Original German WWII Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger Fighting Knife - Weimar Eagle 5 Marked
Original Item: Only One Available. The Third Reich issued a large number of edge weapons to the military and civilian organizations. The fighting knife featured here was originally designed during WWI. It was widely employed in the trench warfare that took place during the conflict.
This genuine WWII German Luftwaffe fighting knife is held in a scabbard that is designed to clip over the edge of a boot top or belt. It could also clip onto any part of the uniform and was easy to conceal. They were used throughout both world wars by soldiers in the trenches and with this particular style being used extensively by the Fallschirmjäger (paratrooper), Waffen SS and Luftwaffe pilots.
This example is in very good condition and features a blade that is marked with a 5 inside a Weimar Eagle on the ricasso. The blade is the standard spear-point shape, with a full edge on the bottom, and half edge on the top. The top edge was specific to Paratroopers (Fallschirmjäger), as it helped cut through the rigging. Regular issue knives often only had one edge. The blade as a whole looks to have not had any post-issue sharpening, and still has almost full factory cross grain visible. There are some areas of light staining, as well as some denting on the edge, but overall this is a really great example.
The knife has wood grips with steel securing bolts, which are in good condition, with no chips or major dents, and a nice color. There are some small cuts made on one side of the grip. The clip back scabbard has the black enamel paint in great shape, with just a bit of wear and crazing.
Offered in very good condition, originals like this are always hard to find.
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