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 #44774C RAD Officer's Dagger - WKC
It is not often that we can offer a really choice RAD example but this one is very special. The hilt has absolutely 100 percent of the original silvered finish and is in newlike condition. The noble eagle's head has the fine brow that extends over the bird's eye with the distinctive beak and nasal hair below. The backstrap has the four accents that typify the feathering. At the lower ferrule area it has a series of accent grooves that are on an angle running around the surface.
The crossguard is a beauty with its two quillon arms which both extend outward into curlicues. In the center is the lined spade which has a raised plain swastika on its surface sitting within two wheat shafts. The grip plates are in very choice condition having turned to an ivory color. They are very beautiful and in complete perfect condition. The silver screw is in an unturned state. A very fine hilt here!
The scabbard is straight throughout and also has 100 percent of its original silvered surfaces. The scabbard is slightly patinaed but it is obvious that it is in perfect condition. It features the RAD curls at the top which have the two wheat shafts below which are the type that touch. At the bottom area there are also two wheat shafts that touch. In between is a fine pebbled panel which still has all of the gray finish in the recesses. The reverse of this scabbard is plain at the top and bottom having a matching full gray finished pebbled pattern. The throat is retained by two flat head type side screws.
The fine blade has the Bowie style end and remains in pristine perfect condition. This blade is in full mint having 100 percent of the darkening in the motto "Arbeit Adelt". The reverse ricasso is marked with the knight head logo positioned above the firm's name and location WKC Solingen. This example has a leather washer on it which is definitely original to this piece.
If you have been looking for a outstanding RAD example fairly priced this dagger should fit your bill.
RADALL #44535 RAD EM Hewer- Gottlieb Hammesfahr
This early Hammesfahr piece is equipped solid nickel mounts on the hilt and the scabbard. The hilt mounts are in good condition having been recently cleaned by the last owner. The beak is still crisp at the pommel area and the ferrule still has crisp edges. The crossguard has the original darkening in the backgrounds. The grip plates are beauties having dark brown coloring mixed with golden hues where the grains rise upward. The two screws are in place but appear to have been installed backwards by the last owner. This is easy enough to reverse if the next owner chooses to do so. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has excellent black paint which is original. There are a couple of minor usage signs in the paint but overall this paint is at least 90%. The upper scabbard mount is in fine condition with its RAD curls and the circles which make a border around the bottom portion. The lower mount has the same circles on the edge and features a spade with swastika. The lined spade is resting over a pair of wheat stalks. There are a couple of small dings in the bottom of this lower mount. I also notice that there are a couple of tiny splits in the holes where the screws are mounted. All screws are present and look unturned. The blade is a good example with the Bowie style tip. Is hows a little bit of very minor age but it still grades at excellent plus. The motto is crisp and has about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the RAD triangle Gesch Gesch and below are the double ovals which enclose the firm's name and location Gottlieb Hammesfahr Solingen-Foche. In the center is the triangle logo with pyramid on the front surface. A decent RAD hewer here in good collectible condition.
RADALL #44079 RAD Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
This RAD Leader is a nice dagger overall, still having 100% of the silver plating in place and would be perfect, but for a small bubble (but the plating is still there) to the reverse hilt area next to the grip edge. It is rare to see this, and the reason the plating has survived well is that the base metal on this example is nickel - much better than the pot metal base used later in the period. It is easy to tell these early Eickhorn nickel based examples, as the Hewer is heavier than the later examples. The pommel displays the fine noble eagle head looking to the viewer's left. The details to the brow, eye and beak are outstanding. The hilt back strap is decorated with the four feather-like designs. The ferrule has the accent grooves that run on a forty-five degree angle, all having the original darkening in the backgrounds. The cross guard features quillion arms which.extend outward to curls at the ends. The obverse is horizontally center grooved with the RAD lined spade superimposed and resting on two wheat shafts. The off-white grip plates remain in perfect condition. They are held in place with a silvered screw which remains unturned. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard is also in fine shape with all of the silvering in place. The upper area of the scabbard that was protected by the in-place hilt, retains a bright silhouette of the cross guard that concealed this area while in place in the scabbard. The scabbard features the RAD curls at the upper area panel with a pair wheat shafts below, being the style that do not touch. The lower panel is decorated also with the wheat shafts. The center obverse panel retains its crisp pebbling. The same panel is featured on the reverse, while the upper and lower areas remain plain. The hanger eyelets are of a wire-style metal being ear-shaped. The throat is retained by flat head style side screws.
The blade is a fine matte-finish example, having the Bowie-style tip. This blade remains in mint condition. The RAD motto is etched on the obverse, "Arbeit Adelt". The etching is perfect and retains 100% of its factory darkening in the letter backgrounds.The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the 1935-1941 Carl Eickhorn trademark.
A very nice dagger here, reasonably priced.
Near Mint. $2,395.00
RADALL #43913 Initial Production RAD Enlisted Man's Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This early RAD Hewer is in exceptional condition, appearing to have never been worn. It is made of nickel and silvered, a design element that was eliminated later in the period. The silvering on this piece has a remarkable black patination; if you love pieces that are in untouched condition you should fine this look extremely desirable. The crossguard also retains the original darkening in the accent lines.
The grip plates are also exceptional. They are perfectly fit, with a thin area just above the center where the butt against the backstrap, imparting a very fine look. These plates have golden tones on the edges and very attractive brown tones through the surfaces. The screws and spanners are vertically aligned and do not to have ever been turned.
The scabbard mounts are also solid nickel with fine silvering, patinated to match the hilt. They are wonderful to look at. The upper mount has the RAD "curls", while the lower is decorated with a RAD spade and a pair of wheat stalks. Both mounts are enhanced by circular designs running around the edges. The four original flat head screws are in place and unturned.
The scabbard paint is unbelievable. It is 100% intact and completely original with a a fine sheen. Other than a few very minor age marks it is nearly perfect. There is a small dimple on the reverse of the scabbard but it really does not detract too much.
The blade of this hewer has a fine matte finish and is completely mint. The RAD motto is 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a RAD triangle and "Gesch Gesch", along with the early, 1933-35 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. This variant features a squirrel with a serrated tail.
If you like a truly mint piece with highest quality and never cleaned, this is the Hewer for you. It is rare to see a RAD in this kind of condition.
RADALL #43823C RAD Enlisted Man's Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel beak is crisp, as is the ferrule. The crossguard has a fine curl that retains all of the original darkening in the accent grooves.
The grip plates are outstanding, with very beautiful dark grains throughout the antler as well as a fine golden tone to the cut edges. The original screws and spanner nut remain in place, with a slight clockwise turn.
The scabbard shell remains straight throughout, with extremely fine original paint. This paint has some very minor age crazing but this just lets you know it is original; there is no paint missing and it has a good shine. The scabbard mounts are also beauties, exactly matching the patina on the hilt. The lower fitting is free of dents or dings, which is rare as these heavy hewers normally got quite banged up. The upper mount has the standard RAD curls on both sides, while the lower mount has a RAD spade with a plain mobile swastika, set atop a pair of wheat stalks. Both mounts have borders of hand worked circles were they meet the shell. The original flat head screws are all in place.
The only shortcoming on this hewer is that the blade has some age spots on both sides. This spotting could perhaps be removed given that RAD blades are matte and can withstand this kind of work. The RAD motto remains crisp, with 100% of the original background darkening. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a RAD triangle and the early Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. The squirrel in this variant has a serrated tail and holds a nut in his paws.
A very nice RAD EM here, with some potential for cleanup and an increase in value.
RADALL #43824C RAD Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
The pommel features a noble eagle head looking to the left, with a fine brow and beak. There are 4 notched accents simulating feathers on the reverse of the pommel. The ferrule also has five 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 an outstanding off-white color. They are both in perfect condition, with no chips. The screw on the reverse does not look to have been turned, and has matching patina on the silvering.
The scabbard has much of the original frosting and is straight throughout. The upper obverse is decorated with curls and a pair of wheat stalks that do not touch. The lower area repeats the wheat stalk design. The pebbled panels are in good shape on both sides, with good darkening in the backgrounds. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head screws.
The blade is mostly bright but does have some age spots in addition to the aforementioned sharpening. The obverse has most of the sharpening scars, with fewer visible on the reverse. It is possible this damage could be corrected as RAD blades were not plated and have a matte finish, both factors which lend themselves to a repair job. The RAD motto is crisp, with 100% of the original background darkening.
A good RAD Officer's Dagger here, with some blade issues but priced accordingly.
Good Plus. $1,695.00
RADALL #43792 Enlisted Man's RAD Hewer with Hanger - Ed. Wüsthof
This RAD EM Hewer is an early example with a solid nickel hilt. The pommel beak is still crisp and shows only modest wear. The ferrule is in choice condition, with crisp edges. The reverse of the ferrule has a personalization in the form of a monogram which appears to be "KSL".
The grip plates are beauties, having a fine dark brown tones in the recesses and golden toning at the edges. The screws and spanners are nicely patinated across the silvered finish and are aligned vertically. The blacking remains in the two grooves of the guard.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight, with the original paint. This paint has some chipping on both sides (more on the front than back) and overall is about 85% intact. The scabbard mounts are in fine condition, including the lower mount which is free of dings, something that is rare to see. The RAD "curls" at the obverse retain about 60% of the original darkening in the recesses, although the hanger has worn nearly all of the blacking off the reverse curls. The bottom mount features the usual RAD iconography of a spade and wheat stalks, bordering in punched circles. The original screws are all in place and unbuggered.
Attached to the "U" bracket on the scabbard is the original hanger, a "bullet" type made in two pieces with a belt loop and snap clip. The belt loop portion is missing, but the heavy nickel clip is present and marked with "A" and a RAD triangle on the reverse. The "bullet" portion is made of black patent leather back in standard brown leather.
The blade is a good example, showing traces of age and use. The RAD motto is good, with perhaps 85% of the original blacking left in the letters. The reverse ricasso is marked with a RAD triangle, "Gesch Gesch", and the Wüsthof Trident trademark.
A good, solid example here, recently purchased from a veteran family and as such never in a collection.
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 #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 #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 #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!