Information 1936 RLB EM Knife
This knife was authorised during 1936 for dress wear by selected permanent NCOs
and subordinate personnel between the ranks of Obertruppmeister and Truppman.
The knife was primarily made by Paul Weyersburg.
The blade was plain and 22 cm long.
The grip was made with a black wooden handle with the 1st pattern Luftshutz
insignia, an 8 pointed "star burst" with the initials "RLB" at its
The cross guard was in the form of a stylised eagle with short open wings, its feet
holding a plain circular wreath with a swastika at its centre.
The pommel was dome shaped, and same as the cross guard, nickel plated.
The scabbard was black stove enamelled and only had a single fitting at the chape which
was nickel-plated. On the top of the scabbard was an unusual black painted triangular
suspension fitting onto which the small leather hanger was fixed.
No Portapee was worn with the RLB knife. It was only awarded to worthy recipients,
those who had long or meritorious service records. It could not be purchased privately
Dagger Information 1938 RLB EM
In 1938 the sunburst insignia on the RLB knife grip was redesigned. The RLB initials at
the centre of the sunburst were replaced with a large black swastika. Other than this
change, the 1938 knife was identical to the 1936 version.
The production of the RLB knife ceased in 1942