Original German WWII Hitler Youth Knife RZM M7/72 by Karl Robert Kaldenbach
Original Item: Only One Available. This Hitler Youth Knife is in solid condition. The hilt has little of the the original nickel plating over the pot metal base.
The grip plates are the black checkered variety and are in excellent condition, They are retained by steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The enamel grip insignia retains bright colors and has a clean surface.
The scabbard is completely straight throughout but most of the original black paint has worn away. The belt and retainer loops are fine grain leather type made early in the period. They are in partial condition.
The solid blade has some of the original crossgrain and an intact tip. There are signs of wear on the blade. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a single open RZM circle, with the code M7/72. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
A very nice Hitler Youth Knife here, by a very desirable maker!
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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