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WWII German Luftwaffe Fighting Knife - The Third Reich issued a large number of edge weapons to the military and civilian organizations. somne of these blades were meant for combat while others were simply a status symbol. The high quality of construction and beautiful designs make these items desirable military collectibles.

The fighting knife featured here was originally designed during WWI. It was widely employed in the trench warfare that took place during the conflict.

The design of the fighting knife is very compact. There were many variations of this knife produced during WWI and WWII. The primary difference among them were the handle construction and blade design.

The handle is made of light brown wood. Really nicely rounded off. Held together by three small brass rivets.

The scabbard is made of metal. Painted black. One side has a spring loaded clip which was used to attach the knife to the inside of the boot or utility belt. This feature is the reason why the knife is commonly referred to as the boot knife.

The overall design is very slick and compact.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for German bayonets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my German bayonet worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the Nazi bayonets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the police sword in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The knife has a manufacturing marking on the base of the blade. It consists of an eagle with the number 6 displayed inthe chest area.

The Puma name is stamped at the base of the blade. Additional stampings include the word 1a Gusstahl. Some of the blades came marked with the branch of service to which the knife was issued.

The blade is of a single edge design. The point has two edges. The crossguard is a single piece of oval metal.

Many German edge weapons are currently reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German daggers and Swords identification guide, Where we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.



The value for WWII German daggers and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $150.00 $160.00 $160.00 $180.00 $200.00 $230.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A A

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