Original German WWII Early Motto-Marked HJ Knife by Christians of Solingen with Scabbard

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice early HJ Knife (HJ knife) marked on the blade by maker Gebrüder Christians of Solingen. This early HJ Knife is a solid example of the type, with a handle that is nickel-plated over a steel base. The plating still remains in nice condition, with over 80% still intact and shiny. The acid-etched motto Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!) is present and legible but most of the original dark etched finish has been polished off by use and sharpening.

The Bakelite grip plates are closely checkered and in excellent condition, retained by nickel-plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is also in very good condition with only a bit of wear, and with the enamel fully intact. The bakelite shrinks slightly over the years, which is why the emblem on this example is loose, confirming authenticity.

The scabbard shell the typical tapered example with original paint. The paint is still bright and rates at above 95%. There is a bit of checking and crazing in the lacquer, with a bit of flaking on the inner side. The leather hanger and belt loop are excellent, with lots of the original black finish present. The retainer loop is intact and has a good working snap. The hanger is stamped with an oak leaf flanked by the letters "L" and "S", but we have not identified this maker.

The blade of this example is solid, and is typical of the early period up until 1936. It has a thinner blade with no raised ricasso, and also no RZM codes. The blade has traces of the original crossgrain on the blade body and an intact tip. The blade definitely saw use in service, as it has been sharpened several times, and has been polished a bit to remove oxidation. However it still has the great look of an honest used knife, and the blade is currently quite sharp sharp. On the reverse the blade is marked:

(Three-Tined Fork)

The "Three-Tined Fork" is a trademark used during the early WWII Period by Gebrüder Christians, Christianswerk, Stahlwarenfabrik in Solingen, the legendary "City of Blades" in western Germany. The design is registered with the German trademark office, indicated by the Ges. Geschütz, which is short for Gesetzlich Geschützt (Protected by Law). The original leather blade buffer is in place, though it is somewhat worn.

A wonderful HJ Knife with a very nice early pattern blade in great collectible condition!

AH believed German youth to be the future of his 3rd Reich. The HJ (AH Jugend) was formed officially in 1935, and with the exception of NSDAP ideology indoctrination was very similar to the Boy Scouts. Beginning at about the age of ten years, both boys (AH 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 swas 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 HJ 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 swas. The upper scabbard fitting portrayed an open-winged HJ eagle with swas cut into the bird's chest. The blade was etched with the HJ motto, Blut und Ehre!

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