Product Description: This Early NSFK Flyers Knife is a great representative example that shows honest wear and some age but remains complete and in excellent condition. The blade exhibits some graying, mostly to the reverse, but retains lots of original crossgraining and the original sharp point. The reverse of the blade is etched with the “SMF” logo of Stocker & Co. in Solingen. The handle is very attractive, with grip leather that is worn somewhat smooth from handling, but remains completely intact, with the brown leather showing through the original blue finish in only tiny spots here and there. The metal handle fittings have an old, deep patina, with some attractive rainbow toning. The gloss enamel to the swastikas on both sides of the crossguard is intact, and one end of the crossguard bears a typical, small stamp. The original leather blade buffer is present. The scabbard of this Early NSFK Flyers Knife has the expected nickel silver fittings. The leather scabbard covering is mostly intact, with some areas of cracking and losses along the seam on one edge. The scabbard fittings have an even patina, and the throat is stamped with the “winged man” NSKK organizational emblem. The original leather hanger is present, and features an intact and functional nickel silver spring clip. The clip retains an original leather and aluminum belt loop that would allow this to be worn on the belt of an NSKK airman. This Early NSFK Flyers Knife is loaded with eye appeal.
Historical Description: The National Socialist Flyers Corps (Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps, or NSFK) was a Nazi paramilitary organization that conducted military aviation training and held sporting events. It was founded in April, 1937, as a successor to the DLV. The organization and ranks in the NSFK were similar to that of the SA, and it worked together with the Hitler Youth to provide education for young people. Primarily, NSFK training utilized gliders, though private airplanes and balloons were also used. Members of the organization also built and flew model aircraft. The “winged man” organizational emblem of the NSFK featured Icarus and a Nazi swastika, and was used on everything from dress uniforms, to the sports clothing worn in competitions. As with most uniformed organizations in the Third Reich, the NSFK had a myriad of specific regalia and insignia, each with its own distinct purpose and meaning.
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