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 WPAand other programs initiated by Roosevelt in this country. Young men served a six month program of camp life, while taught the merits of drilling, digging, bridge and road building. 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 shafts 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 #35769M RAD Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This RAD Officer's Dagger is a real stunner. The hilt of this example has absolutely 100% of the original silvering. The silvering is magnificent having a very deep patination throughout. The noble eagle head pommel is the best you will see having choice detail to the bird’s brow, eye and beak below. The four accent arches are deeply cut in the back of the bird’s head and neck area going downward along the backstrap. The ferrule area has deeply cut accent grooves that are angled on about a forty-five degree. The crossguard features quillon arms which end in curls. The reverse of the crossguard is completely plain while the obverse in the center features the RAD logo consisting of a spade resting on two wheat shafts, both angled together. The spade has a horizontally lined surface with a superimposed mobile swastika. The grip plates are absolutely perfect being a beautiful off-white color and they are retained with a silvered set screw that does not appear as though it has been moved. An outstanding hilt here!
Adding to the beauty of this hilt is a scabbard which is in new-like condition. This scabbard has fine blue color to the pebbled panels. Additionally the upper and lower areas still have a majority of the original lacquer still protecting the silvered finish. There are places where air has entered under the lacquer and this leaves a dark patina spaced throughout the silvered areas. Those that know condition will immediately recognize these darker and lighter spots in this choice silvering. The obverse of the upper and lower areas are deeply stamped. At the upper are the RAD curls with horizontal lines running through them positioned above a set of angled wheat shafts which are just about but not touching each other. The lower mount repeats the wheat shaft motif. The carrying rings are a wire type metal which are bent in an ear shape. They too have good silvered finish throughout. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws which appear unturned.
As we would hope the blade is a very fine example. This blade shows just the most minor of in and out markings but still has good crisp spine and bowie style needlelike tip. The blade is in mint condition having the RAD motto etched into the obverse. The motto is, “Arbeit adelt” which of course means “Labor Ennobles”. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with the 1935-41 squirrel logo featuring an animal turned to the viewer’s left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the sword is the quality word, “Original” and below the name of the firm and its location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. This is about as nice of a RAD as you will see on today’s marketplace. A real killer here.
RADALL #35767 Early RAD Hewer – Carl Jul. Krebs
This early Krebs RAD Hewer was recently acquired from the evidence department of a Midwest county sheriff’s office. Apparently the piece was no longer needed and the local sheriff was asked to sell the piece so that the department could reap the funds and do something better than warehousing an RAD hewer. This hewer is a very early example having an extremely heavy hilt with silver-plated surfaces. The silvering is near 100% throughout and has a nice patination. The reverse backstrap of the hilt shows some hammering scars, so no doubt the original owner must have been known to put up an RAD poster or two. Stamped into the reverse ferrule is the property number “Fü908”.
The scabbard on this example is also stamped but the numbers come from the same group but do not exactly match. This number is “Fü612”. Apparently the scabbards may have gotten mixed up during some of the camp weekends as these hewers may have been loaned to the RAD leaders that wore them at the time. The grip plates have toned very nicely and they are a genuine stag. Both plates have good grains to the surfaces and are toned to a rich deep brown color. The screws and spanners are present showing only being out once or twice. The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has fairly good original paint. This paint does show some usage chips and a little bit of attic crazing but overall it is still about 95%. The upper scabbard mount has some age toning but might clean up if someone wanted to tackle this job. The under portion of the mount is in better condition. This mount has the RAD curls on both sides with a border made of small circles. The circles persist at the lower mount and below this on both sides is the RAD logo being a lined spade with smooth surface mobile swastika in the center. The spade is resting on two wheat shafts. The scabbard mounts are retained by two screws at the bottom example and only one screw at the upper left on the top example.
The blade of this example still has a good bowie shape and fairly crisp spine. The surfaces show quite a bit of uniform age throughout. It may clean up with some work but overall I think that the next owner will have to live with the state of the blade. The age does not appear to be pits so it is not all that bad. The motto is still in excellent condition being crisp and probably still having at least 98% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse is matching etched with the RAD triangle which sits above the patent pending abbreviation, “Ges. Gesch.”. Below this is the small double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. Inside is the crown symbol over the letter “K”. A decent RAD here with a history and if you are not too fussy this should make a nice addition to a starter collection or for someone who likes things to show they have been used and have been around for seventy years.
RADALL #35638 Rad Officer's Dagger - PD Luneschloss
This Luneschloss produced RAD piece remains in outstanding condition throughout. All of the silvering remains throughout the bird's head, ferrule, obverse crossguard, and almost all of the reverse crossguard, having only a little slight wear on the lower lip of the guard edge. The pommel details are outstanding, having the original factory blackening deep in the bird's eyes, nasal area, beak area, and into the four decorative slots, which are equally positioned down the back strap of the bird's head. The ferrule has the angled accent lines, which also have a good part of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The crossguard has outward running quillon arms which end in curls. The reverse is plain and the obverse depicts the RAD symbol in the center. It is a spade which has a lined surface with a raised out plain mobile swastika contrasting nicely with the backgrounds lines. The spade is resting between two wheat shafts. The grip plates are also outstanding, both being in totally perfect condition and being an attractive off white color. The original silver screw is in pl and does not appear to be turned.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell still has much of the original frosting still clinging throughout the smooth surfaces. The frosting is about 70-80% on the reverse mounts, and about 20-30% on the obverse mounts, with quite a bit still remaining on both edges. The scabbard motif features a pebbled panel on both sides, and above the panel is the RAD curl design, having a pair of wheat shafts angled toward each other below the curls. These wheat shafts are the type that do not touch eachother. The wheat shafts also appear on the lower mount. The reverse scabbard has no designs other than the pebbled panel. The two hanging rings are in the shape of ears, and are a curved wire material, soddered closed at one end. The throat is retained by two flat head screws, one in each side, and both are unbuggered.
The blade is finished in the matte style, and has the bolo shaped end. It has a narrow fuller on each side, and on the obverse is etched with the motto of the labor corp, "ARBEIT adelt". The factory darkening on the letter backgrounds is about 98%. This blade easily grades in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, with the double ellipse used by this firm. The ellipse contains the firm's name and location, "P.D. LUNESCHLOSS /SOLINGEN". Inside of the ellipse, there is an old fashioned helmet, being pierced by a sword. There is also a brown leather buffer on this example. Many times we do not see buffers used on RAD leaders, but obviously, in the case of Luneschloss, they preferred the washer. Luneschloss is a very small producer, and it is an extremely rare sight to see a fine, RAD leader produced by this company. A very fine collectible example here.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
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 #35355 RAD Full Stag Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
It has been a number of years since I have had the opportunity to offer a full stag example. This one is a beauty, having the stag grip plates, which extend completely over the beak portion of the pommel top. This full stag version was only done for a short time by Eickhorn firm, before they realized if they used stag which did not cover the beak area, they would not have to use such a wide piece of antler. Obviously, this was a savings for the company, so we see very few of these full stag examples. The antler on this piece is particularly appealing, as both sides have a very deep, coffee color in the background, with beautiful graining which rises up slightly throughout on both sides, having a nice gold tone on their surfaces. The edges of the grips have also turned a fine, antique gold color. These stag grips always look most impressive when viewed from the side where the beak is. If you don't have one of these for your collection, I would suggest making a move, as these pieces do not seem to be around anymore!
The hilt of this example is the solid, nickel type, having great weight to it. The edges of the ferrule are still very crisp, and the reverse smooth area is stamped "Ma 621". This same stamping appears on the throat. The crossguard is a choice example, having fine, tear drop shaped, quillon end. All of the original factory darkening is within the twin decorative lines. A fine hilt here. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is also a choice example, having outstanding, original black paint. This black paint is nearly full mint on the reverse, having only a couple of minor chips on the obverse. Overall, it rates at least 99%. As I study the shell, I do see a small hit on the left edge of the scabbard, but it is hard to see. The scabbard mounts are the usual type, having the RAD decorative curls stamped into the obverse on both sides, with the border lined with beads. It is also interesting to note on the reverse upper scabbard mount, the number "621" is stamped into the edge. The lower mount is complete with the RAD spade on both sides. This spade has lines running throughout, with a mobile swastika in the center, which is left smooth. Beneath the spade is a pair of wheat shafts. I believe that the lower mount is possibly a replacement as it is not stamped with the "621" number. It also appears just the slightest bit lighter in tone than the upper mount . I do not believe this is any sin here, because of the great weight and heft of these pieces, the lower mounts really took a beating, and were often dented beyond repair. Perhaps that is what occurred with this piece, but I do not know. At any rate, the replacement piece is in choice condition. These mounts are retained by the flat head style screws, which are all in place.
The blade is the Bowie shape, and is done in the normally seen, matte finish. This blade is in fine condition, showing very little age, and good, crisp, spine edges, and fine cutting edge. The RAD motto is etched into the obverse, and it is crisp and deep. The background lettering appears to be about 95-98%. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle, positioned above the patent pending words, "ges. gesch." Below this, is the early Eickhorn double oval trademark. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/Solingen". In the center is a seated squirrel with serrated tail. The animal is positioned over the firm's intials, "C.E.". A very fine example here in choice, collectible condition
Near Mint $2,295.00(#013114)
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 #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(#110113)
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 #32572 RAD EM Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This Carl Eickhorn example is a Mid-Period made piece. The hilt area is in nice condition, having 100% of the plating being intact. This nickel plating looks really good. The beak and ferrule area still have a good crispness about them. The grip plates are a fine genuine stag, having nice appealing dark browns and tans with beautiful grains. The edges of these grip plates are a golden color. The plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware. The screws do not appear to have been turned.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight. This shell has very good original black paint. There are some normal scratches here and there, and just a slight rub on the reverse of the paint, but otherwise this paints rates at probably about 95%. It is difficult to find an RAD with paint this good. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower example having no dents or problems. These mounts show some minor age here and there, and there is some slight usage signs on the obverse upper mount where it rubbed against the old hanger. The lower mount has a few very small rust lifts on the reverse. Otherwise, these mounts are good being deeply stamped with the RAD curls at the top, and at the bottom is stamped on both sides with the two wheat sheafs having the shovel with swastika in the center. The edges of both mounts have stamped beading. The original screws are in place with the lower right example looking turned, and the others being unturned.
The matte finish blade is a fine example, showing only nominal usage. The surfaces are still very good here, and the RAD motto is perfectly etched with 100% of the background darkening being intact. This blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle, and below are the patent pending words, “Ges.Gesch.” Below this is the Eickhorn trademark used from 1935 through 1941. It consists of an etched squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the word “original”, and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn, Solingen”. A good collectable example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #32126 RAD Hewer – Axt Und Hauerfabrik
This RAD Hewer is in an untouched state and has quite a bit of patination throughout the hilt and scabbard mounts. The hilt is the very heavy solid nickel style with silver plated finish. There are a few spots with minor freckling to the plating around the ferrule and the back strap but they are extremely minor. They are barely noticeable with the patination throughout this piece. The cross guard has a little bit of “tap-tap” on the back end of it where apparently the original RAD carrier put a few posters up or something of that nature. The cross guard and curled quillon still have all of the factory darkening in the accent grooves. The silvering throughout this hilt is all there. The grip plates are a fine sight, having dark browns and tans throughout the graining. The upper portion of the obverse grip is slightly darker than the lower portion, making for a nice antique look. These plates are retained by screws and spanners, both of which have not been turned in many years, if ever.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has fairly good original black paint but does have the usual chips and age here and there. The paint still has pretty good luster to it though, so it doesn’t look too bad. All in all, this paint is about 60% - 70%. The scabbard mounts are the early solid nickel type. They are in good condition throughout and the lower mount has no real hits to the surfaces. The upper mount has the RAD curls on both sides and they are deep and still have the original darkening in the backgrounds. The lower mount has the shovel with swastika in the center. The shovel is lined to accent the swastika, which is plain. Below the shovel is a set of wheat shafts on a 45º angle. This design appears on both sides. The original RAD screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The blade is the usual matte finish. It is in good condition, being mostly bright and showing minor signs of usage and age. There are no bad spots though, or pits, or any other problems. The motto of the RAD is deeply etched and very crisp. It appears to have about 90% of the original darkening in the background. This blade grades at about excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and beneath is the patent pending abbreviation “ges. gesch.” Below this is the double circles which house the manufactures name and location “Axt Und Hauerfabrik Soliger”. Inside is the head of a horse. This trademark is rarely seen and is desirable among collectors. A pretty good RAD here which would clean up quite a bit.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
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 #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 #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.