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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.

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LD2 #35942AC 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a real beauty, and is in the condition that everyone wants. If you buy this dagger you do not have to worry about upgrading in the future. For all intents and purposes this fine SMF example looks identical to the color photo I show on page 133 of my Luftwaffe Book. In fact, the beautiful grip is even the same color tone. The SMF aluminum hilt mounts are in choice condition throughout. The pommel, which is the same as the example shown at four o’clock on page 137 has nice bright aluminum surfaces with plenty of factory applied darkening in the backgrounds. The leaves that butt up to the center rim of the pommel have all been expertly hand enhanced – nice work here. And if this is not enough, the mobile swastikas on both sides have absolutely 100% of the original gilt finish. They are nice and bright and really catch your eye. The crossguard below is a textbook example being the same as the SMF I show on page 147. This guard depicts an outstanding eagle flying to the viewer’s left and having very fine detail to his head, wing and breast feathering, talons and clutched mobile swastika. The panels on the upper crossguard arms are engraved featuring impressive overlapping oak leaves with acorns. The oak leaves also have had hand rendering over the top making for really good relief. The ferrule above is the same airplane gray matching color. As mentioned, the grip is a real beauty being almost the original yellow color. The grip is just slightly darker in the reverse but only minimally. This grip is in complete perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. A fine hilt here!

The scabbard is a classic SMF example, has all of the original airplane gray finish showing only the most modest of age. The pebbled panels are in crisp condition and the contrasting carrying bands are in aluminum material matching the hilt mounts. The oak leaves in the bands are very nicely done on this example and the rings are matching aluminum. The throat of this scabbard is retained by two headless side screws. I show another SMF example in color on page 170, left. This scabbard looks the same as the pictured book dagger.

As we would imagine the blade of this example is completely mirror bright and has outstanding nickel quality plating. The SMF firm was one of the Solingen companies that normally always nickel plated their blades. In addition, SMF daggers will have a waffen-amt stamped above the trademark. This waffen-amt features a stick bird having a “5” in his belly. Since SMF was such a big producer of Luftwaffe items this probably accounts for the fact that the factory ordnance inspector must have had a full time job there. The trademark features the seated king holding an upward pointing sword. The king rests his posterior on the firm’s initials, “SMF” and below is the location city, “Solingen”. The original leather washer is deeply seated in the crossguard recesses. A great dagger here and a real looker.

Mint Minus. $1,595.00

LD2 #36102 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This Carl Eickhorn 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a very desirable piece having a great look throughout and being in extremely collectible condition.

The pommel and crossguard are the aluminum type and they are the classic variety. The pommel has the heart shape that is traditional Eickhorn and it is identical to the example shown on page 137 of my Luftwaffe book at seven o’clock. This pommel has lots of factory darkening added to the surfaces of the overlapping oak leaves. The smooth center edge section is still in bright aluminum contrasting nicely with the added dark finish. The oak leaves are extremely well done and also have hand enhancing where the leaves meet the center rim. The swastikas are outstanding, each one having at least 95% of the original factory gilt. They almost look like a yellow light in the middle of a dark night as they portray impressively against the black surfaces of the pommel background. The crossguard also has a nice factory added dark background featuring the eagle which flies to the viewer’s left. This bird has very fine detail to his head, breast and wing feathering, talons and clutched mobile swastika. The reverse panel still has nearly 100% of the darkening over the pebbles. The upper crossguard arms have the engraved oak leaf motif being the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 147, far right. These leaves and acorns are beautifully rendered having pebbling over the surfaces. The grip is a most appealing light tangerine orange color. It is pretty much even toned throughout the obverse and reverse. There is a small hairliner that hardly shows at all on the reverse left side of the grip but take it from me it is really nothing. The grip is tightly wrapped with twisted aluminum wire.

The original-to-the-piece 23cm aluminum portepee is still in place tightly positioned around the ferrule. This knot shows only normal usage and no fraying. The stem, slide and aluminum ball are also in nice condition. The scabbard is one of those traditional Eickhorn types that show a gold tone throughout. Whether they were covered with airplane gray coating when new I don’t know but the brass flash coat really looks good on this one. The pebbled panels are crisp throughout and the convex carrying bands contrast nicely with the gilt-like bronze look of the scabbard finish. The thicker throat is retained by two flathead flush mount side screws. This fine scabbard is identical to the example I show in color on page 316 of my Luftwaffe book. In fact, the entire dagger looks remarkably like this picture.

The blade of this example is as nice as they come. This blade has a quality nickel-plated finish and is in full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark. It features the squirrel facing to the viewer’s left holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses. A very desirable example here. Near Mint $1395.00

LD2 #36089 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – SMF

Just when you think that you can’t get a better conditioned dagger along comes a sensational beauty like this one. This SMF dagger really has it all. It is a classic textbook example throughout and is every bit as nice as the example pictured in color on page 133 of my Luftwaffe Book. The pommel and crossguard are a choice brighter aluminum color having factory darkening in the backgrounds. The pommel is identical to the example shown at four o’clock on page 137. It has really great overlapping oak leaves on both sides and also has good hand rendering to the areas where the leaves butt up to the plain center edge ridge. Adding to the glorious look of this pommel is absolutely 100% gilt finish still remaining across both swastikas. It is a great look here! The crossguard is just as nice having a great Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s left. The detail to the bird’s head, breast and wing feathering, talons and mobile swastika is outstanding. The reverse pebble panel is also a beauty still having its airplane gray finish. The upper quillon arms of this crossguard are the same as the example shown on page 147, second from right. These oak leaves and acorns are engraved into the surfaces and have pebbling over them to give them a quality relief look.

The grip is very captivating being a darker pumpkin orange on the obverse and then toning lighter on the reverse to the original yellow color. When you see daggers like this it proves beyond doubt that this celluloid is greatly effected by its exposure to light over the years. Obviously this dagger was sitting with the reverse portion of the dagger downward. This perfect conditioned grip is tightly wrapped with aluminum springy wire.

Adding to the great look is the original-to-the-piece 23 cm portepee which is still tight in place and shows little to no wear. An outstanding hilt here! The scabbard almost has a factory new look to it. It has 100% of the airplane gray finish and retains crisp pebbling to the panels. The carrying bands are the aluminum type that we always see with SMF having good detail to the oak leaves. The rings are matching aluminum. The throat is retained by two headless flush mount side screws.

The mint condition blade could not be nicer. It has the typical high quality nickel-plated finish always used by this firm. There is a waffen-amt stamping just above the trademark. It consists of a stick bird with a number “5” in his belly. Below the bird is the logo which features a king holding an upward pointed sword. The king is seated on the firm’s initials, “SMF”. Below in an upward arch is the location city, “Solingen”. The original blue leather blade buffer is in place within the recesses of the crossguard. If you’re looking for a mint SMF that you cannot upgrade this example should be for you.

Mint. $1,895.00

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 #35977AC 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Anton Wingen Jr.

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is in extremely nice condition. It is most likely a wartime piece, as it is equipped with a white grip.

The hilt mounts are the generic variety which makes sense, as Wingen did not produce Luftwaffe parts but rather purchase them from others. The hilt mounts are finished in an extremely dark coating which is interesting as the Wingen example I show on page 226 of my Luftwaffe Book has fittings of a different producer but they are also finished in this very dark coating. The pommel is the pebbled variety having overlapping oak leaves on both sides. The swastikas appear to still have the original gilding on their surfaces although the gilding has turned almost as dark as the black coating on the other areas The crossguard generic swastika is the style with edges which slightly cantilever over the top of the Luftwaffe eagle’s upper wings. This bird has really outstanding detail with great darkening matching the pommel. The bird flies to the viewer’s left and has fine detail to the eye, beak, wing and breast feathering, talons and also the clutched immobile swastika. The reverse of the crossguard has the large style pebbling. This pebbled panel is completely darkened with no wear. The upper quillon arms of this generic guard are the style with cast in oak leaves. This crossguard is identical to the example that I show on pages 152 and 153 of my Luftwaffe Book. The ferrule is also darkened matching the rest o the hilt mounts. As indicated above, the grip on this example is a fine off-white color. It is in totally perfect condition and is wrapped with a thin silvered wire. The wire is just a little bit loose but that is only normal as the grip shrinks slightly over time.

The scabbard is also a fine example. It is coated with an airplane gray finish which is slightly lighter than the hilt mounts. I don’t recognize the maker of this particular scabbard. It has outstanding crisp pebbled panels and the bands are a fine aluminum having excellent detail to the oak leaves. The scabbard looks a lot like an Eickhorn example but it is not. The throat is slightly thick and is retained by two headless flush mount side screws.

The blade of this example is a beauty being mirror bright and having all of its original grain. This blade is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the small knight logo and above the knight is the firm’s initials, “A.W.Jr.” and below the location city of “Solingen”. There is a new-like brown leather blade washer in place. A very nice later 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger here.

Near Mint. $995.00

LD2 #35974 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – WKC

This WKC produced 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger is in choice condition throughout and has textbook WKC mounts. The pommel is the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 142, right. This pommel is the style with the pebbling in the backgrounds having good detailed overlapping oak leaves on both sides. The swastikas are well done and still have all of their original factory coating. The crossguard depicts a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the left. This bird has outstanding detail to his head, wing and breast feathering, talons and clutched mobile swastika. The reverse panel has crisp pebbling with the full airplane gray coating still remaining. The upper quillon arms are the cast in variety and they are the same as the quillons I show in the center of page 149. The ferrule above nicely matches the other hilt mounts. The grip is a pleasing off-white color. This grip is produced of celluloid having a very tight springy wire wrap. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard is a fine airplane gray color having excellent pebbling to the panels. The carrying bands are nicely detailed with oak leaves being the same as page 180. The throat is retained by a single flatter head side screw and it also has the typical WKC opening being the same as page 181. The blade is a beauty being in perfect condition throughout having very fine crossgraining and needlelike tip. This mint blade is etched on the reverse ricasso with the firm’s knighthead logo which is placed over the firm’s initials and location, “WKC / Solingen”. A new-like brown leather blade washer is in place within the recesses of the crossguard. A fine textbook WKC here.

Near Mint. $895.00

LD2 #35859 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD2 #35907 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

LD2 #35651C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Etched Blade and Ivory Grip – Emil Voos

This Emil Voos produced 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a textbook example and is the same as I show in my Luftwaffe Book, in the Emil Voos chapter beginning on page 231. The blade is identical to page 233, left.

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe dagger is equipped with choice generic mounts. These mounts have the pebble pattern style pommel with oak leaves going around a double circle which encloses a mobile swastika on both sides. This swastika still has a good portion of the original gilt remaining across the surfaces being at about 80% on the obverse and maybe 70% on the reverse. The pebbling throughout the pommel is also nice and crisp. The crossguard is also the generic type featuring the large pebble pattern on the reverse. The obverse features a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer’s left. The detail is outstanding throughout this bird’s wings, head, breast feathering, talons and smooth mobile swastika that he clutches in his claws. These generic crossguards are easily identified by the large pebbles on the reverse as well as the slight cantilever of the upper portion of the obverse crossguard that goes over the eagle’s wings. The upper quillons have cast in oak leaves and acorns. This same crossguard is shown on pages 152 and 153 and I personally think it is one of the best looking crossguards that were produced.

The ferrule of this example nicely matches the pommel and crossguard. The grip is a genuine ivory example. There is a crack which runs down the obverse center and also a couple of cracks on the top upper grip segment. There is a tiny miniscule piece of ivory that looks to be missing just where the grip meets the pommel but it is really nothing. This grip has beautiful golden tones and also on the reverse there is a lot of really nice grain to study. A very fine hilt here!

The scabbard is a standard generic type being the same as is shown with the Luftwaffe dagger on page 238. This scabbard has excellent airplane gray finish and is straight throughout. The pebble pattern is also nice and crisp. The bands are the normal white metal type featuring oak leaves running around the circumference positioned on forty-five degree angles. The throat is retained by two dome head screws. These screws are unturned.

The blade of this example is an outstanding double etched variety having perfect nickel-plated finish. Even the nickel-plating at the tip remains perfect. The blade is identical to the example shown on Page 233 left and 235 left of my Luftwaffe Book. It features a most pleasing Arabesque design on both sides with 100% frosted background, highlighting the raised plated areas. The center of the obverse blade features a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the viewer's right. The highly detailed rapture clutches a mobile swastika in one of his talons. Beneath each wing is a sprig of laurel leaves complete with berries - amazing the detail that is rendered on these etches! The blade etch terminates with a "arrow" figure, above which are three dots descending in size. A very choice blade here. The original brown pebbled leather blade washer remains in place. An outstanding textbook example here priced reasonably. No advanced collection would be complete without one of these desirable daggers.

Near Mint. $8,995.00

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

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

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

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

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

The blade is also an outstanding example. The nickel-plated surfaces are 100% on the obverse with just one small spot at the tip of the reverse but other than that this blade is also in fine nickel-plated condition. The obverse blade depicts an eagle flying to the viewer’s right within the center panel. This eagle clutches a mobile swastika in his talon and under each wing is a laurel branch. The bird is flanked by floral designs. The reverse blade has all floral designs and is most beautiful. This blade is the type that ends with the spear-like tip and is identical to the examples I show on page 232 and 233 in my Luftwaffe Book. This blade easily grades in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with an oval having the firm’s name and location within the circumference; it is “Emil Voos Solingen”. Inside is a stump which has a snake wrapped around it. The original brown leather blade washer is in place. A very fine Voos produced 2nd model Luftwaffe Dagger. These examples are a great investment for the future as they have never ceased to hold their value and gradually increase as times go on.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $11,995.00

LD2 #35642 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Robert Klaas

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $895.00

LD2 #35656 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger Complete with Hangers and Portepee

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe dDagger was recently acquired directly from the family of a veteran; the portepee and hangers are original to this piece. The dagger is being offered in the same state it was acquired.

This 2nd model Luftwaffe is equipped with generic style hilt mounts. The pommel and crossguard both have a nice airplane gray finish. The pommel is the same as we see on page 142 of my Luftwaffe Book. It has a good pebbled background and features oak leaves raised out around a pair of circles which enclose a mobile swastika on both sides. The crossguard is the generic style having the large pebbled background. It is the same as the crossguards I show on pages 152 and 153. This crossguard has excellent detail to the obverse eagle which flies to the viewer’s left. This bird shows little wear and has the cantilever upper portion which slopes nicely over the bird. The ferrule also matches nicely. The grip is a very pleasing tangerine orange color. It is in perfect condition throughout, and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. There is lots of age trapped between the wire and the ribs.

This perfect conditioned grip is nicely offset by the original 23 cm aluminum portepee. This portepee shows good condition throughout with just a little bit of wear on the slide. The stem and ball though are still good as is the rest of the cord. The scabbard is a generic type having an airplane gray dark finish. It is nice and straight throughout showing a little bit of minor age but nothing that wouldn’t clean up. The bands are the generic type having oak leaves positioned on forty-five degree angles. The throat is retained by two flathead screws.

Attached to the two hanger rings is a great set of straps. These straps are the later vintage type having blue canvas backs which replace the earlier velvet type. The mounts are a white metal style having a clip which is of plain finish and have the “DRGM” marking cast into the reverse. The oak leaves are nice and crisp throughout the rectangular buckles and slides. The snaps are the “push-in” style having a pebbled finish. A good set of straps here.

Atttached to the hangers is a fine brown belt loop with “D” ring. The leather to the belt loop is still nice and supple.

The blade is still nice and bright being near perfect on the obverse side and showing a little bit of smudge here and there on the reverse. It is not bad however and this blade easily grades at excellent plus. This blade is an unmarked variety. The original brown leather blade washer is in place deep within the recesses of the crossguard. A nice original dagger here complete with all accoutrements recently vet acquired.

Excellent Plus. $995.00

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. $8,995.00

LD2 #35303C Unisssued 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger with Issue Tag - WKC

This textbook WKC 2nd Model Luftwaffe example is in unissued, pristine condition. It is probably an example made after the War started, as it has the white grip that we normally see on these vintage pieces. The pommel cap is a real beauty, being the type with pebbling behind the oak leaves, and identical to the example I show on page 142, right, of my Luftwaffe Book. The leaves are nice and crisp, and the two swastikas have the dark color gilt at 100% still over the surfaces. The pommel has a new like, factory black background throughout. The crossguard is the traditional type used by WKC, having the cast in oak leaves and acorns, the same as I show on page 150 right. This crossguard has an extremely crisp eagle, flying to the viewers left, and clutching a mobile swastika. The details are phenomenal to this new-like guard.

On the reverse, the pebbled panel has 100% of the original, factory darkening. The ferrule nicely matches the rest of the mounts. The white grip has turned a beautiful, ivory color, and is in pristine, perfect condition. More than likely, the grip is a plaster filled type. The grip is tightly wrapped with springy, aluminum wire. An outstanding hilt here!

The scabbard is also an outstanding example. This full mint, unissued scabbard has 100% of the airplane gray coating. The bands have been coated to match the scabbard. This scabbard has very crisp pebbling, and the bands have outstanding oak leaves, with the pebbling behind them. The throat is left in its natural steel color, and it is retained by one flatter style side screw, in the traditional WKC style. The throat is also complete with the rounded look that we see on these examples, as on page 181, upper.

Attached to the lower ring of the scabbard is an original WKC string tag. It has a red string with a foil based, round medallion about the size of a 50 cent piece. It is gold trimmed, and in the center is red. It features the WKC helmet logo, with the firms initials above, and the location below. On the reverse, is the slogan for quality, " GARANTIE/ fur/WERTARBEIT". The blade, as we would hope, is completely pristine, mint, with full crossgraining, and fine finish. This grain is deep etched on the reverse with the knighthead logo, positioned over the firm's initials, "WKC" and location, "SOLINGEN". The original, new like small leather washer is in place. An outstanding dagger here for those out there who like unissued pieces.

Mint. $1,995.00

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 #30452 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Puma

This Puma 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is equipped with fine dark airplane gray fittings throughout. The pommel is the same as I show on page 142 of my Luftwaffe Book, right, being the type also used by WKC. This pommel has outstanding pebbling and oak leaf backgrounds that surround the raised-out mobile swastika encircled on both sides. There is still some gilt left on both of the swastikas, being about 50%. The matching toned crossguard is the generic type, having the slight cantilever of the top wing. This bird flies to the viewer’s left and has outstanding detail to his head, breast feathering, talons, and clutched swastika. The quillon arms have the cast-in oak leaf and acorn pattern, being exactly like the center example shown on page 149. The reverse panel has all of the gray coating. The ferrule nicely matches the rest of the fittings. The grip is a appealing tangerine-orange color. It is in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. There is slight dirt and dust residue on either side of the wires. I doubt that this dagger has ever been cleaned.

The scabbard is a matching airplane toned example. It has good crispness throughout and is nice and straight. The bands are the style we see used by WKC quite a bit, having the pebbled backgrounds behind the oak leafing. The tone of the scabbard exactly matches that of the hilt mounts. The throat is retained by two lower placed domehead side screws. The blade of this example is nice and bright, and easily has all of its original crossgraining. There are a few minor age stains in the surfaces, but all of this should come out with just the slightest of work, as this blade is easily in near mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with a large diamond. The diamond encloses a mountain lion’s head. Below this is the name “Puma”. Below the diamond is the location city “Solingen”. Inside of the recessed crossguard is the original leather washer. A nice quality dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

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 #31183 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has outstanding hilt fittings despite the fact that there is an unmarked blade. The pommel and crossguard are a darker aluminum tone. The pommel is very similar to the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 140 but it has better depth and more detail than the book example. The oak leaves on both sides of this pommel are all completely hand enhanced and really are the best you will see. Both of the swastikas seem to have more relief and crispness than on the normal pommel. The backgrounds have all been factory darkened. A great looking pommel here. The crossguard is also a beauty having the same touch of the man with the engraving tool. The bird is flying to the left and there is excellent detail to the bird’s eye, beak, breast feathering, legs and talons. This bird, of course, grasps a mobile swastika in his claws. The reverse panel is also a good example having still crisp pebbling with nearly all of the darkening being intact. This crossguard has outstanding engraved oak leaves and acorns within a panel. Of all the examples I show of these engravings in my Luftwaffe Book this example has slightly different shapes and the depth and quality is better. A nice crossguard here! The grip is a fine off-white example which is turning to a pleasing ivory color. This grip is in totally perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with thin twisted brass wire. The original portepee is still wrapped around the grip. This portepee shows a bit of fraying where it comes out of the knot but it still looks like it is sound. The scabbard is a generic type and it has good pebbling throughout. There is some age darkening to the airplane gray coating but it is not bad and matches nicely with the dagger’s hilt parts. The throat is a thinner style and it is retained by a single headless center placed flush mount screw. The blade of this example is a beauty. It is completely mirror bright and has all of its crossgraining and nice sharp point. This unmarked blade grades in full mint. The blade is protected by an in place brown leather washer. A very nice dagger here with lots of quality aspects about it.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

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

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

Excellent Plus. $895.00

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

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

Near Mint. $1,595.00

LD2 #29503 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Carl Eickhorn

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

Good. $895.00

LD2 #28557 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - SMF

This personalized SMF Luftwaffe example has classic parts throughout. The pommel is the same as the SMF example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137. This pommel has good detail throughout, with a little bit of mild wear on the reverse side most likely caused by the original owner’s handhold. The details are still mostly all there. The obverse side still is in a choice, near mint condition, having excellent oak leafing and a mobile swastika. The crossguard is a typical SMF variety and it features an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a mobile swastika. There is a little bit of wear to the eagle’s surfaces, but all details are still available here throughout the head, breast feathering, wing feathering, talons and swastika. The reverse panel has good pebbling with just a little wear in the center area. The upper quillon arms have the engraved style oak leaves and acorns being identical to the example shown on page 147, second from right. The ferrule is also a textbook variety. This grip is a good-looking tangerine color. It is in perfect condition throughout and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. There is some old residue and dirt trapped within the rib spaces between the wire, but if anything this gives a sense of history to this piece. The scabbard appears to have been one of the extra cost silver-plated examples. There is still frosting that remains in the upper area protected by the crossguard. The rest of the scabbard does show a lot of the silvering still being in place but there are also some wear spots around the center area again caused by the original wearer’s handhold. This scabbard though, is in good condition and perfectly flows with the wear seen on the hilt fittings. The scabbard bands are the aluminum type also being SMF. The throat is retained by two headless flush-mount side mount screws. The blade of this example is a fine high quality nickel-plated type. It is nice and bright throughout and other than the normal runner markings it is in mint condition together with its needlelike tip. The reverse of the blade bears its original owner’s surname etched into the center blade segment near the trademark. The name looks to be, “Albrecht”. Unfortunately, Herr Albrecht did not put his first initial or his first name so I would think it would be a difficult job to research him as this must be a fairly common name. At any rate, the etching does give a neat look to the blade and it is kind of fun to know the man’s name who originally carried it. The reverse ricasso is etched with the seated king trademark. The king holds a sword upward and sits on the firm’s initials, “SMF”. Above the king is a stick bird stamping. It is interesting to note that the bird was double stamped as apparently the inspector did not like his first hit. There is a five in the belly of this bird. The original blue pebbled leather washer is in place deep within the crossguard recesses. An interesting dagger here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1295.00

LD2 #28088 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Alcoso

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a classic Alcoso piece. The aluminum hilt fittings have the dark backgrounds in the recesses. The pommel is identical to the example I show on Page 137 at one o’clock in my Luftwaffe Book. This pommel has good detail to the oak leaves and the swastikas on both sides are nicely vaulted. The matching cross guard is the thinner variety we normally see on these pieces and it is identical to the example I show on Page 148, second from bottom. This cross guard depicts an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a mobile swastika. The feathering in the quillon arms as well as the eagle’s eye, beak and talons is outstanding. The reverse panel has good pebbling and the upper quillon arms have the engraved oak leaf and acorn motif, being exactly like Page 148. The ferrule is a fine matching example. The grip is a most pleasing orange pumpkin color. This grip is in choice condition throughout, the only flaw being one tiny hairliner just at the beginning of the upper rib beneath the pommel. Other than this, though, this grip is in perfect condition. It is tightly wrapped with a copper springy style wire which also has some good age residue trapped between it and the ribs. The scabbard is a typical Alcoso type, having the distinctive rounded shape to the shell. It has the airplane gray finish throughout and good, fine pebbled surfaces. The aluminum carrying bands contrast with the color of the scabbard shell. This dagger and scabbard look nearly identical to the example shown on Page 193, left. The blade is a fine, bright example having all of its original cross graining. Other than a few of the tiniest of stains, this blade is in mint condition, still retaining its needlelike tip. The reverse ricasso is etched with the trademark used from 1937-1939. It features a set of scales with the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. Above the scales in an arch shape is the firm’s block lettered name “ALCOSO” and below is the location city “Solingen”. The original leather washer is deep within the cross guard recesses. A fine Alcoso example here.

Excellent Plus. $795.00

LD2 #27845 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $795.00

LD2 #27322 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a later-made piece and it has good airplane gray aluminum mounts throughout. The pommel is a fine example, having good detail to the oak leaves provided by hand engraving along the edges and the veins. The swastikas are both nice and crisp. The matching cross guard depicts an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a swastika. The feathering is all there and the detail to the bird’s head, breast, legs and clutched swastika are excellent. The reverse of this example shows some minor wear to the pebble pattern. The upper quillon arms have excellent detail to the engraved oak leaves and acorns. The ferrule also nicely matches the condition of the rest of the fittings. The thing though that really sets this piece off is the exotic color of the grip. If you have a copy of my Luftwaffe book, the grip on the back of the dust cover shown in color is a bright mighty orange. This example has even more brightness than that grip. It almost has a red coloring to its tones. This is one of the best looking grips I have seen to date. This grip is in perfect condition and it is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. This dagger would really stick out amongst other Luftwaffe examples. If you are someone out there looking for a almost psychedelic grip color, you will love this one! The scabbard is an airplane gray surface and is in dent-free, excellent condition. It has carrying bands that match the aluminum color of the hilt fittings. These bands have rather wide borders and good detail to the oak leaves. They are the type of bands that are numbered beneath and in this case, they are numbered “96" or perhaps it could be “69", depending on how you turn the scabbard. The carrying rings are also matching aluminum. I do not show this type of scabbard or these hilt fittings in my Luftwaffe book, as I did not have an example at the time of printing. This Luftwaffe type, though, is absolutely original and is only seen on wartime production. The blade of this piece is still mostly bright, however, there is a little bit of mild smudge over the surfaces. It is a typical wartime blade which appears to have a plated surface. The tip is still good and is slightly more narrow than we normally see on earlier production. However, this blade still grades at excellent plus plus to near mint. The original brown leather washer is in place. An interesting, late-produced dagger that is sure to get comments from your friends with the outrageous colored grip!

Excellent Plus. $750.00

LD2 #26698 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

LD2 #23793 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Puma

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $895.00

LD2 #27816 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Unmarked WKC

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

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

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

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

Near Mint. $795.00

LD2 #25746 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - Arthur Schuttlehoffer

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

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

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

Excellent Plus. $895.00

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

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

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

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

Excellent Plus, Plus. $1,295.00

LD2 #34738C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Carl Eickhorn, Over-the-Shoulder Logo

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe is in choice condition throughout and is seldom seen with the over-the-shoulder logo. We’ll talk about that further down in the description. This dagger is equipped with the classic heart shaped pommel, the same as can be seen at eleven o’clock on page 138 of my Luftwaffe Book. This pommel has choice bright surfaces with factory darkened background. The leaves which butt up to the center ridge all have hand enhancing. The center swastikas on both sides of the pommel have much of the original gilt. The obverse has about 85% and the reverse maybe 80%. The matching crossguard is also a fine example depicting an eagle flying to the viewer’s left clutching a mobile swastika in his talons. The bird has fine detail throughout his eye, beak and breast feathering. The wing feathering is also quite crisp. The reverse of the crossguard has good pebbling throughout with some of the original factory darkening remaining throughout the edges. The grip is a very pretty tangerine color orange. This grip is just the slightest tone lighter on the reverse. It is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. Setting off the fine hilt is an original 23 cm portepee. This aluminum portepee is in fresh crisp condition and remains mint throughout.

The scabbard is completely straight. This scabbard is identical to the example I show on page 179, far left. This scabbard is the type that has the brass flash coat beneath the airplane gray final finish. There is some minor wear to the airplane gray finish, being just enough to give the scabbard a nice golden glow pretty much throughout all of the surface mounts. The bands are the convex type having good detail to the oak leaves. The scabbard has the thick throat and is retained by two headless, flush mount screws. This dagger looks very much like the example I show in color on page 316 of my book.

The blade of this example is nice and bright throughout and has all of its original crossgraining with needlelike tip. The blade is in mint condition. Stamped on the reverse is the “over-the-shoulder” squirrel logo. This late trademark was used after 1941 and is seldom seen on a Luftwaffe or an army dagger. This would represent a “last ditch” made piece. Although I must say that there are no signs of any lack of workmanship or poor quality in the materials. Apparently Eickhorn was able to keep up the quality of their product well into the war. Below the squirrel is the three-line stamping, “Original / Eickhorn / Solingen”. The blade is protected by an in place, dark brown washer. A very nice Luftwaffe dagger here with a seldom seen trademark. A fine collectible!

Near Mint. $1,495.00 (#123112)

LD2 #34168C 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Puma

This Puma-made 2nd Model Luftwaffe example has nice bright aluminum hilt fittings. These fittings show normal usage and they are in good condition throughout. The pommel has hand engraving to the oak leaf edges where they meet the center ridge. The swastikas are still fairly crisp. The crossguard eagle is flying to the viewers’s left and has excellent detail to his head, breast feathering, talons, wing feathering and mobile swastika. The quillon arms have the panels at the top which have engraved oak leaves with acorns. The engraving is well done and is peened on the surfaces to give relief. The ferrule is a typical steel type with oak leaf depiction. The grip is a nice looking egg yolk yellow color being slightly lighter on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition and it is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. The scabbard is a generic variety and it is straight as an arrow. This scabbard has excellent toning throughout and the pebble pattern is still crisp. The bands are the same as is shown in the color picture of my Luftwaffe book on page 171. These bands have oak leaves positioned on 45 degree angles running around the circumference of the carrying band. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws.

The blade of this example is nice and bright. It does have, however, a couple of pits that look to have been removed by someone in the past. There is a small pit on the obverse lower edge and there are also two of them on the reverse lower area. There are a couple of very small flaws on the edges of both sides also. The rest of the blade though is outstanding and overall this blade would grade excellent in lieu of the old pits. The reverse ricasso is stamped with the early Puma trademark. This trademark features the small Puma head positioned over the factory’s name, “Puma” and the location, “Solingen”. The original leather washer is in place. A nice looking dagger here with some blade flaws but it is priced accordingly.

Excellent. $695.00

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

LD2 #33013 Personalized Second Model Luftwaffe - Anton Wingen, Jr.

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is overall a pretty nice quality example. It has the Wingen style hilt fittings which are slightly different from norm in that the pommel has a more oblong look to it and the cross guard eagle chest area is vaulted outward more than norm. These hilt mounts are a fine matching aluminum. The pommel has good detail to the oak leaves and there is also hand enhancing and some hand pebbling to be seen on the surfaces and also on the edges where the leaves meet the center ridge. The swastikas on both sides are good and crisp. The cross guard features an eagle flying to the left and as stated above is a more vaulted type than normally seen. This bird has excellent detail to his head, eye, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs and talons. He grasps a mobile swastika in his claws. The upper quillion arms have the engraved style oak leaves and acorns within a panel. These depictions are pebbled over the surfaces and are in good condition. These same hilt mounts can be seen on the Wingen example that I show in my Luftwaffe book on page 226. The ferrule is also the same as the pictured piece. The grip is a very deep pumpkin orange color being just the slightest tone lighter on the reverse. The grip is in excellent condition throughout, however there are two small hairline cracks at the right edge and reverse lower rib. This grip is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. A fine looking hilt here!

The scabbard is an extra quality example having a nickel finish. The nickeling is still in excellent condition, have only one lift. This small plating lift is positioned between the two carrying bands at the right edge. The nickeling shows very minor age, but it is really nothing. The scabbard bands are the larger type, exactly the same as those on page 226. These bands have been plated to match. The plated throat overhands on both sides, the same as the book piece, and has the identical dome head side screws which are unturned. It is interesting to note that in the center of top reverse panel, the name “Beck” is lightly engraved into the surfaces. This same name is engraved into the obverse blade center about two inches down from the cross guard swastika. Unfortunately, the name “Beck” is a fairly common German surname so would be difficult to research the original owner, but it certainly adds interest to the piece. This blade is still nice and bright having its needle-like tip. It is in near full mint condition having a few very small spots here and there, which can probably be removed with modest effort with some semichrome. The reverse ricasso has the small knight logo etched on the center surface and above is the firm's initials “A.W. Jr”. Below the knight is the location city of “Solingen”. The original leather washer is in place. A pretty nice personalize Luftwaffe dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $895.

LD2 #33306 Personalized Second Model Luftwaffe

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has fine aluminum head mounts which show modest wear, but still has good detail. The pommel features oak leaves which has hand enhancing on the areas where they meet the center ridge. Both swastikas are nice and crisp. The matching cross guard shows just a tad bit of wear to the breast feathering of the cross guard eagle, but the details are still mostly all there. This bird flies to the viewer's left and clutches a mobile swastika in his talons. The upper cross guard arms are the style with engraved oak leaf and acorn panels. The engraving is quite well done and has good pebbling to the surfaces of the figures. Looking through my Luftwaffe book, I do not see a cross guard that has this exact same engraving, so chances are these mounts were made by a small generic producer. Occasionally, we run into pieces that cannot have the maker identified. The ferrule is a fine steel type having good detail to the oak leaves. The grip is a fine grapefruit yellow color. The color is still nice and rich, and rather unusual to see as most grips will turn darker than these tones over the years. This grip has a small hairline at the bottom obverse rib and also on the rib on the reverse, there is a small chip. Both of these flaws would easily cover with a 23cm portepee. Other than these minor flaws, the grip is in perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with aluminum springy-style wire. A nice hilt here.

The scabbard appears to be a WKC variety. It has a fine dark airplane gray finish throughout, which is still in excellent condition. The bands are also the WKC type having the pebbled areas behind the acorns. The throat is retained by a single flathead side screw on the right, also a WKC trait. Since the throat is also “oval” type done by this producer, we can conclude that the original seller of this dagger purchased the scabbard from WKC. The blade is a most interesting example. Brilliant. It is still bright and in excellent condition throughout having 100% of its cross graining. This blade is in near full mint condition. The obverse center segment has the original owner's name as well as his birth date etched into the surface. This etching appears to have been professional all the way. It is etched “Theo Weber 1.4.1915”. Armed with this amount of information, hopefully the next owner of this dagger will be able to research the career of Herr Weber. Not many daggers have the birth date on them, as well as the name. The original brown leather washer is in place. A very nice second model Luftwaffe here and a excellent candidate for further research. I wish the next owner good luck with identifying this Luftwaffe flyer.

Excellent Plus. $1,195

LD2 #33344 Second Model Luftwaffe - Alcoso

This Alcoso 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger is a classic textbook piece. The hilt fittings are a brighter aluminum which is a nicer finish than the darker types we usually see with Alcoso. The pommel though is the standard type being the same as I show at 1 o'clock on page 137 of my Luftwaffe Book. This pommel has good detail to the swastikas and oak leaves with extra hand enhancing done where the leaves meet the center ridge. The cross guard has a fine eagle flying to the viewer's left. This bird bird has good detail to his head, breast feathering, wing feathering, legs and talons. He clutches a mobile swastika. The reverse has little wear to the pebbling in the panel. The upper cross guards arms have the engraved oaks leaves and acorns within the two panels. They are identical to the example I show on page 148, second from bottom, and this cross guard is also the thin type used by Alcoso. The ferrule is a steel type which matches nicely. The grip is a very dark pumpkin orange on the obverse, fading just slightly on the reverse. This grip is in totally perfect condition and is tightly wrapped with twisted brass wire. A very find textbook hilt here.

The scabbard is nice and straight throughout. It is the “rounded” type we see used by this producer. The finish on the scabbard was pretty rusted as they often are on Alcoso pieces, so we cleaned it up and enhanced it slightly and now it is much improved. The pebbled panels still show nicely and the lower chape area has good oak leaf presentment. This scabbard bands are the contrasting aluminum type, the same as shown on the piece on page 178 of my Luftwaffe book, second from right. The lower band has some wear caused by the scabbard ring biting into it during the years the dagger was worn. I like stuff like this as it “talks to you”. The throat is the thinner type and is retained by two flathead side screws, both of which are the small borau style by Alcoso. The blade of this example is as nice as they come. It has 100% of its original cross graining with a needle-like tip. It is in mint condition. The reverse ricasso is darkly etched with the scales trademark having the firm's initials interspersed, “ACS”. Above the scales is the firm's name in an arch being in block betters “ALCOSO”. Below is the location city “Solingen”. This was the trademark used from 1937 to 1939. The original brown leather braid washer is in place. This is a very nice textbook Alcoso dagger having minor restoration to the scabbard finish only.

Excellent Plus. $795

LD2 #32045 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger – Alcoso

This 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger has the Alcoso standard all black coated fittings. The pommel is identical to the example I show in my Luftwaffe Book on page 137 at 1:00. This pommel has good detail throughout and about 95% of the blackening still remains. There is some wear to the black finish on the high spots, revealing the aluminum metal underneath. The cross guard is done in a matching coating and it, too, has about 95% of the blackening remaining. The cross guard is the thin Alcoso type, being the same as the example shown on page 148, two from bottom. This cross guard features a Luftwaffe eagle flying to the left clutching a mobile swastika in its talons. The cross guard upper arms have the engraved oak leaf and acorn panels identical to the book example. The ferrule is a lighter color gray. It has excellent detail to the oak leafing. The grip is an egg-yolk yellow color. It is in fine shape throughout and is tightly wrapped with springy aluminum wire. The scabbard is a generic form which Alcoso used both their own and outside purchased type. This example has the matching black coating throughout to include the scabbard bands. Some of the coating has worn from the bands. The scabbard is nice and straight throughout and has good pebbled patterns. The throat is retained by two dome head side screws. The blade of this example is about as nice as you will find them. It shows a little bit of in-and-out usage but otherwise is still nice and bright, having all of its cross graining visible in the surfaces. There is a little bit of smudge on the needlelike tip but it is nothing. This mint condition blade is etched on the reverse with the last style trademark used by this firm. It features a sideways placed set of scales with the firm’s initials “ACS” interspersed. To the right of the scales is the firm’s name written in script “Alcoso” over the location city of “Solingen”. The original leather blade washer is in place. A nice Luftwaffe dagger here.

Excellent Plus. $795.00