Product Description: This is a very nice example of the desirable M7/51 Hitler Youth Knife. It’s got a great blade, that retains extremely nice original crossgraining. The front of the blade is etched with the “Blut und Ehre” (Blood and Honor) Hitlerjugend motto. It’s a really good, crisp etching, with great contrast to the original luster of the blade. The reverse of the blade is etched with the RZM logo of the Reichszeugmeisterei, and the maker code M7/51, indicating manufacture by the firm of Anton Wingen. The original leather buffer pad is present on the blade. The handle on this M7/51 Hitler Youth knife is complete, and shows only minor wear. All of the original enamel on the HJ diamond emblem is intact, and the grip plates are free of any damage. The painted scabbard is really nice on this one, with only very light wear. The leather is intact, and still glossy; the snap on the retaining strap is maker marked, and works as it should. Overall, this is a really nice knife, in far better than average 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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