Original German WWII Transitional HJ Knife with Motto And Scabbard
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition, Mid-war, production HJ Fahrtenmesser (HJ Trip Knife). This is definitely a transitional period knife, with characteristics of both the early and later pattern. This HJ Knife is a great example of the type, with a handle that is nickel-plated over a steel base. Almost all of the original plating remains, with just a few scratches and flakes.
Unlike the early pattern knives, these have a thicker blade with a raised ricasso, which significantly strengthens the blade. However, acid-etched motto Blut und Ehre! (Blood and Honor!) is present and clearly legible, with much of the original darkened finish present. Usually these later pattern knives did not have the motto, so this was made during the change over during the 1936-37 period.
The Bakelite grip plates are closely checkered and in excellent condition, retained by nickel-plated steel rivets with dressed obverse heads. The HJ insignia is also in very good condition with oxidation on the metal borders, and with the enamel mostly intact. The plating on the brass has worn off, which is typical. The bakelite shrinks slightly over the years, which is why the logo is a bit sunken in and loose, confirming the authenticity.
The knife is not marked nor can we find any trace of a marking. There is no doubt in the authenticity, but the blade shows signs of heavy cleaning which could have worn away any faint markings.
The scabbard on this example has the typical tapered profile and is in great shape, with most of the finish retained. There are a few chips and some checking and crazing, however there are no dents. The leather hanger and belt loop are still present, and in nice supple condition, though much of the black finish on the leather has unfortunately flaked away. The retainer loop is also present, complete with a functioning snap, which has much of the finish missing.
A fantastic used HJ Knife with scabbard from the transitional period! Ready to add to your collection and display!
Blade Length: 5 5/8"
Blade Style: Single Edged Knife
Overall length: 9 3/4”
Crossguard: 1 7/8”
Scabbard Length: 5 7/8” with belt loop
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