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Hi All,
This is my only HJ boys knife I have at the moment any opinions would be fine. It is late production with no motto, mm or RZM number the condition is fairly good though the blade has a bit of old pitting from water damage at some time in it's life. It has the last ditch celluloid/plastic type straps that are still flexible and have no cracks or damage, press stud works fine and the HJ diamond wiggles in the grip nicely. Next one will be a nice early one with a good motto and maker mark when I find one though I do like this one a lot, see what you think.
Cheers, Andy.

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A few more pics.

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Hello Andy,

Your HJ-knife is indeed the very late version, probably made in 1941-42.
The scabbard with plastic strap in not too often encountered, most are found with the RZM M7/72 mark (Carl Rob. Kaldenbach).
Your knife might be an unmarked knife by this maker as it has all the typical features: short finger guard, checkering of the grip plates, shape of the ricasso...
I add a couple of pics of some Kalderbach HJ-knifes, yours is to be compared with the 2 left ones.

Allow me to give you an advise: never close the snap of these scabbards, the aged plastic became hard and will easily break...

Best regards,


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Last edited by Herman V. (aka Herr Mann); 10/16/2018 10:53 AM.

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Hi Herman,
Thanks so much for your very informative reply and studying the photos you have posted I can certainly see the similarities of this maker and the unmarked knife I have, I was aware the late plastic straps aren't very common which is actually one of the things that attracted me to it. I have seen one on a UK dealers site with the same straps marked RZM M7/36 for Horster he states it is only the third example with the late plastic straps he has had in 30 years of dealing so I guess they are actually quite scarce. Lovely group of knives you have posted they all look in very nice condition and I specially like the one with the engraved pommel. I will take your advice and leave the press stud open from now on and I was also warned about this problem with these plastic straps by the dealer who sold it to me, I paid ?275 English pounds for it which I think was a very reasonable price though it's not in fantastic condition but the plastic straps are good and totally intact.
Many Thanks. Regards, Andy.

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