Identifying a knife

Discussion in 'WW2 Militaria' started by Shortyw1998, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. Shortyw1998

    Shortyw1998 Member

    Hi all, I just wanted to get a bit more info on this german knife dated 1940. We have had it for a very long time, my dad picked it up from a friend years back who had it hanging up, we know that they had german pow's at their farm during the war, we believe the rope attached may not be original but added to it so it can hang as a display piece. Any info would be much appreciated
    Here are some pics
    Thanks will

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  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    It looks like a cut-down dinner knife
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  3. Shortyw1998

    Shortyw1998 Member

    Yeah that's what I thought, I've tried searching for it on the internet but cannot seem to find the same one
    Cheers Jedburgh 22
  4. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    No can't find any image either.
    We know it was made by Rostfrel in Solingen (city of Blades) south of the Ruhr area.
    First I thought it might be Luftwaffe, but the eagle is not flying. The SS eagle I believe had the wings pointing downwards. The German army has badges with the same style of the eagle.
    As no other examples can be found I'm thinking that this knife was originally part of a presentation set of cutlery giving to a German soldier as a gift or reward.
  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Perhaps a piece of mess cutlery with the reichsadler on it, made in Solingen (the German equivalent of Sheffield).

    It says Rostfrei: rustfree - stainless.

    some similar examples ... (do a keyboard search for Solingen)
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  6. Shortyw1998

    Shortyw1998 Member

    Ok thanks guys
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin


    I have only just seen this post and I am in agreement with your comments.

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  8. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

  9. Shortyw1998

    Shortyw1998 Member

    Yes RCG it does look a lot like the same handle

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