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Title Paratroop gravity knife
Period c 2005

The left-hand knife in the top and bottom photos (with the darker grip) is a real original. The right-hand example, as well as the two centre photos, are of a modern copy, almost certainly made in Pakistan. NB: the marlin spike has an RB number identical to the original and a Luftwaffe acceptance stamp as well.

This was purchased recently in London by a good friend and client, Alex de Quesada from the USA. The first obvious fake indicator is that copper rivets have been used on the grips. Secondly, the marlin spike is a casting rather than a forging; the detachable iron muzzle is also a casting, carefully worked to resemble a forging. Thirdly, the U-ring at the base of the knife is much longer than the original. And, finally, the fruitwood grips are obviously brand new. But no doubt in time the gentlemen who made these will improve on these pointers! Some corrupt dealer must have sent an original out there to be copied!

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Edged Weapons : Dirks : Known fakes : Luftwaffe NSFK DLV]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me £40-£50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Today Iíve received your parcel in good order. Iím vey happy with [t]his piece.

C A, Netherlands, 15.07.2013