The 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger was adopted for wear by officers and certain high-ranking NCO's in 1937. The fittings were generally produced in a gray finish, although nickel or silver plating was available. The dagger had an aluminum top pommel featuring swastika on both sides, and a matching crossguard which depicted an eagle in flight clutching a swastika in his talons.
The grip was white or colored celluloid. The steel scabbard usually was matching finish with pebble panels and oak leaved lower section. These daggers are often found with a portepee, a decorative tassel wrapped about the grip.
LD2 #47942 2nd Model Luftwaffe With Very Choice Mounts No Maker
This 2nd model Luftwaffe really has exceptional mounts and shows little wear. The pommel is a beauty being the type with oak leaves around the two swastikas and fine pebbling in the backgrounds. The matching crossguard features an outstanding Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a swastika. The darkening and the brightness in the high points exactly matches that of the pommel. On the reverse all of the blue remains in the panel area. It looks as though there may have been an attempt at a personalized name on the reverse of the guard but it is illegible. The ferrule nicely matches the other mounts. The grip is a beautiful orange color being in perfect condition throughout and tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. The choice scabbard really sets off this piece. This scabbard is straight as an arrow and has 100 percent of the original airplane gray finish. There is still quite a luster to this scabbard. The scabbard pebbling is also very crisp. The bands are outstanding with high detailed slanted oak leaves running about their circumference. The throat is retained by a single headless screw in the rverse center. The blade is a still completely bright throughout having its original grain. The blade may have been slightly polished at one time but it still looks very nice with its needlelike tip and bright finish.The newlike leather washer is in place. An extremely good looking example here.
Mint Minus. $1,150.00
LD2 #48105 2nd Model Luftwaffe By SMF
This fine piece has excellent SMF hilt mounts. The mounts are a good aluminum tone. There looks to be hand enhancing to the oak leaves on the pommel.
The crossguard eagle has good feathering throughout, although there is modest wear on the breast of the bird. The reverse of the guard has good pebbling, also showing wear to the finish.
The grip is a dark orange example and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout and looks to be a silver plated example. There is mild age along the edges of the scabbard but no lifting or problems. The bands are in contrasting aluminum, with a pattern of oak leaves set on a 45 degree angle. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head side screws.
The blade is a fine plated example, showing modest traces of age. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar seated king trademark of the SMF firm. There is also a stick-bird waffenamt marked “5”. The original washer is in place.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
LD2 #37959C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Damascus Blade
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has generic hilt mounts. The pommel is the style with pebbling behind the oak leaves. These oak leaves nicely surround the swastikas on both sides. The ferrule is the standard type.
The crossguard is the style with a slightly cantilevered upper wing area which gives the eagle a bolder look than the norm. This eagle is in choice condition, with full feathering throughout the beast and talon area. The bird clutches a plain mobile swastika. The reverse of the guard has a large pebbled pattern, typical of a generic guard. All of the airplane gray finish is in place.
The scabbard appears to me to be an Alcoso type as it has the slightly rounded look typical of that maker. The gray finish is nearly 100% intact throughout. The bands are aluminum, with good oak leaves placed at 45 degree angles. Two flat side screws retain the throat.
The Damascus blade is an unmarked example. It it an absolute original Third Reich example, having been in a collection for over twenty years. It has a beautiful combination of Maiden Hair with banded patterns in the center. It remains in mint condition with a needle-like tip. This fine blade is protected by an in-place small leather washer.
Quite a looker of a Luftwaffe here, with a blade that will turn heads!
Near Mint. $5,995.00
LD2 #47961 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Portepee by F Herder (Crossed Keys Logo)
This Herder Luftwaffe is a rarely seen maker. The pommel is an excellent example having good detail to the oak leaves that surround the two swastikas. There is small enhancing of the oak leaves where they adjoin the center pommel ridge. The matching crossguard features an eagle flying to the left with good detail remaining to the bird’s breast talons and clutched swastika. The crossguard has they type of leaves which are engraved into the surfaces. The ferrule nicely matches the rest of the parts. The grip is a off-white example still being in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with a slightly thicker style twisted brass. Wrapped about the bottom of the grip is a fine 23cm portepee which still remains in perfect condition. The scabbard has excellent airplane gray finish throughout. All of the finish remains. It has good carrying bands featuring the slanted oak leaves running about hier circumference. The throat would have been retained by a small headless screw however the screw appears to have gone to time. The rarely seen blade is a beauty. It has 100 percent of the original crossgrain with its needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. On the reverse is the etched logo of the crossed keys and below is the firm’s name and location F. Herder Solingen. The original pebbled brown blade washer is in place. A nice example here of a rarely seen producer.
Excellent Plus Plus. $1,195.00
LD2 #44411 Personalized 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF
This SMF 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a nice piece overall and quite interesting, with classic SMF hilt mounts.
The pommel is bright aluminum without outstanding detail to the oak leaves which surround the swastikas on both sides. These oak leaves have been hand enhanced. There is also hand work on the area between the center ridge of the pommel and these oak leaves.
The crossguard is a fine example, with an eagle that remains crisply detailed throughout. Like all SMF pieces the upper surface of the quillons have panel featuring oak leaves and acorns, also with hand enhanced with a stamped pattern. The ferrule is quite nice and matches the other mounts.
The grip is a dark orange beauty, fading slightly in color on the reverse. It remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with spring aluminum wire.
The SMF scabbard is the high quality type with a silvered finish. It remains in perfect condition throughout, with good pebbled panels. The bands are the characteristic SMF aluminum type, decorated with oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head screws in the side.
The reverse center panel has been engraved with the name of the original owner. it reads, in capital letters, "HENKE". I looked this name up there are a couple of Knight's and German Cross winners with this surname, but unfortunately without the first name the original owner the trail stops dead right there. This is a shame but in any event the personalization is nicely done and adds a lot to the looks of the piece.
The blade is a typical SMF example, with bright nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the firm. As we normally see on SMF pieces the blade has a waffenamt stamping. The fact that this is an initial production example of a 2nd Model Luftwaffe this might be a clue as to the identity of Herr Henke; it's a shot in the dark, true, but who knows? The original blue leather blade washer is in place within the recesses of the guard.
A very nice personalized example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
LD2 #46283 2nd Model Luftwaffe by Paul Weyersberg
This Weyersberg example is really nice throughout. It has the fine Weyersberg aluminum mounts.
The fine pommel shows a hint of gold on the surfaces when held in the proper light. The crossguard is a very fine example with good detail to the bird and the reverse pebbling retains most of the airplane gray finish. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt fittings.
The grip is an egg yolk yellow color being in nice condition except for a tiny chip where the upper reverse rib enters the pommel. It is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The scabbard is the deluxe silver plated type. The silvering throughout the scabbard is perfect and there is still frosting that remains around the upper area where it was protected by the in place crossguard. The throat is retained by two headless side screws.
The blade is absolutely outstanding being a Wyersberg nickel plated example. It is mint and has a mirror finish. This beautiful blade is marked with the familiar Weyersberg Solingen trademark. Above the trademark is a nicely stamped stickbird “5” waffenamt, and the original blade washer is in place.
An extremely nice Luftwaffe dagger here.
Mint Minus. $1,295.00
LD2 #46387 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Double Etched Blade No Maker
This double etched unmarked 2nd Model Luftwaffe is a textbook example. It is equipped with a generic style pommel and WKC style crossguard both mounts having fine darkening to the backgrounds.
The pommel sports the two raised swastikas on both sides which at a close glance just have a hint of gilt in their surfaces. The background pebbling and oak leaves are nicely done. The crossguard is also a beauty being the WKC variety having the cast in overlapping oak leaves on the upper crossguard arms. Nearly all of the pebbling is in place on the reverse and the obverse crossguard features a very fine and crisp Luftwaffe eagle clutching a swastika.
The ferrule is in place beneath a fine 23cm portepee is in good condition showing nominal usage but no fraying.
The grip is a pretty light orange color which is fairly uniform on front and back. The grip remains in perfect condition and features tight grip wire of springy aluminum.
The scabbard is completely straight throughout having a good airplane gray finish. It shows little age. It is equipped with the type of bands that we see on WKC daggers. The thick throat is retained by two headless side screws.
The blade is a very fine example being bright throughout. It has a tiny bit of surface age at the reverse ricasso and a couple of really minor spots on the rest of the blade but overall the etch is brilliant featuring the Arabesque designs on both sides and then on the obverse center area is a panel which displays a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer's right having laurel leave springs between eagle wing. All of the frosting is intact throughout the etch. This etch is the same as I show in my Luftwaffe book on page 232 and 233 center. This blade grades in near mint condition. The original blade buffer is in place.
A nice example here to complete your Luftwaffe section. Any advanced collection should have a double etched 2nd luft to show off with other Luftwaffe examples.
Excellent Plus Plus. $3,695.00
LD2 #45939C 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Ivory Grip and Double Etched Blade by Emil Voos
This example is the classic Voos piece which all advanced collectors need to have in their collection. The dagger is a textbook example being the same as the pieces that I show in my Luftwaffe book on pages 232 through 237.
The hilt mounts are the generic style that we normally see on these Voos daggers. The pommel is an excellent example the style having pebbling behind the oak leaves. The swastikas are nicely vaulted outward and overall the pommel has a very fine look with little to no usage.
The crossguard is also the generic style having the large pebbling on the reverse. The airplane gray finish still covers at 100 percent so this assures the next owner that this dagger has seen little usage. These generic crossguards are quite good looking as the top of the crossguard overlaps the eagle's wings giving it a fine look. The eagle remains in perfect condition showing no wear to the bird’s head excellent feathering talons wing feathering and plain mobile swastika. The quillon arms have the cast in style oak leaves. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt mounts.
The ivory grip is a beauty having lots of golden toning and some attractive cracks being two in the front lower and several on the reverse one of which nearly runs the length. These cracks in ivory, in my opinion, make it come alive. The grip remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with aluminum springy wire.
The scabbard is a nickel plated style which is straight throughout and remains in perfect condition. It has crisp pebbling to the panels and the aluminum carrying bands have fine oak leaves tilted to a 45 degree angle. The throat is retained by two dome head scabbard screws.
The double etched blade is a beauty being in full mint condition with its outstanding plating and needlelike tip. All of the frosting remains in the backgrounds of the etches. The obverse etch portrays a floral style pattern with the center featuring the Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s right. The eagle is topped off with laurel leaves and berries under each wing. The reverse is in the same choice condition with full floraling. The reverse ricasso is etched with the single oval which on the inside lines has the firm’s name and location Emil Voos Solingen. In the the center is the familiar “snake around stump” logo. The original small brown leather washer is in place.
A beautiful dagger here and as I say a must for the advanced Luftwaffe collector.
A wildlife certificate is pending on this piece.
Near Mint. $5,995.00
LD2 #44999 2nd Model Luftwaffe - SMF
This SMF dagger has all textbook fittings.
The pommel is a fine aluminum example having very nice hand enhanced oak leaves that surround the swastikas on both sides.
The crossguard is matching and has good pebbled pattern on the reverse with maybe 25 percent of the darkening worn from the center of the panel. The obverse features the flying eagle and it still has good detail throughout clutching a mobile swastika.
The grip is a very attractive dark orange color. It is in nice condition to the eye. There is a small crack at the upper reverse rib and there is chip at the lower obverse rib but the piece has the original 23cm portepee on it which completely conceals the chip.
The scabbard is a good SMF example having the airplane gray toning throughout. The lower portion of the scabbard pebbled area has some minor age to it but the rest of thew scabbard is in good shape still having its original gray coating. The bands are the typical aluminum SMF type with oak leaves. The throat is retained by two headless side screws.
The blade of this example is still bright being a nickel plated type as SMF did. There is a pot on the obverse edge about two thirds down where there is a slight scar in the metal which looks like somebody was going to sharpen the blade but then changed their mind as there is no sharpening evidence on the rest of the blade. Overall the blade grades easily at excellent plus plus still having its needle like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark over the firm's initials "SMF". Above the king is a waffenamt consisting of a stickbird with the number 5 in his belly. The original pebbled leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses.
All in all not a bad SMF dagger here and priced accordingly.
LD2 #44533 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger -Carl Eickhorn
This Eickhorn 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook example. The hilt fittings are fine aluminum that retain the original background darkening.
The pommel is in the distinctive heart shape characteristic of an Eickhorn piece, with fine swastikas surrounded by hand enhanced oak leaves. There is just a trace of gilding left on the obverse swastika and perhaps a little more left clinging on the reverse example.
The crossguard retains full detailing throughout the eagle and swastika. This bird retains almost all of the original darkening in the recessed areas of the design. The upper surfaces of the guard arms are engraved with oak leaves and acorns, along with some pebbling. The gray finish remains about 98% intact on the pebbled reverse panel of the guard.
The beautiful grip is a dark orange color that is consistent throughout both sides. This grip remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
Attached to the grip is a 23cm portepee which looks to be original to the dagger. This portepee shows very mild wear on the areas where it exits the knot as well as where to rubs against the end of the guard, but nothing too bad.
The textbook Eickhorn scabbard has an outstanding gray finish and crisp pebbled panels. The Eickhorn-style bands are somewhat convex and are decorated with the standard oak leaf pattern. The thick scabbard throat is retained by a pair of headless side screws.
The mint blade is in outstanding condition. It remains completely bright, with 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse is stamped with the Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, being the smaller version used only during 1940. The original leather blade buffer is in place deep with the recesses of the crossguard.
A nearly perfect, textbook Eickhorn piece here.
Near Mint. $1,095.00
LD2 #35389C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Artificial Damascus Blade - Pet. Dan Krebs
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger is in nice condition throughout, having bright aluminum hilt mounts. These hilt mounts appear to be similar to the style I show on in my Luftwaffe Book on page 189 left, that are used by a Robert Klaas dagger in the book. The Klaas firm did not make their own mounts, so most likely these mounts are generic, which is what we would expect to see on a piece that was produced by Peter Dan Krebs.
The pommel has good detail to the oak leaves that surround the swastikas on both sides. These oak leaves have hand enhancements, and good pebbling in the plain areas. The crossguard features a fine, Luftwaffe eagle flying to the left, clutching a mobile swastika in his talons. The detail to the bird's head and breast area is still excellent. The pebbled pattern on the reverse of the scabbard is also in good condition, showing little wear. The ferrule is the same as the piece on page 189.
The grip is a wartime white example, which is the style that has a carved wood base internally. This grip is in good condition, except for a couple of extremely small hairliners that appear in the upper rib section. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted, silver wire.
The scabbard appears to be a generic style, similar to the example I show on page 78, far right. This scabbard is nice and straight throughout, and has good, plated surfaces, with a couple of extremely small lifts on the left edge, below the lower carrying band. The bands have good detail to the oak leaves positioned on 45 degree angles around the circumference. The throat is retained by two headless, flush mount screws, one on each side.
The blade, though, is where it's at on this piece. The blade is an artificially etched example, which is done in the pattern of "small roses". The blade is in fine condition throughout, with no flaws or problems. The artificial Damascus was known as the "poor man's Damascus", as it certainly was priced a lot cheaper than a true Damascus blade, but yet gave a fine, dramatic effect to the piece. The reverse ricasso is etched with a shield device, having a lobster inside. The lobster is well detailed, with its two claws sticking upward. Around the shield is the firm's name and location, "PET. DAN KREBS/ SOLINGEN". The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
A fine opportunity here, to acquire a rarely seen artificial Damascus blade, produced by a known maker of these examples.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,000.00
LD2 #28557 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF
This personalized SMF Luftwaffe example has classic parts throughout. The pommel is the same as the SMF example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137. This pommel has good detail throughout, with a little bit of mild wear on the reverse side most likely caused by the original owner’s handhold. The details are still mostly all there. The obverse side still is in a choice, near mint condition, having excellent oak leafing and a mobile swastika. The crossguard is a typical SMF variety and it features an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a mobile swastika. There is a little bit of wear to the eagle’s surfaces, but all details are still available here throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and swastika. The reverse panel has good pebbling with just a little wear in the center area. The upper quillon arms have the engraved style oak leaves and acorns being identical to the example shown on page 147, second from right. The ferrule is also a textbook variety. This grip is a good-looking tangerine color. It is in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. There is some old residue and dirt trapped within the rib spaces between the wire, but if anything this gives a sense of history to this piece. The scabbard appears to have been one of the extra cost silver-plated examples. There is still frosting that remains in the upper area protected by the crossguard. The rest of the scabbard does show a lot of the silvering still being in place but there are also some wear spots around the center area again caused by the original wearer’s handhold. This scabbard though, is in good condition and perfectly flows with the wear seen on the hilt fittings. The scabbard bands are the aluminum type also being SMF. The throat is retained by two headless flush-mount side mount screws. The blade of this example is a fine high quality nickel-plated type. It is nice and bright throughout and other than the normal runner markings it is in mint condition together with its needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade bears its original owner’s surname etched into the center blade segment near the trademark. The name looks to be, “Albrecht”. Unfortunately, Herr Albrecht did not put his first initial or his first name so I would think it would be a difficult job to research him as this must be a fairly common name. At any rate, the etching does give a neat look to the blade and it is kind of fun to know the man’s name who originally carried it. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds a sword upward and sits on the firm’s initials, “SMF”. Above the king is a stick bird stamping. It is interesting to note that the bird was double stamped as apparently the inspector did not like his first hit. There is a five in the belly of this bird. The original blue pebbled leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses. An interesting dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1295.00
LD2 #34306C 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Scabbard Dedication – WKC
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook WKC wartime issue but the interesting part is the dedication that is beautifully engraved on the lower scabbard edge. We’ll get to that a little further down in the description. The pommel and crossguard are textbook WKC mounts and they are the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 142. This pommel has the raised oak leaves with pebbled backgrounds. The swastikas appear to have a dark gilding still on their surfaces. The WKC finish was apparently different from others we see as this gild darkens with age. The pommel shows little wear. The crossguard is a textbook example being the same as the crossguard shown in the center on page 149. This guard shows little wear to the eagle flying to the viewer’s left. This bird has perfect detail to his head, wing feathering, breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The pebbled panel background also has most of the airplane gray finish. The quillon arms have the overlapping oak leaves with acorns, the same as page 149. The ferrule is a steel type having oak leaves on 45 degree angles running around the circumference. The grip is an off-white variety most likely being a celluloid with plaster filling. The grip is perfect except for a small crack in the fourth and fifth obverse rib. The springy style wire is nice and tight throughout.
The scabbard is a typical WKC being the same as is shown on page 180. This scabbard has most of the airplane gray finish and good pebble patterns. The oak leaves are the same as the book example. The throat has a slight cantilever on both sides and is retained by a single screw mounted on the right edge. Now to the dedication. The scabbard’s lower left edge has a beautifully done professionally engraved dedication. The engraving is all done in a fine Gothic font and it looks as though the artist used a type of engraving that actually makes the symbols with zigzag cuts. The dedication reads, “Zum 27.11.39. von Deinem Raüberhauptmann Willy!”. As near as I can figure this dedication seems to mean, “Regarding 27 November 1939 from your Predator Captain Willy!”. It is possible that this particular air crew could have had a member that won an interesting battle on this date or possibly even a high award on this date. It might be fun to trace back the Knight’s Cross awards by date to see whether there was a Hauptmann with the first name of Willy. I’m sure that this dedication meant a lot considering it was given for something to do with an air warfare battle. I like stuff like this and I hope that it can be appreciated by the next owner. It is possible that this dagger once belonged to a war hero and it would be great if we could ever find out who. Either way though it is a neat wartime presentation. By the way, the blade is WKC marked and is in full mint condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,995.00