Always a pleasure to handle one of these degens! They are rare and near impossible to find any more. These were authorized for wear personally by Himmler and ownership required a certificate. Each one was, upon being awarded, duly noted in the SS Diensltersliste and became a part of the owner's service record along with his other awards and citations. This example is unmarked but these were made by Krebs. The 33" blade rates an Exc+. The blade has been cleaned and continues to maintain its original matte finish.There is some minor wear and age throughout with a few scuffs but nice smooth surfaces. It remains clean and free of sharpening. The buffer pad is a replacement. The scabbard is dent free and repainted in correct thick black enamel. There is a few wee tiny bumps you can find with your fingers from normal period wear. The lower fitting is the "slip fit" type. And the top secured with dome-head screws. Both the top scabbard fitting and the D guard are SS proofed- not necessary but always nice to see. The grip is composed of 13 ribbed sections being separated with its original wire wrap. The nickel SS runes button is correctly burnished to the backgrounds and set into place. The runes were missing when I purchased this from the Vet's family and I had this original roundel sourced and put back in. It is absolutely correct for this vintage and make of sword. No, no one would know, but I do so I of course share this with you as I do all restoration work. bumps but no cracks. Note the button placement, it's just after the fifth rib this is exactly where it should be! The ferrule has nice hand enhancing and is burnished to the backgrounds. All the hilt fittings are solid non-magnetic nickel. The pommel has the early cap under the pommel cap. This early type is preferred by collectors as it does make these swords near impossible to disassemble. Wittmann clearly describes this on pg 352 of his SS reference. This is a completely correct SS Officer Degan you will be proud to own!
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