Original German WWII Luftwaffe Gravity Knife by Solinger Metallwaren Fabrik - SMF
Original Item: Only One Available. This example was produced by Solinger Metalwaren-Fabrik Stöcker & Co. GmbH, also known as SMF, who were one of the major producers of this knife during WWII. Their "Seated King" over Solingen trademark is seen on the blade, as well as ROSTFREI (rust free) indicating stainless steel construction.
This example has fine, stainless steel components. The blade release button and base are marked with production number 180. The blade release functions properly, as does the marlinspike hinge. The base of the marlinspike is marked with a Weimar/Luftwaffe eagle with a number 5 inside. Both leaf springs are intact and show no signs of cracking, which is unfortunately common with these knives. They were in actuality designed for cutting through parachute rigging, so long term durability was not of a major concern.
The blade of this knife is in very good condition. It is quite clean and bright, though it does appear to have been polished, as the factory grind marks are no longer present on the surface of the blade. The edge is quite sharp.
The grip plates are of walnut with the standard four retaining rivets. These plates are in very good condition throughout, with no major cracks or chips, just a few light dents.
A very nice rare Luftwaffe gravity knife by SMF!
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