Here's a great example by Eickhorn! The blade on this one remains in nice shape. The blade is fairly clean with some age and stain. The removal of the blade inscription is a clean job. I always prefer these to the so often seen factory ground jobs. I just picture the guys coming home from their weekly SA meeting to a bratwurst and Beck's beer discussing the events of the Night_of_the_Long_Knives, and complaining about why they had to remove the name from the blade. The name is 100% removed with just traces remaining yet the rest of the motto: "In Cordial Friendship" remains intact. It has a perfect fit and tip, and all of the motto's and maker mark are beautifully executed! This one rates an Exc+. The back period repainted scabbard is lightly worn and shows oxidizing. It is dent-free. The solid nickel fittings are also lightly worn and perfectly match in patina. one screw is lost to time. The ball is near perfect! The scabbard / crossguard fit looks great. The reverse of the lower fitting is bench marked "3". The oak hardwood grip looks great! The grip / crossguard fits are perfect! The beautifully detailed solid hi-necked nickel eagle also has a perfect fit. The roundel is worn and lost much enamel. Overall a beautiful piece that shows real history!
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