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 nice with some age and a bit cloudy but clean smooth edges. The etched SMF Solingen maker mark is beautifully executed! Exc++! It retains its original blue pebbled buffer pad. The cardboard based, blue, pebbled leather covered scabbard looks good! About 99% of the leather coverage remains intact! 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 9 upper ringlets and 14 lower, ending at a well working Assman marked tombac clip! It also has those unique "S" connectors we can see on early examples. The solid nickel hilt looks great! The sun-wheel swastikas are beautiful! All the silver remains between the arms of the swas's The wood based, blue leather grip has aged quite nicely. It retains its 3 wire twisted wire wrap. A great transitional piece that is a tough find!
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