The RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) or Reich Labor Service was instituted as a "make-work program" to help alleviate the depression of Germany in 1934. It was similar to the WPAand other programs initiated by Roosevelt in this country. Young men served a six month program of camp life, while taught the merits of drilling, digging, bridge and road building. RAD Officers and men initially wore the same edged weapon, a large Hewer with stag gripped plates. In 1938, RAD Officers wore a scaled-down hewer. It has silvered fittings with eaglehead pommel top. The crossguard features a shovel over wheat shafts, with a superimposed swastika. The weapon is fitted with white celluloid grip plates. The silvered scabbard has curled design decoration at the upper and wheat shafts at the lower. The center area features a pebbled panel. The matte-finished, Bowie-shape blade is etched with the RAD motto, Arbeit Adelt.
RADALL #36283 RAD Officer's Dagger with Grip Monogram – Alcoso
This RAD Officer's Dagger has a hilt that is produced of aluminum. Alcoso produced later in the period many examples with aluminum hilts. The bird head pommel shows outstanding detail to the bird’s brow, eye, nasal area and his beak. There are the four carved arches which run down the back area of the head. The ferrule has five accent grooves which are on a forty-five degree angle. The crossguard is plain on the reverse and on the obverse features the logo of the RAD in the center. It consists of a lined spade with a raised mobile swastika positioned over two wheat shafts each on a forty-five degree angle. The hilt is set off by a fine set of off-white grip plates. The grip plates are an off-white color and they are in excellent condition. The obverse plate has a professionally carved monogram in the center. It consists of the intertwined initials, “GM”. The “G” is left plain in the center areas between the scribe lines and the “M” has the center areas shaded indicating that the original owner’s surname began with the letter “M”. The plates are retained by a matching screw in the reverse which appears unturned. A very interesting hilt here, and a great looking presentation to the monogram.
The scabbard is also a real beauty. This scabbard is the style which has the blued factory panel on both sides. The panel has a sharp crisp pebbled surface. The upper portion of the scabbard on the obverse only has the RAD curls which are also lined. Below the curls are two wheat shafts pointing on a forty-five downward angle and they are the style which touch each other. The same wheat shafts appear on the lower chape area where they are pointed upward in a forty-five degree angle. This scabbard has absolutely 100% of the original silvering and also about ninety-eight percent of the original lacquered surface. There are a few areas in the finish where air has penetrated beneath the lacquer giving a darker contrast compared to the brighter areas. The carrying rings are in good condition being the wire type bent in the shape of a letter “P”. The throat is retained by two flathead style screws. A really great outside here!
The Officer’s blade is also a very fine example being produced in the matte finish and being in mint condition. The motto of the RAD “Arbeit adelt” is etched on the obverse still having nearly 100% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. As is usually the case with Alcoso produced etches the RAD logo is somewhat into the fuller above. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the trademark used from 1937 through 39. It is a set of scales which have the firm’s initials, “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in a downward arch shape is the block letter name of the firm, “Alcoso”. Below the scales is the town of “Solingen”. A most interesting and collectible RAD Officer’s Dagger.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00
RADALL #36325 RAD Hewer – WKC
We don’t see many WKC made RAD Hewers and I must say that this example is a real keeper. It is in outstanding condition throughout. The nickel-plated hilt has 100% of the plating intact with very little signs of usage. The beak pommel is still nice and crisp and the crossguard has the darkening in the accent lines which end at the left side in a curled quillon. The grip plates are quite beautiful being of stag antler. These grip plates are toned to a golden color throughout all of the edges and have a dark appealing coffee color in the surfaces with fine grain. The grip plates are retained by two silvered screws which appear to have been out only once or twice.
The scabbard shell is completely straight. This shell has about the best original black paint I have seen on one of these hewers. This paint is 99.9% and still retains its original bright surfaces. Amazing paint here! The scabbard mounts are also in outstanding condition. There are no dents or dings on the mounts except for just the tiniest little bump on the bottom tip which is hardly noticeable. The mounts are stamped on both sides with the lined RAD curls. Along the upper border are attached beads which run completely around. The bead pattern is repeated on the upper edge of the lower border where the mount meets the scabbard shell. Stamped in the center of the mount is the RAD logo consisting of a lined spade with plain mobile swastika. The spade rests between two wheat shafts. These mounts are retained by excellent condition unturned RAD screws.
As we would hope, the bowie style blade is in full mint condition. This blade is produced in the matte finish and has a very crisp end portion as well as blade edge. The fuller is also in choice perfect condition. The motto is the best you will see having 100% of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. On the reverse of this example there is no RAD triangle an indication that perhaps this piece was made late in the period. The knighthead logo is boldly etched with dark backgrounds and is positioned over the firm’s initials and location, “WKC / Solingen”. If you are looking for a pristine degen that appears to be unused this example should appeal to you.
RADALL #36274 RAD Hewer – Carl Eickhorn
This example shows very little usage and is in very nice condition throughout. The nickel-plated hilt shows only the most modest signs of age having just the tiniest bit of lifting directly under the grip plates and also a little on the upper spine but still it is nothing. The beak is still crisp throughout and the crossguard has the fine accent lines with all of the darkening in the grooves. The crossguard ends in an upward curled quillon. The grip plates are of genuine stag and they are beginning to turn yellow on all of the edges. The surfaces have a very deep brown color in the depths and the upper portions of the grain are slightly more golden toned. Beautiful plates here. The plates are retained by the two screws with spanner connectors on the reverse. I do not see any sign that these screws have been turned.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has pretty nice original black paint. There is some wear to the paint just below the upper mount and also some wear on the center of the reverse section. All in all though the paint rates at about 85% and still has good luster in its surfaces. The mounts are finely nickel-plated having no problems with their nickeling. The upper plate is stamped with the lined RAD curls. Below the curls and running along the border that meets the shell is a bead pattern. The bead pattern is repeated on the lower mount where the edges meet the shell. Stamped on both sides of the mount is the RAD logo consisting of a lined spade with plain mobile swastika. The spade rests between two wheat shafts on a forty-five degree angle. The original RAD flatter head style screws are all in place and appear unturned.
The blade is a very fine matte finish bowie style. There is only the slightest traces of a few negligible minor stains. The blade grades in nearly full mint condition with good fuller. This blade is etched with the RAD logo and retains 100% of dark shading in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and beneath this is the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Below this is the trademark used from 1935-1941. It consists of a squirrel sitting to the left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the quality word “original” and below is the firm’s name and company, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. An extremely fine RAD hewer.
Near Mint. $1,395.00
RADALL #36156C RAD Officer's Dagger – Alcoso
This RAD Officer's Dagger by Alcoso is in extremely nice condition. The hilt plating throughout the noble eagle’s head is all there and also is complete around the ferrule area. The reverse of the crossguard shows a little bit of wear along the lower edge. The pommel has the usual outstanding detail to the eagle’s nasal area, beak, brow and eye. The decorative accent lines are nice and crisp on the reverse of the eagle’s neck area. The ferrule has the decorative lines running on forty-five degree angles on the ferrule, each having its original factory darkening in the backgrounds. The crossguard features quillon arms that curl to a swirl at the quillons. The obverse features a spade which is lined and has a superimposed swastika placed between two wheat shafts. The grip plates are a very pleasing off-white color and both remain in 100% condition. The silvered screw which retains the grip plates appears unturned.
The scabbard has a good crisp pebble pattern on both sides. There is one extremely small hit on the left edge of the lower scabbard but it is nothing. The scabbard features the curl designs on the upper portion and below the curls are two touching wheat shafts. The lower chape portion duplicates the look with the touching wheat shafts. The RAD Officer's scabbard has no decoration on the upper or lower portions. The throat is retained by two flatter head side screws which are unturned.
The blade is a very fine matte finished example being in full mint condition. This blade is still crisp throughout the spine and has a good fuller on both sides. The RAD motto “Arbeit adelt” is in crisp condition with 100% of the background darkening. As is normally the case with Alcoso etches the first letter of the motto “A” goes up into the fuller area. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the logo used from 1937 through 1939. It is a downward arch shape having the block lettered name of the firm, “Alcoso”. Below are the scales with the firm’s initials interspersed, “ACS”. Below is the location city of “Solingen”. A very fine RAD officer’s example here showing only modest usage.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $2,495.00
RADALL #36155C RAD EM Hewer with Monogram – Axt und Hauerfabrik
This early RAD Enlisted Hewer is in very choice condition and is made with the highest quality of materials and workmanship. The hilt mounts all retain there original silver finish and are developing a nice patination. The eagles beak is still crisp throughout as are the edges of the reverse ferrule. The crossguard with its upward teardrop loop at the end is also crisp and has 100% of the original darkening still in the backgrounds of the accent lines. The obverse ferrule has had the original owner’s monogram professionally engraved. The letters are “JM”. The “M” letter has shading in between the lines to designate the surname of the original owner. The stag grip plates are both beauties having very attractive brown and tan raised grains. These grip plates show no wear. The plates are retained by two RAD screws and spanners on the reverse. The screws show that they have been out once or twice the lower example having a little bit of burring on the head.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has outstanding original black paint. This paint shows some modest age in the surfaces but overall it is still at nearly 100% and still has its factory brightness. The RAD mounts are matching silver finish nickel base types. The upper mount is decorated on both sides with the RAD curls. Beneath is a row of beading which runs completely around the area that meets the shell. The lower mount has the same beading at the upper portion where it meets the shell. Below on both sides is stamped a RAD spade which has lined surfaces. In the center is a plain mobile swastika. The spade rests between two wheat shafts which are positioned on forty-five degree angles. The lower portion of this mount shows only modest usage with no dents. The original flathead style RAD side screws are all in place and unturned.
The bowie-style blade is in outstanding condition being in a matte finish. The spine is still crisp as is the fuller on both sides. This blade is in near full mint condition. The RAD motto is very deeply etched and has about 98% of the original factory darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with the RAD triangle and below the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Below this is the desirable trademark which is a double circle. Within the circles are the name and location of the firm, “Axt und Hauerfabrik Solingen”. In the center is the head of a horse. The details of the horse head etch are crisp and outstanding. An extremely desirable RAD hewer here being of earliest production and in top condition. The monogram is also an extremely nice touch!
Near Mint. $1,695.00
RADALL #36111 Early Numbered RAD EM Hewer – Carl Eickhorn
I recently purchased this hewer from a Philadelphia family. This early, initial production RAD example is in untouched condition and has never been cleaned. The hilt mounts have excellent silver plating which is still at 100%. The beak remains crisp as do the edges of the ferrule. The crossguard has the upward curling teardrop and has the twin decorative line etch. These lines have 100% of the original factory darkening. The reverse of the ferrule is property stamped, “Fü568”. This stamping matches the marking stamped into the scabbard throat. The grip plates are a most attractive matching stag. This antler is a very pleasing dark brown and tan color on both sides and has nice raised grains. The mounts are retained by screw and spanner hardware which appear unturned.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has excellent original black paint. The paint rates at about 95% having a couple of signs of carrying here and there, and also a little bit of attic crazing, but it still retains its original factory brightness. The patinated scabbard mounts are also the early type. The upper mount has the typical RAD curls on both sides with the beading that runs around the lower edge where it meets the shell. The lower mount has the beading on the upper edge. Below this on both sides is stamped an RAD spade which has a lined finish. In the center area there is a mobile swastika which is left plain for contrast. The spade is positioned on a set of wheat shafts which are pitched at forty-five degrees. The lower mount has two unturned side screws and the upper mount has only one side screw on the left edge. The right edge has no screw and has never had a hole drilled for one; we sometimes see RAD scabbards like this.
The blade is a fine, matte finish example being nearly full mint on the obverse and having just a couple of minor age stains on the reverse toward the end area. This bowie shaped blade is crisp throughout the spine and the same is true of the two fullers. The RAD motto is extremely well done having almost 100% of the original darkening still in the etch backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched with a RAD triangle. Below this is the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.” Below this is the early trademark used from 1933-1935. It consists of two small 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. Below the animal is the firm’s initials, “CE”. An extremely nice untouched RAD.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #35769M RAD Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
This RAD Officer's Dagger is a real stunner. The hilt of this example has absolutely 100% of the original silvering. The silvering is magnificent having a very deep patination throughout. The noble eagle head pommel is the best you will see having choice detail to the bird’s brow, eye and beak below. The four accent arches are deeply cut in the back of the bird’s head and neck area going downward along the backstrap. The ferrule area has deeply cut accent grooves that are angled on about a forty-five degree. The crossguard features quillon arms which end in curls. The reverse of the crossguard is completely plain while the obverse in the center features the RAD logo consisting of a spade resting on two wheat shafts, both angled together. The spade has a horizontally lined surface with a superimposed mobile swastika. The grip plates are absolutely perfect being a beautiful off-white color and they are retained with a silvered set screw that does not appear as though it has been moved. An outstanding hilt here!
Adding to the beauty of this hilt is a scabbard which is in new-like condition. This scabbard has fine blue color to the pebbled panels. Additionally the upper and lower areas still have a majority of the original lacquer still protecting the silvered finish. There are places where air has entered under the lacquer and this leaves a dark patina spaced throughout the silvered areas. Those that know condition will immediately recognize these darker and lighter spots in this choice silvering. The obverse of the upper and lower areas are deeply stamped. At the upper are the RAD curls with horizontal lines running through them positioned above a set of angled wheat shafts which are just about but not touching each other. The lower mount repeats the wheat shaft motif. The carrying rings are a wire type metal which are bent in an ear shape. They too have good silvered finish throughout. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws which appear unturned.
As we would hope the blade is a very fine example. This blade shows just the most minor of in and out markings but still has good crisp spine and bowie style needlelike tip. The blade is in mint condition having the RAD motto etched into the obverse. The motto is, “Arbeit adelt” which of course means “Labor Ennobles”. The reverse of the blade is matching etched with the 1935-41 squirrel logo featuring an animal turned to the viewer’s left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the sword is the quality word, “Original” and below the name of the firm and its location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. This is about as nice of a RAD as you will see on today’s marketplace. A real killer here.
RADALL #35638 Rad Officer's Dagger - PD Luneschloss
This Luneschloss produced RAD piece remains in outstanding condition throughout. All of the silvering remains throughout the bird's head, ferrule, obverse crossguard, and almost all of the reverse crossguard, having only a little slight wear on the lower lip of the guard edge. The pommel details are outstanding, having the original factory blackening deep in the bird's eyes, nasal area, beak area, and into the four decorative slots, which are equally positioned down the back strap of the bird's head. The ferrule has the angled accent lines, which also have a good part of the factory darkening in the backgrounds. The crossguard has outward running quillon arms which end in curls. The reverse is plain and the obverse depicts the RAD symbol in the center. It is a spade which has a lined surface with a raised out plain mobile swastika contrasting nicely with the backgrounds lines. The spade is resting between two wheat shafts. The grip plates are also outstanding, both being in totally perfect condition and being an attractive off white color. The original silver screw is in pl and does not appear to be turned.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell still has much of the original frosting still clinging throughout the smooth surfaces. The frosting is about 70-80% on the reverse mounts, and about 20-30% on the obverse mounts, with quite a bit still remaining on both edges. The scabbard motif features a pebbled panel on both sides, and above the panel is the RAD curl design, having a pair of wheat shafts angled toward each other below the curls. These wheat shafts are the type that do not touch eachother. The wheat shafts also appear on the lower mount. The reverse scabbard has no designs other than the pebbled panel. The two hanging rings are in the shape of ears, and are a curved wire material, soddered closed at one end. The throat is retained by two flat head screws, one in each side, and both are unbuggered.
The blade is finished in the matte style, and has the bolo shaped end. It has a narrow fuller on each side, and on the obverse is etched with the motto of the labor corp, "ARBEIT adelt". The factory darkening on the letter backgrounds is about 98%. This blade easily grades in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is matching etched, with the double ellipse used by this firm. The ellipse contains the firm's name and location, "P.D. LUNESCHLOSS /SOLINGEN". Inside of the ellipse, there is an old fashioned helmet, being pierced by a sword. There is also a brown leather buffer on this example. Many times we do not see buffers used on RAD leaders, but obviously, in the case of Luneschloss, they preferred the washer. Luneschloss is a very small producer, and it is an extremely rare sight to see a fine, RAD leader produced by this company. A very fine collectible example here.
Near Mint. $2,995.00
RADALL #35611 Full-stag RAD Hewer with Monogram - Carl Eickhorn
This full stag RAD Hewer is in untouched condition, with its silvered, brass based mounts, having outstanding dark patination. The back strap above the ferrule area has a very choice monogram, professionally engraved with the initials, "F H". The initials are double spaced, with shading in between. The crossguard has a fine, curled quillon, and it appears as though the original darkening is in the grooves of the quillon. It is interesting to note, that the reverse of the ferrule has some of its surface worn, apparently from the hanger worn with this heavy hewer.
The grip plates on this example are the full stag type that we only see on early, intitial production pieces. The stag shows some wear from its years of usage, but if anything, it gives this antler a great, attractive appearance. The obverse antler is a pleasing, coffee color, with golden edges, and the reverse area is more of a golden color with tan tones in the depths of the grains. Both pieces of stag completely cover the eagle's pommel beak. A great look here! The stag plates are retained by screws and spanner nuts. It is interesting to note that the two screws on the obverse have a desirable, greenish patina to their surfaces. These screws do not look to have been turned in many years.
The scabbard shell is straight thoughout. This shell has its original, black paint which is showing some age, and some rust surfaces beneath the paint, but it is not bad. The paint has still managed to cling over the rust, and rates at nearly 100%. The paint also still has some gloss to its surfaces. The scabbard mounts are the early silver over nickel base. The lower mount has a small crease on the obverse just below the spade. The reverse shows some wear signs, but no denting . The lower portion of this mount also has a very minor ding at the tip. This mount depicts an RAD shovel, with lined surfaces, having a contrasting, smooth mobile swastika in the center of the spade. This spade rests between two wheat shafts. The mount is decorated along the borders with beaded circles. The same beaded circles appear on the border of the upper mount, and above these are the RAD curls. These curls are deeply stamped, having good lined backgrounds. The reverse curls have some wear to the lines, which was caused by the hanger many years ago. The throat is retained by two side screws, which show a little bit of buggering, but nothing serious.
The blade is the heavy bolo style, being produced in a matte finish, with single fuller on both sides. The motto on the obverse is quite deeply etched, and still crisp. It retains about 90% of its original darkening in the letter backgrounds. The reverse ricasso is matching etched,with the RAD triangle positioned above the patent pending words, "Ges. Gesch". Beneath this is the trademark used from 1933-1935. It consists of double ovals which contain the firm's name and location "CARL EICKHORN/SOLINGEN". Inside is a seated squirrel with serrated tail, holding a nut in his paws. The squirrel is positioned over the firm's initials,"C E". A good early example here, in untouched, as found, condition.
Excellent Plus. $2,495.00
RADALL #35264 RAD EM Hewer- Carl Jul. Krebs
The hilt of this example has fairly good nickel plating, but there is some lifting along both of the spines. It is not bad however, and tends to blend in with the integrity of this piece. This piece was definitely used. The rest of the hilt plating is in good condition. The crossguard with curled quillon has fine darkening still within the two accent grooves. The grip plates are a good looking stag, having colors running from tan to dark brown. The reverse grip shows a little bit of hand wear, which is always nice to see on one of these pieces. These grip plates are in excellent condition, and have turned a golden color along both of the edges.
The two screws with spanner nuts are in place, and do not appear to have been taken out. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has fairly good, original black paint, having 100% on the obverse, and showing a little wear on the reverse, caused by the once present "bullet" hanger. The reverse paint is about 95%. The scabbard mounts are good examples throughout, the lower mount having no hits to the bottom. These nickel plated mounts are heavily stamped with the RAD curls on the top, and on the bottom, it is stamped on both sides with the RAD spade, having a swastika in the center with two wheat shafts below. Both mounts have borders of beaded circles. The reverse mount shows a little bit of plating loss, again caused by rubbing against the once present bullet hanger. The original, flat head screws are all in place.
The blade is the typical, matte finish type. This blade shows only modest age, still having good crisp spine, and no hits to the lower edge. This blade grades at excellent plus. The RAD motto is nice and crisp, having about 98% of the original background in the letters. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle, positioned above the patent pending abbreviation "ges. gesch". Below this, is the double oval logo, featuring the firm's name and location within the ovals, "CARL KREBBS/SOLINGEN". Inside is a crown positioned over the capital letter, "K". Below the logo is the etching "837". I believe that this was the model number of this particular hewer used by the Krebbs firm. A good, solid example here, showing some wear of the period, but certainly no abuse.
Excellent Plus $1,195.00
RADALL #31138C RAD EM Hewer - Carl Jul. Krebs
This Krebs RAD Hewer is in nice condition throughout. It is slightly of a transitional type in that the hewer itself has the very solid heavy base metal with silver plated mounts whereas the scabbard is the type made a little later which has the nickel-plated mounts. Either way you’d probably never notice it anyway if I didn’t tell you this but we do see them quite often mixed like this. The hilt area has very choice nickel fittings which show little carrying time. In fact these fittings are still crisp especially around the ferrule area, the beak area and also the crossguard with its curled quillon at the end. The silvering has nicely patinated and adds a good look to this finish. The stag grip plates are almost smooth in that they were either smoothed out before they were installed on this piece or it has more wear to it than I would think. Either way the grip plates are very beautiful having a good dark brown in the backgrounds with a lighter tan across the surfaces. The edges have turned a nice attractive golden color. These plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware and the screws may have been out once or twice.
The scabbard shell is a beauty being totally straight throughout. This shell has outstanding original black paint. There are a few spiders and a little bit in the line of chipping but not very much. This paint is about 98% and still retains its original luster. A very nice shell here. The scabbard mounts are also in choice condition. These mounts have perfect surfaces and outstanding plating. They still also have all of the dark backgrounds to enhance the images. The upper mount has the complicated RAD swirl designs and the lower mount has the shovels with wheat shafts and swastika on both sides. Both mounts have the beaded pattern that decorates the edges that touch the shell. The original screws are in place and appear unturned except for one at the lower mount right side. If you want us to make a screw please let us know and we will do this for you but it will cost you an extra twenty bucks because this piece is on consignment.
The blade of this example shows some in and out usage and also some minor age in the surfaces. It still is mostly bright having some extremely light pits just noticeable if you really look close. Overall though the blade rates at maybe about excellent minus. The motto is lightly etched and there is very little of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse of the blade has the RAD triangle positioned over the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Beneath is the small double circles with the firm’s name and location trapped in between, “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the letter, “K”. A nice hewer here with a better outside than inside but what the heck, these blades were supposedly meant to be used and you can’t blame these guys for slinging at a branch or a bush now and again.
Excellent Plus. Originally $1,595.00, now only $1,495.00!
RADALL #34498C Czech RAD Officer's Hewer (?) - WKC
This RAD Hewer is a real anomaly, and for those that like to use their brain, it is a most interesting original Third Reich artifact. The Officer's Hewer has an enlisted man's style hilt, and has an officer's blade with RAD Offficer's scabbard. Studying the edged weapon, it appears to have been definitely worn during the period. It also balances perfectly on a 45 degree angle, when held by the upper hanging ring. It is my belief that this hewer was made especially for an RAD leader that may have been assigned to Prague or one of the districts in Bohemia, and Moravia.
The hilt of the hewer has been lightly trimmed on the crossguard area around the lower quillon. This trimming or thinning of the area makes the hilt flow much nicer with the scabbard, and is a good touch. The ferrule and beak area at the pommel appear to be the same as a standard RAD hewer. The crossguard area does not appear to have ever had the darkening in the grooves. The plating throughout the hilt is maybe 60-70%, showing wear in the areas where one would expect it to be, enduring usage from the original wearer's hand. Instead of the normal stag plates, the officer's option has been accomplished through the installation of ivorine or celluloid grip plates. These grip plates have been masterfully cut and fitted and are an exact mount to the countersunk area, precisely matching the edges of the beak pommel and upper ferrule. The grip plates have age toned to an ivory color, and remain in perfect condition. Both plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware, in the normal RAD EM manner. Inserted into the obverse grip plate, is an enameled Hitler Youth insignia, the type of which was used in Czechloslovakia. The insignia has perfect enamel, except for the 3 o'clock diamond point, where there is a small chip. The insignia consists of the black enamel swastika within a silver diamond which is inlaid in a shield shaped device, having red enamel edges with white center. This enamel shield is slightly loose, an indication that it is pinned through the obverse grip.
The scabbard is a standard RAD officer example, with the exception that it does not have any screws that retain the throat. The silvering is still nearly 100% throughout the scabbard, having just a couple of tiny lifts toward the lower chape area. The scabbard features the standard RAD curls at the top with a pair of wheat shafts below, which are the type that touch eachother. There are matching wheat shafts on the lower portion of the scabbard. The pebbled panels appear on both sides, and they are the type that have a slight blue color to their background. This scabbard is in nice condition throughout. The right edge has the two carrying brackets which are in the shape of an ear.
The blade is the officer's type, and it is in choice condition, still being mint. The blade is equipped with the two fullers, one which runs on either side of the blade. The RAD motto "Arbeit adelt" is precisely etched and retains 100% of its original background darkening. The reverse of this beautiful blade is etched with the knighthead trademark, beneath which are the initials of the firm and its location, "WKC Solingen". There is the slightest of sharpening that appears on the lower side of the obverse blade, and just a little bit on the reverse side towards the end. Otherwise, this blade is in mint condition. A most interesting edged weapon here, and a great example for those of you out there that want something that is non-standard. It is amazing as we travel through the decades of this hobby, that we still seem to turn up never before seen items.
Excellent Plus. $1,995.00(#110113)
RADALL #32909 RAD EM Hewer – Carl Jul Krebs
This RAD EM Hewer is in really exceptional condition. It looks like it may have been worn a couple of times, but honestly, it is really a cracker. The hilt is the steel base type but it has absolutely pristine nickel plated surfaces. These surfaces are really great and still are bright. The edges around the spine and cross guard area are very, very crisp. The quillon still has most of the original black in the backgrounds on the obverse with jus a little more wear on the reverse. It is great to see a hilt in this condition. The grip plates, except for the obvious age toning to the surfaces, look in brand new condition. These beautiful plates display on the obverse a very fine deep brown color with great raised graining. The reverse does not have as high of a grain and it is also a slightly lighter color brown. The edges on both sides have turned to a fine antique gold color. The grip screws appear to have perhaps been out once, but only once. They are both set at an 8:00 – 2:00 angle. A fine hilt here.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has its original black paint which, other than the most modest of usage signs, is near 100%. This paint also still retains its original factory brightness. The nickel plated steel mounts are as good as they come. There are no dents or dings or for that matter, any usage signs to these mounts. The upper features the complicated RAD loop designs and all of the blackening is still in place. The lower mounts have the shovel depiction with mobile plain swastika in the center contrasting with the lines of the shovel. This shovel is positioned between two wheat shafts. Both mounts have the stamped circular beading that runs on the rim where the mounts touch the scabbard shell. These mounts are retained by their original RAD screws which appear unbuggered.
The blade of this example has the standard bowie shape. It is done in the matte finish and is still in pristine, mint condition. This blade has nice, crisp edges with a good, deep fuller on each side. The obverse has an outstanding etched motto which features 100% of the factory blackening in the backgrounds. The reverse ricasso features an RAD triangle positioned over the patent-pending words “ges. gesch.” Beneath is a single oval trademark. Within the line is the firm’s name and location “Carl Julius Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown positioned over the letter “k”. A very fine RAD dagger and very rare to find one in this choice condition.
Mint Minus. $1,895.00
RADALL #32850C Monogrammed Early RAD EM Hewer – Carl Jul Krebs
This early RAD EM Hewer is definitely of initial production. It is in extremely heavy piece, having solid nickel mounts throughout. The hilt is a real beauty. This hilt has turned coal black with patination and is very appealing to those who like this look. The beak still has all of its fine curvature and the spines are still nice and crisp. The cross guard and curved quillon are still crisp throughout, with all of the original darkening in the backgrounds.
It is interesting to note that the original wearer had his monogram engraved on the back spine of this hilt. Professionally done in beautiful gothic lettering is the monogram “G.B.” The engraver that did this work some 80 years ago was a real master of his art and if you like these monograms, I am sure that this one will fill a special spot. The grip plates add to the appeal of this dagger. They have that great antique look from years of good storage. These plates are beautiful on both sides, having fine dark brown and lighter brown color mixes with good, high grains. The edges have long ago turned a golden color. These grip plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware and the screws do not look to have ever been turned. These screws are positioned at the 8:00 and 2:00 points.
The scabbard shell is totally straight on the reverse and has a couple of very small “bb” type hits on the obverse but they are minuscule and not really noticeable. The original paint is still bright and covers the obverse at about 95% and the reverse at slightly less where it is worn a little bit on the edges from the original carrier’s hand. The reverse, though, certainly grades at 85%. The scabbard mounts are the early silver plated nickel type. They, too, have patinaed very dark and look just great with the hilt of this hewer. The obverse mount has the stamped complicated RAD curls. These curls are still crisp and have line designs in their center areas. The lower mount is stamped with the RAD spade on both sides. The spade contains a plain style mobile swastika in the center that looks good contrasting against the lined surfaces of the shovel depiction. This implement is positioned between two wheat shafts. There are beaded designs that run around the edges of both mounts where they meet the scabbard shell. All screws are in place and are unturned.
The blade of this example is just as we would hope. It is the matte finish type and is still in choice, near full mint condition. This blade has nice, crisp edges and good fuller. The RAD motto is nice and crisp to the etch and has nearly 100% of the original factory darkening. A very nice blade here! The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and below are the patent pending words “ges. gesch.” Below this is the double oval logo of this company. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Carl Jul Krebs Solingen”. In the center is a crown over the capital letter “K”. An extremely desirable RAD hewer here.
Untouched. Near Mint. $1,995.00
RADALL #32572 RAD EM Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This Carl Eickhorn example is a Mid-Period made piece. The hilt area is in nice condition, having 100% of the plating being intact. This nickel plating looks really good. The beak and ferrule area still have a good crispness about them. The grip plates are a fine genuine stag, having nice appealing dark browns and tans with beautiful grains. The edges of these grip plates are a golden color. The plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware. The screws do not appear to have been turned.
The scabbard shell is nice and straight. This shell has very good original black paint. There are some normal scratches here and there, and just a slight rub on the reverse of the paint, but otherwise this paints rates at probably about 95%. It is difficult to find an RAD with paint this good. The nickel plated scabbard mounts are in good condition, the lower example having no dents or problems. These mounts show some minor age here and there, and there is some slight usage signs on the obverse upper mount where it rubbed against the old hanger. The lower mount has a few very small rust lifts on the reverse. Otherwise, these mounts are good being deeply stamped with the RAD curls at the top, and at the bottom is stamped on both sides with the two wheat sheafs having the shovel with swastika in the center. The edges of both mounts have stamped beading. The original screws are in place with the lower right example looking turned, and the others being unturned.
The matte finish blade is a fine example, showing only nominal usage. The surfaces are still very good here, and the RAD motto is perfectly etched with 100% of the background darkening being intact. This blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle, and below are the patent pending words, “Ges.Gesch.” Below this is the Eickhorn trademark used from 1935 through 1941. It consists of an etched squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the word “original”, and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn, Solingen”. A good collectable example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #32126 RAD Hewer – Axt Und Hauerfabrik
This RAD Hewer is in an untouched state and has quite a bit of patination throughout the hilt and scabbard mounts. The hilt is the very heavy solid nickel style with silver plated finish. There are a few spots with minor freckling to the plating around the ferrule and the back strap but they are extremely minor. They are barely noticeable with the patination throughout this piece. The cross guard has a little bit of “tap-tap” on the back end of it where apparently the original RAD carrier put a few posters up or something of that nature. The cross guard and curled quillon still have all of the factory darkening in the accent grooves. The silvering throughout this hilt is all there. The grip plates are a fine sight, having dark browns and tans throughout the graining. The upper portion of the obverse grip is slightly darker than the lower portion, making for a nice antique look. These plates are retained by screws and spanners, both of which have not been turned in many years, if ever.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It has fairly good original black paint but does have the usual chips and age here and there. The paint still has pretty good luster to it though, so it doesn’t look too bad. All in all, this paint is about 60% - 70%. The scabbard mounts are the early solid nickel type. They are in good condition throughout and the lower mount has no real hits to the surfaces. The upper mount has the RAD curls on both sides and they are deep and still have the original darkening in the backgrounds. The lower mount has the shovel with swastika in the center. The shovel is lined to accent the swastika, which is plain. Below the shovel is a set of wheat shafts on a 45º angle. This design appears on both sides. The original RAD screws are all in place and are unbuggered.
The blade is the usual matte finish. It is in good condition, being mostly bright and showing minor signs of usage and age. There are no bad spots though, or pits, or any other problems. The motto of the RAD is deeply etched and very crisp. It appears to have about 90% of the original darkening in the background. This blade grades at about excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and beneath is the patent pending abbreviation “ges. gesch.” Below this is the double circles which house the manufactures name and location “Axt Und Hauerfabrik Soliger”. Inside is the head of a horse. This trademark is rarely seen and is desirable among collectors. A pretty good RAD here which would clean up quite a bit.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #32425 RAD EM Hewer – Ed Wüsthof
This RAD Hewer is of excellent quality throughout. The hilt is produced of heavy solid nickel material. The silver plating is still quite good throughout the hilt. The cross guard and curved quillon still have the original darkening in the background. This hilt shows normal usage but no abuse. The grip plates are a fine genuine stag. They are a very pleasing color, featuring tan and brown grains. The edges and the areas where the plates were fit to the ferrule have turned a fine golden color.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has original black paint. The paint is still quite good, showing wear mostly to both edges. The inside areas though are still quite good, with no bad chips or wear. The paint overall rates at about 90%. The scabbard mounts are the early solid nickel type. They also have a nice matching patina. The lower fitting is in good condition with no hits to the bottom areas. The upper mount has the RAD stamped curl designs. They are still nice and crisp and also appear on the reverse side. At the lower mount is the RAD spade which is lined horizontally and features a plain swastika in the center which stands out against the lined background. The spade is positioned over two wheat shafts which are on a 45º angle on both sides. Both scabbard mounts are beaded with designs that follow the edges that meet the scabbard shell. All four screws are in place and are unbuggered.
The blade of this example is quite nice. It has the bowie style end and the finish is still mostly bright. There is the tiniest bit of sharpening that is visible on the reverse but there is none on the obverse. Overall, this blade easily grades at excellent plus. The Labor Corps etch is very crisp and has outstanding background darkening. This darkening appears to be at about 98%. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle which is positioned over the patent pending abbreviation “Ges. Gesch.” Beneath this is the trademark which consists of double ovals. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location “Ed.Wüsthof Solingen”. In the center is a three-pronged trident. This is a good RAD which would really clean up quite nice if someone wanted to take the effort. These early pieces have lots of weight to them and as my grandmother used to say, there is a lot of meat for the money!
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
RADALL #31309 RAD EM Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This RAD EM Hewer has the look of an artifact that has not been cleaned in seventy years and that is probably the case here! This piece is of early production and it has the very heavy solid base mounts with choice silvered finish. The silvering has long since patinated and has a coal black surface throughout. The only lightening of the surface we see anywhere is on the high points of the beak, the quillon and a little bit of the spine ferrule area. Otherwise this example is completely black throughout. The grip plates have kind of joined the look also in that they have toned very dark and have a great antique look. Usually these stag plates will turn golden color but in this case it is beyond golden, much more brown. The plates show a little bit of wear on the surfaces which one would expect considering the age of this piece. All in all though, if you like old stuff and the look of what only age can do you should really love this hilt. I certainly do and wish I wasn’t’ even selling it but how many RAD hewers can you keep! These grip plates are retained by spanner and screw devices. The screws do not look like they have ever been turned. This is really a virgin piece here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. Its heavy steel base has a coat of black paint which looks like it was probably touched up a little during the period. This black paint is kind of rusty and spidery especially on the obverse and on the reverse it is a little bit better but still has a pretty rough look. I still like it though nevertheless. The two fittings are coal black, exactly matching the hilt. The upper mount has the complicated RAD swirl designs on both sides. They are in great shape and show little to no wear, just a lot of black! They are bordered by beads which go around both sides of the edges. The same beads are on the upper edge of the lower fitting. This fitting has a little slope ding right beneath the shovel. We though we would get it out but son of a gun we couldn’t get the fitting off without causing more damage so it is better to take the low road on these kinds of things. This mount has some dings and definite carrying history fairly prominent on its lower surfaces but, if you take it all into consideration with the rest of this great piece I don’t see where there is a detraction. The shovels on both sides have deep crisp stampings and they are horizontally lined with plain style mobile swastikas. The shovel stands on a pair of wheat shafts positioned upward at 45 degrees. There were no screws in this lower fitting so we made a couple out of some old rivets. They look pretty good and unless I told you you probably wouldn’t even notice it. Better to have something like this than large gaping holes.
The blade of this example is the typical big heavy bowie style. It is in a matte finish and shows some normal age in the surfaces but nothing really bad and actually if you look at the outside you would think it would be worn out. This blade though still grades at about excellent plus and would probably clean up even more if somebody wanted to bother with it. The spine is crisp, the fuller is nicely done and the etched motto is still crisp and probably has about 95% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. The reverse has matching etching and it features the RAD triangle positioned over the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. Beneath this is the trademark used from 1933 through 1935. It is the double small style ovals which trap the firm’s name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen”. Inside is a squirrel with serrated tail positioned over the initials of the firm, “CE”. A really good man’s man’s hewer here and if you are fussy about a little age or a little dust and dirt best to go into the diplomatic section as there is nothing delicate about this piece.
RADALL #30483 Early Numbered RAD Hewer - Carl Eickhorn
This early example is produced of heavy solid nickel base metal with silver plated surfaces. The hilt is in excellent condition having good crispness to the pommel beak. The ferrule also is smooth throughout and has crisp edges. The crossguard has the quillon with upper curving teardrop. Most of the original darkening is still contained within the twin grooves. The obverse ferrule has two small holes that seem to have been purposeful so that something may have been retained in these but whatever it was it is now gone to time. The reverse ferrule is deeply stamped with the accountability marking, “Br. 212”. There is a matching stamping on the scabbard throat. The grip plates of this example are a very fine stag. The stag has dark brown and tan backing with lighter tones at the grained surfaces. The grip plates are retained by screw and spanner hardware which appear to have been out maybe once.
The scabbard shell is straight on the reverse having a small bb style ding on the obverse at about the center. The scabbard shell retains its original black paint. This paint shows quite a bit of usage and chips here and there. The paint remains at about 60-70% throughout. The matching scabbard mounts retain their silvering. The lower mount has good surfaces and does not appear to have been ever dropped. The upper mount has the complicated RADS curves stamped into the surfaces with lined centers. The lines show just a little bit of modest wear. There is a bead pattern that runs along the edge that meets the scabbard. The lower mount has an identical bead pattern. This mount is stamped with a lined shovel having a mobile swastika in the center. The shovel is placed between two wheat shafts. These scabbard mounts are retained by RAD screws. These screws are all there and are not buggered.
The blade of this piece is the typical matte finish type. It shows a little bit of age in the surfaces and has turned slightly gray. The etched Labor Corps. slogan is still crisp and has maybe about 30% of the original darkening in the backgrounds. This blade only grades at about excellent. The reverse ricasso is etched with the RAD triangle and beneath is the patent pending words “Ges. Gesch.”. Below this is the early 1933-35 Eickhorn trademark. This trademark traps the firm’s name and location in its ovals. The logo though is beginning to wear and only slightly more than half of it is visible but it is certainly enough to tell the maker name as well as the vintage of the logo. A good early example here which could be cleaned up with a slight amount of work as this piece is all there.