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Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

 Hunting Dagger (Hirschfänger) of the Reich National Forestry Service (NFS) (Item HUNT 9-1; Important Third Reich Daggers)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a great NFS dagger or Hirschfänger (literal translation: “Deer Catcher”). It’s fitted with ivory-colored celluloid grips that have three brass acorns affixed to each side of them. The dagger is by the firm of Eickhorn in Solingen and has the famous squirrel logo familiar to this company. The etched blade has great hunting scenes–deer, boar, gamebirds, elk, partridges, and jaunty German hunters. The scabbard is of top-grade leather and this sporting weapon measures about 18½ inches long in its scabbard. Some collectors claim that these forest-service pieces are among the most beautiful of all Third Reich daggers; they certainly are graceful looking and special, indeed.

PRICE: $985.00

 

RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer

RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer
RAD Hewer

Ein Deutsches Reichsarbeitsdienst Hewer (German Labor Corp Dagger) (Item Important Third Reich Daggers; RAD 6-5a) 

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very fine example of the RAD Hewer (dagger) (Reichsarbeitsdienst) or Reich Labor Service. This was the organization that actually saved the German workers from the horrors of the Depression in the years starting with 1934. Youngsters served a six month program of camp life while being taught the merits of public labor. It was one of the greatest social programs of the 20th century. In many ways lads from rich families served beside the farm boys and the sons of factory workers in a group effort to benefit not only themselves but their German Fatherland. The program was actually copied by the war criminal Franklin D. Roosevelt when he initiated the WPA (there is more on the internet). The men were issued sharp looking militaristic uniforms and they were trained not only in civil engineering and strategy but they took on a work ethic and national responsibility that prepared them for their future. A program that is so surely needed in our western culture today. (‘Arbeit Adelt) ‘Work Glorifies’! This was the motto that resounded in their hearts and appeared on the blades of the Hewers.  This was indeed an important role in the life of a patriotic youth in the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP.

The most welcome issued item to these officers and men of the RAD was this large Hewer (dagger). In earlier years of the program the officers and enlisted personal wore the same edged weapon, with stag grip.  It was not until 1938 that the officers were issued a scaled down version with white celluloid grips actually quite different.  The piece we offer here is one manufactured by Ed Wusthof of Solingen and is in very fine condition but the scabbard is repainted (but a fine job).  This repainting was and is common in regards to these RAD pieces. Yes, they were dress daggers that were supposed to be worn only while not engaged in work of course. But in practically every hour otherwise these daggers were extensively worn then why were the scabbards In need of constant repainting?  Precisely because of this constant usage. Also seldom does one ever see one of these that does not have a back strap between the stag horn grips that is not somewhat scarred.  Especially ones that were issued to officers and group leaders, reason: Almost every day various duty notices were nailed up on posts, walls, etc.  This usually means that one would have to go get a hammer! Well why do that when a very heavy implement was hanging right there suspended from your belt ready to use!  Now you understand why the daggers invariably have nicks, scratches and dents in this area.  How nice to have a dress dagger and a handy tool at the same time!  We have said that this one is a very fine example in a good state of preservation.  All the screws are in place and original.  The scabbard is straight throughout. The scabbard mounts are nickel plated as are the cross guard and all metal parts of the grip.  The blade is fine but like 99% of these daggers of the RAD there are signs of minor sharpening. The firm’s name is underneath the logo and the patent pending words “Ges, Gesch" are seen as well.

Now! This dagger has the hanger device that is known as the long bullet hanger. The piece is in brown color leather. The reverse of the clip on the hanger has the mark (logo) of Assmann one of the chief makers of N.S. insignia and accoutrements such as this you can see in our pictures the DRGM markings also besides this, it has the inverted triangle with RAD logo and the date the hanger and probably the dagger were produced (’35’).  This snap clip buckle has a fine looking patina across its surfaces. To find a hewer with the hanger is almost impossible today.  Better grab this one. They are disappearing from the scene rapidly and this is an excellent plus example.

PRICE: $1,950.00 truly a bargain.

 

Labor Corps Hewer Knife

Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife
Labor Corps Hewer Knife

 

RAD (Reichsarbeitdienst) Reich Labor Corps Hewer (Item Important Third Reich Daggers; RAD 6-5)

DESCRIPTION: This is the Big Guy of Third Reich daggers -- 15.8" in size. A huge knife used in the field as well as for use with the uniform. The RAD was formed in the late 1920's and used throughout the 30's and 40's. Its leader was Konserntin Hierl. He organized it for the purpose of eliminating the unemployment existing among the youth of Germany. Every young German male was required to serve a period of six months in the RAD prior to joining the army (Wehrmacht). It was a good program and the American CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) was copied directly from it. With the onset of the war, RAD members were given military training and then were transferred directly into the German armed forces. During the war, RAD members were called upon to level roads and air fields, clear away rubble, collect captured war materials and generally perform manual labor in the liberated territories. This piece is the standard pattern hewer that was worm initially by officers and enlisted personnel. Later, a 1937 model was introduced and this example would only be worn by subordinate ranks. The type shown here is the model 1934. The knife symbolized the objective of this austere labor service -- New land for our people, a new people for our land. The motto on the blade "Arbeit Adelt" means Labor Enobles. The dagger offered here is by Carl Jul. Krebs of Solingen and bears the #538 on the blade. Krebs had the original contract with the RAD and his examples were the best always. Our pictured hewer is in near mint condition and remarkably without the usual dents, abrasions, etc. caused by vigorous usage. Generally the top of the backstrap is banged up from the owners tacking up notices, etc. Ninety percent of the time this is noted on these particular weapons. The blade is thankfully not sharpened and the words stand out clearly. The throat end cap (or boot) are pristine. The scabbard may be repainted, but if so, done right. And, there is the possibility it was re-painted back then in the time of the Third Reich. This was often done. This piece is complete with its large accompanying black leather hanger. This is the full hanger (very rare); hanger in three parts. Tom Johnson, in his magnificent volume, "German Daggers of WWI: A Photographic Reference" shows a E. Pack and Sohne model with the full three part hanger on page 498. The hanger is a bit used; shows some light deterioration, but is holding. The hanger clip that actually holds the dagger is marked with the Assmann symbol. This is an all around complete and excellent plus RAD hewer. One would be hard pressed to find a better one than this.

PRICE: $2,250.00

 

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

Hunting Dagger

 German National Forestry Service Dress Dagger (Hirschfänger) (Item HUNT 9-2; Important Third Reich Daggers)

DESCRIPTION: Here is a very excellent dress dagger of the National Forest Service (NFS). This was a conservation group at first and was established under the supervision of Reich Minister Hermann Göring and its purpose was to control and preserve the natural resources of the German forests. Even today in Europe, many of the methods employed by this association are still practiced. These dress daggers were part of a “snappy” mostly green forester’s uniform that was worn by members of this very necessary conservation project. The dress daggers came in two styles and were made by more than a dozen Solingen firms. The models were very similar, but with distinct grips; one with white celluloid grips and the other with stag-antler grips. The famed Solingen firm of WKC produced the stag-grip model we offer, here. These beautiful grips have three brass acorns on each side. The “WKC” mark is the depiction of a knight’s helmet so familiar to collectors of the very finest of Germanic edged weapons going back to the seventeenth century. The blade is beautiful with etched scenes employing grazing deer, hunting dogs, foxes, and pictured groupings of hunting equipment. The scabbard is accomplished in fine top-grade leather with brass throat and boot fittings. In its scabbard, the dagger measures about 18½ inches long. Weapons collectors say that this NS dagger would most likely be voted the most beautiful dagger of the Third Reich era. The overall condition of this one is nothing short of superb!

PRICE: $985.00

 

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger
Reverse side

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger
Note the small crack

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger
Reverse side

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger
Slight blemish; otherwise, a practically mint blade

Red Cross Dagger
Rare proper hanger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

German WW II Red Cross Officer's Dagger with Hanger (Item REDCROSS 1-30; Important Third Reich Daggers)

DESCRIPTION: The German Red Cross was a nationally recognized volunteer organization authorized to assist in civil disasters. Under article 10 of the Geneva Convention the Rote Kreuz (Red Cross) was also to participate in medical and welfare aid to the sick and wounded of the armed forces. The International Red Cross symbol was worn, but with a distinctive N.S. swastika included in the design. Two models of daggers were authorized. The enlisted grade is shown in our pages. It is commonly called a hewer because of its having a massive 10½ inch blade with a double row of saw teeth down its spine, as well as a cutting edge and a blunt, square tip. But the officer's daggers such as this one that we offer here is more attractive and came with a grip of orange plastic. The scabbard is silver-plated and the fittings were of dull, silver coloration. The overall length while in its scabbard is 15 inches. When one of these rare daggers is now and then found, they are invariably without the hangers. It's often stated that the hangers are rarer than the dagger, but to find a set of both intact is exceedingly fortunate, indeed.

The Dagger

When first viewed, this dagger appears to be in mint condition; however, upon close examination there are two tiny, surface cracks that can be seen at the top of the grip just under the area where the pommel is met. We feel that someone years ago properly used the “special spanner” to tighten the whole grip and might have tightened it a bit too much probably causing the minute cracks. It's plausible that the collector or the original Red Cross wearer then untightened it and as a result, now the grip is rather loose. This causes no negative view of this beautiful weapon. What else? The blade that is practically mint is extremely tight in the scabbard. It actually takes some little bit of robustness to draw the blade from the scabbard. The brown-leather buffer pad is there in place. The absolutely rare original hanger is graded excellent-plus. In our many years of handling rare daggers, this is the most complete fine example of this rare dagger that has come our way.

PRICE: $2,750.00

 

 

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger
Sawteeth

Red Cross Dagger
Blunt tip

Red Cross Dagger
Reverse side

Red Cross Dagger
Leather frog

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger

Red Cross Dagger
Officer's dagger and enlisted man's hewer pictured together from J. Atwood's book

Red Cross Dagger

German Red Cross Hewer (Enlisted) (Item REDCROSS 1-31; Important Third Reich Daggers)

DESCRIPTION: This is a fine example of the dagger for enlisted personnel mentioned previously in our write-up on the officer's model for this social service of the Reich. It has a nickeled, wide pommel cap, and straight crossguard with the relief eagle and swastika that was the particular symbol of this corps. The N.S. is eagle clutching the Geneva Convention International Cross. The front of the black Bakelite patterned grip plates are checkered, while the reverse is smooth. The blade has a serrated spine that measures 10 ¼ inches and the tip is blunt so in medical emergency this dress dagger could be used for many purposes. The blade is unmarked, but is basically mint and the black, enameled scabbard is unusually fine throughout with some tiny scratches and wear. Also, rare in these daggers is the fact that the correct black leather frog is still with it and in decent shape. The frog is in good condition showing some mild usage and was constructed using aluminum rivets. This is an excellent-plus hewer worthy of a good collection.

PRICE: $895.00

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