DLVNSFK #35184 DLV Glider Pilot Knife with Three Piece Hanger - SMF
This early DLV Glider Pilot Knife has extremely nice silvered mounts, some of which still have the original frosting in the protected areas. The pommel is in good condition, being the three stage type, having no bad hits on the edges. There are signs of frosting on the inner areas of this pommel. The crossguard features the square center block on both sides, having medallion inserts that are complete with black enamel mobile swastikas. The enamel is still in perfect condition on both sides. The quillons are three sectioned, winged like mounts, which taper downward. This crossguard is exceptionally crisp throughout, and also has lots of frosting in the protected areas. The same is true of the silvered ferrule above. The grip is a carved wood base, being covered with blue Moroccan leather. This leather is done in two pieces, and remains in perfect condition. The leather is a beautiful blue color, with very fine grain.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell has matching blue Moroccan leather, having the same fine grains and tones. The leather had pulled back from the scabbard edge on the left side so we took the liberty of putting a small repair patch along the edge, using leather which almost identically matched the original leather. This repair is not noticeable and looks good. The scabbard mounts are also fine, silver plated, nickel examples. They are in perfect condition, to include the lower ball, which only has one, tiny, little ding along the edge, but it is nothing. These mounts are retained with the flatter style screws, which are all in place and are unturned.
Attached to the carrying ring is the original short leather hanger. The leather on this hanger is still very sound, and is retained by a dual oval nickel mount, which is riveted in place. The snap clip is the unmarked type, and both the oval,riveted plates, as well as the snapclip, have silver frosting evidence throughout. Attached to the snap clip is an original-to-the-piece belt loop and retainer loop. These leather loops exactly match the leather of the hanger. The belt loop has a fine, nickel plated "D" ring. The retainer loop is complete with a working snap, having a brown colored surface. This is a nice accoutrement here, that I have not seen in the past on a glider pilot knife. The throat of this example is marked with the DLV open winged symbol, with swastika beneath.
The blade is still nice and bright, having most of its original crossgraining. This blade shows only the most modest signs of age, but with its needle like tip, it is still in near full mint condition. The blade is marked on the reverse with the seated king trademark. The king holds an upward pointing sword while sitting on the firm's initials and location, "SMF/SOLINGEN". The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. The crossguard end is also marked with the letter "K", which we think represented the company that made the lion's share of these DLV mounts. A very nice example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00(#120513)
DLVNSFK #35494C DLV Glider Pilot Knife - F & A Helbig
This early DLV glider Pilot Knife 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 #35546 Early DLV Glider Pilot Knife - SMF
This early DLV example has fine solid nickel mounts throughout. The three stage pommel is in good condition, with no serious hits. The crossguard center block is the square variety, having medallion inserts which feature black enamel swastikas on both sides The obverse swastika is in perfect condition whereas the reverse has a couple of scratches in the center area, and also on the three o'clock leg, but the enamel is still all there. The crossguards are in a wing shape, having three segments, which slope downward. On one end of the crossguard quillon is the letter "K". On the other end, there is a waffenamt which consists of a sideways letter "H", having the stamping "F 35" inside of it. The grip is a hand carved wood, being slightly more bulbous in the center. This handle has been recovered with Moroccan leather, as has the scabbard shell. We did not do this recover job, but it looks quite well done, probably being rendered in the past year or so.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, having matching recovered leather. The scabbard mounts are matching heavy nickel, and there is a small ding to the lower ball, but no splitting. The screws are all present, being the style with flatter heads, and they are unturned. The throat of this example is quite interesting, having a number of stampings. In the corner of the throat near the blade entrance center, is a matching horizontal "H" letter with the "F 35" inside of the "H". The grip is a hand carved wood, being slightly bulbous in the center. appearing inside of the Additionally, the letters "E.L." are stamped and the number, "31". Under the crossguard there are stampings which are the letter "H" on one side, and the number "18" on the other side. If you are the type of collector that likes stampings and numbers, this example should appeal to you. The leather recovering takes away slightly from the dagger, but otherwise it is in nice condition.
The blade is still bright throughout, and has much of its original crossgraining. This blade grades at excellent plus plus. The reverse is etched with the seated king trademark. The king is positioned over the firm's initials and location, "SMF/SOLINGEN". The original brown leather blade buffer is in place. A decent dagger here, that is priced to reflect the recovered leather.
DLVNSFK #34154C DLV Glider Pilot Dagger - SMF
This DLV Glider Pilot Dagger is a miracle that somehow has survived the ravages of time. I don't know whether the piece was ever issued or not, but if it was it couldn't have been worn more than one or two times, and then put away in perfect storage for the last seventy years. This DLV knife is spectacular. All of the mounts are the solid nickel base with silver plated surfaces. Not only is all of the silvering still on the nickel surfaces, but most of the original frosted finish is still there too. A remarkable state of preservation here! The pommel is the usual three staged affair. The obverse portion is slightly more frosted than the reverse portion, which has a little bit of darkening in the silver. The darkening that occurs is only where air has gotten under the lacquer. The crossguard is spectacular. It is as crisp as the day it was made, having all of the original frosted finish and beautiful black enamel swastikas on both sides. As is the norm with DLVs the end of the crossguard is stamped with the original maker's initial "K". The two ferrels that are installed on each end of the grip also have total frosted finish. The grip itself is a carved wood base having a bulbous center and tapering on both ends. The base is covered with beautiful blue leather. This leather is in absolute pristine condition, still having 100% of its grain. A very fine new-like hilt here!
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard shell has outstanding original leather covering. The leather exactly matches the color of the grip leather, and has the same fine grain. It is really refreshing to see original leather like this that has not been nicked up or scuffed. There is only one tiny, minor bruise on the obverse just below the upper mount, but it is really nothing. The scabbard mounts exactly match the hilt mounts as to the frosted silver finish. Just beautiful! There are tiny amounts of patination where air has penetrated under the lacquer, but for the most part, the frosted finish is about 80% on each mount. The lower ball is in perfect condition. The mounts are retained by unturned flat head silvered screws. Attached to the hanging ring is the original short hanger. This hanger has pristine brown leather, which is accented with grooves running on both edges of both sides. The leather is retained by an oval disk on each side of the center area, and held in place by two rivets. The snap clip is an unmarked nickel type that also has an exact frosted finish. Believe me, collectors, just looking at the condition of this beautiful DLV will make you smile. The throat also is frosted, and is stamped with the DLV image, having a propeller with swastika underneath.
As we would expect, the blade of this example is totally pristine. It is bright, with 100% crossgraining and needle-like tip. You won't see a better DLV blade. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king rests upon the firm's initials "SMF" and retains an upward pointing sword. Below the king in an upward arch is the name of the town "Solingen". The original blue leather matching washer is in place. If you are looking for the best of the best, and for something where time has stood still, this DLV Glider Pilot Knife should suit your taste.
Mint, Mint, Mint! $3,695.00
DLVNSFK #35089 NSFK Glider Pilot Dagger – SMF
This interesting early production NSFK Glider Pilot Dagger features all nickel mounts throughout. The dagger has a fine patina and appears as though it probably has not been cleaned since the war. The pommel is the three stage affair having no hits to any of the edges. The crossguard features the square center block which has the application of a round medallion in each side featuring a black enamel mobile swastika. The enamel is still in perfect condition on both of these swastikas. Going outward on the center block on both sides are downward tapering crossguard wings which are in three stages. One side of the one quillon end is marked with the letter “K”. The other end has a small marking which is not a very good hit, but I believe that this is a waffen amt.
The grip is a carved wood example being covered with blue Moroccan leather. This leather was done in two pieces as is normally seen on these daggers. The leather still has most of the original grain and it is in excellent shape with no cuts. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The shell is covered with original matching dark blue leather. This leather also is in outstanding condition showing no cuts or problems anywhere. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel, both being in good condition to include the never dropped lower ball. These mounts are decorated with twin line accent grooves on the edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The mounts are retained by flathead screws which are all in place and do not appear turned.
The carrying ring is complete with the original short leather hanger. This brown leather shows quite a bit of age but it is still all there and with proper care will last a long time. The leather is retained by two nickel oval disks which are riveted. The snap clip is a solid nickel unmarked type having matching patination. The throat is stamped with the NSFK style winged man with swastika beneath. Also it is stamped with the number “37”. Additionally there is a waffen amt which appears as the letter “H” having the additional markings of “F36” within the “H” letter. Very interesting markings here and fun to own NSFK pieces with this kind of treatment.
The blade of this example is outstanding. This blade is bright and retains its needlelike point. All of the crossgraining is still visible in the surfaces. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is acid etched with the seated king trademark. The king is seated over the firm’s initials, “SMF” and carries an upward pointing sword. Below the image is the location city of Solingen. The original matching blue leather blade washer is in place. An excellent NSFK glider pilot dagger which shows some age and usage of the period but still retains its outstanding condition.
Excellent Plus. $1,795.00(#111113)
DLVNSFK #35137 NSFK Glider Pilot Dagger – David Malsch, Steinbach
This early example is composed of all nickel mounts. These mounts show only nominal usage and are still quite crisp throughout. The three stage pommel is in excellent condition showing no hits or problems. The crossguard has the square center block to which medallions have been added to both sides containing enamel mobile swastikas. The enamel to the swastikas remain in perfect condition. To both sides of the center block are crossguards tapering downward having three stages. One end of the quillon has been marked with the letter “K”. It is my belief that the maker representing the letter “K” probably made all of these fittings and sent them to the different producers of these knives. The grip is a carved wood base having fine Moroccan leather covering. There are a couple of nominal signs of usage on the reverse leather but the obverse leather still remains in perfect condition. The original grain is still visible throughout this leather.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The throat of this example is stamped with the winged Icarus figure positioned over a swastika. This shell is covered in matching Moroccan leather. The reverse leather remains in perfect condition having very fine grain. The obverse also has excellent grain and has a small nip in the leather along the right edge. It does not show much as the background of the missing leather has long since toned dark nearly matching the rest of the scabbard. The scabbard mounts are matching nickel having dual line decoration on the edges where they meet the shell. These mounts are in perfect condition to include the lower ball. It is interesting to note that the original screws that are used to retain these mounts are of the dome head shape not the usual flat head style. This can be attributed to the fact that the dagger was not made in Solingen, but rather produced in the small eastern town of Steinbach. These screws all appear unturned.
The short hanger is present and it has excellent conditioned dark blue leather. This leather shows little age and is retained by two oval disks which each have two rivets. The snap clip is a matching unmarked nickel type. The blade of this piece is still nice and bright throughout with needlelike tip. It shows only the most nominal of age still easily rating in near mint condition and also having the majority of its original crossgrain. This fine blade is lightly etched on the reverse with a oval logo containing the initials “DM” inside. Around the oval is the name and location of the company, “David Malsch Steinbach (Thür)”. The original matching blue leather blade washer is in place. A nice example here by a seldom seen producer.
Excellent Plus. $1,695.00
DLVNSFK #35087 DLV Glider Pilot Dagger – SMF
This DLV Glider Pilot Dagger has the early nickel fittings throughout. These fittings are in excellent condition. The three stage pommel has no hits, has only modest signs of usage and is in excellent condition. The crossguard features the square center block on both sides having a medallion insert featuring a black enamel mobile swastika. The enameling is still perfect throughout both swastikas. The crossguard wings slope downward in a three-stage affair coming outward from the center block. One of the quillon ends is stamped with the usual “K”. The grip is a carved wood base. It is covered with Moroccan blue leather which shows some modest wear and usage but basically the leather is still in decent condition. There is a small nip at the upper right area but it hardly shows.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. When we acquired this example the original leather was in terrible condition. We decided to recover the scabbard. The leather covering is outstanding being the same Moroccan as was used during the time. Chances are you will not notice that the shell has been recovered, the only telltale sign being that the leather is still in perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are in excellent condition throughout to include the lower ball. These mounts are decorated with twin line engravings done near the border of where they meet the scabbard shell. All of the nickel flatter head screws are in place. There is a short hanger attached to the carrying ring. The leather of this short hanger shows some age and usage but it is still sound. This leather is retained by two oval disks with rivets. The snap clip is an unmarked solid nickel type.
The blade of this example is still bright throughout. It is complete with its original needlelike tip. Most of the grain is also still in the blade. Other than some very nominal age nuances in the surfaces this blade is close to being in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king is positioned over the initials of the firm, “SMF”. Below is the location city of “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place. The throat of this example is stamped with the winged propeller DLV insignia. A good example here that other than the recovered scabbard is in outstanding original condition. It is priced accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $1,395.00
DLVNSFK #34847 DLV Glider Pilot Dagger - Paul Weyersberg
This Weyersberg DLV piece is equipped with early, nickel, solid mounts throughout. The pommel is in excellent condition, with no hits, and has fine, crisp tiers. The center block of the crossguard is equipped with the inserted medallions, which have perfect black enamel to the swastikas. The crossguard arms are in excellent condition, with the quillon end being marked with the letter “K”. The wood based grip is bulbous in the center, tapering on the ends. This grip has recently been recovered by us, with Moroccan leather.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout, and has also been recovered. The leather is perfect, and if you did not know redone, I doubt if it would be noticeable. The scabbard mounts are in perfect condition, including the lower ball. These mounts exactly match the patination of the upper mounts. The four flat style side screws are all in place. The short hanger is attached, having fairly good brown leather, but care should be given with handling this leather. The leather is retained by the two nickel ovals, which each have two rivets. The matching, unmarked, nickel, snap clip works well.
The blade shows some minor age, but it is still fairly bright. This blade grades at excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is marked with the ovals, containing the Paul Weyersberg logo, with sword pointing downward between two wheat shafts. The original blue leather washer is in place. A nice example here, having some restoration, but it is priced accordingly.
DLVNSFK #34666 DLV NSFK Glider Pilot 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
DLVNSFK #33480 Untouched NSFK Glider Pilot Dagger - SMF
This early NSFK Glider Pilot knife is a very interesting example, as it is in untouched condition, and it has lots of markings to be seen throughout. The mounts are all nickel silver type and they have a patina consistent with this piece not being cleaned since the war. The pommel is the usual three-staged affair. It has excellent surfaces throughout, and it has no hits or dings. The crossguard still has good, crisp edges to the square center area. The enamel mobile swastikas are absolutely perfect, and are a separate round medallion which is soddered in to fit flush with the center block. The crossguards wings are also in outstanding condition, being crisp throughout, and no carrying damage. The one crossguard quillon end is stamped with the letter "K", and the other example is stamped with the letter "H", having the charachters "F" and "36" stamped into the inside of the legs of the letter "H". You can see an exact stamping like this in my Luftwaffe book on page 26, left hand side. Beneath the crossguard, into the lower surface, is stamped "T S 1" and on the other side "254". This stamping is identical to the example shown on page 27 upper. In fact, this Glider Pilot knife appears to have come from the same technical school as the pictured example. Very interesting indeed, and since both pieces were made by the same producer, SMF, they no doubt served time at the school during the same period. The grip of this example is a carved wood base, having a bulbous shape tapering on both ends. The grip has outstanding blue Moroccan leather with fine, prominent grain. This grip is in completely perfect condition. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The scabbard has perfect, matching, dark blue leather with the exact same grain. The obverse of the leather is totally perfect, and the reverse has only a couple of scuffs that would have been caused by the short hanger buckle. There are no cuts though, or problems. The scabbard mounts are deeply patinated, matching the hilt fittings. These mounts are in perfect condition, having the decorative lines above the dual edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The original unturned screws are all in place. Connected to the hanging ring is a fine, dark brown leather short strap. This strap shows usage and some age, but it is still in good, supple condition. The strap is retained by two oval shaped discs, which each have a rivet retainage. The discs are patinated, perfectly matching the other mounts. The matching early snapclip is the unmarked nickel silver type. The throat of this example is stamped with the open-armed Icarius, with a swastika below. Above the stamping is just a slight swastika, where it appears as though this stamping might have been hit twice. Below the NSFK marking, is a matching "H" letter, with the "F 36" stamping. The blade of this piece is still nice and bright, and has all of its crossgraining. There is just the slightest of smudge in a few areas on the surfaces, but this blade still grades easily in near mint condition. It retains its needle like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king is sitting on the firm's initials "SMF" while he holds an upward pointing sword. Below in an arch is the location city of "SOLINGEN". The original leather blade buffer is in place and in excellent condition. This is an outstanding Glider Pilot knife, especially with its untouched condition, exceptional leather, fine blade, and interesting stampings. We see about 10 of the DLV knives as compared to the NSFK types. So not only does this weapon have all of the interesting facets, but it also is a lot rarer than the DLV versions. A good opportunity here to pick up a really nice piece.
Excellent Plus Plus $1,895.00(#080313)
DLVNSFK #33307 NSFK Glider Pilot Dagger – F. & A. Helbig
This Helbig example is complete with early nickel fittings throughout, all of which are in good condition. The fittings show normal wear but are still mostly crisp. The pommel is the typical three-stage type and there are no nicks or problems around the circumferences. The cross guard has the square center block with black enamel swastika medallions applied. The enamel to the swastikas is perfect on both sides. The quillon arms are the three-stage variety, tapering slightly toward the ends. One end of the cross guard is stamped with the letter “k”. The grip is a carved wood example having a bulbous center and tapering on both ends. The grip is covered with fine Moroccan leather. This leather has a couple of scuffs here and there on one side and the other side is still in perfect condition. The grain of the leather is still quite prominent. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The Moroccan leather of the scabbard exactly matches that of the grip, having good grain pattern throughout. There are a couple of scuffs in the scabbard leather and on the lower edge there is a small nip about the size of a small peanut. The nip happened many years ago and the area is quite dark where the steel shows and is not noticeable. The scabbard mounts have the typical twin line decoration where they meet the shell. The lower ball has a minor tap at the very center. The scabbard throat is stamped with the NSFK winged man clutching a mobile swastika. All screws are in place. They are the dome head variety as opposed to the flatter head type, but they all appear to be original and in place. The hanger is in place. It is interesting to note that the Helbig Company made the later produced aluminum examples and the hangers which appear on these pieces have a metal structure which is covered with leather. This piece also has the same metal structure we see on the crackle finish pieces. When we acquired this piece, the leather was gone from the metal base and we re-covered it. If I didn’t tell you, you probably wouldn’t know that it is re-covered. We used a matching darker leather with nice grain and re-applied the two oval connecting discs and re-did the rivets in a proper manner. The original unmarked nickel snap clip is in place. The blade of this example is still bright throughout. It shows some in-and-out usage marks but overall, the grain still appears in about 90% of the surfaces. This blade easily grades at excellent plus plus. The reverse ricasso is marked in the shape of an ellipse with the producer’s name above “F & A Helbig” and below, the area where the factory was located “Steinbach (Kr. M.).” In the middle is the word “Saeller”. The original matching leather blade washer is in place, showing some age and a small nip to one portion of the edge. Overall though, a good, livable example here. NSFK marked pieces seem to be much more difficult to acquire than the DLV types.
DLVNSFK #32090 NSFK Glider Pilot - Gebr. Heller, Balloon Man Logo
The fittings on this Heller example are very early and they have not been cleaned in recent years but have a good strong patination throughout. The pommel is the three-stage type and it shows no hits or problems. The cross guard center block has the medallion insert. The insert has a black mobile swastika on each side. The enameling still looks good throughout. The gracefully curving cross guard wings are three-stage motif and on one edge there is a letter “k” stamped. The grip is a wood base covered with blue Moroccan leather. The covering is done in two pieces as we usually see. This grip is more bulbous in the center and tapers to both ends. This leather is in perfect condition throughout, still having good prominent graining. The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This shell is covered with matching blue Moroccan leather also having fine grain pattern. This leather is also in perfect condition. The upper and lower scabbard mounts nicely match the patination of the hilt fittings. The mounts have the twin line decoration near the edges where they meet the scabbard shell. The throat on this example is marked with the winged man clutching a swastika. Additionally, the throat is stamped with a stick bird waffenamp. Looking at the opposite end of the cross guard quillon, I also see there is a waffenamp stamp there which appears out of the depths of the patination. The scabbard mounts are retained by flathead style screws which are all present and unbuggered. Attached to the carrying ring is the original leather short hanger. This leather shows age and usage but it is still sound. The leather is retained by two oval discs which are rivet-held. There is a matching patinated unmarked snap clip attached to the hanging strap. The blade of this example is still mostly bright. It has some or most of its original cross graining in the surfaces. On the obverse, there is a little rub spot near the ricasso area where someone cleaned off some rust long ago. The tip of this example was broken off when they obtained the dagger. We welded, shaped and polished a new tip for this piece and I think if I did not tell you, you would probably never know. This new tip came out outstanding. The reverse of the ricasso is deeply etched with the pleasing marking of a balloon man selling his wares. The balloon man walks over the firm’s name, town and location “Gebr. Heller/Marienthal/b.Schweina/trh.”. This fine blade is protected by the original matching blue grained leather washer. A nice glider pilot here if you can live with the fact that it is re-tipped. It is priced accordingly.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00