An Extremely Rare Early Model 1933 Hitlerjugend Fahrtenmesser by Eduard Gembruch of Solingen. This is the only Early Ed. Gembruch HJ knife I’ve come across in all my years! The blade on this one looks great. The stamped upright fish, “Solingen” maker mark and “Ges. Gesch” patent mark and acid etched “Blut und Ehre!” motto are all beautifully executed. It continues to hold a perfect fit and tip. The blade on this one rates Exc++. It shows minor age grey, spotting and surface scratches throughout. The buffer pad is lost to time. The scabbard is steel based, aluminum flash coated and black painted. It remains completely dent free and a retains 40% of its paint coverage. The blackened scabbard leather retains all of its rivets and the snap continues to work well. The right of the horizontal leather portion (male snap side) was just hanging on so I had to repair it. The steel based nickel-silver plated hilt retains 85% of its plating. The grip plates are black checkered bakelite. There is a crack and chip to the obverse and a chips and a piece missing out of the reverse. The solid nickel-silver rivets remain tightly secured. The HJ diamond retains 80%+ of its enamel. A very rare early maker mark. You’re not buying this one for the condition but the rarity!
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