Copy of my reply (and of original email" from a friend of a friend:
Many Thanks!!! I posted the same pics on Kinfeforums and got some info. The woman who owns the knife swears that it was with a "bunch of stuff" that her dad brought home from Germany after WW II. The only other thing she has left from this "stuff" is an Iron Cross medal with "1813" on one side and "1939 and the swastika" on the other. She is going to look for some discharge papers or anything else that would prove that the knife is from '45 or earlier, but for right now all I have is the Iron Cross that was brought back at the same time. If you have a minute, please take a look at the posts on KF and let me know what you think! (Personally, I believe that she believes that the knife came home with her father in 1945..... Would throwing in the Iron Cross improve the value of the knife as a "package deal" or do you think she would do better selling them separately?????
Again, many thanks for the info and the work you did in collecting it,
On Aug 11, 2009, at 5:55 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike........._____ _____ sent me an e-mail requesting info on a Hitler Youth Knife. I hope this is useful to you. I'm not an expert, but have a little knowledge about these items, or at least an idea of where to go to get the info. Sorry I couldn't give you better news on the value.................____ __________
What you have here is a Hitler Youth Knife (Hitler Jugend/HJ). It has been "De-Nazified" (the diamond shaped swastika HJ symbol has been removed from the grip), and this reduces the collector value considerably. I didn't see any "RZM" acceptance marks (the military acceptance mark for everything the German Military used during this era), HJ Motto (Blut und Ehre!) or manufacturers date on the blade, so this could be a cheaper private purchase, or a late war knife. In better condition, with the HJ symbol and motto, it could be worth somewhere between $800 and $1,000+. Unfortunately this isn't the case. My guess would be about $300, maybe a little more with luck. If there is government paperwork to connect the knife to the vet, that would increase the value a little. Hope this was helpful. If _____ were still around, he could give you a much better estimate than me. Just so you know, I did a little bit of research to come up with this info, so it wasn't all guess work. Talk to you soon..........................._______y
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