Germany WW2 Weyersberg paratrooper knife takedown Model 2; rare original non-stainless blade type in excellent working condition – hard to find this nice and complete, considering the age.
Scarce WW2 era German airborne units “Fallschirmjäger Messer” paratrooper knife in unaltered condition with all original intact parts, still in very much working order. Developed in 1937, this type was originally 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 (WW2 German Airforce) aircrews; 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. This take-down Model 2 type made by Paul Weyersberg & Co., as well as earlier non-takedown Model 1 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.
This is a rare “transitional” Model 2 specimen with a rare high-carbon (non-stainless) steel blade, spike, and most of the other metal parts. By mid-war stainless steel was becoming scarce ion Germany and most of the “non-essential” wartime production had to switch to “regular” high-carbon steel. The knife is about 6-1/8″ / 15.5 cm closed; the blade is about 4″ / 10.2 cm long. Most metal parts are blued with about 50 to 70% of the original bluing remaining; the blade has been gently re-sharpened; the edge is very sharp still; the tip is intact; a couple of tiny edge bumps are noted for accuracy. The blade has a bit of a play when opened but overall it is in great shape, considering the age. Blued blade is finely etched PAUL WEYERSBERG & CO. / SOLINGEN on one side. Heavy-duty 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 blade lock and the two-part non-stainless steel bolster are correctly stamped with various production numbers as well. The knife could easily be taken apart for maintenance or a blade replacement; all internal parts are correctly marked with production numbers – see photos. Original hardwood handle with 4 steel pins and the D-ring shackle on the pommel. The handle is in very good overall condition; no chips or cracks on the wood; a couple typical light contact marks on the wood are 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 Germany WW2 Weyersberg paratrooper knife is still in very good shape, considering the age. Today most of the surviving German WW2 era Fallschirmjäger-Messer paratrooper knives 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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