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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 Senior Forestry Cutlass

Eickhorn Senior Forestry Cutlass


Here's an example with a great etch. beauty cutlass. The plated blade is stamped with the early 3rd Reich Eickhorn logo to the reverse. The triple etched surface is in very good shape being a nice crisp and deep and dark. The spine pattern is a leaf motif. The blade is very nice. There's no evidence of sharpening, just a ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-33203
Rating:    Exc++
Price:    $2,099.95 USD
Subordinate Forestry Cutlass by Eickhorn

Subordinate Forestry Cutlass by Eickhorn


Here's a beauty cutlass. The plated blade is stamped with the mid-period Eickhorn logo to the reverse. The triple etched surface is in very good shape being a nice crisp and deep and dark. The top edge has a perfect oak-leaf motif with a crisp distributor mark, "W. Michovius Cottbus". No, not necessary but always nice to see this went ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-33202
Rating:    Exc++
Price:    $2,199.95 USD
Eickhorn Senior Forestry Cutlass

Eickhorn Senior Forestry Cutlass


Here's a beauty cutlass. The plated blade is stamped with the mid-period Eickhorn logo to the reverse. The triple etched surface is in very good shape being a nice crisp and deep and dark. The spine pattern is a leaf motif. The blade is very nice. There's no evidence of sharpening, just a couple dots of age about the maker ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-33200
Rating:    NM
Price:    $2,999.95 USD
Eickhorn Subordinate Forestry Cutlass

Eickhorn Subordinate Forestry Cutlass


Here's a beauty cutlass. The plated blade is stamped with the mid-period Eickhorn logo to the reverse. The triple etched surface is in very good shape being a nice crisp and deep and dark. The spine pattern is a leaf motif. The blade shows a few "nail catchers" to the cutting edge. There's no evidence of sharpening, just a couple ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-33196
Rating:    Exc+/Exc++
Price:    $2,199.95 USD
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-33167
Rating:    Exc+/Exc++
Price:    $3,999.95 USD
Eickhorn Deluxe Junior Forestry Cutlass

Eickhorn Deluxe Junior 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-33166
Rating:    Exc++
Price:    $3,999.95 USD
Deluxe Short Forestry Cutlass by Eickhorn

Deluxe Short Forestry Cutlass by Eickhorn


Hirschfänger für Forstbeamte im gehobenen Dienst by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen. Model Nr. 1212 in Eickhorn’s Catalog. The drop foraged, 10 inch long, fullered, spear point, triple edged blade on this one is a work of art! The crisp and dark acid etched panels and spine provide a gorgeous display of: a hunter taking aim at a stag and ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-32013
Rating:    NM
Price:    $4,149.95 USD
Minty - Deluxe Short Forestry Cutlass by Eickhorn

Minty - Deluxe Short Forestry Cutlass by Eickhorn


Minty - Hirschfänger für Forstbeamte im gehobenen Dienst by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen. Model Nr. 1713 in Eickhorn’s Catalog. The drop foraged, 10 inch long, fullered, spear point, triple edged blade on this one is a work of art! The crisp and dark acid etched panels and spine provide a gorgeous display of: a hunter taking aim at a ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-32011
Rating:    Mint-
Price:    $4,149.95 USD
Distributor marked Personalized Senior Forestry Dagger

Distributor marked Personalized Senior Forestry Dagger


Seitengewehr/Hirschfänger für Forstbeamte. The 16.5 inch blade is a triple etched example. It is in VG condition with etching that depicts: bores, stags, dogs, birds and hunters all in a hunting setting. The spine is distributor marked "M. NEUMANN HOPLIEFERANT BERLIN". There is some age darkening and fading to the etch throughout. There is sharpening and some darkening ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FO-31355
Rating:    Exc
Price:    $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.

Hunting Dagger by Eickhorn

Hunting Dagger by Eickhorn


A lovely Hirschfanger! The 16 inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is correctly stamped with an early 1930's- 1935 single oval Eickhorn maker mark. The etch is a bit faded and there is some age spotting. The etch has highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. The factory brown felt buffer is intact. The blade rates Exc+/Exc++. The scabbard ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33242
Rating:    Exc++/NM
Price:    $1,999.95 USD
Joh. Bandemer's  Hunting Dagger

Joh. Bandemer's Hunting Dagger


A dog themed & personalized Hirschfanger! The single fuller 16 Inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is correctly stamped with the early 1930's-1935 Eickhorn maker mark. The hunting scene etch is somewhat faded. There is stain and pitting to the blade. There is no sharpening. The factory felt buffer is lost to time. The blade rates VG. The scabbard ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33241
Rating:    VG/Exc
Price:    $1,799.95 USD
Eickhorn Hunting Dagger

Eickhorn Hunting Dagger


Love these things! A dog themed Hirschfanger! The single fuller 19 Inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is correctly stamped with a a 1935-41 Eickhorn maker mark. The etch is nice and clear having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clean. The factory felt buffer is lost to time. ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33238
Rating:    Exc++/NM
Price:    $4,799.95 USD
Eickhorn Hunting Dagger

Eickhorn Hunting Dagger


A beauty Hirschfanger! The single fuller 19 Inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is correctly stamped with a a 1935-41 Eickhorn maker mark. The etch is nice and clear having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clean. The factory felt buffer is partially intact, peek under there and you ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33227
Rating:    Exc+/Exc++
Price:    $5,499.95 USD
Hunting Dagger by Eickhorn

Hunting Dagger by Eickhorn


A lovely Hirschfanger! The 15 inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is correctly stamped with an early 1930's- 1933 single oval Eickhorn maker mark. The etch is nice and clear light having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clean with some age towards the tip. The factory brown felt buffer ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33226
Rating:    Exc+
Price:    $1,999.95 USD
Eickhorn Hunting Dagger

Eickhorn Hunting Dagger


The 15" blade is a triple acid etched example. It is correctly etched with the Post-1945 Eickhorn maker mark. The etch is nice and clear light having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clean. The factory felt buffer is intact. The tip and fit are perfect. The blade rates NM. The scabbard ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33218
Rating:    Exc++
Price:    $3,999.95 USD
Sawback Hunting Cutlass

Sawback Hunting Cutlass


Interesting Hunting Cutlass here. The fittings are all blackened steel to include the scabbard mounts. The fittings all have the lightest of wear. The single fullered sawback blade measures about 8". This is a heavy weapon having a most impressive look to it. The pommel cap is very detailed having the fluted upper area. There is an acorn at the top ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33184
Rating:    Exc+/Exc++
Price:    $1,299.95 USD
Eickhorn Hunting dagger Model 173

Eickhorn Hunting dagger Model 173


Here's a rare beast. The 8 inch blade is a nice polished example. It is correctly stamped with the early double oval Eickhorn maker mark. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clean. The factory felt buffer is intact. The tip and fit are perfect. The blade rates NM. The scabbard has fine brown leather with 99% coverage. It depicts ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33165
Rating:    Exc+
Price:    $2,499.95 USD
Eickhorn Hunting dagger Model 1535

Eickhorn Hunting dagger Model 1535


Private purchase Hunting knife is a mid Period example that can be accurately dated to the late 20's-1933 timeframe by the maker mark. It appears in the 1932 Eickhorn catalogue It has a solid fit and perfect tip! The unsharpened blade rates Exc+, There is age gray and spotting to ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33142
Rating:    Exc+
Price:    $2,199.95 USD
Hunting Dagger Model 1720 by Eickhorn

Hunting Dagger Model 1720 by Eickhorn


Private purchase Hunting knife is a mid Period example that can be accurately dated to the 1935-1940 timeframe by the maker mark. It appears in the Eickhorn catalogue as model 1720 with a flat crossguard It has a solid fit and perfect tip! The blade has some scuffs and rates ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-33141
Rating:    Exc
Price:    $2,299.95 USD
Hunting Association Cutlass by Carl Eickhorn

Hunting Association Cutlass by Carl Eickhorn


Germany, Weimar Republic (c.1921-1933) - Hirschfänger by Carl Eickhorn of Solingen. The drop forged, fullered, spear point style blade on this one looks good. The stamped squirrel “CE” trademark is nicely executed. The blade rates Exc+. It has been cleaned, the cutting edge sharpened and it shows age grey and scratches throughout. The brown felt buffer pad remains ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-32012
Rating:    Exc++
Price:    $949.95 USD
Weimar - Hunting Dagger Model 1433 by Eickhorn

Weimar - Hunting Dagger Model 1433 by Eickhorn


Germany, Weimar Republic (c.1921) - Private Purchase Hunting Dagger Model 1433. This one appears in the 1921 Eickhorn catalouge The bowie style blade on this one looks great. It has Carl Eikchorn’s very early back-to-back maker mark, which is beautifully executed. It has a solid fit and perfect tip. The ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-31999
Rating:    Exc++/NM
Price:    $2,399.95 USD
Eickhorn Short Deluxe National Hunting Association Cutlass

Eickhorn Short Deluxe National Hunting Association Cutlass


In my opinion the most desirable of all the Hunting pieces. This thing is the epitome of Eickhorn craftsmanship and was the most expensive Hunting piece in the catalog! Few could afford them even then, they are rare and very beautiful. The 10 inch blade is a deep black triple etched example. It is Eickhorn stamped to the reverse of course- ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-30535
Rating:    Exc++/NM
Price:    $8,999.95 USD
Imperial Forestry/Hunting Association Dagger by Eickhorn

Imperial Forestry/Hunting Association Dagger by Eickhorn


A rare piece! The blade on this one features a ricasso, single fuller and single edge. It has a nicely executed back-to-back dual squirrel “CE” maker mark. It measures 258mm long. It rates Exc+. It shows age grey, surface scratches, some nicks to the cutting edge and hits to the spine. The green felt buffer pad remains intact. The scabbard ... Read and See More
Item Number:    FK-30184
Rating:    Exc+
Price:    $569.95 USD
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: $254.96299.95

Shooting Daggers

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.

Hunting Dagger by Eickhorn

Hunting Dagger by Eickhorn


Here's a very fairly priced example. The 16 inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is correctly stamped with the early, pre-1933 single oval Eickhorn maker mark. The etch is nice and clear light having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clean. The factory felt buffer is intact. The blade ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-30619
Rating:    Exc/Exc+
Price:    $1,499.95 USD
Shooting Dagger by Eickhorn

Shooting Dagger by Eickhorn


An interesting example here. The 16 inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is stamped with the pre-1935 Eickhorn mark. The etch is nice and clear light having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clear. The buffer is lost. The tip and fit are perfect. The blade rates NM. The ... Read and See More
Item Number:    SD-30618
Rating:    NM
Price:    $2,999.95 USD
Shooting Dagger by Eickhorn

Shooting Dagger by Eickhorn


An interesting example here. The 13 inch blade is a triple acid etched example. It is mid-period 1935-41 Eickhorn marked. The etch is nice and clear light having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clear. The factory green felt buffer is intact. The tip and fit are perfect. The blade rates NM. ... Read and See More
Item Number:    HD-30588
Rating:    Exc++/NM
Price:    $2,999.95 USD
Shooting Dagger by Eickhorn

Shooting Dagger by Eickhorn


An interesting example here. The 13 inch blade is a double acid etched example. It is mid-period 1935-41 Eichhorn marked. The etch is nice and clear light having highly detailed panels depicting hunting scenes. There is no sharpening and the blade is very clear. The factory green felt buffer is intact. The tip and fit are perfect. The blade rates NM. ... Read and See More
Item Number:    SD-30587
Rating:    NM
Price:    $1,999.95 USD