German Hitler Youth Knife -
The Hitler Youth Knife (German: Hitler-Jugend-Fahrtenmesser) was a knife sold to and carried by boys of the paramilitary
youth organization of the Nazi Party that existed from 1922 to 1945. The Hitler Youth wore knives as part of their
uniform, which was very similar to those worn by the Sturmabteilung or SA. The knife was also given to those who
performed exceptionally well in minor exams. This part of the website provides basic identification and a price guide
for Hitler Youth knives.
The design of the knife consists of a black plastic handle. Held together by two rivets,
one near the base and one by the pommel. The Hitler Youth diamond logo is placed in the
center. The diamond is of enamel construction. It has a black swastika in the center.
Red and white colors.
The blade is of single edge. A simple handguard is provided. One side protrudes
upwardly and has a rounded ending.
The scabbard is made of metal. It has a distinctive small, single rivet in the front,
near the throat section. A leather strap is attached to the back. It served two
purposes. It provides a belt loop so boys could carry their knives using their belts
and it has a flap with a snap to keep the knife inside the sheath when in motion.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for Hitler Youth knives. 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 Hitler Youth knife worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the knives is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the knife in the collector's market is illustrated.
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This is a Hitler Youth transtitional knife. Indicating a period where the manufacturer's
logo was replaced by the RZM markings. Early war production knives were stamped with
the manufacturer's logo. In later years, as standardization was applied, the RZM
number was the marking stamped.
The transitional period was the only time where it was allowed to still display the logo
and the RZM mark at the same time.
The sample shown here has the figure of the head of a knight with the letters WKC just
below and the name of the town, Solingen. Above these markings is the year 1939.
just above that is the RZM number M7/42. Where M7 was the designation given to all
knives and daggers. 42 was the code for WKC.
This edge weapon is currently being
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 edge weapons. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity
of the item.
If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our
WWII German Edge Weapons identification guide. Where
we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.