Original Germany WW2 Paul Weyersberg paratrooper knife. Rare early Model 1 non-takedown type in working condition with field-repaired spring; very good overall condition, considering the age.
Scarce WW2 era German airborne units “Fallschirmjäger Messer” fighting knife; the back spring was field-repaired but the knife is still in very much working order. Developed in 1937, Fallschirmjäger Messer was originally only issued to the German paratroopers as an emergency-assist knife which could be operated one-handed to cut entangled parachute cords, etc. Later in the war this type was issued to all Luftwaffe aircrews (WW2 German Airforce). A relatively small number of 350,000 Fallschirmjäger-Messer knives were produced in total by six different manufacturers; very few survived the war in decent condition. The knife was large enough, practical and reliable in the field; it was well-received by the airborne troops and became a subject of envy to all the rest of the men in uniform. The early Model 1 type made by SMF, as well as later take-down Model 2 types are illustrated on pages 239-242 the excellent French reference book Knives and Daggers-Bayonets Used by the German Army During 1914-1945 by Christian Mary (see the book’s scans attached). These large Fallschirmjäger-Messer knives are pretty hard to find in original condition nowadays. See the dedicated German gravity knives page, courtesy of Wikipedia.
The knife is about 6-1/8″ / 15.5 cm closed; the blade is about 4-1/8″ / 10.5 cm long; the blade has been gently re-sharpened; the edge is razor-sharp still; the tip is intact. The blade has a typical tiny of a play when opened but overall it is in great shape, considering the age. Stainless steel blade is finely etched PAUL WEYERSBERG / SOLINGEN / ROSTFREI on one side; the blade is in much better than average condition for the type. Looks like the blade spring was hastily repaired in the filed; the blade would not fully “flick open”; it needs to be manually pulled out about a 3/4 of the way out. Although once the blade is fully out and locked, it stays locked. Heavy-duty stainless steel marlin spike is about 3-5/8” / 9.2 cm; the base of the spike is stamped with the “eagle 5” Luftwaffe proof mark. The spike spring is in perfect working order; the spike opens and closes with a sharp snap. The blade lock is unmarked – probably a later replacement added during the field repair. Original hardwood handle scales with 4 steel pins and the D-ring shackle on the pommel. The handle is in very good overall condition; one thin crack on one scale near the blade lock is noted for accuracy. All handle parts are tight with no play. The internal blade spring is nice and tight; the spike holds quite well, original steel shackle is intact – this type is rare this nice. After 80 plus years this original WW2 Germany SMF paratrooper knife is still in very good shape, considering the age. Today most of the surviving model 1 Germany WW2 Paul Weyersberg paratrooper knife types are in private collections & rarely come up for sale; don’t miss your chance to add this specimen to your collection!
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