RAD Enlisted Mans Hewer – maker marked Eickhorn Solingen with the Ges. Gesch RAD patent triangle.

The Reich Labour Service was established in Germany from 1935 to 1945. Originally formed so as to relieve the effects of mass unemployment in Germany, it was divided in sections for both men and women.

Men between 18 and 25 may have served 6 months in the RAD service before they joined the military forces of Germany. During WW2 this service in the RAD prior to joining the military, was compulsory.

This RAD Hewer is in superb condition. Many of these were used by their owners as working tools but there is no evidence that this piece was used for anything other than parade purposes. Only damage visible is a small dent in the lower scabbard fitting possibly where the Hewer was dropped.

All heavy fittings have the nickel plating in excellent condition, the engraving is sharp and crisp. Stag grip handle is perfect and completely damage free.

The impressive blade is bright and has no areas of chipping, it remains very sharp. The RAD motto “Arbeit Adelt” is finely etched with much of its etched finish remaining.

A fine example of the RAD Hewer