Original German WWII Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/13 by Artur Schuttelhofer & Co Solingen
Original Item: Only One Available. This late war Hitler Youth Knife is in very good condition. The hilt has about 90% of the the original nickel plating remaining!
The grip plates are the black checkered variety and are in excellent condition. No chips or dings, with very little wear to the checkering. They are retained by steel rivets with dome heads. The enamel grip insignia retains vivid bright colors and has a clean surface.
The scabbard is completely straight throughout with portions of the original black paint intact. The belt and retainer loops are present but worn, and the securing strap is broken.
The blade has nearly all of the original crossgrain and an intact tip. There are areas of staining and light pitting, as well as runner marks from the scabbard. The blade body is etched with a double RZM circle, with the code M7/13, indicating a knife (M7) made by maker Artur Schuttelhofer & Co of Solingen.
The original leather blade buffer is in place, with good honest age and wear.
A wonderful condition Hitler Youth Knife here by a quality maker, showing the age and markings expected of a blade that saw service.
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! Later model daggers such as this one did not have the blade etching.
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