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Ok this is one for the advanced collector. Here's an rare early Transitional SMF all in early nickel silver! Most guys know little about these but they do make an excellent study. They are rare being only produced for a few short months before production switched to the pure 1st model luft. Wittmann speaks to this dagger specifically in chapter 3 of his Luftwaffe reference. The blade on this one rates an Exc++. It remains bright with a solid fit, and a beautifully executed maker mark! The blade has some light runner marks and witness marks from where the runners have been. There is a bit of black to the edges about 4" south of the crossguard that I have not tried to clean. There is a wee "nail catcher" at the very tip, again I could remove this in about 5 seconds with a stone but I leave this as found. The leather buffer pad remains intact. The cardboard based scabbard is in good condition. The scabbard body has some small pressure marks and wear but it still retains 100% leather coverage. Yes some guys might shoe polish the minor imperfections but that, I leave to you. The scabbard has the usual bumps from where the runners have been pushing against the cardboard for the past 80 years. Look at the staples that secure the scabbard fittings. Textbook and exactly what one expects on these things. The solid chain has 14 lower and 9 upper ringlets terminating in a early RZM marked clip. No Wait! an RZM UE1 marked clip. The scabbard fittings have nicely patinaed perfectly matching the hilt. They have a few small marks from normal period wear. The hilt fittings are all nickel silver with separately inserted swastikas that remain in excellent condition with all the silver remaining "between the legs". Look at the lacquer remaining!! The grip is triple wrapped with perfect brass wire. There is light normal wear to the grip but no abuse. So nice to receive one of these direct from the Vet's family!!
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