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German RAD Hewer Dagger - The German economy went through a depression during the early 1930's. The German government created an organization called the RAD to boost the economy through employment generated by the inception of massive public works projects. As a result of such effort the German infrastructure was rebuilt producing things such as the Autobahn.

It is about this time that Hitler had launched an expansion of the armed forces. Service in the military was deemed mandatory. The RAD was employed as a means to breach the time between graduating from school to entering military service. Service in the RAD included military style drills such as marching, obeying orders, etc. In 1934 a dagger was issued to be worn by all members of the RAD organization. That dagger is featured on this page.


This page is a recognition and identification guide for German bayonets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my German bayonet worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the Nazi bayonets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the police sword in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The handle is made of thick sheets of stag. Very attractive construction. Two screws are employed to secure the stag to the tang. The pommel is of rounded shape and ends up forming a structure that mimics the beak of a bird.

The blade is marked at the base with the following: A downward pointing triangle that has the letters RAJD, themselves arranged in a triangular pattern. The words "Ges Gesch" are located just below the RAD marking. They indicate a trademark.

The manufacturer's logo is the last component found. It consists of two vertically placed oval shapes, one inside the other. A space is left in between the ovals. This is where the name of the manufacturer and the town where the dagger was produced are placed. The name scrolled in the upper section reads "Carl Eickhorn". The name of the town is Solingen.

The figure of a squirrell facing left is placed in the inner oval.



The blade is of heavy duty construction. While the hewer was meant to be worn in parades and special occassions, the construction almost suggested that it could be used for work in the field. The blade was strong and rugged enough to hold an edge.

A blood groove is built near the spine. It does not cover the full length of the blade. The motto "Urbeit Adelt" is written with big gothic letters.



Many German edge weapons are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.



If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German daggers and Swords identification guide, Where we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.



PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

The value for WWII German daggers and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $500.00 $550.00 $650.00 $700.00 $700.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A


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