German WWII Hitler Youth Knife with Motto Marked RZM M7/66
New Made Item: This is not the cheap version out of China. Instead these are top quality high carbon steel construction reproductions made exclusively for IMA by one the worlds best edged weapon makers (a contractor to the USMC). An original knife from this maker in this condition would cost $1000. Now is your chance to get an exceptional Hitler Youth knife at a fraction of the cost!
Copied from an original in the IMA collection this transitional HJ knife is nickel-plated over a steel base. The motto Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!) is inlaid on the blade in black. The ricasso is stamped with a single open RZM circle, with the code M7/66 and maker logo.
The "bakelite" (dense plastic) grip plates are closely checkered and retained by nickel-plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is crisp and well detailed.
The scabbard shell is a near perfect match with correct black paint and a complete leather hanger with belt loop and retainer loop are also included to complete the piece.
Hitler believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend) was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of National Socialist ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (Hitler Jugend) and girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel) were enlisted in the Party-run organization. The boys only were given HJ Knives after having passed minor exams. The knives had nickeled hilts with black checkered grip plates. The obverse plate was fitted with an enameled HJ swastika insignia. Through 1937, these knives were etched with the motto of the organization, Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!). Examples produced after this date were made with plain blades usually bearing an RZM marking.
The Hitler Youth Leaders were professionals in charge of the training and NSDAP education of the German Youth. They wore a special dagger consisting of silvered hilt fittings with blue-black leather-covered scabbard. The grip was composed of tightly wrapped silver wire, over a wood base. The pommel cap featured an HJ diamond on top, complete with swastika. The upper scabbard fitting portrayed an open-winged Hitler Youth eagle with swastika cut into the bird's chest. The blade was etched with the Hitler Youth motto, Blut und Ehre!.
Note: IMA does not in any way endorse the ideals of the Third Reich. These materials are intended for the use of collectors and re-enactors.
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