ITALIAN YOUTH LEADERS DAGGER. Many collectors believe these were put together for the US GI's after the fall of Italy to the Allies. The Dagger is 11 inches long and is without leather scabbard. The blade is 6 1/4 inches nickel plated with a 4 1/4inches leading edge and a 3inch trailing edge. The blade is not sharp. The youth leaders daggers were non regulation but basically had the configuration presented here with a gilded brass pommel, ferrule, and cross guard with a painted wood grip. There were three colors of wood grips. Black for the Youth Air Cadets, White for leaders, and Green for Alpine cadets. The youth Navy cadets had a dagger with a lions head for a pommel.