DLVNSFK #39926 DLV/NSFK Glider Pilot’s Dagger – David Malsch Steinbach
This Glider Pilot’s Dagger is made by a seldom-seen producer who did things a little differently than the norm. Normally these daggers would all have fittings made by the same producer; collectors familiar with these pieces know that may times the guards are marked with a “K” at the end, no doubt the identifying mark of the manufacturer. Apparently Malsch, located out in Steinbach, did not bother with this. They either had a local producer make the fittings, or perhaps fabricated them in-house. This is the case here.
The pommel is the usual three stage affair. It is in good condition, having no hits. The crossguard is the standard type, with a square center blocks fitted with an applied enamel swastika medallion. The enamel is perfect on both sides. As I mention above there is no “K” marking on the guard arms.
The grip is a fine example, constructed from wood and covered in original blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition and has nice grain. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It too is covered in nice, original Moroccan leather, with just a little nip on the lower left. Otherwise this leather is perfect. The scabbard mounts are deeply toned and match the hilt. These mounts are in good condition, to include the never-dropped lower ball, and retained by flat head screws which are all present.
The scabbard throat does not have the usual DLV/NSFK stamping; this is to be expected as the Malsch firm did not mark the throats of their pieces.
The blade is a very fine example. It remains bright and has most of the original crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is marked with the initials of the firm, “DM”, set in an ellipse along with the firm’s name and location of “Steinbach”. The original blade buffer is in place.
A nice Glider Pilot Dagger here, priced reasonably.
DLVNSFK #39896 NSFK “Crackle Finish” Glider Pilot’s Dagger – F. & A. Helbig
The pommel is in choice condition, a three-tiered affair with no hits or signs of wear to be see. The crossguard has square center blocks on either side, each having a 100% intact black painted swastika. The guard arms are the tripartite type, with a downward taper.
The grip is the “crackle finish” type, constructed entirely of metal. The finish is painted blue and the original paint remains in perfect condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and has a matching “crackle” finish. The paint is 100% intact on this shell. The scabbard fittings are the matching satin aluminum type. They are in pristine condition, to include the lower ball. Both mounts are retained by headless side screws.
Attached to the upper carrying ring is a fine short hanger. This hanger has nice original leather that retains a good finish. It is retained by a pair of oval aluminum disks which are riveted in place. The matching aluminum snap clip is unmarked. The throat is marked with the NSFK Icarus symbol.
The blade is as nice as you will see. It is in mint condition and retains the original grain. The reverse ricasso is etched with the “Saefler” logo of the Helbig firm, and the original matching blue leather blade buffer is in place.
An extremely nice NSFK piece here.
Near Mint. $1,595.00
DLVNSFK #39387 NSFK “Crackle Finish” Glider Pilot’s Dagger – F. & A. Helbig
This NSFK Glider Pilot’s Dagger is the late, “crackle finish” type, which is much rarer than the nickel silver types normally seen. Helbig most likely produced this style to save money on leather which must have been increasing scarce as the war began, if available at all.
This piece has a three-stage aluminum pommel which remains in pristine condition, showing no wear or age on the edges.
The crossguard features squared center blocks on both sides, each block containing a perfect black mobile swastika. The tripartite quillon arms arc downward nicely.
The grip is actually metal with the “crackle finish”, done up in dark blue paint. This paint is completely original and remains in excellent condition with no wear-through. The grip has a bulbous center and tapers towards either end.
The scabbard shell also has the “crackle finish”, in matching blue paint which is also 100% intact. The scabbard mounts are of matching aluminum with a fine satin finish. Both mount are in good condition and decorated with double accent lines. These mounts are retained by headless screws, one in each side of each fitting. The scabbard throat is stamped with the NSFK Icarus logo.
Attached to the hanging ring is the original short hanger. On these crackle pieces the hanger is always of aluminum covered in leather. The brown leather on this particular hanger is in excellent condition, and is retained by an oval disc which is riveted in place. The snap clip is unmarked and of matching aluminum.
The fine blade of this dagger is mirror-bright and retains all of the crossgrain; it is in mint condition and has a needle-like tip. This choice blade is marked with the F. & A. Helbig Steinbach K.R.M “Saeffler” trademark, and the original blade washer is in place.
An outstanding piece here if you are looking for both quality and condition.
Mint Minus. $1,395.00
DLVNSFK #38985 Crackle-finish NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger - F & A Helbig
The pommel is the three-stage type, showing some wearing taps on both sides of pommel. The same is true of the cross guard. The cross guard quillons flow downward in three stages. The square center block has the painted swastikas on both sides being unique to these examples. The aluminum grip has the textured surfaces to simulate leather. The new finish is the same as the original and it looks good.
The scabbard shell's new finish matches the finish of the grip and is straight throughout. The shell is equipped with matching aluminum mounts. These mounts also have some usage signs matching the hilt mounts. They are retained by four flat head side screws. The hanging ring is complete with the original hanger. This hanger is in excellent condition having good supple brown leather which is retained by an oval-shape disc on each side which is kept in place with two rivets. The hanger has the inside aluminum strengthening strip of medal as was the norm with these daggers. The matching aluminum snap clip is unmarked.
The blade is still mostly bright. I don't see any grain remaining and there are a couple of signs from some old sharpening, but most of it has been removed. Overall, the blade grades better than excellent. The reverse ricasso has the ellipse-shape oval trademark where the "F. & A. Helbig" name is visible as is the "Saeffler" word in the center. The lower portion of the elipse has gone to time. The original blue leather blade washer is in place.
A decent, complete example here showing some restoration and some time-in-use signs, but it is all there and it is priced accordingly.
DLVNSFK #38952 NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger – SMF
The mounts are the early nickel type. The pommel cap is the three stage variety, still crisp throughout the edges with no dings.
The crossguard has a very crisp center block featuring round medallions with black swastikas on both sides. The enamel remains perfect on these swastikas. The crossguard arms are the tripartite type, with a downward sweep. One end of the guard is marked “K” and on the other end is marked '96'. Directly underneath the crossguard there are two markings. The first is a '62' and the second is 'T. S. 5' which stands for Technische Schule 5 or "Technical School #5".
The base construction of the grip is of carved wood, slightly bulbous in the center and tapering toward either end. This grip is covered in original blue Moroccan leather which retains all of the grain. This leather is in completely perfect condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and covered in perfect matching blue Moroccan leather; there are no nicks, cuts, or any flaws whatsoever on this leather. The scabbard mounts are nicely patinated and match the hilt mounts. They too are in choice condition, although the lower ball has a very tiny tap in the center. This hit does not show from straight on, however. The mounts are retained by flat head screws which are all unturned and firmly in place. The throat is stamped with the NSFK Icarus insignia, with a swastika at his legs, and “F35” in an “H” letter. At the center of the throat is the stamp '5'.
The carrying ring is equipped with the original short hanger as well as the original belt loop. The hanger leather is still supple and is retained by oval nickel disks on either side, with two rivets. The snap clip is unmarked. The belt loop has an unusual “D” ring. This ring is flat on the reverse, presumably to reduce wear from friction. I don't remember ever seeing one like this in the past, and it is kind of neat.
The blade is a very choice example, with full grain, a mirror finish and a needle-like tip. This blade is marked on the reverse ricasso with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm and the original blue leather washer is in place.
A very fine, untouched NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger here. We see a lot more DLV marked daggers than we do NSFK.
Near Mint. $2,295.00
DLVNSFK #38972 NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger – David Malsch
The crossguards have the usual three segmented, down swept quillon arms and center blocks set with swastika medallions. The enamel is perfect and intact in each side. The end of one guard is marked “K”.
The grip is of carved wood covered in blue Moroccan leather. This leather is in nearly perfect condition, with just a little scuff on the reverse. We treated the leather and now it hardly shows at all.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout and retains the original Moroccan leather covering. This leather is in perfect condition with no hits or flaws anywhere. The scabbard mounts are of nickel, the upper example being in excellent condition. The lower mount, however, has a crushed ball but it otherwise intact. The screws which retain these mounts have slightly domed heads, all unturned and in good condition. The throat is stamped with the NSFK Icarus insignia, with a swastika at his legs.
Attached to the carrying ring is the original short hanger. This hanger is in outstanding condition with very supple, new-like leather. It is a dark brown color and is retained by a pair of oval nickel discs with two rivets. The matching, solid nickel snap clip is unmarked.
The blade of this dagger remains bright, having only the most minor of age spots here and there in the surface. It is in nearly mint condition and retains a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso of the blade is lightly etched with the trademark of the Malsch firm. The firm's name and location, “David Malsch Steinbach Thur” can be seen around the outer edge of an ellipse with the initials “DM” inside. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
Other than the problem with the lower ball this is a very good example of the type.
DLVNSFK #38494C 55cm Cut-down DLV Officer's Dirk - Carl Eickhorn
This DLV Officer is one of the extremely rare Eickhorn versions, almost never seen and very desirable because of their unique special mounts. The dirk is identical to the example I show in color in my Luftwaffe Book on Page 8 and also another like example on Page 9. These dirks were produced for the DLV prior to the advent of the 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger. They were produced in a long 55cm length. These the first Eickhorn examples most have been very expensive to make, as the sun wheel swastikas on both sides of the pommel and cross guard are all inlaid. The later introduced standard 1st Model Luftwaffe daggers had the sun wheels produced in a medallion which was soldered into the pommel and cross guard - a much cheaper application. On later made DLV's Eickhorn also saved some money by cutting and then gilding the sun wheel design into the pommel and cross guard eliminating the work of the previous inlay. The dagger on Page 9 (left) shows this engraved-style sun wheel.
This dirk is one of the initial production examples. All mounts reflect a deep, never-cleaned patina throughout. The pommel is an outstanding example showing no hits to either of the edges. The inlaid gilded swastika on both sides is a beauty being completely flush with the rest of the pommel. The cross guard features a square center block also incorporating inlaid swastikas on both sides. The center block edges are still crisp throughout. The cross guard wings of the Eickhorn design are unique, having just a slight downward curvature and produced with the three-segment, wing-like look. The cross guards on other maker DLV Officer daggers have a much more severe curvature of the cross guard wings being the same as the standard 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger introduced later. The grip of this example has a carved wood base and is covered with fine blue Moroccan leather. When this dagger was produced, the grip had distinct ribs, but wire wrap was not included. This dirk has had grip wire added during the period after the original owner had the piece shortened to bring it to the look of the newly introduced Luftwaffe dagger, rather than buy a new example. The grip leather and the twisted brass wire are in perfect condition. This is one of the most enticing hilts made during the 3rd Reich period.
The scabbard shell is a composition base covered with matching blue Moroccan leather. There is no steel in this scabbard base. This leather still remains in near perfect condition having only one minor bruise on the left edge between the upper and center mounts. All of the original grain is still prominent on this leather. The shell has three silvered, nickel-based mounts; all have scalloped edges where they meet the shell. Most 55cm dirks will have the mounts secured by staples, but on the Eickhorn version, they are retained by a single headless, flush-mount screw on the left edge. All mounts are in perfect condition. Standard 1st Lufts' have three segments but the lower chape area is also unique on DLV dirks, having four tapered segments resembling a rattlesnake tail. Attached to the two carrying rings is a fine nickel chain. The ringlets look to have slightly less heft than the standard later types.The upper assembly has nine ringlets and the lower has fourteen. They are connected to the rings with "S" clips, a method Eickhorn continued on their early 1st Model Lufts' for a short time. You can see these "S" clips on the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on Page 9. The example on Page 8 has the standard connecting tabs.
The blade condition is surely something to write home about. Beautiful mint example of the highest quality. The nickel-plated surfaces are completely immaculate being in stone mint condition - a real pleasure to the eyes here. The blade also features a distinct two-sided ricasso, different from other types. Also the center blade segment is wider. The tip is very impressive tapered to a needle-like shape. The blade measures 12 1/2 inches, being shorter than what its original length would been. If you did not know it, it would be impossible to tell this blade was cut down; it was definitely a factory job probably preformed in the Eickhorn factory, the same being true of the scabbard length reduction. Deeply stamped into the reverse ricasso is the small double oval trademark used from 1933-1935. The ovals contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn, Solingen". Inside, is the seated squirrel with a nut in this paws and having a serrated tail. The original matching leather washer is in place protecting this extraordinary blade.
This is an opportunity to acquire one of the rarest pieces produced during the 3rd Reich. I guess it would be even better if this DLV dirk was not period cut-down, but believe me, the work is so professionally accomplished, it does not affect the looks of the dirk in the slightest. You are actually acquiring two periods of blade history in one package. The perfect treasure to highlight an advanced Luftwaffe collection, or if you just like rare daggers of the highest quality, I dare you not to smile once you take this incredible dirk out of the Wittmann shipping box and zipper bag.
Mint Minus. $5,995.00
DLVNSFK #34892 NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger - E.& F. Hörster
The piece shows some The hilt mounts are the early nickel type. The pommel is in good condition, with its three stages. The center block of the dagger has the medallion insert, which features an enamel swastika on both the obverse and reverse. The obverse swastika is just slightly turned to about 11 o'clock. The reverse swastika has a small tap in the center, but the enamel is still sound. The crossguard arms are pristine and crisp, and one edge is stamped with the “K” marking.
The Moroccan leather covered carved wood grip is a beauty. This leather still has all of the grain and is in choice condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell also has beautiful leather, exactly matching the grain and color of that seen on the grip. Except for a very small portion of the upper edge, this leather covering remains in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are also in fine condition. These mounts also have 100% of their silvering, and appear to have most of their original lacquer as well. The lower ball is in good condition. These mounts are retained by flatter-style side screws which are unbuggered and in place.
Attached to the carrying ring is a good conditioned brown leather short hanger, as well as the original belt loop. The leather throughout both parts does show some usage, but is still sound. The snap clip is an unmarked nickel type, which also still has the silvered finish and 100% of the frosting intact.
he blade of this example is the best you will see. It is in full, stone Mint condition, with a needle-like tip as well as 100% of the original cross grain. This beautiful blade is etched, on the reverse, with the double oval logo of the E&F Hörster firm. The original blade buffer is in place. The buffer appears to be in mint condition, and appears to have been cut out for use on another type of blade, but has always been in use on this example.
A very fine, late-production NSFK Dagger here; we don't see many in this fine a condition.
Near Mint. $1,695.00
DLVNSFK #37997C Early DLV Dagger – Carl Eickhorn
The nickel mounts are silver frosted, a design hallmark of the Eickhorn firm. The pommel is in choice condition with no hits on any of the edges. The outer segmented areas of the pommel have deeply patinated, while the two inner areas retain the original frosting. This frosting also extends slightly down on to the ferrule below.
The crossguard features the square center blocks with black enamel swastika medallion inserts on both sides. The enamel remains 100% intact throughout these swastikas. The tripartite guard arms taper nicely downward. There is frosting throughout all of the guard, particularly on the protected areas. One of the quillon ends has the usual “K” stamping on it.
The grip is of carved wood, bulbous in the center and tapering toward either end. This grip is covered in fine, original blue Moroccan leather. This leather remains in perfect condition, and is an example of one piece construction.
The scabbard shell is as straight as an arrow. This shell also has very fine original Moroccan leather, exactly matching the grain and color of the grip. The scabbard mounts are both beauties. The upper mount has much of the original frosted finish and, on the areas where the frosting has been worn, is completely black with patination. The lower fitting has lost most of the frosting but there are some traces of it in the areas where the perfect lower ball attached to the chape. These mounts are decorated with twin lines on the areas adjacent to the scabbard shell, and are retained by flat head screws which are all unturned. The throat is marked with the DLV stamping of a swastika with open wings.
The hanging strap is in excellent shape, constructed from a dark brown leather. This leather is still supple, and is retained by two oval nickel plates which are affixed by rivets. The snap clip on the hanger is an unmarked early solid nickel example. This clip is also covered with original frosting, exactly matching the other mounts.
The blade of this dagger is one of the best you will see. It retains a needle-like tip, full crossgrain and is nice and bright. The reverse ricasso is marked with the very seldom seen 1933-34 Eickhorn Squirrel logo, the example with the small double oval design. The squirrel has a serrated tail and hold a nut in his paws. The original leather blade buffer is in place and is new-like.
A really sharp, investment quality DLV Dagger here.
Near Mint. $3,395.00
DLVNSFK #37987 DLV Dagger – SMF
The pommel is the typical triple segmented type with no hits visible on any of the rims.
The crossguard features a square center block on both sides, having medallion inserts with black mobile swastikas. The enamel construction of the inserts is in perfect, untouched condition. The guards are the tripartite type which flow gracefully downward. The crossguard end is not stamped with the usual “K” marking. It is unclear why it is missing; perhaps the stamper was on a lunch break!
The grip is a of carved wood with a covering of extremely fine original blue Moroccan leather; this leather is in perfect condition throughout. The grip itself is bulbous in the center and tapers toward either end.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather covering shows just the slightest traces of usage with no flaws or separations anywhere. The scabbard mounts are in choice condition, perfect through to the lower ball. They are decorated with dual accent lines are are retained by four flat head screws which are in fine, unturned condition.
Attached to the carrying ring is a fine brown leather short hanger. The leather is decorated with lines on both edges and remains nice and supple, with the original color intact. The leather is retained by two oval disks of nickel that are affixed with rivets. The snap clip is an early unmarked nickel type, nicely matching the rest of the mounts. Like the crossguard the throat of this example is also unmarked. We see this occasionally with DLV pieces, but why they are missing is still a mystery. If anything it shows that the myth of German perfection, especially in regards to practices and regulations, is just that. In any event I've had a number of these unmarked pieces in the past.
The blade is in tremendous condition. It if flat-out mint with a needle-like tip and 100% of the original crossgrain. It is etched on the reverse ricasso with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, and the original leather blade buffer is set in place.
An outstanding DLV Dagger here.
Near Mint. $2,195.00
DLVNSFK #37996C DLV Dagger – Gebruder Heller
The crossguard features the square center blocks with black enamel swastika medallion inserts on both sides. The enamel remains 100% intact throughout these swastikas on both sides. The tripartite guard arms taper nicely downward. The quillon end on this piece is not marked with a “K” stamping, nor is the scabbard throat. This is a quirk that we occasionally see, although I'm not exactly sure why most have it and some do not. I suspect these daggers where awarded directly and circumvented the usual inspection process.
The grip is a of carved wood with a covering of fine original blue Moroccan leather; this leather shows mild hand wear but has no cuts or problems. The grip itself is bulbous in the center and tapers toward either end.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. We we received this dagger the leather was bad on this shell so we restored it with original Moroccan; the job was beautifully done and it is very hard (if not impossible) to tell it was restored. The scabbard mounts are in absolutely prefect condition through to the lower ball, and are decorated with the usual pattern of twin lines in the area adjacent to the scabbard. They are retained by the four original flat head screws, all of which are unbuggered.
The original hanger is attached and in choice condition. The leather is a fine brown color and is retained by two oval nickel disks held in place with rivets. The snap clip is an unmarked, solid nickel example.
The blade is nice and bright throughout, with a needle-like tip and fine crossgrain. The reverse ricasso is etched with the extremely desirable Balloon Man logo of the Heller firm. The figure holds a bundle of five balloons which float above his head. Beneath the salesman is the name of the firm, “Gebr Heller Marienthal / Schweina / Thr.” The leather washer is a restored example, crafted from original leather reclaimed in the restoration work.
A nice example here with a very desirable maker mark.
Excellent Plus. $2,295.00,/P>
DLVNSFK #35494C DLV Glider Pilot Dagger - F & A Helbig
This early DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger is in an untouched, uncleaned, condition. All mounts are of heavy nickel material, and would really clean up nicely if someone wanted to do this. The pommel top is the three stage variety, and there are no hits on this pommel. The crossguard features the center blocks, which are square on both sides. In the center of these blocks is a medallion having an enamel mobile swastika on both sides. The quillons slope gently downward, and are in the shape of wings, having three stages. One end of the crossguard is marked with the letter "K". The grip is a hand carved wood, being covered with fine, blue Moroccan leather. This darker colored leather is still in perfect condition throughout, having grains The leather is done in the two piece construction.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is also covered with fine, matching Moroccan, also having the same grains as the grip. This scabbard leather shows only mild signs of carrying time, but essentially it is still in near perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are matching solid nickel, being in good condition, to include the lower ball. These mounts are retained by the flatter head screws. The hanger ring on this example is without the original hanger.
The blade is nice and bright throughout, and other than the most nominal age, it still in mint condition, having a fine, needle like tip. This blade is etched on the reverse with the dual ovals which contain this firm's name and location, "F & A HELBIG STEINBACH KRM". Inside of the ovals is the word "SEFLER". The throat is marked with the DLV symbol, being a winged propeller. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.
A good, solid, early example here, with a seldom seen maker mark.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,595.00
DLVNSFK #34666 DLV NSFK Glider Pilot's Dagger
This Glider Pilot example appears to be quite early yet it is not marked with a maker nor does it have the “K” stampings on the crossguard or the DLV/NSFK markings on the throat. It is an oddball piece but absolutely authentic and in great condition. The pommel is the three stage type still having lots of silver frosting within the lower areas. The crossguard also has lots of silver frosting throughout having a fine black swastika on the obverse center block and the reverse center block having some hits to the enamel but I don’t see any metal showing beneath. The grip is a wood base having beautiful leather covering being in perfect condition.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell also has fine leather covering with just a couple of minor nips in the leather at the edge but they hardly show. The scabbard mounts also have silver frosting matching the hilt mounts. They have turned darker on the obverse and reverse surfaces though being an indication that air has gotten under the lacquer. These mounts are retained by four dome head style screws which are also a little different from norm as most of the time we see flatter head screws. Attached to the hanging ring is the original short hanger. It is a beauty having fine leather and retained by the two oval nickel plaques. One of these plaques has the name, “Stred” scratched into the surface and on the other plaque there are a series of rune-like characters in the surface. The DRGM marked clip has frosting matching the rest of the piece. The original NSFK belt loop is enclosed having fine matching brown leather with pebbled “D” ring.
The unmarked blade is a beauty being completely bright and having most of its original crossgraining. It has a needlelike tip and is most impressive. The blade is buffered by the original matching blue leather example showing some wear to the edges. A really great DLV/NSFK pilot dagger here with lots of interesting aspects about it. Despite being unmarked and unstamped on the throat this is absolutely an original piece guaranteed to be 100% authentic. Near Mint. $1,895.00