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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 #39195C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

If you have been holding out for the best-of-the-best 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger for your collection I think you should take a close look at this dagger; it is a real beauty and simply perfect throughout.

The pommel is the class SMF type, identical to the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137. This pommel has perfect oak leaves around the 100% gilded swastikas on both sides. These oak leaves have fine hand work in the areas where they meet the center ridge of the pommel.

The crossguard is also classic SMF. The fine guard eagle flies to the viewer’s left and retains very fine detail to his feathering, talons and swastika. The reverse panel retains nearly 100% of the original airplane gray darkening over the pebbled surface. The upper quillon arms have a panel of finely engraved oak leaves and acorns.

The grip of this dagger is choice shade of tangerine orange, with a nicely even tone throughout. It is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is textbook SMF, with 100% of the airplane gray finish intact on the surface. The pebbled panels are nice and crisp. The carrying bands are the contrasting aluminum types only seen on pieces from SMF. The scabbard throat is in natural metal, retained by a pair of headless side screws.

The blade of this dagger is a real beauty, with a highest quality nickel-plated finish. It is flat-out mint, with a mirror bright surface and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is deeply stamped with a stickbird waffenamt marked “5” in his belly. Below the waffenamt is the classic SMF Seated King trademark, and the original pebbled blue leather blade washer is in place.

This is an outstanding 2nd Model Luftwaffe with all the whistles and bells. If you are looking for a piece that would be nearly impossible to upgrade I suggest that you look no further.

Mint. $1,795.00

LD2 #39301C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Blade Dedication – Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in beautiful condition throughout and would be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to upgrade.

The pommel is heart shaped, much like the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137. This pommel is richly engraved throughout the oak leaves around the 100% gilded swastikas on both sides, extending to the center ridge of the pommel.

The guard is a typical Eickhorn example. The eagle flies to the left and clutches an immobile swastika. All of the fine detailing remains on this bird. The reverse pebbled panel retains 100% of the original airplane gray coating.

The grip of this dagger is most pleasing to the eye; it is a fine lemon color and even in tone throughout both sides. It is in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is textbook Eickhorn, with 100% of the airplane gray finish and crisp pebbled panels. The bands are the convex style used by Eickhorn, with great detail evident on the oak leaves. The throat is the thick type often used by Eickhorn, retained by a pair of headless side screws.

The blade of this dagger is in sensational condition, with a beautiful mint surface, 100% crossgrain and a fine, needle-like tip. This blade is easily in full mint condition. The reverse is a small, one line etch which is rather touching; it reads “Hedda l.lb Erich”. Obviously Erich’s sweetheart/wife game him this dagger. By the looks of the piece poor Erich went off to war in his Stuka or 109 and never came back as this dagger does not look to have been worn much if at all. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark.

An extremely fine 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, worthy of a place in even the most advanced collection. I really love the sentimental dedication on this piece; this kind of thing really brings a dagger to life for a true collector.

Mint. $2,395.00

LD2 #39155C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Hangers & Portepee – SMF

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is complete with all of the associated accoutrements, all of which are original to the piece. The dagger is a classic SMF example.

The pommel is a real screamer, with beautiful detailing to the oak leaves which run around both of the swastikas. The swastikas on this pommel have 100% of the original gilding on both sides. This same pommel can be seen on page 137 of my Luftwaffe Book. It is of fine aluminum and has all of the factory applied background darkening.

The classic SMF crossguard is in matching aluminum, with a fine Luftwaffe eagle that flies to the viewer’s left. The detailing throughout this bird remain outstanding. The reverse pebbled panel retains 100% of the original airplane gray finish, an indicator that this dagger saw little use. The upper guard arms have a pattern of finely engraved oak leaves.

Adding to the outstanding look of this dagger is a deep orange grip, being about the color of a pumpkin on the obverse, slightly faded (but still deep) on the reverse. The grip is in totally perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy wire.

The original 23cm portepee is also a beauty, still in the Luftwaffe tie and with no fraying or problems. It is interesting to note that when looking under the portepee the grip is a yellow color, a sure sign that these orange grips never existed during the period. It has been exposure to light over the years that has changed these grips to a darker tone; time has done the collecting community a favor here!

The scabbard of this dagger is also in perfect condition, with 100% of the airplane gray finish. These SMF scabbards always have contrasting aluminum bands, with fine oak leaves set at a 45 degree angle. The throat is a thin example retained by a pair of headless side screws.

Attached to the hanging rings is an outstanding set of Luftwaffe Officer’s Hangers. These hangers have new-like brocade feature twin bullion lines running down the edges of the gray straps. The reverse surfaces of the straps are also perfect, with high-pile gray velvet. These hangers are equipped with deluxe hardware; the top clip is the type with raised oak leaves and is marked “UE10 RZM” and “DRGM” on the reverse. Luftwaffe clips were marked with an RZM for reasons of expediency; dagger producers used these clips for Political Daggers as well. The buckles and slides have fine raised oak leaves and nicely match the top clip. The snaps are the deluxe, “push uP” style decorated with oak leaves and marked “DRGM” on the reverse. There is also a keychain ring attached to the hanger clip.

As SMF blades always seem to be, this example is a fine, deluxe, nickel-plated type, mirror bright and fully mint. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a stickbird waffenamt with a “5” in his belly. Below this waffenamt is the Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. Deep inside the recesses of the guard is a fine, blue pebbled blade washer.

If you are looking for a really, really nice Luftwaffe dagger that you will enjoy for years to come, this is the one.

Mint. $1,595.00

LD2 #39154C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Hangers & Portepee – Paul Weyersberg

Paul Weyersberg was one of the top makers of the 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger, and they produced very high quality pieces. This dagger is no exception and is quite beautiful.

The pommel is outstanding, with a bright surface and all of the factory darkening present in the oak leaves which surround the gilded swastikas. The obverse swastika retains about 70% of the original gilding, while the reverse is beginning to wear with only 10% remaining. This is normal and expected, however, given the friction generated by the dagger swinging against the uniform of the wearer. The pommel is a classic Weyersberg example, identical to that shown on page 138 of my Luftwaffe Book.

The crossguard is also outstanding, showing fine detail to the eagle which flies to the viewer’s left. The reverse panel has an excellent pebbled surface with most of the airplane gray finish remaining. The quillon arms are the style with finely engraved oak leaves.

The grip of the dagger is a real head turner. It is one of the darkest shades of orange I have ever seen; darker than a pumpkin and only slightly lighter on the reverse. It is in totally perfect condition with tight, springy grip wire.

The original portepee is in place. This knot shows some surface age but is free of fraying and looks great on the dagger.

The scabbard could not be nicer. It retains all of the airplane gray finish on the surfaces and the bands. The thin throat is in the natural metal color and is retained by a pair of headless side screws.

Attached to the mint scabbard is a nice pair of deluxe hangers, original to the piece. There is a little wear to the top portion of the brocade strap, most likely caused by the hand of the wearer. The longer strap also shows traces of age. These hangers have raised out oak leaves on the snap clip. The clip is marked “UE 10”, “RZM” and “DRGM” on the reverse. Luftwaffe clips were marked with an RZM for reasons of expediency; dagger producers used these clips for Political Daggers as well. The brocade straps are retained by riveted metal tabs, each decorated with oak leaves and marked “DRGM”. The rectangular buckles and slides have fine, raised oak leaves, as do the deluxe “push up” snaps. The snaps are marked “DRGM” on the reverse. The reverse of the hanger brocade still has very good velvet, with little evident wear.

Like the SMF firm, Weyersberg blades are often richly nickel plated. That is the case here; this blade is in mirror-bright condition with a needle-like tip, easily in fully mint condition. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a stickbird waffenamt with a “5” I his belly. Below this bird is famous Weyersberg Wreathed Sword trademark. The original blue, grained leather washer is in place.

A very fine, complete 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,495.00

LD2 #39089C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Hangers & Portepee – F. W. Höller

This Höller 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is complete with the original accoutrements, all showing traces of period usage.

The pommel and crossguard are generic, aluminum types, with good black backgrounds. The pommel is the same as that I show on page 142 of my Luftwaffe Book. The crossguard is of matching aluminum, with some minor wear to the breast of the bird but in otherwise good condition. The reverse pebbled panels shows wear to the airplane gray finish, mostly in the center.

The grip of this dagger is a fine orange color. It looks as if someone has made a repair to the top rib, but they did a pretty good job and it does not show too much. There is also a hairline crack across the last three ribs on the reverse. This grip is tightly wrapped with springy silver wire.

Wrapped about the grip is the original portepee. This 23c example is frayed where the cord exits the knot. It is original to the piece, though, so I have left it in place to preserve the integrity of the dagger.

The scabbard is straight throughout with a fairly good airplane gray finish and contrasting aluminum carrying bands. The throat is retained by a single headless screw set into the reverse center.

Attached to the scabbard rings are the original hanging straps. These straps have worn through at the top of the short hanger, however the rest of the strap is in good condition. The longer strap is also in good condition. The snap clip is missing the front portion. The square buckles and slides are in good condition, as are the deluxe “push in“ snaps. These snaps are decorated with oak leaves and marked “DRGM” on the reverse.

The blade of this example is in nice condition, completely mirror bright on the obverse and with full grain throughout. The reverse is marked with the desirable Höller Thermometer logo, and the original leather blade buffer is in place deep within the recesses of the guard.

A decent, complete 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger, with a few condition issues but priced accordingly.

Excellent. $595.00

LD2 #39023C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Funeral Dagger – Robert Klaas

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger began its life with a painted white grip, like all the Klaas "Funeral Daggers". Apparently Klaas produced a lot of black celluloid somewhere along the line and decided to use it on their Army and Luftwaffe daggers, simply painting them white in a show of unsurprising German frugality. The white paint naturally fell off the volatile celluloid grip over the years to reveal the black surface below, leading the always imaginative collecting community to label them “Funeral Daggers”.

This dagger still has 98% of the original white paint on the grip. There are specks here and there where the black is visible, as well as a crack on the reverse where the black subsurface can be seen. I took the pommel cap off and the neck of the grip is also black. This dagger conform exactly to these example I show in color on page 172 of my Luftwaffe Book. So, here is a chance to acquire a so-called “Funeral Dagger” in its natural state.

The pommel and crossguards are the generic type used by Klass. The fittings retain all of the airplane gray finish and are in excellent condition.

The scabbard is a fine example, completely straight and with the WKC style bands we often seen on daggers from smaller makers.

The grip has twisted aluminum wire, the norm for Funeral Daggers.

The blade of this dagger is still bright and in near mint condition. It shows only the slightest of age and might even clean up to a mint state with a little work. The reverse ricasso of the blade is stamped with the famous Kissing Cranes trademark of the Klass firm, and the original dark brow leather blade buffer is in place.

An unusual opportunity to acquire a “Funeral Dagger” in its original state.

Excellent. $1,295.00

LD2 #39294C Dedicated 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Hanger & Portepee – ASSO

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a beautiful piece that was made during the war but does not lack for quality or workmanship. It is in first-rate condition and frankly does not appear to have been worn.

The pommel and crossguard are very fine, generic examples. The pommel has outstanding detail to the leaves that flow around both of the swastikas and there is fine pebbling in the backgrounds. The crossguard features a super-mint eagle, flying to the viewer’s left and with full detailing throughout the head, feathering, talons, and mobile swastika. The pebbled panels on the back match those seen on the scabbard, with all of the airplane gray finish. The tops of the quillon arms are engraved with the oak leaves that we see on generic pieces.

The grip of this example is a very fine, off-white color, most likely constructed of plaster with a celluloid coating. This grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

Gracing the hilt is an outstanding, original 23cm portepee. This portepee remains in mint condition throughout the cord, slide, and stem. The bullion yarn on the ball has a little age discoloration but, if anything, it gives the piece some character.

The matching scabbard is also in choice, mint condition. It has a choice airplane gray finish and crisply pebbled panels. The band are the pot metal type used on this type of generic piece, with good, slanted oak leaves running around them. The throat is a thinner type in natural steel, retained by a pair of headless side screws.

Attached to the dagger are the original hangers. These hangers are in very fine condition, having mint condition brocade straps of a textured gray material. The straps have dual aluminum lines that run the length. The plain snap clip is marked “DRGM” and “A” on the reverse. The rectangular buckles and slides have fine raised oak leaves, and the “push-in” snap clips have a pebbled finish.

The blade is a real winner, with bright surfaces, all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The obverse center of the blade has been etched “Hauptwachtmastr Helmut Beck 1942”. This is an instance where a top Sergeant was qualified to wear the Luftwaffe dagger; perhaps some research could be done on this man. The reverse ricasso is etched with the interesting Hobby Horses/Asso trademark, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very beautiful 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, with an excellent personalization. It does not look as if Herr Beck had the opportunity to wear this piece very much, if at all!

Mint. $1,995.00

LD2 #39302C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – F. Herder

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger was produced by the Herder firm; we do not see daggers of this type coming from Herder very often. This is a totally original Herder piece; constructed with pieces purchased from other manufacturers and finished in their own plant.

It is interesting to note that Herder used the heart-shaped, Eickhorn style pommel. It is a beauty although the swastikas are not gilded. It has outstanding detail to the oak leaves that surround the swastikas, as well as hand treatment to the areas where leaves butt up to the center ridge.

The crossguards nicely match and are also most likely from Eickhorn. The guard eagle retains fine detailing throughout.

The grip is most a most attractive tangerine color with an even tone throughout. It is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is a generic example, with 100% of the original gray finish. The pebbled panels are nice and crisp and the carrying bands are in excellent condition. The thin throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.

The blade of this dagger is remarkable; it is fully mint, with all of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso has the excellent Crossed Keys logo of the Herder firm, and the original leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine, mint 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, from a seldom seen producer.

Mint. $1,595.00>

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 #38990C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – WKC

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is an outstanding, textbook WKC example. The hilt fittings are of very fine, bright aluminum, the pommel being the style with pebbled backgrounds and oak leaves.

This pommel is identical to the example I show on page 142 of my Luftwaffe book. There are traces of gilding left on both of the swastikas, the reverse having about 30% and the obverse roughly 15%. This pommel shows very little wear.

The crossguard is the WKC variant that you can see on page 151 of my book. This crossguard has cast oak leaves with a panel line around them, identical to the example pictured. The eagle is a beauty, flying to the left and clutching a swastika in his talons. All of the detailing is visible on the breast of this eagle. The reverse guard has large pebbling in the panels and all of the factory darkening remains in the backgrounds. The ferrule is the standard type.

The grip is a beautiful, dark orange color that fades very slightly on the reverse. This grip is in completely perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is straight throughout and is also a WKC type. This scabbard is identical to the example pictured on page 180 of my book. It has finely pebbled panels. The carrying bands are aluminum which contrasts nicely with the airplane gray finish of the scabbard. The throat is retained by a single screw on the right, a configuration typical of WKC. It is also interesting to note that the throat has the oval look peculiar to the WKC firm.

The blade of this dagger is a beauty, being a polished type with all of the crossgraining in place. The reverse ricasso of the blade is marked with the WKC Knight Head logo and a new-like tan leather blade washer is in place.

An outstanding WKC 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.

Near Mint. $850.00

LD2 #38743C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – E. & F. Hörster

This wartime production 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has a generic pommel, the type with a pebbled background behind the oak leaves. The oak leaves are crisp and the swastikas a re nice and bright, contrasting nicely with the dark backgrounds.

The crossguard eagle flies to the left. This bird has some moderate wear around the breast and talons but nothing very serious. The reverse panel of the guard has good pebbling with some minor wear to the airplane gray finish. The quillon arms have engraved oak leaves on the top and nice pebbling throughout.

The grip of this dagger is of white celluloid, being in perfect condition throughout. It is tightly wrapped with springy silver wire.

A fine, 23cm portepee is wrapped around the lower portion of the grip, set in a Luftwaffe tie. This portepee is in excellent condition, showing some age but having no fray anywhere on the bullion cord.

The scabbard is a generic type with a good pebbled surface. There is an extra-cost silver finish on this scabbard, which was lightly applied over the base airplane gray. This silvering is about 95% intact and really looks nice. The bands have the typical generic leaves similar to the scabbard shown on page 172 of my Luftwaffe book. The throat is retained by a pait of headless side screws.

The blade of this dagger is nice and bright throughout, retaining the original grain. There are minor traces of age on the surface of the blade but they are hardly noticeable. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Hörster Pierced “H” trademark. A new-like leather blade washer is in place protecting the blade.

A good, solid wartime example here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

LD2 #38506C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Rich Abr Herder

This Herder 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a very dark, airplane gray hilt mounts which match the scabbard finish.

The pommel is an interesting example that we do not see too often. It looks to be wider than it is round and the top is also flatter than we normally see. In addition the swastika is larger. These pommels must have been made by a smaller producer in limited quantities. The oak leaves are done well, having hand engraved lines around the edges that meet the center ridge.

The crossguards also appear to have been made by the same producer as it has very interesting hand enhancing to the eagle's feathering and talons. The amount of embellishment seen here is greater than normally seen and is very special. The reverse of the guard also has all of the blackening which is a sign that this dagger was not worn too often. The upper quillon arms are engraved with oak leaves that is extremely well done. The ferrule nicely matches the other fittings.

The grip of this dagger is a very attractive light orange color on the obverse, gradually changing to a egg yolk yellow on the reverse. The last rib is lighter in color, having once been covered by a portepee. The grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is a generic type with a good, airplane gray finish. It is almost in perfect condition, with just the slightest amount of visible aging on the upper reverse panel. The bands nicely match the color of the shell. The throat is in natural metal and is retained by a pair of headless side screws.

The blade is a very fine example, having a couple of signs of age but in overall nice condition with a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso of the blade is etched with the Herder Diamond trademark and the new-like brown leather washer is in place.

A nice 2nd Model Luftwaffe here, with some interesting components.

Near Mint. $895.00

LD2 #38505C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This SMF 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook example and remains in nice condition.

The hilt mounts are the aluminum type produced by this firm. The pommel is nicely detailed, with hand enhancing to the oak leaves where they meet the center ridge. Both swastikas are in good condition. The backgrounds of this pommel has quite a bit of period residue which contrasts nicely with the brighter aluminum areas.

The same is true of the crossguard. This guard features the usual eagle and swastika design. The upper quillon arms have engraved oak leaves and acorns and the reverse panel is nicely pebbled. The original reverse surfaces show some minor wear. The ferrule matches the rest of the mounts.

The grip of this dagger is a fine yellow color throughout. This grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The SMF scabbard shows a little mild age in the surfaces, but overall the tone is uniform and it looks quite good. The bands are in contrasting aluminum, a design feature often seen on SMF pieces. The carrying rings are also of matching aluminum. The throat has a natural metal finish and is retained by a pair of flat head side screws. The original color of the scabbard can been seen in the protected areas beneath the throat.

The blade is a fine nickel-plated example, still bright and with a needle-like tip. The reverse is etched with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF firm. Stamped above the trademark is a stickbird waffenamt with a “5” in his belly. The original dark blue pebbled leather blade washer is in place.

Overall a nice SMF dagger that shows minor period wear but retains a lot of character.

Excellent Plus. $850.00

LD2 #38365C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is typical high quality Weyersberg example. The aluminum pommel and crossguard exactly match.

The pommel is the style with oak leaves around the swastika. When viewed in the light one can see that the swastikas on both sides have just the slightest hint of gilding left on their surfaces. The leaves throughout the pommel remains quite crisp.

The crossguard eagle flies to the left and clutches a swastika. This eagle also has outstanding detail. The reverse panel is nicely pebbled with most of the airplane gray finish still intact.

The grip of this dagger is a deep orange color, almost a dark shade of pumpkin. There is a small hairliner on the reverse that runs from the third section up to the lower portion; it barely shows, however. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The original 23cm Luftwaffe portepee is present and in the proper tie. It is in nearly mint condition, showing normal signs of usage commensurate with its age but with no wear.

The Weyersberg scabbard retains all of the original airplane gray finish. There is a minor ding at the lower obverse panel but the rest of the scabbard is nice and straight. The bands are the style that match the airplane gray finish. The throat is of natural steel, retained by a headless center placed screw.

The beautiful nickel-plated Weyersberg blade is of absolutely highest quality; it is easily in full mint condition and retains a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso of the blade is etched with the familiar Weyersberg trademark, consisting of a sword piercing a pair of wheat stalks. The original blade washer is in place.

A high quality dagger here that would sell for a good deal more were it not for the minor scabbard ding and the hairline crack in the grip. If you can live with these minor flaws this is a choice piece at very reasonable price.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

LD2 #38364C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Hangers & Portepee – Tiger

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has airplane gray generic fittings.

The pommel is the style with pebbled backgrounds, having excellent swastikas on both sides, each surrounded by crisp oak leaves.

The matching crossguard features the Luftwaffe eagle, flying to the left and clutching a mobile swastika. The detailing throughout this bird remains excellent. The reverse panel of the guard also has most of the gray finish intact; this is always a good indicator of the amount of wearing time endured on a given dagger.

The grip is a white example. It is in perfect condition and has some nice age toning throughout the ribs and being tightly wrapped with thin, twisted brass wire.

The original-to-the-piece 23cm portepee is still in place. It shows some fraying where it exits the knot but is in otherwise good condition.

The matching airplane gray scabbard is in perfect condition throughout, with good crisp panels and matching bands. The natural steel throat is retained by a pair of headless side screws.

Attached to the scabbard is the original set of hanging straps. These straps some traces of minor wear to both the brocade and the reverse velvet. The hardware consists of a plain, unmarked snap clip with matching gray rectangular buckles and slides decorated with oak leaves. The snaps are the “push-in” type; unfortunately the upper snap is broken. It should be a fairly easy job to replace this component.

The blade of this dagger is quite beautiful; it is factory bright, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the excellent Tiger logo; the cat is aligned horizontally, making his way toward the tip of the blade. The original leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice Tiger example here, with all the accouterments.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $850.00

LD2 #38228 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – WKC

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has textbook WKC hilt fittings. The pommel and crossguard are generic style mounts with a fine gray finish. The pebbled panel on the reverse of the guard retains nearly 100% of the gray finish.

The guard features a fine eagle clutching a mobile swastika. These generic guards have a slight cantilever to the upper wing of the bird and in my opinion are some of the best looking Luftwaffe guards that were produced.

The grip is an off-white color with good age toning. This grip is in good condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. The ferrule nicely matches the other mounts.

The scabbard looks to be a nickel-plated type. There is some lifting to the plating on both the obverse and reverse. The bands are the type we see from WKC, having a pebbled background behind the oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head screws which is not typical of WKC; normally we see only a single screw. It is possible that this scabbard was married to this dagger.

The blade is a very fine example and is extremely bright throughout. It is plated blade with a fine, needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the WKC Knight Head logo, and the original black leather blade washer is in place.

A decent dagger here for someone on a budget.

Excellent. $595.00

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. $7,195.50

LD2 #38088 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Puma

This Puma example is quite attractive, with very fine generic mounts.

The pommel has excellent dark backgrounds, pebbled next to the overlapping oak leaves. The swastikas are nicely vaulted on both sides and still have their original coating throughout the legs.

The matching crossguard features the usual eagle, flying to the left. The detailing throughout this bird remains exceptional throughout. The quillon arms are the style that are cast in and are the WKC style. The pebbled background is in crisp, choice condition.

The grip of this dagger is a fine, off-white example that is is perfect, pristine condition. It is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is straight as an arrow and retains all of the original airplane gray finish. The bands are nicely detailed with a pattern of oak leaves, and the throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws. This scabbard is in perfect condition throughout.

The blade of this dagger is still nice, having a needle-like tip and still being quite bright. There is some light smudging evenly spread throughout the surface of the blade, but overall it is still in very good condition. The reverse is marked with the famous Puma Cat Head logo. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very nice Puma 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, reasonably priced.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $695.00

LD2 #37917C 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Dedication – Carl Eickhorn

This Eickhorn 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has all aluminum parts in excellent condition.

The pommel is the secondary type that we sometimes see on Eickhorn pieces, being the same as that shown on page 140 of my Luftwaffe Book. The pommel has crisp swastikas on both sides and good surrounding oak leaves. There is excellent rendering to these leaves.

The crossguard is the standard Eickhorn type, being the same as shown on page 147 of my book. The crossguard depicts a fine eagle, flying to the viewer's left and clutching a mobile swastika. The detailing to this eagle is exceptional.

The reverse guard is pebbled in the usual way. It is interesting as there is a very small, precisely rendered three line dedication on the surface. It reads “Die Mannischaften der Einheit 60124 / im Herbst 1939.” This indicates that this dagger was from the “Loyal Men of 60124 in the Autumn of 1939”. It is possible that this dagger was given to a Flight Captain by his cadre of NCO's; more research would have to be done but I think this was the case.

The grip is a nice yellow which has not yet toned to orange; obviously this grip was not exposed to light over the years. The grip has a couple of minor chips on the top segment; other than this, though, it is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. The ferrule is the standard type.

The scabbard is in choice condition with all of the original finish and showing little age. The pebbled panels are still crisp and the convex bands still have excellent oak leaves. The thick Eickhorn throat is retained by two headless side screws.

The fine blade is as nice as they come, easily in mint condition with a mirror-finish, a needle-like tip and all of the original crossgrain. The blade is darkly etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original leather washer is in place deep within the guard.

A most interesting 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here that would be a good candidate for further research.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,695.00

LD2 #37563C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

This Weyersberg 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a real beauty, remaining in an extremely choice condition.

The pommel on this piece has a fine darkening throughout the oak leaves that surround the swastikas on both sides. These oak leaves also exhibit excellent hand engraving, particularly where the leaves butt against the enter ridge of the pommel. The two swastikas still have 100% of their original gilded finish, a fine contrast to the dark pommel.

The crossguard is also outstanding. The original airplane gray is still in the recesses throughout the obverse eagle, while the pebbled reverse panel retains 100% of this finish. This is very rare to see and is a sure sign of a dagger that was never used. The upper quillon arms have a pattern of engraved oak leaves and acorns. There is some attractive pebbling that has been added to the surfaces of these oak leaves, adding some depth to the design. The bottom of the crossguard arms are in absolutely pristine condition.

The ferrule is also a nice, dark example which matches the pommel.

The grip of this dagger is a very pretty, grapefruit yellow color. It may be just the slightest bit darker on the obverse than the reverse, but overall the tone is even. This grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with spring aluminum wire.

The scabbard is also a terrific example. It retains 100% of the airplane gray finish and is straight as an arrow. The bands are the generic variety, and have a tone which matches the scabbard shell.

The throat is a very thin type and has no airplane gray finish. It is retained by two headless flush mounted side screws.

The blade, as they usually are on Weyersberg pieces, is a very fine, high quality nickel-plated example. It retains the original mirror-bright finish and has a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso of the blade is etched with the familiar wreathed sword logo of the Weyersberg firm. Above the trademark is a stickbird style waffenamt with the number “5” in his belly. Weyersberg, in addition to SMF, apparently had in-house Luftwaffe inspectors as we normally see these marks on blades produced by these firms.

The original blue pebbled blade washer is in place deep within the recesses of the crossguard.

If you are looking for a top notch, highest quality 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger, this is the piece for you.

Mint. $1,495.00

LD2 #37463C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Deep Orange Grip – Robert Klaas

The grip of this 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is sensational and for those of you out there that are looking for crowd pleasing grip colors this piece is definitely for you. The grip on this example is not only orange but it almost looks to have grain running through it, as well as areas of deeper, almost red colors. I have never seen a grip this bold and I'm sure that it would be a pleasure to own. It remains in perfect condition throughout, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. If you look beneath the wire that separate the ribs traces of lighter color can be seen. A beautiful grip here, demonstrating perfectly the amazing transformations Nature can affect on a chemically volatile substance like celluloid.

The hilt mounts are similarly great on this dagger. The pommel is the same as the example I show on page 136 of my Luftwaffe Book. The swastika on both sides is extremely bold, and the oak leaves around it is raised out and heavily hand enhanced. There was pebbling put between the area where the oak leaves come up to the center rim. The aluminum pommel also has much of the original factory blackening in the backgrounds.

The crossguard is the style that goes with this type of pommel, having the eagle with a breast and talon area that is vaulted out much more so than the normal crossguards we see. This guard shows little wear and has excellent feathering on the eagle. The bird, of course, flies to the left and grasps a mobile swastika in his talons. The reverse panel is decorated with small pebbling and still has a good portion of the original factory blackening, particularly around the protected areas at the edges. The ferrule is a fine, steel example. A really great hilt here!

The scabbard is the same as the Klaas piece I show on page 178 of my Luftwaffe Book. This scabbard is a fine, straight example, having good tones silver plating. The bands are well defined and have outstanding hand enhanced oak leaves tipped at a 45 degree angle. The throat is retained by two dome head steel screws in the same manner as the book piece.

As we often see on Klaas pieces, the blade of this example is a nickel-plated type. It does have a few traces of age in the form of tiny cracks in the plating on both the obverse and reverse facings, but it still remains nice and bright and is in generally good condition with a needle-like tip. The blade itself grades at about Excellent Plus. The reverse of the blade has the familiar Kissing Cranes logo of the Klaas firm, and the original blade washer is in place deep within the recesses of the guard.

A really great 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, one that is guaranteed to catch the eye of any viewer.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

LD2 #37444 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This outstanding 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has the classic SMF hilt fittings. The pommel is the same as the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137, and the crossguard is the same as the piece I show on page 147. These hilt mounts are constructed out of fine aluminum. The pommel has outstanding hand enhanced oak leaves and bold, vaulted swastikas. The crossguard is a beauty, showing little to no wear, with fine detailing to the eagle on the obverse. The reverse guard retains almost all of the original airplane gray darkening. The upper guard arms have a pattern of fine oak leaves and acorns, the same as I show on page 147 of my book. The ferrule is a steel example, with a slightly darker tone which contrasts nicely against the bright aluminum of the pommel and guard.

The grip of this dagger is a beauty, being a shade of light orange. It is in perfect condition throughout, and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is also a great example, being totally straight and having a fully intact airplane gray finish. It has the SMF style bands which feature oak leaves positioned on 45 degree angles. The throat is left in the natural metal tone and is retained by two headless side screws.

As we normally see with SMF pieces the blade of this dagger is a nickel-plated type. It is mirror bright, with just a a couple of minor signs of age here and there. Overall, however, the blade is still quite nice and easily grades at Excellent Plus being complete with a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso has a waffenamt stamping (again a hallmark of SMF production) being a stick bird with a number “5” in his belly. Below the waffenamt is the Seated King trademark of the firm, sword in hand. He sits above the firms initials and the location of “Solingen”. The original blade washer is in place deep within the recesses of the guard.

I notice that there is also some initials scratched into the lower guard. It appears to be “LTN F.B.” Certainly not enough here to research but it does add interest to the dagger.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,095.00

LD2 #37361 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This textbook Eickhorn 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in fine condition. It has all aluminum mounts and is identical to the examples I show in my Luftwaffe Book; the pommel on page 137 and the crossguard on page 147. These aluminum mounts are done in the textbook fashion, the pommel being heart shaped. It is nicely rendered throughout the oak leaves, with fine hand enhancements, and the swastikas are nice and bold.

The crossguard features the usual eagle, flying to the left and clutching a swastika. There is little to no wear on this guard, and the reverse has a good, crisply pebbled panel. The upper quillon arms have engraved oak leaves and acorns, with fine pebbling added to the surfaces.

The grip of this dagger is most attractive, being orange on the obverse and fading to a egg yolk yellow on the reverse. This grip was originally a yellow color, but seventy years of light and exposure have treated us to this shade of orange. This grip is in perfect condition but for a tiny hairliner on the lower obverse grip rib, although it is extremely minor. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

Wrapped around the lower portion of the grip is the original-to-the-piece 23cm portepee. This portepee is in excellent condition throughout, showing no fray.

The scabbard is a choice airplane gray toned example, with the convex bands used by Eickhorn. This scabbard is the same as the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 179. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws. A very nice Mint scabbard here.

The blade of this dagger is also in fine condition. It is still nice and bright and has all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. There are a couple of extremely minor signs of age, negligible really, and the blade rates in Near Mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark; a seated squirrel holding a sword, with the word “Quality” above and the firm's name and location, “Carl Eickhorn Solingen” below. The original blue pebbled leather blade buffer is in place within the deep recesses of the guard.

A very nice Eickhorn 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger.

Mint Minus. $1,195.00

LD2 #37188 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has good airplane gray darkened fittings throughout. The pommel appears to still have traces of the original finish over the obverse swastika, but it is work on the reverse. The pommel is a smaller type, more or less like the generic example I show on page 142 of my Luftwaffe Book. It has good oak leaves around the double circles which enclose the swastikas on both sides.

The crossguards have matching toned aluminum, featuring an eagle which flies to the viewer's left and clutches a mobile swastika in his talons. This bird shows only modest signs of usage on the feathering. The reverse pebbled pattern is still good, with most of the factory blackening intact. The upper quillon arms have the engraved oak leaves and acorns, with good treatment over the leaves, being a shaded style rendering. The ferrule matches the other hilt fittings.

The grip of this dagger is an off-white example which remains in perfect condition. It is wrapped with a thin twisted brass wire.

The scabbard is a generic style, having a good, airplane gray finish and showing just a little bit of age. The bands feature the oak leaves that are positioned at 45 degree angles, being done in a white metal. The thin throat is retained by a side headless screw in the center reverse.

The blade is a fine example, in bright condition and still having both the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. This blade is easily in near mint condition. It is protected by an in-place leather buffer.

A nice, basic wartime dagger here, in untouched condition.

Excellent Plus. $695.00

LD2 #36599 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Siegfried Waffen (E. Pack)

This Pack-made 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has a lot of silvering throughout the finish. The silvering has toned to a very deep patination, giving the dagger a great, quality look.

The pommel is a very fine example, having excellent oak leaves throughout. On the area where the leaves comes up to the center ridge the surfaces have all been pebbled; nice work here! The swastikas are also extremely nice, being slightly vaulted. The pommel also has pebbling withing the two circles around the swastika, something that we frequently see on Pack-made parts.

The crossguard depicts an eagle, flying to the left and grasping a mobile swastika. This eagle has outstanding detail throughout, with little sign of wear. The reverse of the guard has a pebbled panel, with about 95% of the original darkening still intact. The ferrule above is also patinated to match.

The grip is an off-white example, probably being plaster filled but I don't want to take a a look; sometime by openiing up these wartime pieces the plaster can break off at the top and damage the grip. This grip is in perfect condition, being tightly wrapped with springy wire.

The scabbard is apparently an extra cost silvered type, as it too has turned black, matching the hilt mounts. The scabbard is completely straight throughout, with crisply pebbled panels. The carrying bands display fine detail to the oak leaves. The throat is retained by two dome-head screws. The screws are located lower than we normally see them; definitely an E. Pack trait.

The blade is a real beauty, having a mirror finish throughout. It shows only the most minor signs of age, but still remains in Mint condition with a needle-like tip. The blade appears to nickel plated. The reverse ricasso has the large trademark which features the “Siegfried Waffen” above and below the logo. The logo features the eponymous hero hammering away within an arch that contains the firm's name and location. The original dark pebbled leather washer is in place.

An extremely fine Pack example here.

Near Mint. $995.00

LD2 #36080 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in nice condition and is also very interesting because of the shape of the scabbard. We’ll get to this further down in the description.

This unmarked piece has WKC hilt mounts. As we all know by now WKC did sell their parts and we often see them on the daggers made by smaller producers that today remain anonymous when there is no marking on the blade. This pommel and crossguard are identical respectively to the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 142, right and also page 150. The pommel is one of the styles having pebbling around the overlapping oak leaves. The swastikas are very nicely done being crisp and raised out. The crossguard has a very fine eagle flying to the viewer’s left. This crossguard is of a generic variety having the large pebbling on the background panels. The factory darkening is still about 98% on this paneling. The detail to the crossguard eagle is exceptional with outstanding feathering to the bird’s breast and wing as well as the talons. On the bottom surface of the lower right guard there is a personalization, scratched rather roughly (but lightly) into the metal. It appears to be the name, "Huthin"; whether this was the name of the original owner or the vet who captured this piece is unclear and likely to remain a mystery!

The grip is a pleasing lighter orange color. The grip is in absolutely perfect condition being even color toned and having twisted brass wire. Tied about the lower area of the grip is what appears to be the original-to-the-piece portepee. This portepee shows a little bit of usage and wear but basically has no fraying and is in good condition.

As I mentioned above the scabbard for this piece is a real enigma. I’ve only seen one other scabbard like this one in the past, and unfortunately, I discovered it after my Luftwaffe book was completed so this scabbard type is not shown. The interesting part about the scabbard is that it is not rounded on the edges like most Luftwaffe scabbards will be. It is immediately noticeable by the experienced collector and if you don’t notice it with your eye you certainly will notice it when you pick this scabbard up as the four edges of the scabbard are almost on ninety degree angles. It gives the scabbard a great look. Chances are this scabbard was made by a small generic producer that must have had few sales during Solingen’s heyday of the Third Reich period. This scabbard has a lighter color to its surfaces and since it is magnetic, probably the surfaces are a lightly plated steel. The pebbled pattern is still nice and crisp and seems to have more of a visual effect added by the square edges. The oak leaf panel at the bottom also is good looking on this scabbard. The bands are more or less conventional having good oak leaf detail. The throat cantilevers over slightly on both sides and it is retained by two dome head side screws which are located slightly lower than we normally see them. This scabbard overall is in near Full Mint condition.

The blade of this example is no disappointment. This blade is unmarked and is still nice and bright and has all of its crossgraining with needlelike tip. This blade is in mint condition. The blade is protected by an in place leather washer. A very fine Luftwaffe dagger here, especially for those out there that are interested in “types”.

Near Mint. $895.00

LD2 #35859 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe is a textbook Eickhorn piece. It has the heart shaped pommel being the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137. This pommel is an outstanding example having lots of hand enhancement to the surrounding oak leaves especially where they meet the center ridge of the pommel. The swastikas also have traces of the original gilt remaining being only about 10%. The crossguard is the same as is shown on page 147, far right. This guard features the upper arms with engraved oak leaves and acorns having a pebbled surface over the top. The eagle flies to the viewer’s left and is in outstanding condition with good detail to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and the clasped mobile swastika. The ferrule also nicely matches with the other fittings. The grip is a fine grapefruit color having an even tone throughout. Other than a small minute crack at the front and reverse of the top grip segment the rest is perfect. This grip is wrapped with the aluminum springy wire.

The scabbard is the traditionally Eickhorn type, being the same as the one shown on page 179, far left. This scabbard has 100% of the original airplane gray finish coupled with good pebbled panels. The carrying bands are the convex variety used by this firm having great detail to the oak leaves. The fat throat is retained by two headless side screws.

The blade of this example is still bright however there is just the slightest bit of smudge in a few places on both sides of the surfaces but it is not bad. The blade still grades at about excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is dark etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn squirrel logo. The squirrel holds a downward pointing sword with the quality word above, “original”. Below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original leather blade buffer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses. A nice collectible Eickhorn Luftwaffe dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD2 #35907 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe is a very high quality piece that has most unusual hilt fittings that I do not remember seeing in the past. The pommel and crossguard are both aluminum examples, but they are also different from others. The pommel has almost a “stubby fire plug” style look as it is very robust and has incredible detail. The pedestal area is also different from most in that the lower rim is not flared out. The oak leaves on both sides are painstakingly hand engraved and there is even pebbling added throughout the plain area between the oak leaves and the center rim. The swastikas are both good portrayals. The backgrounds of the pommel have been darkened in the usual manner. The crossguard also has this stubby robust look to the eagle. This bird is vaulted outward in the center area much more than they usually are. In addition the feathering is highly detailed throughout the bird’s breast, talons and even the claws have been hand detailed. A really great looking bird here. The upper quillon arms are the type that have the engraved oak leaves and acorns. In this case though the engraving is also quite special with lots of pebbling to the surfaces. The ferrule is a normal example. The grip is an attractive orange color which is quite dark. This grip is in perfect condition and it is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The scabbard goes very nicely with this piece which looks to me as though it is an SMF part. It has the airplane gray shell with excellent pebbling and the contrasting aluminum carrying bands with good oak leaf detail. The throat is retained by two flat head side screws. Whoever this small producer was they probably purchased this scabbard from SMF and finished it in house.

The unmarked blade is a beauty in that it is a quality nickel-plated example not the usual polished type. The plating is very well done and this blade remains mirror bright with needlelike tip. The original washer is also a little bit different as it is a very small type similar to what we would see on an army officer dagger. Usually these Luftwaffe washers will cover the entire expanse of the lower crossguard recess. A most attractive and interesting dagger here that is a head scratcher for me and should be of interest for someone who collects 2nd model Luftwaffe types. You never see everything in this hobby and usually you will learn something you never knew every day!

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

LD2 #35579C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Double Etched Blade – Emil Voos

This Voos double-etched 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger is an absolute textbook pattern and is in choice condition throughout. The hilt mounts are the generic variety. The pommel and crossguard are a fine dark airplane gray and there are traces of an original silver plating which apparently was special ordered by the purchaser. A lot of this plating has flaked off over the years but there is perhaps 20-30% of it remaining around the crossguard and pommel where the viewer can obviously see that it once was in place.

The pommel is the style with pebbled backgrounds and oak leaves which are placed around a double circle which contains a mobile swastika on each side. The crossguard is the generic variety having the large pebble pattern on the reverse. Most of the original darkening is still in the backgrounds of the pebbles and a lot of the original silvering still remains on the upper crossguard quillon arms. These arms feature the cast in style oak leaves. This crossguard is identical to the example pictured on page 152 and 153. The eagle flies to the viewer’s left having outstanding detail throughout the wings, head, breast feathering, talons and smooth mobile swastika. The ferrule is also a fine example matching nicely with the crossguard and pommel.

The grip is a real beauty. This grip is in perfect condition throughout, having a very pleasing golden color. There is a crack which runs the length of the left obverse side and also another crack on the right edge. Both sides of the grip have beautiful golden grains running the length. This grip is tightly wrapped with the typical springy aluminum wire wrap. A very fine hilt here.

The scabbard is a typical generic type having good airplane gray finish. This scabbard is straight throughout and has excellent pebbling. The carrying bands are the typical generic variety having oak leaves positioned on a forty-five degree angle and running around the circumference of each band. The throat is retained by two headless screws, one in each side.

The blade is also an outstanding example. The nickel-plated surfaces are 100% on the obverse with just one small spot at the tip of the reverse but other than that this blade is also in fine nickel-plated condition. The obverse blade depicts an eagle flying to the viewer’s right within the center panel. This eagle clutches a mobile swastika in his talon and under each wing is a laurel branch. The bird is flanked by floral designs. The reverse blade has all floral designs and is most beautiful. This blade is the type that ends with the spear-like tip and is identical to the examples I show on page 232 and 233 in my Luftwaffe Book. This blade easily grades in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with an oval having the firm’s name and location within the circumference; it is “Emil Voos Solingen”. Inside is a stump which has a snake wrapped around it. The original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A very fine Voos produced 2nd model Luftwaffe Dagger. These examples are a great investment for the future as they have never ceased to hold their value and gradually increase as times go on.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $11,995.00

LD2 #35642 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Robert Klaas

This Robert Klaas example is equipped with WKC style hilt fittings. The pommel and crossguard both have good airplane gray darker finish. The pommel is identical to the example I show on page 142, right of my Luftwaffe Book. This pommel is the style with pebbled backgrounds and oak leaves going around double circles which enclose a mobile swastika on each side. Most of all the original darkening is still in place on this fine pommel.

The crossguard is a matching design being the same as I show on page 149, center. This crossguard has excellent pebbling in the back panel and has nearly all of the blackening over the surfaces of the pebbles. The obverse depicts a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the left. This bird has excellent feathering to his wings, breast and talons. The bird grasps a mobile smooth swastika in his claws. The upper quillon arms are the style with cast in oak leaves and acorns being the same as page 149, center. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt fittings. The grip is a fine off-white color still being in perfect condition. Like we see on a lot of Klaas daggers this grip is wrapped with twisted aluminum wire. A fine hilt here.

The scabbard is also a nice example. It too has good airplane gray finish and is straight throughout. This scabbard features pebbling on both sides with carrying bands of aluminum featuring oak leaves positioned on a forty-five degree angle. The throat is retained by two countersunk headless screws. The blade is a nice bright example. It has a few extremely minor age signs in the surfaces but overall the blade is easily near full mint with nice crossgraining and good needlelike tip. This blade easily grades in excellent plus, plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the twin birds which are positioned over the firm’s name and location, “Robert Klaas Solingen”. There is a new-like brown pebbled washer in place deep within the crossguard recess. A nice dagger here and a maker not seen too frequently.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD2 #35216 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

Despite the fact that this has no maker, it was produced by the Alcoso firm. The pommel and crossguard are typical of this producer, being the same as the pommel that I show on page 137 of my Luftwaffe Book, and the crossguard shown on page 148, with its thin appearance. As the Alcoso firm did many times, these mounts have been coated with a very dark, airplane gray tone. The pommel has good detail throughout the oak leaves, and the raised out swastikas. The crossguard features the eagle flying to the left, clutching a swastika, and as stated above, is still mostly coated with the factory black coloring. The ferrule is the typical Alcoso type. This grip is a white example, being indicative of wartime pieces. Other than a small crack at the left upper rib, the grip is in perfect condition, being wrapped with twisted, brass wire. The grip has shrunk slightly, which is noticable by a little bit of space in the wire at a couple of ribs.

The scabbard is a generic variety, being straight throughout. This scabbard has a silver plated finish, which has turned quite black. The silvering is quite evident though, on the area at the throat assembly, where it was protected by the in place dagger. This scabbard has good pebbling, and excellent, generic oak leaves to the bands. The thinner style throat is unplated, and is retained by two headless flush mount side screws. The unmarked blade is in very fine condition, being completely bright throughout, and having its needle like tip. This blade shows little age, and is easily in near mint condition. The original blade washer is in place. A good piece for a budget collector, or someone just getting started.

Excellent Plus. $650.00

LD2 #31006 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook Carl Eickhorn piece throughout. The pommel is the heart shaped variety being the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 138 at eleven o’clock. This pommel is an aluminum base and has good relief with factory blackening in the backgrounds to accent the oak leaves. The swastikas on both sides are still crisp and both images still have a minor amount of gilt still in place. The crossguard is a matching example having outstanding depiction to the eagle flying to the viewer’s left grasping a swastika in its talons. There is also good darkening here to this bird accenting the feathering and on the reverse the pebbled panel has nearly 100% of the airplane gray. The panels on the upper quillon arms have the oak leaves and acorns which are identical to the example I show on page 147, far right. The ferrule also matches nicely. The grip is a good looking darker yellow color which is about of the tone that it was when the piece was originally made. This grip is quite attractive being in perfect condition and tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. The scabbard is a good airplane gray example being completely textbook and having 100% of the original toning. This scabbard is identical to the Eickhorn piece shown on page 179, far left. The pebble patterns are still crisp and the convex style bands are matching exactly the color of the shell. The throat of this example is the thicker type that we associate with this producer. This throat is retained by two headless flush mount side screws. The blade is still bright however there is a little bit of smudge which is evenly spread throughout the surfaces. Probably a lot of this could be cleaned off with a little semi chrome and some handwork. This blade as it is grades at about excellent to excellent plus. There is also a tiny bend to the tip where someone stuck the blade into a tree or the like. This should come out with a little hammering. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the small trademark used during 1940. It consists of the squirrel holding a downward pointing sword, the same as the 1935-41 examples, it is just smaller and stamped instead of etched. The original leather washer is in place. A nice dagger here which would grade a little higher with a little work on the blade.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD2 #31312 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Richard Abr. Herder

This Richard Abr. example is almost never seen in a 2nd Model Luftwaffe pattern. In fact, I do not even show one in my Luftwaffe Book. This example has some unique features which make it a good one for the type collectors out there. The pommel somewhat resembles the Pack type but it is also flatter and wider looking than any other styles used. This pommel has a dark coating in the backgrounds and the raised portions are a lighter aluminum color. There is lots of detail throughout this pommel and hand engraving is evident on the oak leaves that butt up to the center ridge. The swastikas are surrounded by double rings which have the pebbles inside of the rings. The crossguard also has a dark coating and this example has most of the guard covered. Only the areas that are in high relief have aluminum tones. This crossguard could very well be an Alcoso version as it seems to conform with the oak leaf and acorn pattern engraved into the upper quillon arms. It is also a thinner style guard. A firm like Herder might have purchased parts from other places in Solingen as they apparently had very few orders for 2nd model Luftwaffe daggers. The ferrule on this example is nice looking and blends well with the mounts. Contrasting with the black coatings of these hilt fittings is a very dark orange pumpkin color grip. This grip is a beauty and is in perfect condition being tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. The scabbard is straight throughout and appears to be an SMF type to me. The scabbard has the airplane gray coating with the aluminum bands. The coating has a couple of lifts in the surfaces of the obverse panel lower area, but it is not bad. The bands have good detail to the slanted oak leaves. The rings are the aluminum type. The throat is an unfinished variety being retained by two flathead flush mount side screws. The blade is really an exceptional example. It is mirror bright and easily has 100% of its crossgraining. This blade is equipped with a needle tip and is easily in a full mint state. The reverse ricasso is etched with the larger style double oval trademark. The ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Rich. Abr. Herder Solingen”. Inside is the well known diamond logo. The small style brown leather washer is in place. A nice maker mark here and a good one for the “type collectors” out there.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD2 #30543 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Simulated Ivory Grip

This is a nice looking 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger, and is very desirable for Luftwaffe type collectors. The pommel and crossguard are the generic type. They both have a lighter color aluminum matching tone. The pommel is identical to the one that I show on page 142 of my Luftwaffe Book. This pommel has good detail to the oak leaves and the pebbling behind. It features a swastika on each side. The matching crossguard features the Luftwaffe Eagle flying to the viewers left. The bird has all of his feathering visible, and good detail to the brow, legs, and talons. The upper quillon arms have the cast-in oak leaves, exactly as per page 151, right. The ferrule is also a good example, nearly matching the other hilt fittings. The real eye-catcher here, though, is the grip. This grip is toned to a golden ivory color, and to complete the look it has beautiful graining that runs the length of the obverse. The graining is also visible on the edges and is harder to see on the reverse. The grip is in totally perfect condition and is wrapped with a springy-style copper type wire. This grip is the same as the simulated example I show on page 71, except the book example does not have as much grain as this piece does. A really great looking hilt here! The scabbard is a typical generic variety, having excellent airplane gray coating and being in perfect condition. The oak leaves show much detail, and the throat is retained by two headless flathead side screws. The throat is the style that is left untoned. The blade of this example is bright throughout and retains most of its original crossgraining. There is just the slightest bit of age on the surface and a couple of places, but easily the blade still grades in a near mint state. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the firm’s name “Tiger”, over the location “Solingen”. To the left of the name is a striped cat making his way down the center blade segment. A tan colored leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses. An outstanding dagger here and a great looker.

Near Mint. $1,595.00

LD2 #29503 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

This Carl Eickhorn example is a fine, textbook piece. It is not perfect, but it is priced accordingly. The pommel is the popular heart shaped variety, being identical to the example I show on page 138 of my Luftwaffe Book, at 11 o’clock. This pommel has outstanding detail to the oak leaves, and lots of hand enhancing is obvious around the areas where the leaves meet the center ridge. There is about 50% to 60% of the original gilt, which still is retained on both swastikas. The reverse side of the pommel is slightly oxidized, whereas the obverse side has its fine original darkening in the backgrounds. The crossguard is exactly matching as to the metal tone, and it portrays an eagle flying to the viewer’s left. The detail throughout the bird is exceptional, and he is grasping a mobile swastika in his talons. The pebbling to the background panel shows little to no wear. The upper quillon arms are engraved with acorns and oak leaves, being identical to the example I show on page 147, far right. The ferrule also is a fine Eickhorn example, having an airplane-gray finish. The grip of this piece is a very pretty tangerine-orange color. The obverse is just slightly darker than the reverse. The grip would be in totally perfect condition, were there not for just a small chip at the reverse bottom rib. This could easily be covered by an in-place portepee. A pretty nice hilt here! The scabbard is a standard Eickhorn type, having the convex oak leaf bands. It is straight throughout, and has good airplane-gray finish. Some of the original lacquer still remains, being a little bit spotty on the edges, but it is still there. This scabbard is straight throughout, and has the usual thick throat used by this producer. The throat is held in place by two headless flush mount side screws. The blade of this example is still bright, however, there is some mild smudge on both sides of the surfaces. It is not bad and could be removed with a little bit of work with some semichrome. The needle-like tip is still good. I also see some extremely light signs of some old sharpening, and this could probably be taken out also with some semichrome as it is not deep. This blade, overall, grades at about excellent to excellent plus. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the small 1935 through 1941 trademark, used through 1940. The original leather washer in place within the crossguard recesses. A good looking Eickhorn dagger here, which could be made even better looking with a little bit of work. It is priced accordingly.

Good. $895.00

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 #27845 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a fine looking example, still in a state of good preservation. It appears to be made during the war and has some interesting aspects about its hilt fittings. The pommel and cross guard nicely matching, being aluminum types. The pommel has good detail to the oak leafing and there is hand-enhancing where the leaves meet the center ridge. This pommel appears to be the same as the example shown on Page 140. The cross guard depicts a finely detailed eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a swastika. The reverse has good pebble pattern. There is a tiny crack in the metal on the reverse lower area but it is nothing that is going to endanger the integrity of the piece. The upper area of the quillon arms of this cross guard is most interesting. This area has been completely hand engraved to include the panels themselves. The inside areas are a series of wiggly lines and curves which are an attempt to simulate the oak leaf and acorn depictions normally used. This must have been something done late in the war. If you didn’t look directly at it, the viewer would probably not notice the difference. A very interesting observation here! The ferrule of the dagger is a good matching example. The grip is quite beautiful, being a fine yellow color still having its original tone. This grip is in totally perfect condition, being tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. The scabbard is a WKC type having bands being identical to Page 180 of my Luftwaffe Book. These bands are toned to match the airplane gray of the scabbard shell. The throat of this example is retained by two dome head side screws. This blade is quite beautiful, still being mirror bright. This blade has been nickel plated and retains all of the plating. There are a couple of extremely minor age hints in the surfaces but they are extremely nominal and the blade still easily grades in near mint condition. These plated blades are not seen too often and I feel they are a pleasure to look at. The blade is unmarked and has been protected by an in-place leather washer. A nice dagger here with some unusual attributes.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

LD2 #26698 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This example is composed of generic fittings and most likely was made wartime. It shows very little usage, as its owner probably went off to Russia or Africa. The hilt fittings are the usual gray aluminum type having darkened factory backgrounds. The pommel appears to be like the example I show on Page 140 of my Luftwaffe Book, lower. This pommel is quite interesting to examine, as it has lots of hand-enhancing to the oak leaf depictions. The leaves have been totally scrolled around the borders where they meet the center ridge. Both of the mobile style swastikas are nicely vaulted. The cross guard depicts a fine eagle which is flying to the viewer’s left. This eagle has outstanding hand-enhanced details to his eye, beak, breast feathering, legs and talons. He clutches a mobile swastika. The reverse panels also have good detail and easily have 100% of the airplane gray coating covering the surfaces. The upper quillon arms have very beautiful engraved style oak leaves and acorns. The engraving is really superior. This is one of the example types which I did not have when I originally published my book. This is one of the best panel engravings you will see. Really looks great! The ferrule is also gray colored, matching the other fittings. The grip of this example is a pleasing, off-white color. It is in perfect condition and is wrapped with a thin twisted brass wire. The scabbard is a typical generic type. It has matching airplane gray surfaces and shows only the most nominal of age. The bands are nicely detailed and the thin style throat is also grayed to match. This throat is retained by a flush mount, headless screw in the reverse center. This scabbard is easily in near mint condition. The unmarked blade is a good example, having needlelike tip and all of its cross graining. It shows a little bit of nominal surface age, but it is really nothing and appears to be more from the blade sitting than anything else. I believe that this nominal age could come out with only a slight amount of work with semichrome. This blade easily is in a near mint condition. This is a fine dagger made by a small company who was producing generic items. It would make a nice addition to any Luftwaffe collection.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

LD2 #23793 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Puma

We do not see many Puma-made, 2nd Model Luftwaffe Daggers. The only one I show in my Luftwaffe Book is on page 309 and 310. The book piece has the identical crossguard as this example. The crossguard depicts an eagle flying to the left, clutching a swastika. His wing detail is outstanding as is the pebbled panel on the reverse. The pommel exactly matches the dark airplane color gray of the crossguard. The two swastikas are of a lighter metal tone contrasting nicely with the darker backgrounds of this pommel. The pommel has good detail to the oak leaves. The ferrule also matches these two fittings. The grip is a very pleasing lighter orange color. It remains in totally perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard also has matching airplane gray tones with the bands being of slightly lighter color. The pebble patterns are still mostly crisp across this straight scabbard. The wreath depictions to the oak leaf bands are also excellent. The throat is retained by one side screw on the right, usually indicating this scabbard was produced by WKC. Since Puma did not make its parts this could be expected.

The blade of this example is still bright and retains its needlelike tip. Most, if not all, of the original crossgraining remains across the blade’s surfaces. There are a couple of extremely spider web like stains in the surfaces, but I think these could come out with a little cleaning effort. Otherwise, this blade is in near full mint condition. The reverse is etched with the diamond pattern which retains the head of the mountain lion cat. Below the head is the name of the firm, “Puma”. Outside of this is the location town of, “Solingen”. The blade has been protected by a tan color washer which is in place within the crossguard recesses. This is a tough maker to find if you are collecting “types” for 2nd Lufts.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

LD2 #27816 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Unmarked WKC

This is a wartime produced 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger, and it does not have a maker mark. Take it from me, though, this piece is an absolute WKC produced example throughout. It is also a recent Vet purchase. The dagger has all aluminum fittings, being a slightly lighter attractive tone throughout. The pommel is the same as I show in my my Luftwaffe Book on page 142, right. This pommel is the type with the pebbling in the backgrounds and it has good detail to the oak leaves. The two swastikas, one on each side, are nicely raised out. This pommel shows little to no wear.

The cross guard is also a textbook variety, being identical to the one on page 151, right. This cross guard has outstanding detail to the eagle which is flying to the viewer's left. The feathering detail is outstanding, as is the beak, eye, breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The reverse panel also has good, crisp pebbling. The upper quillon arms have the engraved style oak leaves and acorns. As indicated, they are the same as the book. The ferrule is also a matching color. This dagger is equipped with an off-white grip. This grip is in perfect condition, nicely wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard matches the hilt exactly. It is a typical WKC type, being identical to the one I show on page 180. This scabbard has crisp pebbled panels and the oak leaves to the carrying bands are nicely detailed with the pebbling in the backgrounds, the same as the book. The throat is retained by a single flat screw on the right side, typical of this producer. The throat is also the more ovaled shape as seen in the bottom of page 181.

The blade of this example is nice and bright throughout, having 100% cross graining and good tip. There is just the most modest of age in a couple of areas but it is really nothing. This blade easily grades in near full mint condition. The brown pebbled washer is in place within the cross guard recesses. A very fine, unmarked WKC example.

Near Mint. $795.00

LD2 #25746 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Arthur Schuttlehoffer

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a later made piece and has a fairly rare maker mark. We do not see the Arthur Schuttlehofer mark very often. The fittings on this hilt are the generic type. They are done in an airplane gray finish. The pommel is the pebbled background style and it is identical to the example that I show in my Luftwaffe Book on Page 142. This pommel shows mild wear and a few scratches over the obverse swastika. The cross guard is also a generic variety, being identical to the example which is shown on Pages 152 and 153. This cross guard portrays an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a swastika. It shows very little wear and there is good detail to this bird’s head, breast, talons, wing feathering and of course, the swastika. The reverse pebbling is the larger type we see with this producer. The upper quillon arms feature the cast in type overlapping oak leaves. This cross guard looks the same as the Schuttlehofer example I show on Page 220. This dagger is equipped with an off-white grip. This grip shows some mild age and usage but, overall, it is in perfect condition, probably being the plaster-filled type. The grip is tightly wrapped with aluminum springy wire. The ferrule is the same as Page 220.

The scabbard is a generic type also, having a good airplane gray finish. This scabbard is straight except for some minor rippling towards the lower portion. The throat is a thinner style and is left in its natural state, being unplated. This throat is retained by a single headless flush mount screw in the reverse center area.

The blade of this example is extremely nice. It is bright throughout and has 100% of the original cross graining. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the stylized double oval trademark used by this company. The inner perimeter areas have the name of the company and its location, “A. Schuttlehofer & Company Solingen-Wald”. In the center area is the crossed hobbyhorses and beneath this is the abbreviation of the firm’s name, “Asso”. This mint conditioned blade is kept in good condition by its brown pebbled leather washer which is still in place deep within the cross guard recesses. A nice dagger which would be in a near mint state were it not for the rippling at the lower scabbard. Still a nice example.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD2 #27829 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Carl Eickhorn, "Over the Shoulder" Trademark

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Officer's Dagger has the rarely seen Eickhorn "Over the Shoulder" trademark. The hilt fittings are the aluminum type. The pommel is the style that Eickhorn used occasionally, being identical to the example I show on Page 140 of my Luftwaffe Book. This pommel has good definition to the oak leaves and has some hand enhancing visible where the leaves meet the center ridge area. There is some original gilding remaining on both of the mobile swastikas. The reverse has approximately 40% - 50% and the obverse has a less amount, being maybe 25% - 30%. Overall, though, the wear to this pommel is not much. The cross guard is a matching color tone having an eagle which flies to the viewer’s left clutching a mobile swastika. There is excellent detail throughout this bird to the head, eyes, breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The reverse pebbling is also still crisp in the panel. The cross guard quillon arms are engraved at the top with oak leaves and acorns, being identical to the design I show on Page 147 of my Luftwaffe book, far right. The ferrule also matches the book type.

The grip of this example is a pleasing pumpkin orange on the obverse and being just slightly lighter on the reverse. It is wrapped with springy aluminum wire, showing some minor residue in the wire surfaces, but if anything, it gives it some character. The scabbard has a fine, darker airplane gray finish with bevel style bands to match the darker tones. This scabbard is in choice, mint condition and is identical to the one I show on Page 179, far left.

The scabbard throat is the thicker type and it is retained by two headless, flush mount side screws. The blade of this example shows a little bit of smudge in the center panel of the obverse, but the rest of the blade on both sides is in choice mint condition. All of the cross graining is there, as is the needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the rarely seen over-the-shoulder squirrel trademark. We see this trademark on naval daggers frequently but almost never on 2nd model Luftwaffes. The blade is protected by a blue pebbled in-place leather washer. A good 2nd model Luftwaffe here for the “type” collectors out there.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

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

LD2 #33462 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Paul Weyersberg

The Weyersberg firm always made a quality 2nd Model Luftwaffe. This example is no exception. The pommel is an aluminum example having excellent detail to the oak leaves which surround the swastikas. These oak leaves show hand enhancing especially in the areas where they meet the center ridge. The swastikas themselves appear to have quite a bit of the original old gilt still being in place. The gilt has darkened with age but it still appears to be about 85% throughout both swastika sides. All of the original factory darkening is in the backgrounds of this mount. It is the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 138 at eight o’clock. The matching aluminum crossguard features the eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a swastika. This bird still has fairly good detail showing some handwork especially evident around the bird’s eye, beak and talons. It is unusual to see this on a Luftwaffe crossguard and this handwork gives this image some additional excitement. The reverse of the crossguard has nearly 100% of the darkening still there over the pebbling. The upper quillon arms have the engraved panels with oak leaves and acorns. They exactly match the panels seen in my Luftwaffe book on page 148, center. The ferrule is darkened on this example. The grip is a pleasing orange color still being in good chip free condition. This grip is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is a dark airplane gray color and it is straight as an arrow. 100% of the darkening is still in place. On this example the bands also are darkened to match. The pebble panels of the scabbard are still crisp. The thinner throat is left in its natural steel color and it is retained by two headless flush mount side screws. This dark scabbard is the same as I show on page 178, far right. The blade of this example is as nice as they come. This blade is completely bright and is equipped with a beautiful nickel-plated surface. The original needlelike tip is still good. The blade, like Weyersberg’s usually will be, is waffen amt. The stamp is slightly cocked when it was struck but it is still possible to see the bird’s left side with the numeral five. Below the waffen amt is the trademark of this firm consisting of dual ovals. These ovals contain the firm’s name and location, “Paul Weyersberg and Co. Solingen”. Inside is a downward pointing sword positioned between two wheat shafts. The dark color leather pebbled washer is in place. A very nice dagger here of high quality construction.

Near Mint. $1,295.00