1936 Chained SS Dagger – Type B1

Model: M36

Type: B1

Condition: Good

SKU: C11183 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This 1936 Chained SS Dagger Dagger is in overall good condition. The dagger is categorized by collectors as being a type “B1” for it’s nickled fittings and chain as well as having the standard black painted scabbard. The blade of this M36 Chained SS Dagger is non maker marked and exhibits scattered light marks throughout from storage over the years, most likely in a damper environment. The original factory cross graining along the blade can still be seen under these marks. The blade also appears to be unsharpened. The grip is made of a black ebony wood with a nickel silver eagle and SS roundel inlaid. There are scattered marks and two chips to the wood near the lower and upper guards. The upper and lower cross guards are zinc plated with scattered marks and some lifting of the plating. Both guards are expertly fitted to the wooden grip. The scabbard has been repainted black at some point. The upper scabbard throat fitting and drag are made of nickel silver and show a nice patina throughout. The chain of the dagger is a Type B1 nickel chain with an even light patina matching the patina found on the scabbards fittings as well. All links of this chain appear to be originally soldered. Also the spring inside the clip of the chain is missing.  Overall this is a very nice representative example of a 1936 Chained SS Dagger.


Historical Description: The Model 1933 (M33) SS dagger was first serviceable dagger produced for the SS. The design was derived from a 16th century Swiss hunting dagger called the “Holbein”. The M33 SS Dagger was worn by all ranks within the SS. Becoming a member of the SS was held in high respect during the Third Reich, and their daggers became a symbolic piece within its ranks. Every year on November 9th, the new SS men would pledge their full allegiance to the Führer (Adolf Hitler) in front of the Feldherrnhalle monument in Munich and receive their dagger as a symbol of that oath. The inscription on the blade “Mein Ehre Heißt Treue”, which translates to “My Honor is Loyalty”, was the motto of the SS.
Manufacturing for these daggers began late in 1933, and continued until 1942 when production of all daggers ceased to conserve materials and labor for the war effort. Today, collectors categorize these daggers into three main categories; Early, Transitional, and Late period. SS daggers produced from 1933 to early 1935 are early and have anodized scabbards, nickle fittings, and are generally of a higher workmanship. Transitional period daggers were produced from 1935 to 1938, are usually found with painted scabbards, plated fittings and RZM codes with their makers logo on the blade. Late period daggers were produced from 1938 to 1942 and are similar to the transitional period daggers in that they use plated fittings, painted scabbards but will only be found with the RZM logo and code on the blade.


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