Knives: Think it’s Easy to Spot a Fantasy Knife?

 

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Old Weapons

 

During the Third Reich, millions of fancy dress daggers were ordered and distributed to the party faithful.

Coming in a variety of patterns, with various motifs and designs, these daggers have become popular collector’s items.

By the way, there are lots of dagger fakes around! However, that is not my story today.

Pocket Knives from the Third Reich

 

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Nazi Knives

If you attend many gun shows, swap meets or weapon extravaganzas, you are sure to see a variety of Nazi pocket knives.  Some have swastikas, Third Reich emblems, the Nazi eagle – or even Hitler’s likeness and/or autograph!

The only problem is that the Nazi’s never ordered pocket knives! Someone decided that if there was a market for fancy Nazi daggers, surely there would be those who would want to collect Nazi pocket knives!

A Fantasy Knife  Example

This is a twist on the ‘fantasy knife’ idea I mentioned yesterday.  Instead of the knife being a total fabrication, pocket folders were created as companions to the “real” Nazi daggers.

These fantasy pocket knives were created in the 1970’s for the swap

 

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Nazi Knife

 

meet trade. This should give you some idea of the care you need to take at  swap meets!

 

Most of these fantasy pocket knives were produced by Parker Cutlery of Tennessee.

Where These Knives are Now

These pocket knives are now available at estate sales and in antique stores.  This is why it is so hard to eliminate fantasy knives; if the pros in antique stores are fooled (or turn a blind-eye to them), what chance do you or I have?

If you don’t know your knife seller, know your history — before you buy a commemorative knife!

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* Before I get into trouble:  I’m not implying that all pocket knives from this era are fakes. Individuals may have produced Nazi knives – to fit in or to show their admiration for Hitler.

However, if a seller has several similar pocket knives and says they were produced for the Nazi’s, it didn’t happen.

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Full Disclosure: I don’t sell knives any more.  Because they have been popular, I left these articles online.

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This blog is a companion to my website:  GreatGhilliesAndGraphics.com

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2 Comments

  1. hey I would like to get more info on this knife. Could you point me in the right direction? and this has help out alot on the knife I have

  2. Dear Nancy,

    Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. I wrote this article some time ago, based on an interview I had with a man who was an authority on World War II weapons. He was talking to a group of knife enthusiasts.

    Unfortunately, I was unable to find my notes. I also used this book as a resource: Knives: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Knives for Fighting, Hunting and Survival. Pat Farey; 2003; $24.95

    This book is a British import. You may be able to borrow a copy through your library’s ILL (Inter-Library Loan). Most libraries have agreed to lend books to each other for set periods of time, when requested by patrons. I borrowed this book from the Harris County Public Library, in Houston, TX.

    I also checked the Wikipedia for info and couldn’t find any. You are right, there is precious little out there on this subject!

    I hope this helps you in your quest for info.

    — Marylouise


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