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The DLV (Deutscher Luftsport Verband) was organized in 1933, as a para-military sports organization for Germans to fly limited motor-driven airplanes, gliders and ballooning.

DLV Officers wore a very long dirk, measuring 55cm. The dirk design was a cruciform, consisting of cigar-shape ribbed wood grip, covered with blue leather. The round nickel-silver, flat-surfaced pommel and matching downswept winged crossguard were inlaid with gilded brass sunwheel swastikas on both sides. The long scabbard was a composition base material, covered with matching blue leather. There are three nickel scabbard mounts which are retained with staples. A chain hanger is affixed to the upper two mounts. The long blade is a nickel-plated example. Transitional DLV and 1st Model Luftwaffe examples exist which are shortened DLV examples, or examples having early composition scabbards and staple-held fittings. The 1st Model Luftwaffe evolved from these daggers.

The 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger, although still a fairly long weapon, was a shorter variation of the previously carried DLV Officer. In 1935, Hitler unveiled the "secret" Luftwaffe to the world, defying the Versailles Treaty. It became the third fighting branch of the German Wehrmacht, and was headed by Hermann Göring as Commander-in-Chief. Initially, only Luftwaffe Officers with flying status wore the new Fliegerdolch. Later, regulations were relaxed and other Officers were permitted to wear the "flying dagger". After 1937, Officers were required to wear the newly introduced Offizierdolch or 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger.

The 1st Model, from that point on, was worn by high ranking NCO's, not officers. Initial patterns of the early Fliegerdolche were constructed using heavy solid nickel materials for hilt and scabbard mounts. Gilded brass sunwheel swastika inserts decorated the pommel and crossguard. The cigar-shape, wood-based grip and scabbard shell are covered in a rich Moroccan blue leather. A chain hanger with snap clip is attached to the scabbard. Examples produced after 1938 have aluminum fittings. Late examples were produced of nickel pot metal hilt fittings with plated steel scabbard fittings. Blades were usually quality nickel plated.



LD1 #49194 Mid Period 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger by WKC

This Luftwaffe dagger has the pot metal hilt fittings which have been silvered. The silvering is still quite good throughout and looks to have never been cleaned.

The brass sunwheels are still in good shape on the pommel and guard.

The carved wood grip is covered in the standard Moroccan leather, which shows some hand wear. It is tightly wrapped with brass wires, the center strand being twisted.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout and also has good, original Moroccan leather that shows wear similar to the grip. The scabbard mounts are made of nickel plated steel, with some rust visible on each. The attached hain is made of aluminum, with five upper and seven lower ringlets. We see different numbers of ringlets as apparently many of the wearers adjusted the lengths to suit their height. The chain is connected to a snap clip marked OLC.

The blade is a beauty in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the Knight's Helmet trademark of the WKC firm and the original leather blade buffer is in place.

A good basic example here.

Good Plus. $895.00

LD1 #49143 Mid Period 1st Model Luftwaffe by Carl Julius Krebs

This example has silvered pot metal hilt fittings. The mounts remain in good condition and don't look to have been cleaned. The sunwheels have lost what gilding they probably had when new and are close in color to the metal around them.

The carved wood grip is covered in Moroccan leather, which shows hand wear but no damage. The grip is tightly wrapped with a twisted brass wire.

The scabbard remains straight and is covered in Moroccan leather that remains relatively good, showing a lot of hand wear. The mounts are silver plated steel with a nice patina, retained by headless side screws. The attached chain is aluminum, with six upper and nine lower ringlets attached to an aluminum clip marked OLC. There is a large belt loop attached to this clip, with a squared ring instead of the standard D ring. The leather shows wear but is sound.

The blade of this example is very fine, with intact nickel plating. The reverse ricasso is stamped with Crowned K trademark of the Krebs firm, and the original blade washer is in place.

A decent 1st Model Luftwaffe dagger here.

Excellent. $995.00

LD1 #48080A Early 1st Model Luftwaffe No Maker

This early 1st model Luftwaffe despite the fact that it has no maker is a high quality piece. The hilt mounts are all solid nickel with nice raised out sunwheels swastikas in the pommel and the crossguard. The pommel shows a little bit of usage on the back rim but it is still quite crisp throughout the others. The original silvering still appears to be between the legs of the sunwheels.

The wood carved grip is covered with fine Moroccan leather. The moroccan shows a little bit of usage here and there but there are no cuts or problems. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard shell is perfectly straight. It too is covered with very fine Moroccan leather still having all of its grain. This scabbard leather shows only modest usage and remains in nearly perfect condition. The scabbard mounts are the early nickel type and all three are in fine condition. They are retained with headless screws on the sides. The nickel chain is a very fine example having 9 upper ringlets and 13 lower ringlets. They are connected to a nickel unmarked snap clip.

The unmarked blade is as nice as you will find. It has rich nickel plated fish and has an outstanding mirror look to it. There is a red felt washer which I think may have been a replacement by the last owner.

All in all a very fine 1st model Luftwaffe dagger here of highest quality.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

LD1 #38989C 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a mid-period example, with hilt mounts of silvered pot metal and scabbard mounts of silvered steel.

The pommel is in good shape, with no hits to the rims. The raised sunwheels do not have any gilding left on them but remain crisp.

The same is true of the crossguard sunwheels. The guard arms are the segmented, “winged” type which curve downward.

The grip is of carved wood covered in original Moroccan leather. This leather is in excellent shape, showing some wear but free of nips, cuts, or problems. This grip is tightly wrapped with a skein of three twisted brass wires.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. It retains the original Moroccan leather covering which is in very nice condition; it shows traces of wear but it too is free of problems. The scabbard mounts are silver plated steel, the upper mount and center mounts showing slight wear to the plating. The lower mount has all of the silver and just some mild age in the surface, but nothing too bad. These mounts are retained by flat head screws, a bit in unusual as most pieces of this type have headless screws. There is a screw in the right upper portion, the right lower portion, and one in the center left.

The attached aluminum chain has six ringlets making up the upper chain and eight on the lower. These two chains are attached to an aluminum snap clip marked “OLC” and “Ges Gesch”.

The blade of this dagger makes up for many of the minor flaws on the outside. It is a high quality, nickel plated example that remains in mint condition. This beautiful blade is unmarked and retains the original blue leather blade washer.

A good, basic starter example here, priced reasonably.

Excellent. $850.00