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#354956 06/13/2022 11:56 AM
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What is it ? Original or copy ? The handle is not magnetic.
No RZM code, only maker's mark.

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Vik #354964 06/14/2022 03:21 PM
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Hi Vik,

A highly unusual piece you posted...

It has typical Robert Klaas aluminum rivets, but on later (alloy grip) knifes by this maker, the reverse ricasso is normally marked with the RZM-code and the production year.

It could be a production error...

This is a piece i would like to hand inspect !

The diamond could be a replacement, does it moves?

Best regards,

Herman

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Hi Herman
Thanks for the message. The diamond is moving. Doesn't look like a replacement.
I saw a similar knife a few years ago.
Wittmann's site seems to be.
I think it's a factory defect.

Regards
Vik

Vik #354987 06/16/2022 03:53 PM
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Hi Vik,

Thanks for the extra info!
A wiggling diamond is an excellent sign to authenticity!
Do you have this knife in your collection?

Best regards,

Herman


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Hi Herman

The knife is not with me now. It has found a new owner.
I don't consider myself a fan of HJ knives, although I have two in my collection.

Regards

Vik

Vik #356199 10/16/2022 02:29 PM
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I just purchased a very similar HJ from the New Orleans Militaria Show. Difference is the Klass logo is on the obverse ricasso and the RZM on the reverse. I was questioning the authenticity and the scabbard appears to be a repaint but for the price I took a chance. Aluminum rivets (I think), ferrous hilt and loose diamond.
Thoughts?

Bob

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Vik #356201 10/16/2022 03:35 PM
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Hi Bob,

You have a correct 1939 made HJ-knife by Klaas.

As shown hereunder, the RZM mark was on the obverse ricasso until early 1938, but was moved to the reverse side in late 1938 (and thus also 1939).

Best regards,

Herman

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Thanks Herman. As always, I appreciate the input from you and this forum. Always a wealth of knowledge. I feel much better about the purchase now.
Bob


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