Original German WWII Early Motto-Marked HJ Knife by Emil Voos with Scabbard

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice early HJ National Youth Organization Fahrtenmesser (trip knife), marked on the blade by blade by maker Emil Voos, Waffenfabrik 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 very good condition, with about 80% still intact, with a lovely lightly worn look. The acid-etched motto Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!) is present and faintly legible in the light, but all of the original dark etched finish has been removed by cleaning and wear.

The Bakelite grip plates are closely checkered and in excellent condition, retained by aluminum rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is also in very good condition with only a bit of wear, and with the enamel almost 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 some of the original paint. The front side is almost completely missing the original black enamel, while the reverse is partly present, with wear, scratches, and light oxidation. This definitely was a knife that saw a lot of use. The leather belt loop is present, and in solid condition, with an intact securing strap with a working snap.

The blade of this example is in good condition, 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 near the crossguard, and a worn tip. The blade definitely saw use in service, as it has been sharpened several times, and has been polished and cleaned multiple times to remove oxidation. This has made the motto on the side faint. However it still has the great look of an honest used knife, and the blade is currently quite sharp, though the leading edge is a bit blunt.

The reverse is stamped with the Emil Voos trademark logo with a "Serpent around a stump", between the makers initials and location:

(Serpent Trademark)

Emil Voos, Waffenfabrik, also known as a Spezialfabrik für Jagd- und Sportmesser (Special Factory for Hunting and Sporting Knives), was a Solingen-based knife maker founded in 1925. The "Serpent-and-Stump" logo under the E.V.S. initials was used on HJ Knives such as this the WWII period, per J. Anthony Carter's work GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS. 

The design of the knife is registered with the German trademark office, indicated by the GES. GESCHÜTZT., which is short for Gesetzlich Geschützt (Protected by Law). The original leather blade buffer is present, and in good but worn condition.

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

Blade Length: 5 3/8"
Blade Style: Single Edged Knife
Overall length: 9 9/16”
Crossguard: 1 7/8”
Scabbard Length: 5 7/8” with belt loop

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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