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The Hitler Youth Knife may be the most famous knife of World War II. From the time of the formation of the Hitler Youth to the end of the war, the Hitler Youth wore knives of this style as a part of their uniform. With minor differences being made during this production era, the most significant being the engraving of the Hitler Youth motto on the blade starting in early 1937.
With the importance of this knife being established long ago, there has been a demand for originals for decades. This has caused the price of original Hitler Jugend knives to skyrocket. With condition of the original knives varying greatly, there has not been a good solution for reenactors, film projects, or theater work until these reproduction knives began to be made. When this reproduction was produced, careful effort was put in to ensure it could never be confused for an original as the goal is a reproduction not a fake.
|Manufacturer||German Army Surplus|
We use these for the HY in our reenactments. The overall look is very much like the original. Of course when you hold an original and this copy you can easily see the differences. However one costs $20 and the other costs $500. So...this is clearly the one to pick when you are doing a reenactment or other type of event that does not need a real one.
A great reproduction and a price you can't ignore. Well made and was surprised how sharp it was out of the book. Usually knifes that I purchase require some sharpening and honing. I used it the day I got it to carve a duck and it sliced through small bones like butter!
This is a good, well-balanced knife. It is made in China (as I expected). It is an exact copy of an original, all the way down to the RZM maker's mark and manufacture date of 7/38. The only thing that gives it away as a reproduction are the words "stainless China" on the reverse. The blade arrives decently sharp and is flat on the back of the blade. It is comfortable to hold and neither too heavy nor too light. A very good purchase.