Product Description: This is a great, all-original example of the 2nd Model Navy Dagger made by WKC. It’s really nice, and in excellent condition overall. The blade on this one is nearly mint, bright and clean, with plenty of the original darkening to the textbook etching. The blade features a crisply incised manufacturer logo indicating manufacture by WKC (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum und Cie.), a prestigious Third Reich manufacturer that is still in business in Solingen today. The handle shows only light wear, and features a wire-wrapped grip that is free of cracks or other issues. The brass alloy handle fittings have some old dark patination to the recesses, giving the appearance of added depth to the details. This dagger is complete with the correct Navy Portepee, which certainly appears to have been on there forever. The portepee shows light wear, matching the grip, with a few small spots of fraying to the woven aluminum wire. The scabbard on this one is dent-free, with the typical slight darkening from age and handling, and a couple of small spots, but no damage at all. Overall, it’s a choice, complete example of the 2nd Model Navy Dagger – WKC.
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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