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Ok, this is one for the advanced collector! It is a great example that hardly ever shows up and most guys know little to nothing about these. These are rare, and were only produced for a few short months before production switched to the pure 1st model luft. Whitmann speaks to this dagger specifically in chapter 3 of his Luftwaffe reference. The plated blade on this one is a bit cloudy and looks good! The double oval “Carl Eickhorn Solingen” stamped maker mark is beautifully executed! It remains nice and bright with a perfect tip! It rates an Exc+/Exc++! It retains portions of its original blue pebbled buffer pad. The cardboard based, blue, pebbled leather covered scabbard looks good! About 90% of the leather coverage remains intact! It is quite rough and looks to have been repaired in one area. The solid nickel fittings show wonderful age patina and match the hilt in color and wear. Now take a look at the three staples that secure the scabbard fittings. It is textbook and exactly what one expects on these things. The solid nickel chain is in excellent condition. It has 10 upper ringlets and 15 lower, ending at a well working clip! It also has those unique connectors we can see on early examples. The solid nickel hilt looks great! The sun-wheel swastikas are beautiful! The wood based, blue leather grip has aged quite nicely. It retains its double twisted wire wrap. A great transitional piece that is a tough find!
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