Product Description: This 2nd Model Navy Dagger is in outstanding condition. It features a deluxe, double sided etched blade. The etching is crisp and retains much of the original darkening. The blade is nice, with some very minor age spotting but no major issues. It’s stamped with the knight helmet logo of WKC. The handle of this 2nd Model Navy Dagger is gorgeous, with no cracks or chips to the ivory colored grip. The grip wire is intact, as is the original red felt scabbard buffer. The pommel and crossguard are brass, with a pleasant, light, even age patina. The ornamentation on the handle fittings is excellent, as there is almost no evident wear. The push button mechanism that retains the dagger in the scabbard is intact and functional. The scabbard and fittings are the desirable brass example. There are no dents or dings, just typical light ageing patina. The hanger rings on the scabbard are present as are the scabbard screws. Overall, the condition of this 2nd Model Navy Dagger rates a very strong excellent!
Historical Description: The German Navy adopted the use of a dress dagger for its officers in the 19th century. In 1935, the Nazi leadership reintroduced universal conscription for German men as part of a plan to greatly expand German military power. The German Navy became part of the new Wehrmacht and was renamed the “Kriegsmarine.” The leadership of the Kriegsmarine was largely very traditional and initially retained many pre-Nazi traditions including the traditional dress dagger which was unchanged since WWI. But in 1938, a new dagger was introduced for the Kriegsmarine, that bore the Nazi swastika emblem. This pattern of dress dagger is known today as the Second Model Navy Dagger. The earlier “flaming ball” device used on the first model pommel was replaced with a German national eagle emblem clutching a wreathed swastika. The crossguard on the second model Navy dagger was longer than that found on the first pattern. The standard blade was acid etched with a fouled anchor and ornate foliage pattern. Because it was expected that these daggers would be worn at sea, all parts with the exception of the blade were initially made from brass. The Second Model Navy Dagger was made by more than a dozen manufacturers in a number of variants until the end of WWII. As with all officer dress daggers, they were not issued, but were private purchase items. Officers could customize these to suit their own tastes by upgrading them and customizing them in various ways.
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