Luftwaffe Gravity Knife Non-Takedown
Description: This Luftwaffe Gravity Knife is in fine condition overall, having bright nickel mounts throughout. The springs are nice and tight and the activator lever is marked “995”. The marlin spike is waffenamt in the corner with the stick bird. The grip plates are a fine oak or walnut and they show usage of the period with some symbols etched in. These plates have a good close graining. The blade of this example is really nice. It is completely bright and has almost all of its original cross graining. The blade is etched with SMF Solingen with a symbol of a king holding a sword. Below the trademark is the German word for stainless steel, “Rostfrei”. A fine example here. Springs are firm; works like a charm.
First produced in 1937, the FJM was issued to German flight crews and paratroops, primarily for the purpose of cutting a trapped parachutist from his rigging in case he landed with a tangled parachute.he Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger-Messer uses a sliding blade inside a metal gripframe, which was originally fitted with smooth wood scales, usually of beech or walnut. The blade itself is a relatively blunt spear-point, and the profile is flat ground, tapering to a utility edge. To open the blade using gravity, the user points the FJM downwards while flipping up the fulcrum-style operating lever, allowing gravity to draw out the blade to its fullest extent. Releasing the lever locks the blade into position. The FJM may also be opened by flipping the blade release lever while flicking the wrist holding the knife, causing the blade to extend. The FJM was also equipped with a folding rigging spike or awl. Primarily intended for untangling rope knots, it can also be used as a prying tool. The FJM's spike does not lock when opened and was never intended to be used as a combat weapon, though individual German paratroopers may have employed it as such.
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09-20-2012 01:20 AM