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 Roosevelt in this country. Young
men served a six month program of camp life, while taught the
merits of drilling, digging, bridge and road building. RAD Officers
and men initially wore the same edged weapon, a large Hewer with
stag gripped plates. In 1938, RAD Officers wore a scaled-down
hewer. It has silvered fittings with eaglehead pommel top. The
crossguard features a shovel over wheat shafts, with a superimposed
swastika. The weapon is fitted with white celluloid grip plates.
The silvered scabbard has curled design decoration at the upper
and wheat shafts at the lower. The center area features a pebbled
panel. The matte-finished, Bowie-shape blade is etched with the
RAD motto, Arbeit Adelt.
RADALL #31138C RAD EM Hewer - Carl Jul. Krebs
This Krebs hewer is in nice condition throughout. It is slightly of a transitional type in that the hewer itself has the very solid heavy base metal with silver plated mounts whereas the scabbard is the type made a little later which has the nickel-plated mounts. Either way you’d probably never notice it anyway if I didn’t tell you this but we do see them quite often mixed like this. The hilt area has very choice nickel fittings which show little carrying time. In fact these fittings are still crisp especially around the ferrule area, the beak area and also the crossguard with its curled quillon at the end. The silvering has nicely patinated and adds a good look to this finish. The stag grip plates are almost smooth in that they were either smoothed out before they were installed on this piece or it has more wear to it than I would think. Either way the grip plates are very beautiful having a good dark brown in the backgrounds with a lighter tan across the surfaces. The edges have turned a nice attractive golden color. These plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware and the screws may have been out once or twice.
The scabbard shell is a beauty being totally straight throughout. This shell has outstanding original black paint. There are a few spiders and a little bit in the line of chipping but not very much. This paint is about 98% and still retains its original luster. A very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are also in choice condition. These mounts have perfect surfaces and outstanding plating. They still also have all of the dark backgrounds to enhance the images. The upper mount has the complicated RAD swirl designs and the lower mount has the shovels with wheat shafts and swastika on both sides. Both mounts have the beaded pattern that decorates the edges that touch the shell. The original screws are in place and appear unturned except for one at the lower mount right side. If you want us to make a screw please let us know and we will do this for you but it will cost you an extra twenty bucks because this piece is on consignment.
The blade of this example shows some in and out usage and also some minor age in the surfaces. It still is mostly bright having some extremely light pits just noticeable if you really look close. Overall though the blade rates at maybe about excellent minus. The motto is lightly etched and there is very little of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has the RAD triangle positioned over the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Beneath is the small double circles with the firm’s name and location trapped in between, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the letter, “K”. A nice hewer here with a better outside than inside but what the heck, these blades were supposedly meant to be used and you can’t blame these guys for slinging at a branch or a bush now and again.
Excellent Plus. Originally $1,595.00, now only $1,495.00!
RADALL #34497C RAD Officer's Dagger with Motto on Reverse
This RAD Officer's Dagger has the Labor Corps motto on the reverse of the blade instead of the obverse. Looking at the dagger carefully, there is no question that this example was worn throughout the period "as is". The silvering throughout the hilt is maybe 50%. There is wear to the pommel area, as well as the silver of the ferrule area. The details though, are still good to the bird's brow, eye, and beak. The four arch-shaped grooves that run down the black strap are still crisp. The ferrule has the typical accent grooves that run on an upward angle from left to right. Some of the original darkening from the factory is still in the depths. The crossguard still has pretty much all of the silvering, and it features the crossguards having quillons that end in swirls. In the center there is a spade positioned between two wheat shafts. The spade is lined, and the swastika is raised outward, having a plain surface. The grip plates are in very fine condition, having no cracks, chips, or problems. They are retained by a silvered screw in the reverse, which shows it has been out a few times.
The scabbard nicely matches the hilt, showing a little bit of lifting on the reverse, as well as a little on the bottom obverse. Overall though, the silvering is at least 95%. The pebbled panels on both sides have the attactive blue in the backgrounds, which is still nearly 100%. The upper portion of the obverse scabbard has the typical RAD curls, and below, the two wheat shafts that are the style that touch eachother. Matching wheat shafts are on the obverse bottom, also touching eachother. The scabbard is equipped with the two carrying rings, which are in the shape of ears. The throat is retained by two flatter head screws. They appear unturned.
The obverse blade is completely plain. It has the usual matte finish, and is easily in excellent plus plus to near mint condition. The blade has the fuller that runs most of the length on both sides. On the reverse, the RAD motto "Arbeit Adelt" nicely etched. The etch is crisp, and has nearly 100% of the original darkening. As indicated above, this motto is technically on the wrong side, but by the overall usage of the dagger, it did not bother the original wearer of the dagger, and chances are, he may not have even noticed the difference. This blade is unmarked. A very interesting RAD officer here, and aside from the reverse motto etching, it is textbook all the way.
RADALL #34498C Czech RAD Officer's Hewer (?) - WKC
This RAD Hewer is a real anomaly, and for those that like to use their brain, it is a most interesting original Third Reich artifact. The Officer's Hewer has an enlisted man's style hilt, and has an officer's blade with RAD Offficer's scabbard. Studying the edged weapon, it appears to have been definitely worn during the period. It also balances perfectly on a 45 degree angle, when held by the upper hanging ring. It is my belief that this hewer was made especially for an RAD leader that may have been assigned to Prague or one of the districts in Bohemia, and Moravia.
The hilt of the hewer has been lightly trimmed on the crossguard area around the lower quillon. This trimming or thinning of the area makes the hilt flow much nicer with the scabbard, and is a good touch. The ferrule and beak area at the pommel appear to be the same as a standard RAD hewer. The crossguard area does not appear to have ever had the darkening in the grooves. The plating throughout the hilt is maybe 60-70%, showing wear in the areas where one would expect it to be, enduring usage from the original wearer's hand. Instead of the normal stag plates, the officer's option has been accomplished through the installation of ivorine or celluloid grip plates. These grip plates have been masterfully cut and fitted and are an exact mount to the countersunk area, precisely matching the edges of the beak pommel and upper ferrule. The grip plates have age toned to an ivory color, and remain in perfect condition. Both plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware, in the normal RAD EM manner. Inserted into the obverse grip plate, is an enameled Hitler Youth insignia, the type of which was used in Czechloslovakia. The insignia has perfect enamel, except for the 3 o'clock diamond point, where there is a small chip. The insignia consists of the black enamel swastika within a silver diamond which is inlaid in a shield shaped device, having red enamel edges with white center. This enamel shield is slightly loose, an indication that it is pinned through the obverse grip.
The scabbard is a standard RAD officer example, with the exception that it does not have any screws that retain the throat. The silvering is still nearly 100% throughout the scabbard, having just a couple of tiny lifts toward the lower chape area. The scabbard features the standard RAD curls at the top with a pair of wheat shafts below, which are the type that touch eachother. There are matching wheat shafts on the lower portion of the scabbard. The pebbled panels appear on both sides, and they are the type that have a slight blue color to their background. This scabbard is in nice condition throughout. The right edge has the two carrying brackets which are in the shape of an ear.
The blade is the officer's type, and it is in choice condition, still being mint. The blade is equipped with the two fullers, one which runs on either side of the blade. The RAD motto "Arbeit adelt" is precisely etched and retains 100% of its original background darkening. The reverse of this beautiful blade is etched with the knighthead trademark, beneath which are the initials of the firm and its location, "WKC Solingen". There is the slightest of sharpening that appears on the lower side of the obverse blade, and just a little bit on the reverse side towards the end. Otherwise, this blade is in mint condition. A most interesting edged weapon here, and a great example for those of you out there that want something that is non-standard. It is amazing as we travel through the decades of this hobby, that we still seem to turn up never before seen items.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00
RADALL #32909 RAD EM Hewer – Carl Jul Krebs
This RAD EM Hewer is in really exceptional condition. It looks like it may have been worn a couple of times, but honestly, it is really a cracker. The hilt is the steel base type but it has absolutely pristine nickel plated surfaces. These surfaces are really great and still are bright. The edges around the spine and cross guard area are very, very crisp. The quillon still has most of the original black in the backgrounds on the obverse with jus a little more wear on the reverse. It is great to see a hilt in this condition. The grip plates, except for the obvious age toning to the surfaces, look in brand new condition. These beautiful plates display on the obverse a very fine deep brown color with great raised graining. The reverse does not have as high of a grain and it is also a slightly lighter color brown. The edges on both sides have turned to a fine antique gold color. The grip screws appear to have perhaps been out once, but only once. They are both set at an 8:00 – 2:00 angle. A fine hilt here. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has its original black paint which, other than the most modest of usage signs, is near 100%. This paint also still retains its original factory brightness. The nickel plated steel mounts are as good as they come. There are no dents or dings or for that matter, any usage signs to these mounts. The upper features the complicated RAD loop designs and all of the blackening is still in place. The lower mounts have the shovel depiction with mobile plain swastika in the center contrasting with the lines of the shovel. This shovel is positioned between two wheat shafts. Both mounts have the stamped circular beading that runs on the rim where the mounts touch the scabbard shell. These mounts are retained by their original RAD screws which appear unbuggered. The blade of this example has the standard bowie shape. It is done in the matte finish and is still in pristine, mint condition. This blade has nice, crisp edges with a good, deep fuller on each side. The obverse has an outstanding etched motto which features 100% of the factory blackening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso features an RAD triangle positioned over the patent-pending words “ges. gesch.” Beneath is a single oval trademark. Within the line is the firm’s name and location “Carl Julius Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown positioned over the letter “k”. A very fine RAD dagger and very rare to find one in this choice condition.
Mint Minus. $1,895.00
RADALL #32850C Monogrammed Early RAD EM Hewer – Carl Jul Krebs
This early RAD EM Hewer is definitely of initial production. It is in extremely heavy piece, having solid nickel mounts throughout. The hilt is a real beauty. This hilt has turned coal black with patination and is very appealing to those who like this look. The beak still has all of its fine curvature and the spines are still nice and crisp. The cross guard and curved quillon are still crisp throughout, with all of the original darkening in the backgrounds. It is interesting to note that the original wearer had his monogram engraved on the back spine of this hilt. Professionally done in beautiful gothic lettering is the monogram “G.B.” The engraver that did this work some 80 years ago was a real master of his art and if you like these monograms, I am sure that this one will fill a special spot. The grip plates add to the appeal of this dagger. They have that great antique look from years of good storage. These plates are beautiful on both sides, having fine dark brown and lighter brown color mixes with good, high grains. The edges have long ago turned a golden color. These grip plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware and the screws do not look to have ever been turned. These screws are positioned at the 8:00 and 2:00 points. The scabbard shell is totally straight on the reverse and has a couple of very small “bb” type hits on the obverse but they are minuscule and not really noticeable. The original paint is still bright and covers the obverse at about 95% and the reverse at slightly less where it is worn a little bit on the edges from the original carrier’s hand. The reverse, though, certainly grades at 85%. The scabbard mounts are the early silver plated nickel type. They, too, have patinaed very dark and look just great with the hilt of this hewer. The obverse mount has the stamped complicated RAD curls. These curls are still crisp and have line designs in their center areas. The lower mount is stamped with the RAD spade on both sides. The spade contains a plain style mobile swastika in the center that looks good contrasting against the lined surfaces of the shovel depiction. This implement is positioned between two wheat shafts. There are beaded designs that run around the edges of both mounts where they meet the scabbard shell. All screws are in place and are unturned. The blade of this example is just as we would hope. It is the matte finish type and is still in choice, near full mint condition. This blade has nice, crisp edges and good fuller. The RAD motto is nice and crisp to the etch and has nearly 100% of the original factory darkening. A very nice blade here! The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and below are the patent pending words “ges. gesch.” Below this is the double oval logo of this company. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the capital letter “K”. An extremely desirable RAD hewer here.
Untouched. Near Mint. $1,995.00
RADALL #32572 RAD EM Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This Carl Eickhorn example is a Mid-Period made piece. The hilt area is in nice condition, having 100% of the plating being intact. This nickel plating looks really good. The beak and ferrule area still have a good crispness about them. The grip plates are a fine genuine stag, having nice appealing dark browns and tans with beautiful grains. The edges of these grip plates are a golden color. The plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware. The screws do not appear to have been turned. The scabbard shell is nice and straight. This shell has very good original black paint. There are some normal scratches here and there, and just a slight rub on the reverse of the paint, but otherwise this paints rates at probably about 95%. It is difficult to find an RAD with paint this good. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower example having no dents or problems. These mounts show some minor age here and there, and there is some slight usage signs on the obverse upper mount where it rubbed against the old hanger. The lower mount has a few very small rust lifts on the reverse. Otherwise, these mounts are good being deeply stamped with the RAD curls at the top, and at the bottom is stamped on both sides with the two wheat sheafs having the shovel with swastika in the center. The edges of both mounts have stamped beading. The original screws are in place with the lower right example looking turned, and the others being unturned. The matte finish blade is a fine example, showing only nominal usage. The surfaces are still very good here, and the RAD motto is perfectly etched with 100% of the background darkening being intact. This blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle, and below are the patent pending words, “Ges.Gesch.” Below this is the Eickhorn trademark used from 1935 through 1941. It consists of an etched squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the word “original”, and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn, Solingen”. A good collectable example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #32126 RAD Hewer – Axt Und Hauerfabrik
This RAD Hewer is in an untouched state and has quite a bit of patination throughout the hilt and scabbard mounts. The hilt is the very heavy solid nickel style with silver plated finish. There are a few spots with minor freckling to the plating around the ferrule and the back strap but they are extremely minor. They are barely noticeable with the patination throughout this piece. The cross guard has a little bit of “tap-tap” on the back end of it where apparently the original RAD carrier put a few posters up or something of that nature. The cross guard and curled quillon still have all of the factory darkening in the accent grooves. The silvering throughout this hilt is all there. The grip plates are a fine sight, having dark browns and tans throughout the graining. The upper portion of the obverse grip is slightly darker than the lower portion, making for a nice antique look. These plates are retained by screws and spanners, both of which have not been turned in many years, if ever. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has fairly good original black paint but does have the usual chips and age here and there. The paint still has pretty good luster to it though, so it doesn’t look too bad. All in all, this paint is about 60% - 70%. The scabbard mounts are the early solid nickel type. They are in good condition throughout and the lower mount has no real hits to the surfaces. The upper mount has the RAD curls on both sides and they are deep and still have the original darkening in the backgrounds. The lower mount has the shovel with swastika in the center. The shovel is lined to accent the swastika, which is plain. Below the shovel is a set of wheat shafts on a 45º angle. This design appears on both sides. The original RAD screws are all in place and are unbuggered. The blade is the usual matte finish. It is in good condition, being mostly bright and showing minor signs of usage and age. There are no bad spots though, or pits, or any other problems. The motto of the RAD is deeply etched and very crisp. It appears to have about 90% of the original darkening in the background. This blade grades at about excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and beneath is the patent pending abbreviation “ges. gesch.” Below this is the double circles which house the manufactures name and location “Axt Und Hauerfabrik Soliger”. Inside is the head of a horse. This trademark is rarely seen and is desirable among collectors. A pretty good RAD here which would clean up quite a bit.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #32425 RAD EM Hewer – Ed Wüsthof
This RAD Hewer is of excellent quality throughout. The hilt is produced of heavy solid nickel material. The silver plating is still quite good throughout the hilt. The cross guard and curved quillon still have the original darkening in the background. This hilt shows normal usage but no abuse. The grip plates are a fine genuine stag. They are a very pleasing color, featuring tan and brown grains. The edges and the areas where the plates were fit to the ferrule have turned a fine golden color. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has original black paint. The paint is still quite good, showing wear mostly to both edges. The inside areas though are still quite good, with no bad chips or wear. The paint overall rates at about 90%. The scabbard mounts are the early solid nickel type. They also have a nice matching patina. The lower fitting is in good condition with no hits to the bottom areas. The upper mount has the RAD stamped curl designs. They are still nice and crisp and also appear on the reverse side. At the lower mount is the RAD spade which is lined horizontally and features a plain swastika in the center which stands out against the lined background. The spade is positioned over two wheat shafts which are on a 45º angle on both sides. Both scabbard mounts are beaded with designs that follow the edges that meet the scabbard shell. All four screws are in place and are unbuggered. The blade of this example is quite nice. It has the bowie style end and the finish is still mostly bright. There is the tiniest bit of sharpening that is visible on the reverse but there is none on the obverse. Overall, this blade easily grades at excellent plus. The Labor Corps etch is very crisp and has outstanding background darkening. This darkening appears to be at about 98%. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle which is positioned over the patent pending abbreviation “Ges. Gesch.” Beneath this is the trademark which consists of double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Ed.Wüsthof Solingen”. In the center is a three-pronged trident. This is a good RAD which would really clean up quite nice if someone wanted to take the effort. These early pieces have lots of weight to them and as my grandmother used to say, there is a lot of meat for the money!
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #31309 RAD EM Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This RAD 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 #30816 Early Numbered RAD Hewer - Carl Jul. Krebs
This ultra early piece is produced of the heaviest base metal having a silver plated surface throughout. The silvering has not been cleaned since the war and has patinated very nicely. The beak of the pommel is still nice and crisp and the ferrule areas with the backstrap also show crispness. The crossguard has a curved quillon at the bottom and the original factory darkening still appears to be in the dual grooves. The reverse of the ferrule is stamped with the marking “Bn 185”. This same stamping appears on the throat of the scabbard. This would be indicative of the battalion number to which this hewer was assigned. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This early shell has an anodized finish. Later examples were painted. The anodizing appears to be thinning a little around the handhold position but I would say it remains in about 60-70%. This shell is fitted with matching silvered nickel mounts. These mounts are very heavily patinated. The upper mount has the RAD S curls which are nicely lined. The edge of the mount is beaded where it meets the scabbard shell. The same is true of the edge of the lower mount. Both sides of this mount are engraved with a lined spade having a mobile swastika in the center. The swastika is plain nicely contrasting with the lines in the spade depiction. This spade is placed between two wheat shafts. The lower mount shows a little bit of usage but no drop dents or problems. These mounts are retained by flathead style RAD screws which are all in place. The bowie style blade has the usual matte finish. The blade is still quite crisp along the edges and is etched with the Labor Corps. slogan “Arbeit adelt”. There is a small amount of the original darkening still in place on the letter backgrounds. This blade grades at about excellent to excellent plus. It shows only modest age. The reverse is matching etched with the RAD triangle which is above the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Below this is a double oval which has the firm’s name and location contained within, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. Inside is a crown positioned over the letter “K”. A very nice early example here which is extremely heavy indicative of its quality.
Excellent Plus. $1495.00 (091410)
RADALL #30483 Early Numbered RAD Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This early example is produced of heavy solid nickel base metal with silver plated surfaces. The hilt is in excellent condition having good crispness to the pommel beak. The ferrule also is smooth throughout and has crisp edges. The crossguard has the quillon with upper curving teardrop. Most of the original darkening is still contained within the twin grooves. The obverse ferrule has two small holes that seem to have been purposeful so that something may have been retained in these but whatever it was it is now gone to time. The reverse ferrule is deeply stamped with the accountability marking, “Br. 212”. There is a matching stamping on the scabbard throat. The grip plates of this example are a very fine stag. The stag has dark brown and tan backing with lighter tones at the grained surfaces. The grip plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware which appear to have been out maybe once. The scabbard shell is straight on the reverse having a small bb style ding on the obverse at about the center. The scabbard shell retains its original black paint. This paint shows quite a bit of usage and chips here and there. The paint remains at about 60-70% throughout. The matching scabbard mounts retain their silvering. The lower mount has good surfaces and does not appear to have been ever dropped. The upper mount has the complicated RADS curves stamped into the surfaces with lined centers. The lines show just a little bit of modest wear. There is a bead pattern that runs along the edge that meets the scabbard. The lower mount has an identical bead pattern. This mount is stamped with a lined shovel having a mobile swastika in the center. The shovel is placed between two wheat shafts. These scabbard mounts are retained by RAD screws. These screws are all there and are not buggered. The blade of this piece is the typical matte finish type. It shows a little bit of age in the surfaces and has turned slightly gray. The etched Labor Corps. slogan is still crisp and has maybe about 30% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade only grades at about excellent. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and beneath is the patent pending words “Ges. Gesch.”. Below this is the early 1933-35 Eickhorn trademark. This trademark traps the firm’s name and location in its ovals. The logo though is beginning to wear and only slightly more than half of it is visible but it is certainly enough to tell the maker name as well as the vintage of the logo. A good early example here which could be cleaned up with a slight amount of work as this piece is all there.
RADALL #28797C RAD EM Hewer - Ed Wüsthof
This RAD Hewer is a real beauty and is in almost new condition. It is probably a mid-period example, as the hilt fittings are nickel plated, but you would never know it looking at them. They are as fresh as the day the plating was done, and the plating is easily 100%. The ferrule area has very crisp spine, and the crossguard is also beautifully done with good with good swirl to the quillon. The grip plates are a very fine original stag. This stag has outstanding grains in the surfaces, with varying shades of tan and brown with golden edges. This beautiful stag grip is retained by nickel plated screws, with matching spanner hardware. The screws do not appear to have been turned, and they are both positioned at the 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock level. An outstanding hilt here! The scabbard shell is also a real beauty. The shell has original black paint that is still factory bright and really looks great, with only one or two age cracks in the surfaces. This paint is in mint condition. The shell is fitted with matching nickel plated scabbard mounts. The upper mount has beautiful RAD curl designs, still having all the blackening within the background. The lower mount has the RAD shovel which has a lined surface, and in the center is a mobile swastika having plain surface. Two wheat sheafs flank the handle of the shovel. These designs appear on both sides of the scabbard mounts. In addition, both upper and lower mount have a pearl border where the mounts meet the scabbard shell. The lower mount has two flathead aluminum-style screws which retain it. The upper mount has only one screw on the left side and never had provision for the other screw. (I have seen this before on RAD hewers). The throat of this example is a nickel type and it is stamped “Fü.50 7”. Since this throat is of all nickel, it probably was reused from an earlier piece because the original holes can be seen in the sides of the throat. Seasoned collectors out there will also vouch for this technique being used with RAD hewers. As I have said above, I’ve seen toldhis method used several times in the past. The blade of this example is absolutely pristine. It is in the Bowie shape, and still has extremely crisp back spine. The RAD slogan, “Arbeit adelt”, is a perfect etch and has all of the original darkening. The reverse of this mint blade has the RAD triangle, and below it the patent words “Ges.Gesch.”. Below this is the logo of the double ovals. They enclose the firm’s name and address, “Ed Wüsthof, Solingen”. Inside is a 3-pronged trident. An extremely fine RAD, being in about the best condition you will see.