Original German WWII Hitler Youth Knife by Carl Eickhorn
Original Item: Only One Available: This early HJ Knife is a solid example of the type nickel-plated over a steel base. The plating still remains in many places.
The Bakelite grip plates are closely checkered and in good condition, retained by nickel-plated rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is present, wiggling slightly to the touch as we like to see. The enamel is good with a spot of discoloration. This enamel looks good, with bright colors of red, white, black, and gold.
The scabbard shell the typical tapered example, having good original paint. The paint shows some signs of usage and some wear on both sides, but it is still bright and rates at about 85%. The leather hanger and belt loop are complete.
The blade of this example is good. This blade is shows areas of staining and discoloration but has no signs of sharpening or problems and some crossgrain is still in the surfaces. On the reverse the blade is stamped with the early circular Carl Eickhorn logo.
A solid early Hitler Youth Knife.
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 Nazi 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!.
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