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 #43121C Enlisted Man's RAD Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This mid-period is in superb condition. All of the nickel plating is intact on the beak, ferrule, and crossguard. The guard retains all of the original blackening in the recesses of the double line accents.
The antler grip plates are masterfully cut and installed. These plates have rich brown tones, golden edges, and could not be nicer. They are retained by a pair of screws, neither of which look to have been turned.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, with excellent original black paint. This paint shows only mild signs of wear on both sides but overall remains about 98% intact. The mounts are nickel plated and remain in choice condition. The lower mount has no damage, and the upper mount has the standard RAD "curls" and the original blackening in the line accents. The lower mount has a RAD spade and a plain swastika. It sits atop a pair of wheat stalks. Both mounts have the "pearl' circles on the edge of the shell. The original screws are in place.
The blade has a standard matte finish and remains in pristine condition. The RAD motto retains the original darkening and the fuller is the narrow type. Etched on the reverse ricasso is a RAD triangle and the protected trademark (not patent pending, which is commonly heard and completely, utterly, and eternally wrong) term "Gesch Gesch". There is also the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.
A very fine RAD Hewer here, showing little to no use.
Mint Minus. $1,495.00
RADALL #42707 Full Stag Enlisted Man's RAD Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
With its full stag grip plates, this RAD EM Hewer is an example of initial production from the Eickhorn firm. On later examples Eickhorn decided to scale back the amount of antler used on these pieces, as the cutting and fitting was too costly and for intensive. This piece is untouched and has never been cleaned.
The grip on this piece is a real beauty, with highly toned and beautifully colored antler. These colors range from a fawn to a dark coffee, highlighted by the golden tones on the trimmed edges. The workmanship is quite beautiful and very, very impressive. The plates are retained by a pair of screws and spanners.
These initial production examples were constructed of solid nickel with silver plating, making them very heavy in the hand. The backstops and ferrule and retain the majority of the original silvering, as well as some of the original lacquer which is evident in the form of lighter patches of silver that contrast the patinated areas. This gives the hewer a very striking look.
The scabbard mounts are also silver plated with the same mottled patination caused by the original lacquer. The upper scabbard mount has the standard RAD curls, with lined surfaces. The lower mount on both sides bears an RAD Spade and swastika, set between a pair of wheat stalks. Both mounts have a circular pattern around the edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The shell itself looks to have an intact "anodized" finish, and all of the original screws are in place.
The blade has the standard matte finish. It remains in nearly mint condition, with a fine, dark RAD motto on the obverse. The reverse ricasso is marked with a RAD triangle, "Gesch Gesch", and the early Eickhorn Squirrel trademark with a serrated tail.
A very fine, key piece here, with honest period wear and an untouched state.
Excellent Plus. $1,895.00
RADALL #42401 RAD Officer's Dagger - WKC
This RAD Officer's Dagger is in untouched condition and does not look to have ever been cleaned. The hilt is in a very nice state, showing a little wear to the plating on the pommel top, but it is not bad at all.
The pommel features a noble eagle head looking to the left, with a fine brow and beak. There are accent lines simulating feathers on the reverse of the pommel. The ferrule also has accent lines, these set at a 45 degree angle.
The crossguard features the RAD spade set atop a pair of wheat stalks. The spade bears a raised swastika set on a background of horizontal lines. The quillon arms have finely curved ends. The reverse of the guard is plain, having just a little wear to the plating on the lower edge.
The grip plates have a very nice, off-white color. They are both in very fine condition, with no chips.
The scabbard has lots of patination on the finish, with a little bright shivering here and there where the original lacquer remains. The upper obverse is decorated with curls and wheat stalks that do not touch. The lower area repeats the wheat stalk design. The pebbled panels are in good shape on both sides, and the reverse plain portion retains lots of silver frosting. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head screws.
The blade of this example is very fine, with the usual Bowie-style tip and a thin fuller. This blade remains bright, brighter than most we seen as it is not in a matte finish. The obverse is darkly etched "Arbeit Adelt", while the reverse bears the Knight Head trademark of the WKC firm.
Overall a very nice RAD Officer's Dagger here.
Excellent Plus. $2,195.00
RADALL #41077C Early RAD Hewer - Carl Jul Krebs
This early RAD Hewer is of initial production. It is very heavy, being constructed out of solid nickel with good silver plating. This plating has a dark patination and does not look to have been cleaned since the war.
The hilt is in nice condition, with a good crisp beak on the pommel and fine ferrule edges. The crossguard is in good condition, with the original darkening in the accent lines. The flat side of the quillon shows a few "tap-tap" marks from impromptu hammering, but these aren't too bad. The opposite side has a quillon that flares upward.
The grip plates are beautiful antler, with pleasing brown and gold tones scattered through the grains. The grip is retained by a pair of screws and spanners which appear to be unturned.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight, with excellent original black paint. There is a few minor chips and some wear, but overall this paint remains at least 95% intact. The mounts are also solid nickel with a matching patination on the silver plating. The scabbard mounts remain in perfect condition, with only a few minor carrying signs on the lower area. The four original screws are all in place.
The bowie style blade is a very fine example, with the standard matte finish. It is in perfect condition, with a very dark motto etch. The reverse ricasso is marked with an RAD triangle above "Gesch Gesch", and the Crowned K trademark of the Krebs firm.
An extremely nice, untouched RAD Hewer here, of very high quality.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00
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 #39816C RAD Officer’s Dagger with Orange Grip Plates – Carl Eickhorn
This RAD Officer’s Dagger is in very choice condition and, as an added bonus, has the seldom seen orange grip plates. Normally we see orange plates on Herder and Alcoso examples; I can’t ever recall seeing them on an Eickhorn, but you can never say never in this hobby!
The hilt of this dagger is in fantastic condition, with 100% of the silvering intact throughout. The pommel is the in the shape of a noble eagle’s head which looks to the viewer’s left. The eye and beak and have extensively hand enhanced, as have the four decorative accent marks running down the backstrap. The ferrule has slanted accent lines that retain of the original factory darkening.
The crossguard is also a beauty, featuring curved-end qullion arms and an RAD Spade insignia in the center. This spade is embellished with scribed lines and a smooth, vaulted central swastika. It is set atop a pair of wheat stalks.
The orange grip plates are extremely nice, being in perfect condition throughout with slightly darker tones at the edges and where the plates meet the back. These plates are retained by a single silvered screw set in the revers, and they are very impressive indeed!
The scabbard is also an outstanding product. It is completely straight, with the RAD curls and angled wheat stalks at the top. These stalk touch each other. The same wheat stalk motif is repeated on the lower portion of the scabbard. In the center is a fine pebbled panel in crisp condition. The reverse of the scabbard is plain except for a repeat of the pebbled panel. The hanging rings on this scabbard are the style that are just slightly open where they meet; we normally see this on scabbards that have the touching wheat stalks. The throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.
The blade is a good as you will ever see. It has a perfect matte finish and the usual Bowie tip. The Labor Corp motto is perfectly etched on the obverse surface, easily having 100% of the original factory darkening. The matching trademark etch is the 1935-41 Squirrel. We don’t normally see a blade washer on these pieces, but this example has a fine blue colored pebbled washer that looks to have been there forever.
If you are looking for a real eye catching RAD, this piece (with the spectacular orange grips) will be welcome addition to your collection.
Near Mint. $2,895.00
RADALL #38973 RAD Hewer – Carl Julius Krebs
The hilt mounts are in good condition, having some minor thinning to the plating but with no rust and still good looking. The beak at the pommel top is still nice and crisp. The quillon features a reverse teardrop on the left side.
The grip plates are very fine antler; they are very thick and quite impressive. The obverse grip plate has very deep grains which are a light tan at the top, darkening to a coffee color in the recessed areas. The edges have a fine golden sheen. The reverse plate has a smoother grain and is extremely attractive. These plates are retained by screws and spanners which appear to have never been removed.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout with excellent original black paint. This paint has a few signs of wear on the front and an area of missing paint (about the size of a US dime) on the reverse. It is otherwise good and is at least 90% intact. The scabbard mounts are in excellent shape. The RAD curl stampings are deep and crisp, lined on the bottom with the bead work that goes around the edges. This beading is repeated on the edge of the lower mount. On both sides is a lined RAD spade with a plain mobile swastika. This spade design is set between two detailed wheat stalks. There is no denting or problems on the lower scabbard mount. The mounts are retained by four flat head RAD style screws, all in good condition.
The blade is the usual Bowie shaped, matte finished type showing little to no age. The RAD motto etch is crisp and retains about 95% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with an RAD triangle and the Crowned “K” trademark of the Krebs firm.
A very fine RAD Hewer here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00
RADALL #38905C RAD Enlisted Man's Hewer – Tiger
The hilt of this EM Hewer is in outstanding condition; it is constructed from heavy brass with perfect nickel plated surfaces. The edges of the ferrule are still completely crisp and the pommel beak is like new. The crossguard is decorated with twin accent lines and the teardrop quillon end curves smartly upward.
The grip plates of this hewer are of genuine antler. The obverse plate is extremely attractive, having pale tan edges, tinged with gold, and coffee tones in the interior surfaces. The reverse plate is just as nice but with slightly more grain. These plates are retained by a pair of screws with spanner nuts. These screws look to have been turned once or twice.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and retains the original black paint. There is some attic crazing on this scabbard, mostly confined to the obverse left of the shell and the lower portion of the reverse. This paint, however, remains very appealing to the eye. The scabbard mounts are the usual nickel type, the upper example with RAD curls and beaded border accents on both sides. The lower example features an RAD spade set with a mobile swastika. This spade is set between a pair of angled wheat stalks. These mounts show only the most modest of age and are retained by the four original, unbuggered flat screws.
The blade is in the typical matte finish. It is in very nice condition with an extremely crisp spine, a Bowie-style tip and fullers on both sides. The motto of the RAD, “Arbeit Adelt”, is perfectly etched and retains all of the original background darkening. The reverse is matching etched with a RAD triangle and the fine looking Tiger trademark; the cat is heading towards the edge of the blade from the spine. Below the feline we read “Tiger / Solingen”.
A very nice RAD EM here, from a maker not known for producing this type of dagger.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
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 #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 #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 #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!