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Posted 5 years ago


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This knife was inherited when my wife's Dad passed. I'm not sure of the date or origin. I was told it was a Nazi youth boot knife. Maybe someone can set the story straight. Hopefully the makers mark on the blade will be familiar. Thanks Jimbo

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  1. jimborasco jimborasco, 5 years ago
    Thanks Bellin...Really cool little knife
  2. chinablue chinablue, 5 years ago
    Interesting and a little frightening.. Hitler youth knife.. *shiver* I found a little something about the knight marking on it at a forum site that I have copied for you below. Hopefully this will get you started!
    "The history of the "standing knight in armor holding a sword" trademark is a little bit tricky. Anton Wingen Jr. company acquired this trademark in 1920 along with the firm of Wilhelm Clauberg Waffen- & Stahlwarenfabrik.
    Vintage Anton Wingen sales catalogs are illustrating a few sheath knives with this "knight in armor" logo, while most other knives show up with the standard "Othello" mark. I have no idea concerning the relationship of # 1875 to this trademark, as it was registered by Wilhelm Clauberg in 1895. Originally the "knight in armor" was registered for Clauberg firm by Ferdinand Poeter, a partner of Wilhelm Clauberg, in 1850."
    Other than that, I know that there are quite a few swords with the mark on them, many Civil War Era. There is one I found at a site here:
    Good luck in your hunt!
  3. jimborasco jimborasco, 5 years ago come through again. Thanks so much for the info
  4. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Looks much earlier than Nazi era.

    It looks like 19th century construction-- the markings, scabbard and antler handle would support that era as well.
  5. jimborasco jimborasco, 5 years ago
    The story i had always heard from Dad was it was a Hitler Youth Boot Knife. Issued to all youth in the "movement". I also have some other articles from that time but don't know if it's proper to show and tell. Nazi stuff. Jimbo
  6. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Not like any I have seen. Here is what I have seen IDd as Youth Knife:

  7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Sorry for the huge link-- I used yahoo search and TRIED to link to the first photo!

  8. jimborasco jimborasco, 5 years ago
    Thanks, Scott Sure doesn't look like mine, does it?
  9. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    The stitched leather scabbard and silver (or nickle) fittings indicate 19th century. The markings are consistent with a 19th century German maker (Clauberg), as discussed by chinablue.

    I would think that this is a German made knife from about 1850s- 1870s.

  10. jimborasco jimborasco, 5 years ago
    How cool is that...Got an antique and didn't know it...Thanks for the info Scott and china...
  11. jimborasco jimborasco, 5 years ago
    Thanks Jason
  12. jimborasco jimborasco, 4 years ago
    I just dressed a deer with this very knife, not an hour ago

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