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WWII GERMAN DAGGER - RAD LEADER'S HEWER 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.

It was 1934 when all members of the organization were authorized to wear a dagger. However, in 1937 a new dagger was introduced to be worn by the RAD leaders. That dagger is featured on this page.

The handle of the RAD leader dagger is of very interesting design. It blends silver metal with cream color inserts. The base of the handle is tapered and has a ring format. The pommel consists of an eagle head with a well defined beak and eyes.

The back of the handle shows where the material has been chipped. The picture to the right illustrates that a single screw is employed to secure the handle to the tang. Notice that the screw configuration is the correct type where the screw fixing is not present on the obverse side of the handle.

The handguard has a rolled shape on each side. The RAD emblem has been placed at the center point. Consisting of a shovel head pointing upwards. A swastika is displayed in the middle of the head. A wheat spear is placed on each side.

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 tip of the blade is a very characteristic "bowie" style. However, unlike its counterpart, the blade is not heavy duty enough to hold and edge. The blade is also not as thick or as heavy as the subordinate hewer.

A blood groove has been placed in along the spine. However, it does not cover the entire length of the blade. This groove was built in primarily for looks since the dagger was not a fighting weapon.

Also present is the RAD's motto "Arbeit adelt" which translates to "Labor ennobles". The words are placed on one side of the blade and it is written in large gothic letters.

The manufacturer's logo is clearly visible on the side of the blade. It consists of an oval shape with a crown placed in the center. The letter "N" is located just below and
is written in gothic style. The name "Carl Julius Krens" follows the contour of the oval in the upper portion. This is the name of the factory. The name "Solingen" is found in the bottom section. This is the name of the town where the Nazi dagger was produced.

The design of the scabbard is very elegant. It is all of silver metal construction. The front and back show some pebbling except for the throat and tip sections. Also left smooth are the sides. A Celtic swirl pattern that adorns the throat section. Just below that are engraved wheat spears pointing at an angle to the left and right.

Two wire-type brackets are attached to the side of the scabbard. Their purpose is to secure the hanger to the dagger.

The tip of the scabbard has a smooth surface. It has a couple of engraved wheat spears angled upwardly.

The RAD leader's dagger hanger is made of brown leather. The design consists of a three section metal brace. One component is long and rectangular. The othe is just below it and is divided in half. A leather strap is attched to each half.

A rectangular metal buckle is placed on each strap. This piece permitted the length of each strap to be modified. The end of the strap has a metal clip.

The hanger had a reputation of breaking very easily due to the weight of the dagger. Therefore, many RAD members opted not to use it. This action makes it possible to find examples in mint condition such as the one featured here.

A closer view of the hardware for the hanger is shown in the following photograph. The main components consist of two square buckles and two metal hooks that help secure the dagger to the belt of the uniform. The hanger is a difficult component to obtain.

A second dagger was also produced. It was known as the subordinate hewer. It was issued to non-leader personnel.

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.



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 $900.00 $1,135.00 $1,450.00 $1,955.00 $1,955.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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