Original German WWII Kappenmesser utility/survival knife carried by pilots, aircrew, and paratroopers. This piece is made by the prolific Paul Weyersberg firm based in Solingen. The blade shows scuffs and sharpening as well as handling wear, but no major damage. It is marked with the company trademark and bears the Rostfrei (Rustfree) etch beneath the maker’s name. The blade spring is still very tight and the blade tip will not protrude without depressing the release completely. The release is marked with the number “8”. The grip plates are a nicely colored walnut and fit perfectly; however, there is a very tiny crack on one side of the lanyard bale. The Marlin spike has the typical Waffenampt with a tiny stick eagle, but I cannot quite make out the number on the eagle’s breast.
Overall a very nice example that has not been stuck in trees or used as a chisel! A unique early version part of the German Luftwaffe pilots, aircrew, and paratroopers emergency survival kit that was carried in the pockets of the flying pants.