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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 #47104 RAD Officer with Blade Motto on Reverse No Maker

This RAD example has beautiful hilt toning to the silvering. The silvering is still in near full mint condition and is quite beautiful showing off the noble head of the eagle looking to the viewer’s right with his large brow over his eye and well formed beak. The reverse head has the usual four curved accent grooves. The ferrule has the 45 degree angle positioned grooves running around it. The crossguard features the lined spade with raised plain mobile swastika positioned over the two wheat shafts.

The grip plates are quite beautiful having turned an ivory color. The obverse grip has the tiniest of hairliners just at the point where it meets the center strut of the hilt. The silver grip screw features matching patina and looks unturned.

The scabbard is flat out mint. It is a real beauty having all of its silvering throughout and having all of its detailed RAD curls at the top with the wheat shafts below. They are the style that touch each other. The lower portion of the scabbard also has the touching wheat shafts. The center pebbled panel has outstanding blue backgrounds being completely mint. The same is true on the reverse. The reverse of these officer scabbards are plain. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.

The unmarked blade of this example is in immaculate mint condition. The interesting part about this dagger is the fact that normally the motto of the RAD Arbeit Adelt reads from the crossguard toward the tip. On this example the motto reads from the tip towards the crossguards. I do not have an explanation for this. It is possible that this dagger was ordered this way as perhaps the owner was left handed or whatever. The motto is completely crisp with 100 percent of its blue in the backgrounds of the letters. It is also interesting to note that the throat of the dagger has also been installed to accommodate the backward positioning of the blade. This to me precludes any kind of factory error as they would have realized the error at the time the throat was installed as the throat also is upside down. A very curious piece here must have some explanation as it is completely original. I guess we never see it all in this hobby and this is a great piece for those of you out there that like odd things albeit original.

Mint. $2,895.00

RADALL #46834 RAD Officer by WKC

This example is in outstanding condition throughout. 100 percent of the silvering still remains throughout the hilt and it is nicely toned. The pommel features the noble eagle head with good detail to the cantilevered eyebrow and beak area. The reverse of the head has the four arch shaped accent lines and the ferrule below also has the accent lines that run on 45 degree angles.

The two grip plates are an attractive off-white color and they both remain in perfect condition. They are retained by a matching silvered screw.

The crossguard has excellent quillon arms which end in curls. The center of the guard has the raised out RAD lined spade with raised plain swastika. The spade rests within two wheat shafts.

The scabbard is a beautiful piece here being totally perfect with 100 percent of the silvering intact and lots of frosting seen all around. The areas where air got under the frosting have toned to exactly match the silvered areas of the hilt. The RAD curls at the top of the scabbard overseer are nice and crisp and rest over two wheat shafts which are style which touch each other. The lower wheat shafts also touch each other. The pebbled panel on both sides is still extremely crisp. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws.

The blade of this example is a real killer being brighter than most and easily in full mint condition. It has a outstanding motto which has all of the darkening in the letter. The reverse of the letters is etched with the WKC knight head trademark.

An extremely nice RAD officer piece here.

Mint. $3,495.00

RADALL #46907 RAD EM Hewer by Carl Jul Krebs

This hewer is in extremely fine condition showing little usage.

The hilt has extremely fine nickel plating and retains its crispness about the ferrule area. The beak at the top is also extremely crisp and finely curved.

The grip plates are outstanding genuine stag. The grip plates are expertly fit and have very desirable raised grains which have tones to a gold color at the tops as well as along the edges where the stag was trimmed. There is no sign of any turning of the screws and spanners. Lovely hilt here!

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original paint is in outstanding condition still having a good sheen to its surfaces. Other than a couple of nicks on the obverse and reverse this paint is still at about 95 percent. The scabbard mounts are also in choice condition to include the undented lower mount. Both mounts are decorated with the usual RAD designs which I am sure I do not need to describe at this point. The original screws are all in place and are unturned.

The blade is the usual matte finish and has a fine shape with its bowie tip. The blade shows only minor age but still easily grades in near mint condition. The motto is crisp and has about 98 percent of the darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle Gesch Gesch and the double ovals of the firm being Carl Jul Krebs Solingen. In the center is a crown over the letter K.

An extremely nice RAD hewer here.

Near Mint. $1,395.00

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