You are bidding on a SUPERB and 100% ORIGINAL Gravity Fliegerkappmesser (Pilot Knife), as used by various fighter pilots, flight crew, and Fallschirmjäger! Commonly, this was used in conjunction with the flight pants and survival gear.
Once the pilot or paratrooper hits the ground, he becomes more of an infantryman, who has to get free of his cumbersome parachute. The possibility of becoming entangled in the shroud lines is a very real one, as is the likelihood of injuring an arm or having it ensnared in the lines.
The German Luftwaffe developed a special pocket knife which could be opened or closed with one hand to meet this contingency – the Flieger-Kappmesser. It features a sliding blade inside a metal frame. To release the blade, a crescent shaped lever is rotated 180 degrees and pressed downward.
The WWII German Kappmesser is fitted with wooden grips, a lanyard bale and a folding marlin spike for disentangling shroud lines. Both blue and nickel versions exist, as well as take-down variants which can be disassembled for cleaning and repair.
After Crete, the Germans did not mount any more major airborne invasions. The gravity knife continued to be issued to Luftwaffe air crews.
This later model (takedown version) is in EXCELLENT used condition! Though it does show some very slight wear due to the age, as well as some staining on some of the metal fitting and blade, it is in VERY NICE condition! The RB.n number is still VERY CLEAR and legible. Sadly, the blade has been sharpened. Also features a waffenampt with a “5”. Locking mechanism is a bit loose, but that is normal, due to the age. Due to corrosion from storage, I have not been able to take it apart…but it should be quote easy to do once lubricated. Could use a bit of a clean-up. Would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!
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