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Reproduction German Paratrooper Gravity Knife
Reproduction German Paratrooper Gravity Knife


 
Price: $99.99

Product Code: GWKGRAV
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Description
 
Reproduction of the "gravity knife" carried by German Paratroopers in WWII. This batch was made nearly 20 years ago and they are still the best copies ever made. The only give away that they are not originals are the copper rivets used on the wood grips. (The parts will NOT interchange with originals.)
The blade slides into the handle (as opposed to folding like a pocket knife) and there is an awl designed to help untangle shroud lines. A U shaped swivel at the end allows a "dummy cord" to be attached. To open the blade, the thumb latch is unlocked and pushed forward while holding the knife point facing down- it is not spring loaded/ assisted- gravity alone operates the blade. Closing is the opposite.

Maker marked and RB numbered.

Imported

US sales only! No international orders!

Notes:
I don't mean to sound crass, but knives tend to attract some very finicky and demanding people, as well as a fair number of individuals with ideas of making hefty profits by re-selling them as something other than a reproduction.

1. Yes, these come sharpened. However, they are not a "Rambo Operator" fighting knife with a blade intended to skin a moose with a flick of the wrist. These were designed as a utility knife, primarily to help troopers free themselves from tangled lines and parachutes. We do NOT have a metallurgical analysis of the steel. They are the best damned repro gravity knife made- but if beheading jihadis is your mission, this isn't your tool.

2. This is the take-down model which can be dis-assembled, but there is honestly no need to do so.

3. If you break one, it's yours. All of these are inspected and functioning when we ship them. In the past, the problem was people screwing around with them and not being able to re-assemble the things- it's not terribly difficult but some individuals got pissy and went to town on them with a vise, hammer, channel locks etc.

4. If you break one, it's yours take two: The other issue was clever types- parts for originals are scarce and they are often broken, particularly the band spring. Despite the intense similarity, the parts on our knives will not interchange with originals! They are off by 1mm-2mm. So, if you are thinking of swapping out your broken band spring with one of these and then returning the reproduction knife for refund, no dice. Yes, this happened several times when we had these years ago.

5. Fraud protection: These are not stamped "reproduction". Originals are $500-$1000. If you decide to start collecting those, as with ANY collectibles, you need to educate yourself before throwing your loot around. For those who fear we are enabling fraudsters with this, go ahead and make up some sexy hashtags and out us all over the internet. (Has been threatened. We're amused.) For those with a bit more common sense, the copper rivets used to attach the hand grips on these are an dead give away that they are reproduction.

6. Condition: These were made in Asia and the manufacturing tolerances were not the same as those in Germany. Plan on a few nicks or dings in the wood, possibly some pitting or minor corrosion on some of the metal parts. Most of the guides on the blades needed to be fitted (sanded or filed) to make them operate smoothly. Basically they look like moderately used originals. If you take pride in being a stickler for perfection and require a flawless finish and NASA quality tolerances to be satisfied, these are not your knives. The closest thing to those criteria would be an unissued original.