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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 #43959C Original Luftwaffe General's Dagger with Hangers & Portepee - Paul Weyersberg

This is a rarely offered dagger here that was unquestionably once the property of one of Hermann Göring's Luftwaffe generals. It is also an early example and therefore belonged to one of the pre-war Luftwaffe general officers. Over the years we have always puzzled whether Army and Luftwaffe generals wore gild daggers. I have always felt that they did, at least before 1940 or so. After the war geared-up and dagger production was lessened to conserve needed war materials, I feel promoted Luftwaffe generals were not to be bothered with gild pieces, but rather continued to wear their previous officer dagger and some cases, purchased a set of gild hangers. I have concluded this after studying daggers for many, many years.

In the case of this dagger, however, it was most likely owned by a long term general, as it is an early-produced Weyersberg example produced in 1937 with the introduction of the new model Luftwaffe Officer Dolch. The fittings throughout the dagger are classic Paul Weyersberg type. Unfortunately, this dagger was worn for many years, so much of the original gild has gone to time. However, there is enough there throughout the entire piece, to easily conclude it is a general's example. The pommel and cross guard are made of aluminum. Although the original pommel swastika gild is long gone, there is unmistakable gild remaining in all of the recesses of the pommel. The same is true of the cross guard recesses, as there is much gild remaining in the feathering of the eagle's wings, as well as in the pebble background of the reverse guard. The celluloid grip is a deep orange color and with the exception of a small hair-liner crack at the reverse upper rib, it remains in fine condition. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. Wrapped about the grip in the proper tie is a standard aluminum 23cm portepee. It is original to this piece, being in good condition, having minor wear where the cords comes out of the tie.

The scabbard is also a traditional Weyersberg example having the optional silvered base finish. The scabbard also shows age, but again, the gild traces are unmistakable, especially in the backgrounds of the lower oak leaf panel and also in the recesses of the carrying bands. There are also traces of gild in the pebble patterns of both sides, especially in the area that was protected by the in-position cross guard. Attached to the carrying rings is the original-to-the-piece hanging straps. The brocade straps are the standard variety with gray velvet backs. The straps show age, but do not show a lot of wear. The hardware, to include the upper snap clip, buckles, slides and "push-in" pebbled snaps all have gild throughout. The hanger gild remains exactly match the residues seen on the dagger.

The blade is a high-quality, nickel-plated type, typical of Weyersberg. The plated surfaces are mint throughout, however, there are a few extremely minor nicks, where a past family member or veteran was practicing their sword fighting skills. The nicks though are very slight. The reverse ricasso is stamped with a Waffen-amt featuring the stick bird with number "5" in his belly. All initial production Weyersberg Lufts' will have this Waffen-amt. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place deep with the recesses of the crossguard.

Granted, this dagger is not in mint condition, however, it is an opportunity to own an absolute 100% original, complete Luftwaffe General's dagger. After studying the dagger, no one can ever question it, no matter how big of a "hobby doubter" they may be, and believe me there are some tough ones out there that don't believe anything. This example should leave them stuttering for a change. I know that I am always expressing that quality and condition are everything, but every once in a while, an exception with this rarity and this interest needs to be granted. A most interesting dagger that will keep your interest for hours. It reads like a terrific book that you can't put down!

Excellent Minus. $1,695.00

LD2 #43915C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This SMF piece is one of those that still has 100% of the original gilding on the swastikas on each side of the pommel. This gilding really adds a lot of zest to the dagger and makes it very desirable.

The classic SMF pommel is a very fine aluminum example, with outstanding, hand enhanced oak leaves around the swastikas.

The crossguard is constructed of matching bright aluminum, with outstanding detailing throughout the eagle and swastika. The pebbling on the reverse panel remain very crisp. The ferrule is a fine example, exactly matching the hilt components.

The grip is a beautiful light orange color and remains in pristine condition. It is tightly wrapped with spring aluminum wire.

The scabbard remains straight, with an airplane gray finish and contrasting matching aluminum carrying bands. The finish shows a little age at the edges; this is minor but not unnoticeable. The bands have outstanding SMF oak leaves, and the raw steel throat is the type used by this firm, secured by headless screws in each side.

The blade is an outstanding example, with a fine, nickel-plated finish. It remains mirror-bright and has a needle-like tip. The ricasso is marked with the familiar Seated King trademark of the SMF Solingen firm, along with a stick-bird "5" waffenamt. The original blade washer is in place.

An extremely nice 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here that you will enjoy for a lifetime.

Mint Minus. $1,295.00

LD2 #43799C "Funeral" 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Robert Klaas

This is one of the very rarely seen "Funeral" daggers which are always of interest to avid collectors. The term "Funeral" is really just nonsense tacked on years ago by dealers looking to schmaltz up an otherwise little-known Klaas variant.

It is my opinion these "Funeral" daggers (as well as 1st Model Railway daggers) produced by Klaas are simply the result of a quantity of black celluloid that was on-hand at the time, with Army and Luftwaffe daggers being painted white. Over the years the white has come off or was removed by collectors and... voila! We have a 1st Model Railway and a Funeral dagger. Nevertheless these are absolutely legitimate and quite rare.

The dagger has a generic pommel and crossguard. The pommel remains in very nice condition, with all of the original darkening in the oak leaves and pebbling around the swastikas. The guard has a very fine matching eagle and swastika, with crisp detailing. The airplane gray finish on the pebbled backgrounds remains nearly 100% intact.

The grip is a textbook Luftwaffe example, made of black celluloid. As we normally see on Klaas daggers with wire wrap is twisted aluminum, which remains nice and tight. There is also a 23cm portepee which remains wrapped about the hilt.

The scabbard is a fine example, with a matching gray finish and crisp pebbled panels. The oak leaf bands are in fine shape, and the throat is retained by a pair of headless side screws.

The blade of this dagger remains in nearly mint condition, although there is some sharpening on about the third of the lower edge. I don't know why someone would do this, but it is there. This sharpening is not really to the edges, but seems to spill out on the the blade itself. It's a shame but not unheard of; these daggers have spent many years floating in the hands of non-collectors. The reverse of the blade is stamped with the desirable Kissing Cranes trademark of the Klaas firm, and the original dark leather blade washer in in place deep within the guard.

A nice dagger here, and desirable despite the sharpening on the blade.

Excellent. $2,695.00

LD2 #43707 Personalized 2nd Model Luftwaffe with Hangers & Portepee - Carl Eickhorn

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a real beauty, having a textbook Eickhorn heart-shaped pommel and signature crossguard. The pommel remains in choice condition, with all of the darkening present in the hand-enhanced oak leaves. The crossguard has the same fine background darkening throughout the wings of the detailed eagle. The reverse panel has about 90% of the original airplane gray finish throughout the pebbling.

The original owner has his name professionally engraved on the reverse of the guard; it reads, "Lüdemann". I would think it might be possible to research this name but I have not done so.

The grip is a very pretty deep orange on the obverse, fading to a slighter shade on the back that is close to the original lemon color. These Trolon grips always take on some very interesting color variations after so many years of sitting around. This grip remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The portepee is tied in the original knot and remains in perfect condition, with no fray anywhere.

The scabbard has a fine, airplane gray finish. It is the type with aluminum bands that have toned to match the rest of the scabbard. The pebbled panels remain crisp and the thick throat is retained by a pair of side screws.

Attached to the carrying rings is a great set of deluxe hangers. The brocade straps remain in nearly perfect condition, as do the velvet backings. The hardware has nicely raised oak leaves and is marked "UE10 RZM" on the reverse. The snaps are the "push-up" type, also with fine oak leaves and with a fine, bronze color that is the result of the lacquer toning over the years. They are marked "DRGM" on the reverse.

The obverse of the blade is very nice, with 100% of the original crossgrain and a needle-like tip. The reverse has a small age mark just down from the ricasso. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark, and the original blue leather blade buffer is in place.

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

Near Mint. $1,195.00

LD2 #43639C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - E. & F. Hörster

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in outstanding condition and has much overall eye appeal. The aluminum hilt mounts are in choice condition.

The pommel swastikas on both sides are surrounded by fine oak leaves. Both swastikas have about 50% of the original gilding left on their surfaces and give the dagger a great look.

The crossguard eagle retains outstanding detail throughout and the tops of the guard are engraved with crisp oak leaves. The reverse of the guard has outstanding pebbling with nearly all of the original blackening in the recesses.

The grip is superb, with a very dark orange color on both sides; it is unusual to see a Luftwaffe grip with a grip this dark. The grip remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

Decorating the hilt is a fine 42cm portepee in place of the usual 23cm type. This portepee is tied in the Army style knot, wrapped about the grip and the guard. This knot remains in mint condition. I have seen many period photographs of 2nd Model Luftwaffe daggers worn with this longer, 42cm portepee, so although it is unusual it certainly isn't unheard of.

The scabbard is also outstanding, with 100% of the original airplane gray finish and very crisp pebbled panels. The oak leaf carrying bands have a matching gray finish. The thin throat is in unfinished steel and is retained by a single headless screw in the reverse center.

The blade is as nice as they come and fully mint. It has full crossgraining and needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is marked with the familiar Hörster "H" trademark, and the original blade washer is in place.

An outstanding 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.

Mint Minus. $1,095.00

LD2 #43020 Personalized 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Hangers & Portepee

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a most interesting and attractive example. The hilt parts are generic, identical to those shown in my Luftwaffe Book.

The pommel is the style with oak leaves around both swastikas and pebbled backgrounds. It is a gray color, and exactly matches the guards.

The generic crossguard has the usual eagle, flying to the viewer's left and having fine detailing throughout. This type of guard has the cast oak leaves and acorns on the upper surfaces. The reverse has the thick pebbling that we seen on generic guards.

Engraved into the pebbling on the reverse of the guard is the surname of the original owner, "Bauer". Unfortunately this is a fairly common German name so any research or identification is unlikely. It does, however, add some interest to the dagger.

The grip is fantastic, being an extremely dark, almost red shade of orange. It fades just slightly on the reverse, but not much. This grip remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire and has lots of age residue trapped between the ribs.

Attached to the dagger is the original 23cm portepee. This aluminum portepee is in good condition, showing only slight wear. The lower ball has a little bit of oxidation over the woven bullion but nothing too bad.

The generic scabbard has an airplane gray finish and good pebbling. The oak leaves are slant at a 45 degree angle on the generic bands, and the throat is a natural steel type retained by a pair of dome head side screws.

Attached to the scabbard rings are the original hangers. The gray brocade shows some fraying on the edges but nothing too bad. At the top is a plain snap clip. The buckles and slides are decorated with raised oak leaves and the snaps are the "push-in" type, with a pebbled finish. The reverse of the straps also shows some minor wear and age.

Attached to the hanging straps is a Wehrmacht eagle shield from an Afrika Korps helmet. This may have been put on here to jazz up the piece by the returning vet but I like the look of it, and since it is already there is goes with the dagger.

The blade is fine and bright, buffered by a brown washer deep within the recesses of the guard.

An attractive, complete Luftwaffe Dagger here; this one has everything you could want!

Excellent Plus. $995.00

LD2 #42662 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Scabbard Dedication - Alcoso

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook Alcoso piece. It has fine aluminum hilt mounts.

The pommel is done with excellence around the oak leaves where there is visible hand enhancement, and the swastikas remain crisp.

The crossguard is the thinner type we see on Alcoso pieces. The eagle and swastika on the obverse remain crisp, as does the pebbling on the reverse. The upper quillon arms are engraved with oak leaves and acorns, and the ferrule matches nicely.

The grip is an off-white example. It is in perfect condition, wrapped with a springy brass wire.

The scabbard is a typical Alcoso piece, with the rounded look. It is in the natural metal finish preferred by this firm, with contrasting aluminum scabbard bands. The throat is retained by two small bore flat head side screws.

Neatly engraved on the reverse of the scabbard is "Uns Oberfeldwebel / Kamaraden der Absösung I / Kriegsweihnachten 1941". Obviously this dagger was a gift given to an officer by his men. The engraving is very beautiful and precise.

The blade is a real killer, in full mint condition. It has 100% of the crossgrain and a needle-like tip. It is marked with the Alcoso Scales trademark dating from 1941. The small blade washer is in place.

A very nice wartime 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here. It must have been a very nice present for this NCO to receive!

Excellent Plus. $995.00

LD2 #42559C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Paul Weyersberg

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is of highest quality construction and remains in outstanding condition. It is a complete, textbook Weyersberg piece.

The pommel of the dagger is quite beautiful, with all of the original background darkening to the oak leaves and gilded swastikas. The obverse swastika retains about 98% of the original gilding, while the reverse has maybe about 80% intact. This fine gilding really jumps off the dark backgrounds.

The crossguard is a textbook Weyersberg example, with outstanding detailing to the eagle and swastika. The guard remains absolutely pristine, with very crisply engraved oak leaves. The ferrule nicely blends in with the hilt and guard mounts.

Setting off the hilt is an outstanding grip. The obverse is a rich orange color while the reverse fades to the original shade of yellow; a great study of the effects of UV radiation on celluloid here! We know that there is no such thing as an orange Luftwaffe grip (they were always either white or yellow) and the shades of orange we see these days are all the result of nature effecting the material of the grip. This grip proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt.

The scabbard is also a very fine example. It has 100% of the original airplane gray finish, very crisp pebbling and outstanding carrying bands. You can see a similar example, in color, on page 170 of my Luftwaffe book. The thin throat has been left in naked steel and is retained by two headless side screws.

The best is one of the best you will see, and easily of the highest quality offered during the period. The nickel plating is faultless, with a mirror finish and a needle-like tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the familiar Weyersberg & Co. Sword and Wheat Stalks trademark, and the original blue pebbled leather washer is in place.

If you are looking for an amazing 2nd Luft that you will never have to upgrade, this is the piece for you!

Mint. $1,395.00

LD2 #42560C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Viennese Distributor - F. W. Höller

This Höller 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has textbook fittings.

The pommel is a fine aluminum example, with good detailing to the oak leaves, especially on the areas where they butt the center seam. The crossguard is in matching aluminum, with a crisply detailed eagle and swastika. The quill ion arms are finely engraved panels of oak leave sand acorns, and the ferrule Nicely matches the rest of the the hilt mounts.

The grip is egg yolk yellow and remains in perfect condition, tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. It is interesting to note there is plenty of period residue trapped between the wire and ribs of the grip; this really speaks to the history of the dagger.

The scabbard has a fine, airplane gray finish and crisp pebbling. The surfaces show wear on the edge between the bands but it is very minor. The bands are in good condition, with nicely rendered oak leaves. The throat is retained by a single headless screw set into the reverse.

The blade is the most interesting part of this dagger. It remains in mint condition, and has the name of the Viennese distributor from whence it came! Stamped in three lines we read, "Militarwarenhaus / Dürbeck / Wien IX". On the opposite side is the familiar Höller Thermometer trademark. The original blade buffer is in place.

It is quite rare to see Luftwaffe daggers with distributor marks. Typically these marks are only seen on early Army Daggers purchased back in the middle 30's. It is the only example of this type of dagger I can recall seeing with a distributor mark, so it should be of interest to the Luftwaffe collector.

Excellent Plus. $1,195.00

LD2 #39025C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Portepee & Double Etched Blade

This choice 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is equipped with WKC style fittings, which were no doubt used by the smaller firm which made this dagger.

The pommel is the same as that I show on page 142 of my Luftwaffe Book. It is the type with pebbled backgrounds around the oak leaves. The matching crossguard has excellent detailing throughout the bird; all of the feathering is crisp, as are the talons and swastika.

The grip is a tangerine color, fading to a lemon tone on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy wire.

Dressing up the hilt of the dagger is a fine, 23cm Luftwaffe portepee. This portepee is in perfect condition, showing no traces of fraying.

The scabbard is also in the WKC style, but not finished by WKC as it has two headless screws which retain a thick throat; if WKC had done the finishing they would not have done it in this manner. The bands are the style with finely detailed oak leaves, the same as those shown on page 180 of my book. This scabbard is in choice condition, with 98% of the original airplane gray finish.

The blade of this dagger is a beautiful, double etched example. The obverse has a series of fine floral designs set against a white frosted background. In the center is an open panel containing a Luftwaffe eagle. This bird flies to the viewer’s right and clutches a swastika in one talon. Under each wing is a sprig of laurel leaves. The reverse of the blade is covered in extensive floral patterns. This blade shows only the most minor traces of age and is virtually in mint condition. This blade can be seen on page 135 of my Luftwaffe Book. The original blade buffer is intact and in place.

If you are in the market for an etched Luftwaffe dagger and don’t want to spend the money on a Voos example, this is the dagger for you. The blades are basically the same and at least $3,000.00 cheaper!

Excellent Plus. $3,495.00

LD2 #41078C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Fridericus

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is produced by a rarely seen maker. The mounts on this piece are WKC types, who was known to sell fittings to other firms.

The pommel has good gray backgrounds, with fine pebbling and oak leaves surrounding the swastikas on each side. The crossguard is the style with cast oak leaves and acorns. The eagle remains totally crisp, with 100% detailed feathering intact. The ferrule is a conventional example with a pattern of oak leaves.

The grip is an off-white example, most likely being plaster filled. This grip remains in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire.

The matching gray toned scabbard is a generic example. It has perfect, crisp pebbled panel and excellent oak leaf bands. The throat is retained by a pair of headless side screws.

The blade is completely bright and retains much of the original crossgrain, with only a full very minor traces of age. The reverse is etched with the seldom seen maker's name "Fridericus / Solingen". The original brown leather blade washer is in place deep within the recesses of the guard.

A very fine 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, from a extremely scarce maker.

Mint Minus. $995.00

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 #41208C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Etched Blade, Hangers & Portepee - Emil Voos

This very beautiful and desirable 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is produced by the incomparable Emil Voos firm. This example has generic hilt mounts, something we normally see on these daggers. This dagger is virtually identical to the examples pictured in my Luftwaffe Book on pages 240, 241, and 242.

The pommel is an outstanding example, with pebbled backgrounds and oak leaves surrounding the swastikas on both sides. This pommel shows little wear and remains crisp throughout. The generic crossguard is the type where the wings slightly overlap the obverse eagle. It gives the bird a great look and, in my opinion, is the best looking guard made for the 2nd Model. The bird retains full detailing throughout the head, breast and wing feathering, talons, and wreathed mobile swastika. The reverse of the guard has the large pebbling we typically seen on these examples, and the upper guard arms have been cast with oak leaves and acorns.

The grip of the dagger is the deluxe, extra cost type. It is a beauty, with golden tones on the obverse and nice grain on the obverse. The reverse is just beginning to tone. There are some attractive age cracks, with one running the length of the left side. There is also a minor chip on the upper area where the final rib meets the pommel. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

Gracing the hilt is a fine aluminum 23 centimeter portepee, which appears to be original to the piece. There is just the slightest touch of fray where it exits the knot.

The scabbard is the style with muted nickel plating. It is in choice condition throughout, with all of the plating intact and crisply pebbled panels. The bands feature very fine oak leaves, being the type normally seen on WKC examples. The throat is retained by a pair of flush mounted side screws.

Connected to the scabbard rings is fine set of Luftwaffe Officer's Hangers. The brocade strapping is in outstanding condition, with little wear evident on the reverse gray velvet. The hard is the deluxe type. The snap clip is decorated with raised oak leaves and is marked "RZM U10" and "DRGM" on the reverse. These are RZM marked because the hardware seen here was also used on hangers of other types, as a cost cutting measure. The rectangular buckles and slides also are decorated with oak leaves. It is interesting to note that the deluxe clips do not have the usual oak leaves and are instead pebbled. We see this type of snap clip used on HJ Leader hangers as well as RAD Officer types. Again, a cost cutting measure here. The snap clips are marked "DRGM" on the reverse.

The blade is a beauty, with a fine needle tip and 100% of the original plating. The nickel finish is the finest you will see on ta Third Reich blade, with 100% of the original frosting; this really makes the raised areas leap off the surface of the blade. The obverse features a floral design with a Luftwaffe eagle. Under either wing is a set of laurel leaves. The reverse repeats the floral design throughout, and three "droplets" are visible at the end of the etch. The blade is marked with the famous Voos Snake & Stump trademark, and the original pebbled blade washer is in place.

An extremely fine etched Voos dagger here, with all of the bells and whistles you could ask for. It is absolutely investment quality and a real pleasure to behold.

Near Mint. $6,495.00

LD2 #39536 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – F. W. Höller

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is equipped with fine generic mounts. The pommel is the style with pebbled backgrounds and good oak leaves that surround the swastikas. The two swastikas retain about some of the origin gilding; there is about 10% on the obverse and perhaps 69% on the reverse.

The matching generic crossguard eagle retains good detailing. This bird is the style with a slight cantilever over top of the wings, which imparts a high quality look and accents the dynamic look of the bird. The reverse panel has the large style pebbling and retains about 99% of the original gray finish. The ferrule matches nicely.

The grip is of carved wood covered in white celluloid. This celluloid remains in perfect condition and has a pleasing ivory tone. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire.

The scabbard is a nice example that looks to have a nickel-plated surface. There is only the slightest of age to be seen on this scabbard and it still is in a near mint state. The bands match the scabbard plating. It is interesting to note that the upper band shows quite a bit of wear from the ring, an indication that this dagger was worn quite a bit.

The blade of the dagger is very fine, still being bright and retaining 100% of the original crossgraining. The reverse is marked with the famous Höller Thermometer logo, and the original brown leather blade washer is in place.

A nice looking 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here, and one that definitely saw period wear.

Excellent Plus. $895.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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