’s surname began with the letter “M”. The plates are retained by a matching screw in the reverse which appears unturned. A very interesting hilt here, and a great looking presentation to the monogram.
The scabbard is also a real beauty. This scabbard is the style which has the blued factory panel on both sides. The panel has a sharp crisp pebbled surface. The upper portion of the scabbard on the obverse only has the RAD curls which are also lined. Below the curls are two wheat shafts pointing on a forty-five downward angle and they are the style which touch each other. The same wheat shafts appear on the lower chape area where they are pointed upward in a forty-five degree angle. This scabbard has absolutely 100% of the original silvering and also about ninety-eight percent of the original lacquered surface. There are a few areas in the finish where air has penetrated beneath the lacquer giving a darker contrast compared to the brighter areas. The carrying rings are in good condition being the wire type bent in the shape of a letter “P”. The throat is retained by two flathead style screws. A really great outside here!
The Officer’s blade is also a very fine example being produced in the matte finish and being in mint condition. The motto of the RAD “Arbeit adelt” is etched on the obverse still having nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. As is usually the case with Alcoso produced etches the RAD logo is somewhat into the fuller above. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark used from 1937 through 39. It is a set of scales which have the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in a downward arch shape is the block letter name of the firm, “Alcoso”. Below the scales is the town of “Solingen”. A most interesting and collectible RAD Officer’s Dagger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00
RADALL #35611 Full-stag RAD Hewer with Monogram - Carl Eickhorn
This full stag RAD Hewer is in untouched condition, with its silvered, brass based mounts, having outstanding dark patination. The back strap above the ferrule area has a very choice monogram, professionally engraved with the initials, "F H". The initials are double spaced, with shading in between. The crossguard has a fine, curled quillon, and it appears as though the original darkening is in the grooves of the quillon. It is interesting to note, that the reverse of the ferrule has some of its surface worn, apparently from the hanger worn with this heavy hewer.
The grip plates on this example are the full stag type that we only see on early, intitial production pieces. The stag shows some wear from its years of usage, but if anything, it gives this antler a great, attractive appearance. The obverse antler is a pleasing, coffee color, with golden edges, and the reverse area is more of a golden color with tan tones in the depths of the grains. Both pieces of stag completely cover the eagle's pommel beak. A great look here! The stag plates are retained by screws and spanner nuts. It is interesting to note that the two screws on the obverse have a desirable, greenish patina to their surfaces. These screws do not look to have been turned in many years.
The scabbard shell is straight thoughout. This shell has its original, black paint which is showing some age, and some rust surfaces beneath the paint, but it is not bad. The paint has still managed to cling over the rust, and rates at nearly 100%. The paint also still has some gloss to its surfaces. The scabbard mounts are the early silver over nickel base. The lower mount has a small crease on the obverse just below the spade. The reverse shows some wear signs, but no denting . The lower portion of this mount also has a very minor ding at the tip. This mount depicts an RAD shovel, with lined surfaces, having a contrasting, smooth mobile swastika in the center of the spade. This spade rests between two wheat shafts. The mount is decorated along the borders with beaded circles. The same beaded circles appear on the border of the upper mount, and above these are the RAD curls. These curls are deeply stamped, having good lined backgrounds. The reverse curls have some wear to the lines, which was caused by the hanger many years ago. The throat is retained by two side screws, which show a little bit of buggering, but nothing serious.
The blade is the heavy bolo style, being produced in a matte finish, with single fuller on both sides. The motto on the obverse is quite deeply etched, and still crisp. It retains about 90% of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched,with the RAD triangle positioned above the patent pending words, "Ges. Gesch". Beneath this is the trademark used from 1933-1935. It consists of double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "CARL EICKHORN/SOLINGEN". Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail, holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel is positioned over the firm's initials,"C E". A good early example here, in untouched, as found, condition.
Excellent Plus. $2,495.00
RADALL #35264 RAD EM Hewer- Carl Jul. Krebs
The hilt of this example has fairly good nickel plating, but there is some lifting along both of the spines. It is not bad however, and tends to blend in with the integrity of this piece. This piece was definitely used. The rest of the hilt plating is in good condition. The crossguard with curled quillon has fine darkening still within the two accent grooves. The grip plates are a good looking stag, having colors running from tan to dark brown. The reverse grip shows a little bit of hand wear, which is always nice to see on one of these pieces. These grip plates are in excellent condition, and have turned a golden color along both of the edges.
The two screws with spanner nuts are in place, and do not appear to have been taken out. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has fairly good, original black paint, having 100% on the obverse, and showing a little wear on the reverse, caused by the once present "bullet" hanger. The reverse paint is about 95%. The scabbard mounts are good examples throughout, the lower mount having no hits to the bottom. These nickel plated mounts are heavily stamped with the RAD curls on the top, and on the bottom, it is stamped on both sides with the RAD spade, having a swastika in the center with two wheat shafts below. Both mounts have borders of beaded circles. The reverse mount shows a little bit of plating loss, again caused by rubbing against the once present bullet hanger. The original, flat head screws are all in place.
The blade is the typical, matte finish type. This blade shows only modest age, still having good crisp spine, and no hits to the lower edge. This blade grades at excellent plus. The RAD motto is nice and crisp, having about 98% of the original background in the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle, positioned above the patent pending abbreviation "ges. gesch". Below this, is the double oval logo, featuring the firm's name and location within the ovals, "CARL KREBBS/SOLINGEN". Inside is a crown positioned over the capital letter, "K". Below the logo is the etching "837". I believe that this was the model number of this particular hewer used by the Krebbs firm. A good, solid example here, showing some wear of the period, but certainly no abuse.
Excellent Plus $1,195.00
RADALL #31138C RAD EM Hewer - Carl Jul. Krebs
This Krebs RAD Hewer is in nice condition throughout. It is slightly of a transitional type in that the hewer itself has the very solid heavy base metal with silver plated mounts whereas the scabbard is the type made a little later which has the nickel-plated mounts. Either way you’d probably never notice it anyway if I didn’t tell you this but we do see them quite often mixed like this. The hilt area has very choice nickel fittings which show little carrying time. In fact these fittings are still crisp especially around the ferrule area, the beak area and also the crossguard with its curled quillon at the end. The silvering has nicely patinated and adds a good look to this finish. The stag grip plates are almost smooth in that they were either smoothed out before they were installed on this piece or it has more wear to it than I would think. Either way the grip plates are very beautiful having a good dark brown in the backgrounds with a lighter tan across the surfaces. The edges have turned a nice attractive golden color. These plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware and the screws may have been out once or twice.
The scabbard shell is a beauty being totally straight throughout. This shell has outstanding original black paint. There are a few spiders and a little bit in the line of chipping but not very much. This paint is about 98% and still retains its original luster. A very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are also in choice condition. These mounts have perfect surfaces and outstanding plating. They still also have all of the dark backgrounds to enhance the images. The upper mount has the complicated RAD swirl designs and the lower mount has the shovels with wheat shafts and swastika on both sides. Both mounts have the beaded pattern that decorates the edges that touch the shell. The original screws are in place and appear unturned except for one at the lower mount right side. If you want us to make a screw please let us know and we will do this for you but it will cost you an extra twenty bucks because this piece is on consignment.
The blade of this example shows some in and out usage and also some minor age in the surfaces. It still is mostly bright having some extremely light pits just noticeable if you really look close. Overall though the blade rates at maybe about excellent minus. The motto is lightly etched and there is very little of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has the RAD triangle positioned over the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Beneath is the small double circles with the firm’s name and location trapped in between, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the letter, “K”. A nice hewer here with a better outside than inside but what the heck, these blades were supposedly meant to be used and you can’t blame these guys for slinging at a branch or a bush now and again.
Excellent Plus. Originally $1,595.00, now only $1,495.00!
RADALL #32909 RAD EM Hewer – Carl Jul Krebs
This RAD EM Hewer is in really exceptional condition. It looks like it may have been worn a couple of times, but honestly, it is really a cracker. The hilt is the steel base type but it has absolutely pristine nickel plated surfaces. These surfaces are really great and still are bright. The edges around the spine and cross guard area are very, very crisp. The quillon still has most of the original black in the backgrounds on the obverse with jus a little more wear on the reverse. It is great to see a hilt in this condition. The grip plates, except for the obvious age toning to the surfaces, look in brand new condition. These beautiful plates display on the obverse a very fine deep brown color with great raised graining. The reverse does not have as high of a grain and it is also a slightly lighter color brown. The edges on both sides have turned to a fine antique gold color. The grip screws appear to have perhaps been out once, but only once. They are both set at an 8:00 – 2:00 angle. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has its original black paint which, other than the most modest of usage signs, is near 100%. This paint also still retains its original factory brightness. The nickel plated steel mounts are as good as they come. There are no dents or dings or for that matter, any usage signs to these mounts. The upper features the complicated RAD loop designs and all of the blackening is still in place. The lower mounts have the shovel depiction with mobile plain swastika in the center contrasting with the lines of the shovel. This shovel is positioned between two wheat shafts. Both mounts have the stamped circular beading that runs on the rim where the mounts touch the scabbard shell. These mounts are retained by their original RAD screws which appear unbuggered.
The blade of this example has the standard bowie shape. It is done in the matte finish and is still in pristine, mint condition. This blade has nice, crisp edges with a good, deep fuller on each side. The obverse has an outstanding etched motto which features 100% of the factory blackening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso features an RAD triangle positioned over the patent-pending words “ges. gesch.” Beneath is a single oval trademark. Within the line is the firm’s name and location “Carl Julius Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown positioned over the letter “k”. A very fine RAD dagger and very rare to find one in this choice condition.
Mint Minus. $1,895.00
RADALL #32850C Monogrammed Early RAD EM Hewer – Carl Jul Krebs
This early RAD EM Hewer is definitely of initial production. It is in extremely heavy piece, having solid nickel mounts throughout. The hilt is a real beauty. This hilt has turned coal black with patination and is very appealing to those who like this look. The beak still has all of its fine curvature and the spines are still nice and crisp. The cross guard and curved quillon are still crisp throughout, with all of the original darkening in the backgrounds.
It is interesting to note that the original wearer had his monogram engraved on the back spine of this hilt. Professionally done in beautiful gothic lettering is the monogram “G.B.” The engraver that did this work some 80 years ago was a real master of his art and if you like these monograms, I am sure that this one will fill a special spot. The grip plates add to the appeal of this dagger. They have that great antique look from years of good storage. These plates are beautiful on both sides, having fine dark brown and lighter brown color mixes with good, high grains. The edges have long ago turned a golden color. These grip plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware and the screws do not look to have ever been turned. These screws are positioned at the 8:00 and 2:00 points.
The scabbard shell is totally straight on the reverse and has a couple of very small “bb” type hits on the obverse but they are minuscule and not really noticeable. The original paint is still bright and covers the obverse at about 95% and the reverse at slightly less where it is worn a little bit on the edges from the original carrier’s hand. The reverse, though, certainly grades at 85%. The scabbard mounts are the early silver plated nickel type. They, too, have patinaed very dark and look just great with the hilt of this hewer. The obverse mount has the stamped complicated RAD curls. These curls are still crisp and have line designs in their center areas. The lower mount is stamped with the RAD spade on both sides. The spade contains a plain style mobile swastika in the center that looks good contrasting against the lined surfaces of the shovel depiction. This implement is positioned between two wheat shafts. There are beaded designs that run around the edges of both mounts where they meet the scabbard shell. All screws are in place and are unturned.
The blade of this example is just as we would hope. It is the matte finish type and is still in choice, near full mint condition. This blade has nice, crisp edges and good fuller. The RAD motto is nice and crisp to the etch and has nearly 100% of the original factory darkening. A very nice blade here! The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and below are the patent pending words “ges. gesch.” Below this is the double oval logo of this company. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the capital letter “K”. An extremely desirable RAD hewer here.
Untouched. Near Mint. $1,995.00
RADALL #30483 Early Numbered RAD Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This early example is produced of heavy solid nickel base metal with silver plated surfaces. The hilt is in excellent condition having good crispness to the pommel beak. The ferrule also is smooth throughout and has crisp edges. The crossguard has the quillon with upper curving teardrop. Most of the original darkening is still contained within the twin grooves. The obverse ferrule has two small holes that seem to have been purposeful so that something may have been retained in these but whatever it was it is now gone to time. The reverse ferrule is deeply stamped with the accountability marking, “Br. 212”. There is a matching stamping on the scabbard throat. The grip plates of this example are a very fine stag. The stag has dark brown and tan backing with lighter tones at the grained surfaces. The grip plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware which appear to have been out maybe once.
The scabbard shell is straight on the reverse having a small bb style ding on the obverse at about the center. The scabbard shell retains its original black paint. This paint shows quite a bit of usage and chips here and there. The paint remains at about 60-70% throughout. The matching scabbard mounts retain their silvering. The lower mount has good surfaces and does not appear to have been ever dropped. The upper mount has the complicated RADS curves stamped into the surfaces with lined centers. The lines show just a little bit of modest wear. There is a bead pattern that runs along the edge that meets the scabbard. The lower mount has an identical bead pattern. This mount is stamped with a lined shovel having a mobile swastika in the center. The shovel is placed between two wheat shafts. These scabbard mounts are retained by RAD screws. These screws are all there and are not buggered.
The blade of this piece is the typical matte finish type. It shows a little bit of age in the surfaces and has turned slightly gray. The etched Labor Corps. slogan is still crisp and has maybe about 30% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade only grades at about excellent. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and beneath is the patent pending words “Ges. Gesch.”. Below this is the early 1933-35 Eickhorn trademark. This trademark traps the firm’s name and location in its ovals. The logo though is beginning to wear and only slightly more than half of it is visible but it is certainly enough to tell the maker name as well as the vintage of the logo. A good early example here which could be cleaned up with a slight amount of work as this piece is all there.