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 #48917 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Dedicated Blade by Alcoso
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger has a classic Alcoso scabbard and hilt fittings. The pommel remains crisp and has evidence of hand work. The crossguard is the barrow type used by Alcoso and retains excellent detailing throughout the bird and reverse pebbling.
The grip is a very pretty deep orange celluloid example which remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
The scabbard shell is the rounded Alcoso type. It was finished in the usual "airplane gray" tone but over the years this finish has deteriorated quite a bit and is now quite dull. The pebbling remains crisp, however, and the aluminum bands contrast nicely against the dull finish. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head side screws.
The blade is mint and is dedicated on both sides. The obverse reads, "Hptm. u. Batterie Chef Richard Sauer", while the reverse reads, "Karlsruhe i / B Kaise-Allee 51 A". This presentation was given to the Hauptmann of the battery, Richard Sauer, and it looks like his address is on the reverse… which seems odd but then again the Germans weren't exactly normal. Apparently this address still exists in Karlsruhe.
The reverse is marked with the 1941 Alcoso Scales trademark, with the ACS done in script. The blade is in place.
A very nice, original, dedicated Luftwaffe dagger here that you might want to research.
Mint Minus. $2,195.00
LD2 #48609C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger With Original Portepee And Hangers By Carl Julius Krebs
We do not see many Carl Julius Krebs Luftwaffe pieces and I must say this example is a real beauty. The piece is equipped with really fine generic style hilt mounts. The pommel is the style with pebbling in the backgrounds of the leaves which surround the swastika on both sides. The pommel is a very attractive darker color. The crossguard matches the dark color of the pommel and is the generic type with the wing tops that slightly overlap. The bird is in outstanding condition with full detail and all feathering while it clutches a swastika. The reverse of the crossguard has all of the darkening to the pebbling indicating little usage.
The grip is an outstanding example being a deep orange on the obverse and just slightly lighter on the reverse. It is in perfect condition and is wrapped with springy style aluminum wire. The original portepee is wrapped about the lower portion of the hilt and shows a little bit of fray where it passes the end of the crossguard quillon. The slide also shows some fray.
The scabbard is a very fine airplane blue variety. It has all of its pebbling and the carrying bands match the same metal tones as the scabbard shell. The throat is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse. Attached to this fine scabbard is a set of deluxe Luftwaffe straps. These hangers remain in very fine condition having perfect brocade on the obverse. The reverse velvet is also in nice condition showing little wear. The hardware consists of snap clip having the raised out oak leaf designs and being marked UE10 on the reverse. The rectangular buckles and slides are also in nice condition and the snaps are the "push up" style with oak leaf decoration and DRGM markings on the reverse.
The blade is as nice as they come being in full mint condition with needlelike tip. The blade is a nickel plated example of highest quality. The reverse ricasso is marked with the large double ovals which contain the firm's name and location Carl Jul, Krebs Solingen. Inside is the crown over K logo. The original newlike brown leather washer is in the recesses of the crossguard. A really outstanding dagger here by a seldom seen maker.
Very desirable complete example.
Mint Minus. $1,495.00
LD2 #49023 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger & Portepee by WKC
The pommel is the style with pebbled backgrounds and fine oak leaves around the swastikas. The crossguard eagle remains finely detailed throughout, with much of the finish left on the reverse pebbled panel.
The grip is an eye-catching shade of deep orange. It remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. Wrapped about the lower portion of the hilt is an outstanding portepee which shows no wire and remain in mint condition.
The scabbard remains straight, with fine pebbled panels. The bands are the typical aluminum WKC type, with pebbling behind the oak leaves. The throat is retained by a single screw set into the right side of the scabbard.<./P>
The blade of this example shows a little bit of age towards the tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Knight's Helmet trademark of the WKC firm and the original leather washer is in place within the recesses of the guard.
A very nice WKC piece here.
Mint Minus. $1,095.00
LD2 #49021 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger & Portepee
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger is about as nice as they come. It has the classic heart-shaped Eickhorn pommel having beautiful work to the oak leaves that surround the gilded swastikas. The gilding remains perfect throughout. The crossguard is also fine, with good detailing throughout the bird and reverse pebbled panel.
The grip is a very fine yellow example. It remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The accompanying portepee appears to be original to the piece and looks to be in perfect condition, with no visible fraying.
The scabbard is an extra-cost silvered type. The silvering remains 100% intact throughout, with no lifting, and the pebbled panels remain crisp. The bands are the convex type associated with Eickhorn pieces, and the throat is retained by a pair of dome head screws.
The blade is in mint condition, with full crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse is etched with the 1935 throughout 1941 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark and the original blade washer is present deep within the recesses of the guard.
If you are looking for the best of the best in 2nd Model Luftwaffe daggers, this piece will appeal to you.
LD2 #48867 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by Alcoso
This Alcoso 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger is a textbook example. The pommel has good oak leaves around the swastikas and the narrow Alcoso guard and eagle remains nicely detailed. This bird looks to have been darkened in the recesses and is quite striking. The reverse panel pebbling is just slightly worn.
The scabbard is a fine generic example with the usual airplane gray finish that matches the hilt. It remains straight and the pebbled panels are crisp. The carrying bands are decorated with oak leaves and are toned to match the shell. The thick throat is left in natural steel and is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse center.
The blade is a very fine example. It would be mint were it not for some stains toward the tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the Alcoso Scales trademark and the original leather washer is in place.
A very nice Alcoso piece here.
Mint Minus. $995.00
LD2 #49051 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Simulated Ivory Grip By WKC
It is not often we see simulated ivory grips on 2nd lufts and this one is a pleasure to gaze upon. The mounts are WKC. The pommel is the style with pebbling around the leaves which surround the two pommel swastikas. The ferrule nicely matches. The crossguard is a typical WKC example having a good eagle flying to the viewer's left clutching a swastika. The pebbled panels on the reverse crossguard are also in nice condition. This WKC guard features the engraved style oak leaves and acorns on the crossguard upper surfaces.
The grip has a very pleasing yellowy ivory look and there is texture that can be seen within the celluloid which really simulated ivory. I show an identical WKC piece in my Luftwaffe book on page 161. The scabbard is a WKC version having good pebbling throughout and the bands are in nice condition matching the fittings on the hilt. The throat is retained by a single screw on the right hand side.
The blade of this example is a beauty being in mint condition having all of its crossgrain and needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the knight head trademark with "WKC Solingen" below. The newlike brown leather washer is in place within the recesses of the crossguard. A rarely seen dagger variety and an good example to add to the collections of those who are accumulating luft types.
Mint Minus. $1,195.00
LD2 #49024 2nd Model Luftwaffe by SMF
This SMF piece has classic hilt fittings. The pommel is a fine aluminum example having lots of hand engraving to the oak leaves that surround the swastikas on both sides. The ferrule nicely matches the mounts. The crossguard exactly matches the pommel color tone and features a very fine eagle flying to the viewer's left. The detail is outstanding to the oak leaves and the head of the bird. The reverse panel is also in very fine condition with excellent pebbling showing no wear.
The grip is a very pretty example being a darker yellow on the obverse and then fading slightly to a lighter yellow on the reverse. It is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with aluminum springy wire. There is also a fine portepee which appears original to this piece. The portepee is in near mint condition only showing just the slighted traces of fray but it is nothing.
The SMF scabbard is a very fine example being an extra cost silvered type. The majority of the silvering is still there and the scabbard has toned to an extremely attractive look. The bands are also silvered matching the scabbard. The pebbled panels are still crisp. The throat is retained by two headless side screws. The blade is bright throughout and is a nickel plated example having needlelike tip.
This bright blade is still in mint condition being marked with the seated king trademark over the firm's initials and city SMF Solingen. There is an waffenamt featuring the stick like eagle with a 5 in its belly. The original blade washer is intact in the recesses of the crossguard. A very nice Luftwaffe dagger here.
Mint Minus. $1,195.00
LD2 #48906C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF
This 2nd Modell L:ufwaffe really has everything that any collector would want in a Luft' piece. The SMF fittings and scabbard are perfect throughout. The pommel has fine leafing to the aluminum surrounding the two swastikas. The oak leaves also reflect some hand-enhancing. The gild to the swastikas is about 95% on each side. The matching cross guard features the bird in flight clutching a swastika. The detail to the feathering throughout is exceptional. The ferrule also nicely matches the hilt fittings. The grip is a great example being a rich dark orange color having just a little lighter shade at the bottom rib where apparently there was once a portepee. The grip remains in perfect condition being tightly-wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The scabbard is a wonderful example still having 100% of the airplane gray color and easily being in mint condition. The pebbling to the scabbard panels remain newlike. The bands are the aluminum style contrasting nicely with the gray of the scabbard and matching the hilt parts. The throat is left in its natural steel color and is retained by two headless side screws.
The nickel-plated mint blade retains its mirror finish throughout with needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark with "SMF" / "Solingen" beneath. Above the logo is a stamped Waffenamt having the stick-bird eagle with a number "5" in his belly. The original leather blade buffer is in place.
A terrific SMF example here and very desirable. Not many SMF examples come around in this superb condition.
LD2 #48471 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by Paul Weyersberg
This is a very nice dagger of high quality. The hilt fittings are outstanding being aluminum with a silvered look to them. The pommel is in excellent condition. Both of the swastikas still have a minor amount of gilding on their surfaces. The crossguard is a beauty showing little to no wear.
The grip is a very dark orange on the obverse fading slightly on the reverse to an egg yolk color. The grip is cracked on both sides of the lower rib and is tightly wrapped with aluminum wire.
The scabbard is also a fine example being straight throughout and having a silvered finish. It shows only minor age in a few places. The bands are aluminum and the throat is retained by two headless screws, one in each side.
The blade is a real honey being a high quality nickel finished example. It remains in mint condition and is marked on the reverse with the familiar Weyersberg swords and wheat stalks trademark. The original washer is in place.
A very nice Luftwaffe dagger here.
Mint Minus. $1,350.00
LD2 #48643 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger by F. W. Höller
This classic Höller piece is in extremely nice condition. The pommel is a nice example. It has mild airplane gray darkening. The ferrule has a nickel finish. The crossguard exactly matches the gray of the pommel.
The grip is a beauty being an appealing orange color and in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with aluminum wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout and has 100 percent of the airplane gray color. The thin throat is retained by a headless screw in the reverse center.
The blade is also a fine example being completely bright throughout. Unfortunately there is a small mark which appears to have been caused by a bad runner on the obverse. The reverse ricasso is etched with the Höller Thermometer trademark. The leather washer is in place.
A very nice Luftwaffe dagger here.
Mint MInus. $1,195.00
LD2 #40996AC Personalized 2nd Model Luftwaffe - Alcoso
This dagger is a classic Alcoso example. The pommel has the fine raised out swastikas on each side and is enhanced with fine oak leafing around the swaz's. The cross guard is the slimmer type associated with this producer. It features a good eagle on the obverse with good darkening in the backgrounds, matching that of the pommel. It has the engraved leaves on the upper portion of the cross guards. The reverse of the cross guard has very fine pebbling and still retains the airplane gray color across the area. Engraved in the pebbling is the name and maybe the rank abbreviation of the original owner. It appears to be, "R .J W. Schreiber". Looking in the German Cross winner's book, there is a Werner Schreiber listed as a Feldwebel, winning the German Cross on February 7, 1944, as an observer in a transport squadron. So, it is possible this could have been his dagger, but more research would have to be done. Perhaps the "R.J" will equate to a rank title in this squadron, but I don't know. The engraving is very deeply and precisely done into the pebble pattern of the reverse guard. It is diffult to read with the naked eye, but leaps right out with an eye loupe. The grip is an attractive lighter orange color remaining in perfect conbdition and wrapped with a brass wire.
The scabbard is a typical Alcoso type with its rounded obverse and reverse surfaces. It is in good condition with fine pebbling and all of the airplane gray color. The carrying bands are of aluminum and the throat is retained by the two small bore, flatter-head screws exclusively used by this firm.
The blade is in full mint condition being mirror bright. It has all of its cross grain and needle-like tip. The blade is etched at the reverse ricasso with the logo used from 1937 thru 1939. It has the firms's name, "Alcoso" in block letters in an arch shape over the scales with the initials, "ACS", interspersed and, "Solingen" below. The original small-sized leather washer is in place.
A very nice personalized dagger here that could have some really good potential for research.
Mint Minus. $1,495.00
LD2 #48539 2nd Model Luftwaffe No Maker
This 2nd model Luftwaffe was most likely one of the runs that were produced for pilots. It has the generic style mounts the same as I show in my Luftwaffe book on page 142. The pommel and crossguard retain all of the original gray finish and remain in crisp condition.
The grip is a off-white color and remain in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.
Decorating the grip is the original to the piece 23cm portepee. It is in nice condition with just a slight amount of fray front he crossguard rubbing and a little bit on the reverse where it rubbed against the uniform.
The scabbard is straight throughout, with god pebbling and with only mild age visible on the gray finish. The bands are aluminum and the throat is retained by a pair of flat head side screws.
The blade is in full mint condition, with full crossgrain and a needlelike tip. The original leather washer is in place.
A nice wartime dagger here.
LD2 #47942 2nd Model Luftwaffe With Very Choice Mounts No Maker
This 2nd model Luftwaffe really has exceptional mounts and shows little wear. The pommel is a beauty being the type with oak leaves around the two swastikas and fine pebbling in the backgrounds. The matching crossguard features an outstanding Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a swastika. The darkening and the brightness in the high points exactly matches that of the pommel. On the reverse all of the blue remains in the panel area. It looks as though there may have been an attempt at a personalized name on the reverse of the guard but it is illegible. The ferrule nicely matches the other mounts. The grip is a beautiful orange color being in perfect condition throughout and tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. The choice scabbard really sets off this piece. This scabbard is straight as an arrow and has 100 percent of the original airplane gray finish. There is still quite a luster to this scabbard. The scabbard pebbling is also very crisp. The bands are outstanding with high detailed slanted oak leaves running about their circumference. The throat is retained by a single headless screw in the rverse center. The blade is a still completely bright throughout having its original grain. The blade may have been slightly polished at one time but it still looks very nice with its needlelike tip and bright finish.The newlike leather washer is in place. An extremely good looking example here.
Mint Minus. $1,150.00
LD2 #48105 2nd Model Luftwaffe By SMF
The crossguard eagle has good feathering throughout, although there is modest wear on the breast of the bird. The reverse of the guard has good pebbling, also showing wear to the finish.
The grip is a dark orange example and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
The scabbard is straight throughout and looks to be a silver plated example. There is mild age along the edges of the scabbard but no lifting or problems. The bands are in contrasting aluminum, with a pattern of oak leaves set on a 45 degree angle. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head side screws.
The blade is a fine plated example, showing modest traces of age. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar seated king trademark of the SMF firm. There is also a stick-bird waffenamt marked “5”. The original washer is in place.
Excellent Plus. $995.00
LD2 #37959C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Damascus Blade
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has generic hilt mounts. The pommel is the style with pebbling behind the oak leaves. These oak leaves nicely surround the swastikas on both sides. The ferrule is the standard type.
The crossguard is the style with a slightly cantilevered upper wing area which gives the eagle a bolder look than the norm. This eagle is in choice condition, with full feathering throughout the beast and talon area. The bird clutches a plain mobile swastika. The reverse of the guard has a large pebbled pattern, typical of a generic guard. All of the airplane gray finish is in place.
The scabbard appears to me to be an Alcoso type as it has the slightly rounded look typical of that maker. The gray finish is nearly 100% intact throughout. The bands are aluminum, with good oak leaves placed at 45 degree angles. Two flat side screws retain the throat.
The Damascus blade is an unmarked example. It it an absolute original Third Reich example, having been in a collection for over twenty years. It has a beautiful combination of Maiden Hair with banded patterns in the center. It remains in mint condition with a needle-like tip. This fine blade is protected by an in-place small leather washer.
Quite a looker of a Luftwaffe here, with a blade that will turn heads!
Near Mint. $5,995.00
LD2 #46387 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Double Etched Blade No Maker
The pommel sports the two raised swastikas on both sides which at a close glance just have a hint of gilt in their surfaces. The background pebbling and oak leaves are nicely done. The crossguard is also a beauty being the WKC variety having the cast in overlapping oak leaves on the upper crossguard arms. Nearly all of the pebbling is in place on the reverse and the obverse crossguard features a very fine and crisp Luftwaffe eagle clutching a swastika.
The ferrule is in place beneath a fine 23cm portepee is in good condition showing nominal usage but no fraying.
The grip is a pretty light orange color which is fairly uniform on front and back. The grip remains in perfect condition and features tight grip wire of springy aluminum.
The scabbard is completely straight throughout having a good airplane gray finish. It shows little age. It is equipped with the type of bands that we see on WKC daggers. The thick throat is retained by two headless side screws.
The blade is a very fine example being bright throughout. It has a tiny bit of surface age at the reverse ricasso and a couple of really minor spots on the rest of the blade but overall the etch is brilliant featuring the Arabesque designs on both sides and then on the obverse center area is a panel which displays a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer's right having laurel leave springs between eagle wing. All of the frosting is intact throughout the etch. This etch is the same as I show in my Luftwaffe book on page 232 and 233 center. This blade grades in near mint condition. The original blade buffer is in place.
A nice example here to complete your Luftwaffe section. Any advanced collection should have a double etched 2nd luft to show off with other Luftwaffe examples.
Excellent Plus Plus. $3,695.00
LD2 #45939C 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Ivory Grip and Double Etched Blade by Emil Voos
This example is the classic Voos piece which all advanced collectors need to have in their collection. The dagger is a textbook example being the same as the pieces that I show in my Luftwaffe book on pages 232 through 237.
The hilt mounts are the generic style that we normally see on these Voos daggers. The pommel is an excellent example the style having pebbling behind the oak leaves. The swastikas are nicely vaulted outward and overall the pommel has a very fine look with little to no usage.
The crossguard is also the generic style having the large pebbling on the reverse. The airplane gray finish still covers at 100 percent so this assures the next owner that this dagger has seen little usage. These generic crossguards are quite good looking as the top of the crossguard overlaps the eagle's wings giving it a fine look. The eagle remains in perfect condition showing no wear to the bird’s head excellent feathering talons wing feathering and plain mobile swastika. The quillon arms have the cast in style oak leaves. The ferrule nicely matches the hilt mounts.
The ivory grip is a beauty having lots of golden toning and some attractive cracks being two in the front lower and several on the reverse one of which nearly runs the length. These cracks in ivory, in my opinion, make it come alive. The grip remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with aluminum springy wire.
The scabbard is a nickel plated style which is straight throughout and remains in perfect condition. It has crisp pebbling to the panels and the aluminum carrying bands have fine oak leaves tilted to a 45 degree angle. The throat is retained by two dome head scabbard screws.
The double etched blade is a beauty being in full mint condition with its outstanding plating and needlelike tip. All of the frosting remains in the backgrounds of the etches. The obverse etch portrays a floral style pattern with the center featuring the Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s right. The eagle is topped off with laurel leaves and berries under each wing. The reverse is in the same choice condition with full floraling. The reverse ricasso is etched with the single oval which on the inside lines has the firm’s name and location Emil Voos Solingen. In the the center is the familiar “snake around stump” logo. The original small brown leather washer is in place.
A beautiful dagger here and as I say a must for the advanced Luftwaffe collector.
A wildlife certificate is pending on this piece.
Near Mint. $5,995.00
LD2 #44999 2nd Model Luftwaffe - SMF
The pommel is a fine aluminum example having very nice hand enhanced oak leaves that surround the swastikas on both sides.
The crossguard is matching and has good pebbled pattern on the reverse with maybe 25 percent of the darkening worn from the center of the panel. The obverse features the flying eagle and it still has good detail throughout clutching a mobile swastika.
The grip is a very attractive dark orange color. It is in nice condition to the eye. There is a small crack at the upper reverse rib and there is chip at the lower obverse rib but the piece has the original 23cm portepee on it which completely conceals the chip.
The scabbard is a good SMF example having the airplane gray toning throughout. The lower portion of the scabbard pebbled area has some minor age to it but the rest of thew scabbard is in good shape still having its original gray coating. The bands are the typical aluminum SMF type with oak leaves. The throat is retained by two headless side screws.
The blade of this example is still bright being a nickel plated type as SMF did. There is a pot on the obverse edge about two thirds down where there is a slight scar in the metal which looks like somebody was going to sharpen the blade but then changed their mind as there is no sharpening evidence on the rest of the blade. Overall the blade grades easily at excellent plus plus still having its needle like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark over the firm's initials "SMF". Above the king is a waffenamt consisting of a stickbird with the number 5 in his belly. The original pebbled leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses.
All in all not a bad SMF dagger here and priced accordingly.
LD2 #44533 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger -Carl Eickhorn
The pommel is in the distinctive heart shape characteristic of an Eickhorn piece, with fine swastikas surrounded by hand enhanced oak leaves. There is just a trace of gilding left on the obverse swastika and perhaps a little more left clinging on the reverse example.
The crossguard retains full detailing throughout the eagle and swastika. This bird retains almost all of the original darkening in the recessed areas of the design. The upper surfaces of the guard arms are engraved with oak leaves and acorns, along with some pebbling. The gray finish remains about 98% intact on the pebbled reverse panel of the guard.
The beautiful grip is a dark orange color that is consistent throughout both sides. This grip remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.
Attached to the grip is a 23cm portepee which looks to be original to the dagger. This portepee shows very mild wear on the areas where it exits the knot as well as where to rubs against the end of the guard, but nothing too bad.
The textbook Eickhorn scabbard has an outstanding gray finish and crisp pebbled panels. The Eickhorn-style bands are somewhat convex and are decorated with the standard oak leaf pattern. The thick scabbard throat is retained by a pair of headless side screws.
The mint blade is in outstanding condition. It remains completely bright, with 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse is stamped with the Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, being the smaller version used only during 1940. The original leather blade buffer is in place deep with the recesses of the crossguard.
A nearly perfect, textbook Eickhorn piece here.
Near Mint. $1,095.00
LD2 #35389C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Artificial Damascus Blade - Pet. Dan Krebs
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger is in nice condition throughout, having bright aluminum hilt mounts. These hilt mounts appear to be similar to the style I show on in my Luftwaffe Book on page 189 left, that are used by a Robert Klaas dagger in the book. The Klaas firm did not make their own mounts, so most likely these mounts are generic, which is what we would expect to see on a piece that was produced by Peter Dan Krebs.
The pommel has good detail to the oak leaves that surround the swastikas on both sides. These oak leaves have hand enhancements, and good pebbling in the plain areas. The crossguard features a fine, Luftwaffe eagle flying to the left, clutching a mobile swastika in his talons. The detail to the bird's head and breast area is still excellent. The pebbled pattern on the reverse of the scabbard is also in good condition, showing little wear. The ferrule is the same as the piece on page 189.
The grip is a wartime white example, which is the style that has a carved wood base internally. This grip is in good condition, except for a couple of extremely small hairliners that appear in the upper rib section. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted, silver wire.
The scabbard appears to be a generic style, similar to the example I show on page 78, far right. This scabbard is nice and straight throughout, and has good, plated surfaces, with a couple of extremely small lifts on the left edge, below the lower carrying band. The bands have good detail to the oak leaves positioned on 45 degree angles around the circumference. The throat is retained by two headless, flush mount screws, one on each side.
The blade, though, is where it's at on this piece. The blade is an artificially etched example, which is done in the pattern of "small roses". The blade is in fine condition throughout, with no flaws or problems. The artificial Damascus was known as the "poor man's Damascus", as it certainly was priced a lot cheaper than a true Damascus blade, but yet gave a fine, dramatic effect to the piece. The reverse ricasso is etched with a shield device, having a lobster inside. The lobster is well detailed, with its two claws sticking upward. Around the shield is the firm's name and location, "PET. DAN KREBS/ SOLINGEN". The original black leather blade buffer is in place.
A fine opportunity here, to acquire a rarely seen artificial Damascus blade, produced by a known maker of these examples.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $7,000.00
This personalized SMF Luftwaffe example has classic parts throughout. The pommel is the same as the SMF example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137. This pommel has good detail throughout, with a little bit of mild wear on the reverse side most likely caused by the original owner’s handhold. The details are still mostly all there. The obverse side still is in a choice, near mint condition, having excellent oak leafing and a mobile swastika. The crossguard is a typical SMF variety and it features an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a mobile swastika. There is a little bit of wear to the eagle’s surfaces, but all details are still available here throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and swastika. The reverse panel has good pebbling with just a little wear in the center area. The upper quillon arms have the engraved style oak leaves and acorns being identical to the example shown on page 147, second from right. The ferrule is also a textbook variety. This grip is a good-looking tangerine color. It is in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. There is some old residue and dirt trapped within the rib spaces between the wire, but if anything this gives a sense of history to this piece. The scabbard appears to have been one of the extra cost silver-plated examples. There is still frosting that remains in the upper area protected by the crossguard. The rest of the scabbard does show a lot of the silvering still being in place but there are also some wear spots around the center area again caused by the original wearer’s handhold. This scabbard though, is in good condition and perfectly flows with the wear seen on the hilt fittings. The scabbard bands are the aluminum type also being SMF. The throat is retained by two headless flush-mount side mount screws. The blade of this example is a fine high quality nickel-plated type. It is nice and bright throughout and other than the normal runner markings it is in mint condition together with its needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade bears its original owner’s surname etched into the center blade segment near the trademark. The name looks to be, “Albrecht”. Unfortunately, Herr Albrecht did not put his first initial or his first name so I would think it would be a difficult job to research him as this must be a fairly common name. At any rate, the etching does give a neat look to the blade and it is kind of fun to know the man’s name who originally carried it. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds a sword upward and sits on the firm’s initials, “SMF”. Above the king is a stick bird stamping. It is interesting to note that the bird was double stamped as apparently the inspector did not like his first hit. There is a five in the belly of this bird. The original blue pebbled leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses. An interesting dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1295.00
LD2 #34306C 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Scabbard Dedication – WKC
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook WKC wartime issue but the interesting part is the dedication that is beautifully engraved on the lower scabbard edge. We’ll get to that a little further down in the description. The pommel and crossguard are textbook WKC mounts and they are the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 142. This pommel has the raised oak leaves with pebbled backgrounds. The swastikas appear to have a dark gilding still on their surfaces. The WKC finish was apparently different from others we see as this gild darkens with age. The pommel shows little wear. The crossguard is a textbook example being the same as the crossguard shown in the center on page 149. This guard shows little wear to the eagle flying to the viewer’s left. This bird has perfect detail to his head, wing feathering, breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The pebbled panel background also has most of the airplane gray finish. The quillon arms have the overlapping oak leaves with acorns, the same as page 149. The ferrule is a steel type having oak leaves on 45 degree angles running around the circumference. The grip is an off-white variety most likely being a celluloid with plaster filling. The grip is perfect except for a small crack in the fourth and fifth obverse rib. The springy style wire is nice and tight throughout.
The scabbard is a typical WKC being the same as is shown on page 180. This scabbard has most of the airplane gray finish and good pebble patterns. The oak leaves are the same as the book example. The throat has a slight cantilever on both sides and is retained by a single screw mounted on the right edge. Now to the dedication. The scabbard’s lower left edge has a beautifully done professionally engraved dedication. The engraving is all done in a fine Gothic font and it looks as though the artist used a type of engraving that actually makes the symbols with zigzag cuts. The dedication reads, “Zum 27.11.39. von Deinem Raüberhauptmann Willy!”. As near as I can figure this dedication seems to mean, “Regarding 27 November 1939 from your Predator Captain Willy!”. It is possible that this particular air crew could have had a member that won an interesting battle on this date or possibly even a high award on this date. It might be fun to trace back the Knight’s Cross awards by date to see whether there was a Hauptmann with the first name of Willy. I’m sure that this dedication meant a lot considering it was given for something to do with an air warfare battle. I like stuff like this and I hope that it can be appreciated by the next owner. It is possible that this dagger once belonged to a war hero and it would be great if we could ever find out who. Either way though it is a neat wartime presentation. By the way, the blade is WKC marked and is in full mint condition.
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