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WWII GERMAN PARATROOPER GRAVITY KNIFE



This is a German paratrooper gravity knife.  The handle is constructed of wood with a metal frame.  The blade is usually labeled with the manufacturer's emblem.  Known as the "gravity" knife because the blade is kept hidden until the knife is pointed downward and a lever is pressed, causing the blade to slide down and become exposed for use.   The blade is kept secured in place by a spring lever.

A ring is provided at the butt end so that the paratrooper could attach a rope and kept it within reach during action.  

The picture below shows the knife fully extended.


Special care must be taken when expanding the blade. If the lever is pressed too hard the spring may brake because it is held in place by a single rivet.  Many of the samples available for sale have broken springs.

The sample illustrated here is marked with the manufacturer's insignia near the base of the blade.  In addition, other parts of the knife have production marked stamped on them.



The following picture illustrates how the blade is kept hidden.  A folding spike was found at the bottom of the knife. 

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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A word of caution
The spring that controls the lever can break easily. Do not take the blade in and out too many times. There are no known replacements for the spring at this time.



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.



PRICING GUIDE INFORMATION

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 $350.00 $375.00 $400.00 $475.00 $500.00 $
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A


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