Always a pleasure to handle, these Dachau produced degans, they are rare and near impossible to find any more. These were authorized for wear personally by Himmler and ownership required a certificate for wear. Each one was, upon being awarded, duly noted in the SS Diensltersliste and became a part of the owners service record. This example is a later Dachau produced piece. The unmarked blade has been cleaned and rates Exc++ being bright and clean. The 32.5" blade is correctly maker marked with the stylized "PDM" over the "Rostfrei" etched in place. PDM represents the master smith Paul Müller and rostfrei being German for "rust free" or what we call in English "stainless steel". This mark dates the sword some time after 1940. There are a few minor scuffs but nothing major, really nice and of course it's rust free! :> The textbook black buffer pad is intact but it is a replacement. The scabbard has a few tiny hits that you can find with your fingers or but holding this just so in the sun. It has been professionally repainted in a black enamel. The scabbard shell is just slightly smaller and more elegant than on standard police/SS degans. You would never notice except if you lay one of these next to another. The fittings are both the "slip fit" type. Neither the top scabbard fitting or the D guard are SS proofed textbook. If you ever do see one proofed run the other way! The grip was smashed up when I got this and has been restored and the runes correctly set. Note the placement just after the fourth rib, exactly were it should be! The ferrule's are both separate pieces with no blackening to backgrounds. All the fittings are chrome plated and exactly what one would expect to find on a Dachau sword. Ok so if you can forgive the repaired grip and the repainted scabbard you have a SS Officer sword at a fraction of what you would pay for an early example. Very nice!
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