Original German WWII Luftwaffe Gravity Knife by Solinger Metallwaren Fabrik - SMF
Original Item: Only One Available. This excellent 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 of the 4 inch long blade.
This example is a mixture of stainless steel and carbon steel components. The carbon steel components show some light oxidation, while the stainless parts look close to new. The blade release button and base are marked with production number 873. The blade release functions properly, as does the marlingspike hinge. The base of the marlingspike 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, with a clear trademark logo, and much of the original factory crossgrain visible. There does not appear to be any sharpening, though there are a few small nicks and a dent on the edge. These knives were not really made for durability, so long term use would quickly wear away the blade. This example however is still very good!
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 and stains, and small cracks near the pommel.
An excellent condition rare Luftwaffe gravity knife by SMF!
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