M36 Type I - Schutzstaffel Kettendolch für Offiziere. A wonderfully patinaed piece…. The blade on this one is in wonderful condition. The crisp acid etched “Meine Ehre heißt Treue” motto is beautifully executed! The crossgrain is easily visible all the way from the hilt to tip. The tip comes to a perfect point and it continues to hold a nice and tight fit! There is no maker mark and this is exactly how they were issued from the factory. The blade rates NM. It shows the common surface scratches/runner marks and the minor age grey throughout. The steel based black anodized scabbard body on this one looks wonderful! It continues to remain completely dent free and holds 90% of its original factory lacquer! The scalloped scabbard fittings and nickel guards show that wonderful nicotine patina that is so desirable. The ball remains perfectly round. All five screws remain intact. The chain is the Type I variation that is steel plated. The chain links show wonderful detail to the skulls and SS runes! It's really something when you look at the skull and you can see right down to each individual tooth! There is the correct “DRGM” mark to the center of the wotan’s knot. The correct first upper link reverse is clearly “SS” proof marked. The clip continues to work well. The scabbard to crossguard fit is perfect and closes with a snap. The crossguards are in excellent shape perfectly matching the scabbard fittings in color and patina. The reverse of the lower crossguard is gau stamped “He”. The black hardwood grip is in excellent condition! Typical pressure marks and one hairline crack above the roundel. The grip to crossguard fits are perfect! The solid nickel-silver eagle is beautifully detailed and has a perfect fit. The SS roundel retains 99%+ of its enamel and also has a perfect fit! This is an awesome piece! Grab it today!
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