The Stielhandgranate was developed by the Industries of the German Empire in 1915 for use in the First World War. It saw immediate frontline use, and was quickly followed up by the 1917 variant. The 1924 variant was also used by armed forces of the Weimar and Nazi Germany; it was used throughout the Second World War.
Nicknamed the 'stick grenade', the Stielhandgranate featured a wooden tube, which was hollowed out in order to function as both a grip and space for the necessary mechanics. The original variant also featured a belt grip, but this was removed from the 1924 variant.
- The 1915 variant was the original. They are a rare find for collectors these days.
- The 1916 variant fixed upon an incredibly dangerous fault with the 1915 variant; the fuse activation string could get caught in debris and explode while on a soldier's belt.
- 1917 saw yet another variant, this time with a metal cover cap on the bottom.
- The 1924 variant was the most externally different variant thus far. The belt clip had been removed and it was recommended that it be stored in crates because nearby explosions were later discovered to be capable of igniting the fuse.