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Hitler Youth Dagger (HJ) Hike Camp Knife

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A later model World War 2 Hitler Youth dagger (a.k.a. hike/camp knife) with original scabbard in average overall condition. The red and white HJ emblem is in excellent condition, and slightly loose, which is fairly common with these WWII HJ Daggers. On the blade you can see what remains of an RZM marking, with 1941 beneath it barely legible after having been sharpened and used as much as it was. On the blades top edge, you can see several deep gouges, likely from wartime use.

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Darren August 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

Hi Connah. Thanks for the message. Unfortunately we don’t generally provide valuations sight unseen. If you’d like, I’d be happy to review your HJ knife for you, but will need to see a couple of photos at least, showing both sides of the entire length of the knife and sheath. Click the “Free Appraisal” button at the top of the page to send me the photos.


Connah Mather August 13, 2013 at 6:20 am

I have a German Youth Knife with some slight damage to the handle. It has an inscription on the blade saying blood and honour and I am asking for a approximate valuation without pictures.

Darren November 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

Hi Will!

By “floating diamond” I assume you mean it wriggles when touched, correct? The RZM mark is a maker’s mark, not a reflection of rarity in terms of how many were made. I assume that’s what you mean when you say you were told they only went up to 50. Your particular knife was manufactured by Karl Rob. Kaldenbach, which is the firm given the RZM maker’s code you see on your Hitler Youth Knife’s blade (M7/72). If you’re interested in selling the knife, please update photos to me using the “Free Appraisal” link at the top of this page and I’ll have a look.

Will October 31, 2012 at 12:03 am

I have found the I have one of these HJ knives and it is real and in great condition. Would like to have you look at it.

Will October 30, 2012 at 1:37 am

I have the same knife, youth with the correct rivet on sheath and floating diamond, but don’t know about the RZM mark it says M7/72. I was told it only went up to 50. Now what?

Darren February 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

Hi Mark! Thanks for posting. Unfortunately with these Hitler Youth Knives, replacing the grips are not possible. I should say, not possible without a ton of work and headache :)

The grips plates are held on using rivets, not screws. In order to get them off in one piece someone would need to do so very carefully by first removing the rivets (not a simple task at all). Otherwise the only way to remove the HJ Knife’s grips plates is in pieces.

If you do end up replacing the grip plates, just know that most collectors will be able to spot this a mile away, and likely pass on the purchase. A good collector knows how the grips are supposed to fit the knife and if the fit is wrong its a red flag to the collector. The grips on these knives fit differently depending on the maker so replacing the grips with those from another maker will likely result in an incorrect fit. That being said, refer back to my previous point about even being able to replace them in the first place :)

Hope this helps!

Mark Bowen February 9, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Hi, my uncle has an original Hitler Youth Knife but the original owner was offended by it and broke the nazi relics off of it and he was asked me to try and find him an original handle. I was just wondering if anyone had one or knew anyone that had one. If any one has any info please let me know. Thanks.

Darren February 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Hi Elsie! There are a lot of these knives out there. I probably receive about 3-5 emails each week regarding Hitler Youth knives. Just send me some photos of the knife you have, making sure to include photos of both sides so I can see the blade and handle condition on both sides. I also need to see shots of both sides of the scabbard. If you’re good at close up shots, a photo of the RZM mark you mentioned would be helpful as well. Click here to go directly to the Appraisal section of our site where you can upload the photos.

Elsie Sircher February 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm

We have a knife that looks just like this one but ours is dated 1940 RZM M7/11. What is a knife like this appraised at? Do you need a picture of this knife? Any info you can supply will be appreciated. Thank you.

Darren January 31, 2012 at 8:11 am

Hi Steve! Sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Unfortunately a great many WW2 veterans are passing away. Before long there will be no more stories from the heroes who fought in WW2. Photos and items like your father’s Hitler Youth Knife will be the things that help us remember them.

Send me some photos of your HJ Knife through the Appraisal section of the site… and I’ll give you some information on value.

Take care!

steve January 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I have the exact same dagger. My father brought it back from a two stay in France. It has been in a safe place until he passed away in 2001. I now keep it in my safe deposit box at the bank. trying to determine it’s value.

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