Cold War era West Germany OFW paratrooper knife Fallschirmjäger-Messer LL-TRUPPE model made circa 1970th in Solingen, Germany. Unused condition – rare this nice.
Original Cold War era West Germany military large LL-TRUPPE model paratrooper knife (Fallschirmjäger-Messer) in rare mint condition – VERY hard to find this nice. This post-WW2 German paratrooper knife was manufactured circa 1961-1979 (Type II) by Otto Forster, Witzhelden (OFW etched on the blade) in Solingen, Germany. This type has been long-discontinued; these “large” Fallschirmjäger-Messer knives are pretty hard to find nowadays. See the dedicated German gravity knives page , courtesy of Wikipedia.
About 6-1/8″ / 15.5 cm closed; the blade is about 3-7/8″ / 10 cm long; original edge is razor-sharp; the tip is intact; the blade is finely etched OFW on one side. Heavy-duty spike with a needle-sharp tip is about 3-1/2” / 9 cm; bolster is a solid die-forged chunk of steel. Handle scales are made of high-impact olive green plastic marked BUDD – for Bundeswehr – Cold War era West Germany’s Armed Forces. The knife could be easily taken apart for cleaning and maintenance by pressing on a small steel square below the arrow – steel bolster comes off & you just slide the handle half sideways. Once exposed, the blade can be completely removed by pulling on the blade lock; quite an ingenious design for a military-grade knife. This Cold War era West Germany OFW paratrooper knife in rare mint condition is something that doesn’t come up for sale very often; don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection!
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