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Here we have an interesting example! The unsharpened blade on this one has age an wear along with a chip just below the u in "und". I say that an the blade is bright and retains is original shape. The etched: “Blut und Ehre!” motto and maker marks are still clear. Now just take a second and look at the maker marks. Notice how the logo and the name are stamped but the RZM mark is etched. What's with that! Well when you know the history here guys this truly speaks to what was happening at the time. In the transitional phase these guys were ordered to RZM mark all their blades. Well what do you do with all the blades already in production? You got it, they just added the RZM mark in order to comply! Neat. The tip comes to a perfect point and it has a perfect fit! The blade rates Exc/Exc+. The leather buffer pad remains intact. The black dent-free painted scabbard looks excellent! It has a bit of spotting yet remains completely dent free! The black scabbard leather is supple and still functions quite fine. The snap works well! The nickel plated steel hilt shows age patina and wear throughout. It retains 80%+ of its plating intact. The black bakelite checkered grip plates are tightly secured and in near perfect condition! The early small HJ diamond retains 99% of its enamel but does show some cracks, there appears to be some glue around the edges so this was likely glued back in place at some point. A solid transitional example! Nice
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