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The German Hunting Association (Deutsche Jägerschaft) and Forestry Service Organization (Reichsforstdienst) eventually came under the NSDAP's supervision, as did all organizations in Germany. Both organizations were headed and under the control of Hermann Göring. The primary objective of the two was to conserve game and forests throughout the nation. In Germany much of the forests were privately owned, and as such, the owners would privately hire these officials to save and protect their land.

Hunting and Forestry cutlasses were privately purchased items and both types have endless variations. Some examples are fairly simple while others are complex being made of high quality materials and depict elaborate details. These pieces are very desirable among collectors as they offer a lifetime of pleasure finding new and interesting examples.

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Forestry Daggers

Forestry Cutlasses also have plenty of variations. The hilts all have 'd' guards that are either gold or silver washed, with a stag horn, celluloid or ivory grip. The grip has three pinned insignias (usually acorns) to the obverse and it usually has a clam shell. The scabbards are composed of leather shells with gold or silvered fittings that are normally secured by staples. The cutlass blades are acid etched with forestry scenes. The insignia of the organization is an eagle with a swastika in its talons, on occasion we see this embossed on the hilt.

Eickhorn Deluxe Senior Forestry Cutlass

Eickhorn Deluxe Senior Forestry Cutlass


Seitengewehr/Hirschfänger für Forstbeamte by Eickhorn. This thing is the epitome of Eickhorn craftsmanship! The 13 inch blade is a deep black triple etched example. It is Eickhorn stamped to the reverse- exactly as it should be. The etch is in fine condition having highly detailed panels depicting stags, dogs, and foxes, in hunting settings. The top edge has ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-29789
Rating:    Exc++/NM
Price:    $2,499.95 USD
Senior Forestry Cutlass by Alcoso

Senior Forestry Cutlass by Alcoso


The 13 inch blade is a triple etched type. It is in Exc++ condition having good frosting intact with some age. All the plating is intact. The fine etching depicting bores, stags, dogs, birds and hunters all in hunting settings. The green felt buffer pad remains intact. The hilt is a finely cast example with good detail in alloy with excellent ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-28737
Rating:    Exc++
Price:    $1,199.95 USD
Deluxe Short Senior Forestry Cutlass

Deluxe Short Senior Forestry Cutlass


Really a beauty pattern for the discriminating collector. The blade is unmarked yet we know from the unique boar-head clamshell this is pattern is WKC 1051, (thanks Gary), 90% of these are unmarked. The uncleaned triple etched surface is in excellent shape being a nice crisp frosted etch that is nice and dark. The spine pattern is a leaf motif. There are ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-23281
Rating:    NM
Price:    $1,999.95 USD
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WKC Deluxe Short Senior Forestry Cutlass

WKC Deluxe Short Senior Forestry Cutlass


Really a beauty pattern for the discriminating collector. The blade is nicely marked WKC under the clamshell. Sorry very hard to photograph but trust me it's there. This is pattern is WKC 1051, (thanks Gary), 90% of these are unmarked. The uncleaned triple etched surface is in excellent shape being a nice crisp frosted etch that is nice and dark. The spine ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-21047
Rating:    Exc++
Price:    $1,899.95 USD

Hunting Daggers

Hunting Hirschfangers are quite unique daggers. The hilts have a stag horn grip with a pommel and crossguard that are usually brass based and gold or silver washed. The scabbards are composed of green leather shells with gold or silvered fittings, which are normally secured by staples. The blades are acid etched with hunting scenes. The insignia of the organization is a stags head with a swastika between its antlers and the initials DJ (Deutsche Jägerschaft) that is pinned to the obverse of the horn grip.

Stag Grip Private Purchase Knife

Stag Grip Private Purchase Knife


Private purchase knife. of good quality German manufacture. This particular example has been slightly sharpened though it retains some nice factory grain. Nice stag grip plates that are not cracked or chipped. The hilt is steel with some age. The scabbard is well worn and the leather is limp. I will not take chances pulling the strap to clip this ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FK-25799
Rating:    Exc+/Exc++
Price:    $299.95 USD

The German Rifle Association was made up of several independent shooting and target clubs. They would usually come together for occasions and competitions. The dagger's hilt consists of a nickel plated zinc based pommel, crossguard and clamshell. The grip consists of a white fluted celluloid grip over a wooden base. The grip has a pinned insignia of two mounted crossed rifles to the obverse. The scabbard is a black leather shell with plated fittings. The blades are double etched, featuring forestry/hunting scenes. The clamshell shows the Rifle Association's insignia: a shooting target on top of a bird's chest. Which is pinned to the front.