DLVNSFK #40748C DLV Glider Pilot's Dagger - SMF
The pommel is the usual three stage affair, with no hits or problems. There is silver frosting that remains in the inner area of the pommel.
The crossguard has the traditional square center block, set with a medallion style round silver insert on both sides, each featuring a black enamel swastika. The enamel remains perfect and there is a lot of frosting intact. The guard arms are the triple type and they two retain their frosting. On guard end is stamped "K". The grip is constructed of carved wood and tapers towards the ends. The original blue Moroccan leather covering is perfect and retains a fine grain.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It is covered in matching blue Moroccan leather and is in extremely nice condition, with only a few tiny nips on the right and left edges. These barely show, however, as they have toned and nearly match the original color of the leather. The scabbard mounts are in fine condition through to the lower ball. There are also traces of frosting intact in the crevices of these two mounts. The mounts are retained by four flat screws which are unturned. The scabbard throat is marked with a propellor positioned above a swastika.
Connected to the carrying ring is the original brown leather hanger. The leather remains sound and is retained by a pair of riveted oval disks. The obverse disk retains traces of frosting. The nickel clip is unmarked and it too retains some frosting.
The blade is as nice as you will see; it remains completely bright, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is in choice condition and shows almost no age. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place.
A very fine DLV example here.
DLVNSFK #40714C Original 55cm Length DLV Officer's Dirk - Carl Eickhorn
This ultra-rare DLV Officer's Dirk is in remarkable condition, and is the very desirable Eickhorn version to boot. If you are not familiar with these daggers you can see an example shown in color in my Luftwaffe Book, on Page 8.
The Eickhorn examples are quite distinctive, as the shape of the crossguard differs from those produced by other makers during this period of secretive development of the powerful Luftwaffe to come.
This dirk has not been cleaned and has a fine even patina across its silvered mounts. The pommel shows a couple of signs of usage, but basically remains in fine condition. The sunwheel swastikas on both sides of the pommel and the crossguard are just terrific and very distinctive. You notice them immediately, as they are separate gilded brass designs that are countersunk flush into the respective pommel and crossguard. Some very beautiful work here, and very difficult to perform. The official 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger released a year later was designed with a round brass insert that contained a built-in swastika that was then soldered into the center area of the pommel and crossguard, eliminating the tedious work used on the DLV pieces. All four of these sun wheels retain their gilded finish and jump out of the mount like a stop light at midnight.
The crossguard arms feature the triple segmented design, but they are not as downward-sloped as the other competitors, and also have rounded tips; another very recognizable quality on these Eickhorn pieces.
The grip is constructed of carved wood, having eleven ribs and being covered with blue Moroccan leather. It is interesting that the ribs are not actually carved into the shape of the wood grip below, but were created by running a glued-in-place string down the smooth wood surface below the leather covering. I know this is a fact as I have observed grips in the past where some leather is missing revealing the clever "string" tactic used by the Eickhorn craftsman. These early grips did not have grip wire like the later pieces. The leather grip is in pristine condition. A wonderful hilt here that is a joy to study, if you know what you are looking at.
The long scabbard shell is made of a composition material, covered with matching Moroccan leather. Amazingly, this leather remains in mint condition; it is very rare to see given the extreme length of this scabbard. The shell is fitted with three matching silvered mounts, all being in perfect condition. The lower mount has the "rattlesnake tail" chape, having three segments instead of the single segment type on the later Luftwaffe daggers. The mounts are each retained by a single headless screw in the left edge. Other producers usually used staples for this purpose.
The matching silvered chain has nine upper and fourteen lower links. They are connected to the upper and center scabbard mount via "S"- shaped hardware. The snap clip at the end is a fine example being plain throughout with no marking.
The blade of this dagger could not be any better and measures a remarkable 15 inches in length. It is constructed with a wide center panel tapering to double edges and having a needle-like tip. It is quality nickel-plated and remains in full mint condition throughout with original needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the trademark used from 1933-1934. It consists of double ovals that contain the firm's name and location, "Carl Eickhorn/ Solingen".
If you are a serious Luftwaffe collector or one of those people that would like to eventually acquire an example of each basic dagger produced during the period, this dirk deserves serious consideration. It has condition extraordinaire and the full, uncut length is rarely offered on today's collector market. A very beautiful piece here!
DLVNSFK #40627C Early DLV Gilder Pilot's Dagger - SMF
The pommel is a three-stage affair, in nice condition and showing only minor traces of wear. The crossguard has a good, sharp center block with an inset medallion on each side. The enamel is perfect throughout the medallions. The guard arms have a fine downward flow. One side of the guard is marked "K" and the other has a waffenamt stamp. We only see these waffenamt marking on early production examples.
The grip is carved wood covered in beautiful leather. We replaced the original leather at the request of the original owner, who felt it was a little tatty. You would not know it was restored if you were not told, as the leather is perfect and nicely matches that used on the scabbard.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original leather is intact and in in choice condition, with no cuts or problems. The scabbard mounts are constructed of matching silvered nickel and are both very fine condition. They both have a pattern of lines where they meet the shell and are retained by the four original flat screws. The throat has a waffenamt that matches the one seen on the guard. In addition it has the early DLV Icarus and swastika marking.
Attached to the hanging ring is a very fine, original hanger. This hanger has nearly perfect original dark brown leather. The hanger is constructed with oval nickel bosses retained by a pair of rivets. The snap clip is an unmarked nickel variety.
The blade is in remarkable condition. It retains the factory grain, needle-like tip, and mirror brightness. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm, and the original leather blade washer is in place. This washer looks to have been broken at one time but it is still firmly set on the dagger.
An outstanding DLV example here; we don't see many in this condition, especially with such great blade.
Mint Minus. $2,195.00
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 #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