Original German WWII Pocket Knife with City of Munich Coat of Arms by Josef Eichel of Solingen
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice private purchase pocket knife from the WWII Period, with a very nice City of München (Munich) metal coat of arms inlaid into one of the black side scales. This is the "large" style used from 1936 to 1945, showing the City gates of Munich, with a Monk inside the gate, and a Nazi Reichsadler (State Eagle) above the gate. Deemed the Hauptstadt der Bewegung (Capital of the Movement), Munich was a significant place in terms of the Nazi ideology. The city was home to the NSDAP headquarters, the Beer Hall Putsch and also saw the establishment of Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp. Post-war designs were not pursued until 1949.
The pocket knife itself was made by the firm of Josef Eichel Stahlwarenfabrik of the Ohligs district of Solingen, and is marked on the main blade J EICHEL / SOLINGEN. The knife measures 3 5/8 inches long closed, with a 2 3/8 inch main blade. It has a smaller secondary blade, and 4 additional fold out tools: a corkscrew, an awl / marlingspike, a bottle opener / screwdriver, and a can opener.
The knife is in good used condition, though about 3/8 inch of the reverse grip scale is missing. An interesting piece of WWII memorabilia, ready to display!
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