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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.

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:    $999.95 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: $1,079.961,199.95

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.

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: $269.96299.95

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