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 #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 #46056C 2nd Model Luftwaffe by F. W. Höller
The WKC pommel is the style the pebbles behind the oak leaves surrounding raised swastikas. In the case of this dagger there is about 40 percent of the original gild on the obverse swastika and about 80 percent on the reverse swastika. This is a sign of little usage.
The crossguard is also the WKC type having the eagle flying to the viewer’s left with excellent detail throughout. The reverse of the crossguard has a fine pebbled panel with all of its airplane gray plating still intact. The ferrule nicely matches the rest of the dagger.
The grip is an off white example having a good golden tone look to it. The grip is in perfect condition and is wrapped with springy brass style wire.
The scabbard is a nice example having all of its airplane gray finish and being straight with good pebbled panels. It features aluminum carrying bands having oak leaves slanted to a 45 degree.
The blade is as nice as they come being bright throughout having needlelike tip and still having its crossgrain. This mint blade is etched on the reverse with the double ovals which contain the firm’s name and location F. W. Höller Solingen. Inside is the familiar thermometer trademark. The blade washer is intact.
A very fine Höller dagger here in choice condition.
Mint Minus. $995.00
LD2 #45677 2nd Model Luftwaffe by F Herder (Crossed Keys)
The crossguard and swastika are fine aluminum. The pommel is a very nicely done example having fine hand enhanced oak leaves surrounding both of the swastikas. The crossguard also is in outstanding condition with little to no wear featuring the bird flying to the left clutching a swastika. The details to the feathering have all been hand enhanced. The pebbling on the reverse is also very crisp. This crossguard has the engraved style oak leaves and acorns.
The grip is a most beautiful orange example. It remains in perfect condition and is fit with tight springy style aluminum wire. Gracing the hilt is a fine portepee which appears original to the piece. It is tied in a slightly unusual manner but looks great. The portepee shows some age but no wear and is in very fine condition.
The blade is a outstanding example. It is completely bright throughout showing only the most modest of age just in the very depth of the tip area but it hardly shows. This blade is still in easily a near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seldom seen crossed keys positioned over the firm’s name F Herder AG Solingen. The original blade buffer is deep within the crossguard recesses.
A nice Luftwaffe dagger here with a rarely seen producer.
Excellent Plus. $950.00
LD2 #45130C 2nd Model Luftwaffe by Pet. Dan Krebs
It is very unusual to see a 2nd Model Luftwaffe produced by the Peter Dan Krebs firm and therefore this example should be of interest to those of you out there who enjoy adding rare trademarks to your collection.
This example is all done in the generic style mounts. The aluminum pommel is a beauty being the style with oak leaves surrounding the swastikas with pebbling in the backgorunds. The portepee is in fine condition.
The matching crossguard is the style where the upper portion overlaps the wings of the eagle. I love the looks of this type of crossguard as it really almost gives the eagle motion. The bird is in absolute perfect condition with no wear at all to its breast or head feathers. The wings are very nicely detailed and the bird grasps a mobile swastika in his talons. The reverse of this generic guard has the large pebbled pattern background and 99 percent of the airplane gray toning is still there.
The ferrule nicely matches the other mounts.The grip is a very fine white example which has toned to an ivory look. It is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted silver wire. A very fine hilt here.
The scabbard is also a generic form having nearly 100 percent of its original airplane gray finish. Very beautiful indeed! The pebbled patterns are still factory crisp. He bands feature the oak leaves which are set on an angle and they too have all of their airplane gray finish. The throat is the type that is left in its natural finish and it is retained by a single flatter head style screw in the reverse center.
The blade is also a very fine example. It is still quite bright being in nearly mint condition. I don’t see any grain in the blade as most probably it never had any. There is a tiny ripple at the tip of the blade but other than this it is a very fine example. Marked on the reverse is the ultra rare trademark featuring the shield with two clawed lobster in the center. Printed in capital letters around the shield is the firm’s name "Pet Dan Krebs Solingen". The original leather washer is in place.
A very nice Luftwaffe dagger here with a great maker.
Near Mint. $1,250.00(#030921)
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 #44411 Personalized 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF
The pommel is bright aluminum without outstanding detail to the oak leaves which surround the swastikas on both sides. These oak leaves have been hand enhanced. There is also hand work on the area between the center ridge of the pommel and these oak leaves.
The crossguard is a fine example, with an eagle that remains crisply detailed throughout. Like all SMF pieces the upper surface of the quillons have panel featuring oak leaves and acorns, also with hand enhanced with a stamped pattern. The ferrule is quite nice and matches the other mounts.
The grip is a dark orange beauty, fading slightly in color on the reverse. It remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with spring aluminum wire.
The SMF scabbard is the high quality type with a silvered finish. It remains in perfect condition throughout, with good pebbled panels. The bands are the characteristic SMF aluminum type, decorated with oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of flat head screws in the side.
The reverse center panel has been engraved with the name of the original owner. it reads, in capital letters, "HENKE". I looked this name up there are a couple of Knight's and German Cross winners with this surname, but unfortunately without the first name the original owner the trail stops dead right there. This is a shame but in any event the personalization is nicely done and adds a lot to the looks of the piece.
The blade is a typical SMF example, with bright nickel plating and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the firm. As we normally see on SMF pieces the blade has a waffenamt stamping. The fact that this is an initial production example of a 2nd Model Luftwaffe this might be a clue as to the identity of Herr Henke; it's a shot in the dark, true, but who knows? The original blue leather blade washer is in place within the recesses of the guard.
A very nice personalized example here.
Excellent Plus. $1,195.00
LD2 #40996C Personalized 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Alcoso
This is a textbook Alcoso 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger. Alcoso like to darken their hilt mounts and this example is no exception. It has excellent oak leaves surrounding the swastikas on either side of the pommel, with only modest wear.
The crossguard is a typical Alcoso, being thinner than any other manufacturer. It has a fine treatment of oak leaves and acorns and is blackened in the same fashion as the pommel. The eagle retains good detailing throughout.
The reverse of the guard is quite interesting. In addition to the usual pebbled panel there is an engraved name. As is usually the case when the engraving was done on the pebbling the letters are a little difficult to see. The engraving reads, "R. J / W. Schreiber". I'm not sure if Herr Schreiber had superfluous initials or if the first letters represent a group or a title.
Out of curiosity I did a bit of research and I did find a Willi Schreiber listed as a German Cross winner as of December 7th, 1942. He was an Unteroffizer of Flugzeug in Einem Kampfgeschwader. Perhaps the next owner will dig a little deeper into the history of this piece; I'm sure there will be a great deal to discover!
The scabbard is typical Alcoso, being very rounded on the obverse and reverse. The pebbling remains good. The bands are aluminum and have a fine pattern of oak leaves. The throat is retained by a pair of Alcoso small bore screws.
As luck would have it the blade is fully mint. It is nice and bright, with all of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse is etched with the familiar Alcoso Scales trademark, and the original blade washer is in place deep within the guard.
An interesting dagger here, worthy of further research.
Excellent Plus. $1,495.00
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 #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 #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
This personalized SMF Luftwaffe example has classic parts throughout. The pommel is the same as the SMF example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137. This pommel has good detail throughout, with a little bit of mild wear on the reverse side most likely caused by the original owner’s handhold. The details are still mostly all there. The obverse side still is in a choice, near mint condition, having excellent oak leafing and a mobile swastika. The crossguard is a typical SMF variety and it features an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a mobile swastika. There is a little bit of wear to the eagle’s surfaces, but all details are still available here throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and swastika. The reverse panel has good pebbling with just a little wear in the center area. The upper quillon arms have the engraved style oak leaves and acorns being identical to the example shown on page 147, second from right. The ferrule is also a textbook variety. This grip is a good-looking tangerine color. It is in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. There is some old residue and dirt trapped within the rib spaces between the wire, but if anything this gives a sense of history to this piece. The scabbard appears to have been one of the extra cost silver-plated examples. There is still frosting that remains in the upper area protected by the crossguard. The rest of the scabbard does show a lot of the silvering still being in place but there are also some wear spots around the center area again caused by the original wearer’s handhold. This scabbard though, is in good condition and perfectly flows with the wear seen on the hilt fittings. The scabbard bands are the aluminum type also being SMF. The throat is retained by two headless flush-mount side mount screws. The blade of this example is a fine high quality nickel-plated type. It is nice and bright throughout and other than the normal runner markings it is in mint condition together with its needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade bears its original owner’s surname etched into the center blade segment near the trademark. The name looks to be, “Albrecht”. Unfortunately, Herr Albrecht did not put his first initial or his first name so I would think it would be a difficult job to research him as this must be a fairly common name. At any rate, the etching does give a neat look to the blade and it is kind of fun to know the man’s name who originally carried it. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds a sword upward and sits on the firm’s initials, “SMF”. Above the king is a stick bird stamping. It is interesting to note that the bird was double stamped as apparently the inspector did not like his first hit. There is a five in the belly of this bird. The original blue pebbled leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses. An interesting dagger here.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1295.00
LD2 #34306C 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Scabbard Dedication – WKC
This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook WKC wartime issue but the interesting part is the dedication that is beautifully engraved on the lower scabbard edge. We’ll get to that a little further down in the description. The pommel and crossguard are textbook WKC mounts and they are the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 142. This pommel has the raised oak leaves with pebbled backgrounds. The swastikas appear to have a dark gilding still on their surfaces. The WKC finish was apparently different from others we see as this gild darkens with age. The pommel shows little wear. The crossguard is a textbook example being the same as the crossguard shown in the center on page 149. This guard shows little wear to the eagle flying to the viewer’s left. This bird has perfect detail to his head, wing feathering, breast feathering, talons and mobile swastika. The pebbled panel background also has most of the airplane gray finish. The quillon arms have the overlapping oak leaves with acorns, the same as page 149. The ferrule is a steel type having oak leaves on 45 degree angles running around the circumference. The grip is an off-white variety most likely being a celluloid with plaster filling. The grip is perfect except for a small crack in the fourth and fifth obverse rib. The springy style wire is nice and tight throughout.
The scabbard is a typical WKC being the same as is shown on page 180. This scabbard has most of the airplane gray finish and good pebble patterns. The oak leaves are the same as the book example. The throat has a slight cantilever on both sides and is retained by a single screw mounted on the right edge. Now to the dedication. The scabbard’s lower left edge has a beautifully done professionally engraved dedication. The engraving is all done in a fine Gothic font and it looks as though the artist used a type of engraving that actually makes the symbols with zigzag cuts. The dedication reads, “Zum 27.11.39. von Deinem Raüberhauptmann Willy!”. As near as I can figure this dedication seems to mean, “Regarding 27 November 1939 from your Predator Captain Willy!”. It is possible that this particular air crew could have had a member that won an interesting battle on this date or possibly even a high award on this date. It might be fun to trace back the Knight’s Cross awards by date to see whether there was a Hauptmann with the first name of Willy. I’m sure that this dedication meant a lot considering it was given for something to do with an air warfare battle. I like stuff like this and I hope that it can be appreciated by the next owner. It is possible that this dagger once belonged to a war hero and it would be great if we could ever find out who. Either way though it is a neat wartime presentation. By the way, the blade is WKC marked and is in full mint condition.
Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,995.00