Product Description: This Hitler Youth Knife with Motto is an extremely nice knife. It’s a top quality piece, with a really great look. The blade is stellar, with excellent original crossgraining and a very nice “Blut und Ehre” (Blood and Honor) HJ motto. The motto retains lots of original darkening, fading slightly towards the tip of the blade. The reverse of the blade is marked “RZM M7/2 1937” indicating manufacture by the firm of Emil Voos, in 1937. The original leather buffer is present on the blade. The handle on this one is clean, with an intact HJ diamond emblem with no chips to the enamel. The grip plates are pristine, and the hilt retains all of the original plating, with only very minor marks from handling and wear. This original Hitler Youth knife with motto is complete with its original scabbard. The original blued finish to the steel scabbard remains strong, with only very slight traces of wear. The leather belt attachment is intact and sound, with a functional retaining strap that closes with a “Stocko”-marked snap. This is certainly an above-average Hitler Youth knife, and it remains in an extremely strong 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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