Product Description: This Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/51/41 is a nice example of a wartime produced piece. The blade shows use, as is typical, with some minor marks and graying but no major issues. The ricasso is neatly and clearly stamped with the round “RZM” logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, and the maker code “M7/51/41” indicating manufacture by the firm of Anton Wingen Jr. in Solingen, in 1941. The original leather blade buffer is present. The handle is nice, with most of the original finish still present on the crossguard and pommel. The checked Bakelite grip plates are intact, with no issues; the textbook zinc grip rivets remain tight. The enameled HJ diamond on the handle is undamaged, and slightly loose, an expected and desirable feature with original HJ knives. This Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/51/41 is complete with its original steel scabbard. The scabbard retains most of the original black painted finish, with some honest wear from use. The leather belt strap is sound, with a functional “Stocko” snap on the retaining strap. This is an attractive example of a Hitlerjugend knife, in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Hitler Youth Knife (Hitlerjugend Fahrtenmesser) was introduced in the summer of 1933, shortly after the Nazi seizure of power in Germany. It was produced by a multitude of manufacturers and could be purchased from authorized shops for a price of 4 Reichsmarks. It was used not only as a dress sidearm, but as a functional camping tool, and these were commonly sharpened by their original owners. The earliest examples bore the motto of the Hitler Youth, “Blut und Ehre!” (Blood and Honor), etched on the blade. The blades on these early knives were marked with commercial manufacturer logos. They had nickel silver handles, and anodized metal scabbards. The use of the etched motto was discontinued in August 1938. Later HJ knives had nickel plated steel handles, painted scabbards, and the maker logos were replaced with an RZM code along with the year of manufacture. There are also transitional types that still have the etched motto but have dates on the blade ricasso. Manufacture of these knives is believed to have ceased around 1942. All HJ knives have the diamond emblem of the Hitler Youth on the handle.
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