Product Description: This 2nd Model Navy Dagger is a stunner. The condition on this is incredible, better than excellent condition. The blade is virtually pristine, with strong original darkening to the acid etch contrasting nicely with the bright polished surfaces. It has a nicely engraved W.K.C. manufacturer logo. The brass handle fittings show only minor age and wear, with no visible signs of ever having been tampered with. The button that secures the dagger in its scabbard still works fine, and the original felt buffer pad is still present. The grip on this is gorgeous. The celluloid has toned with time to an attractive honey color, and shows no chips or cracks. The correct twisted brass grip wire remains nice and tight. This one features a very desirable variant of scabbard, with a “hammered” finish. All of the brass fittings, including the scabbard, have a perfectly matched light patina showing age and very minor use wear. An untouched, beautiful, and extremely well-preserved example of the 2nd Model Navy Dagger, nearly flawless, and an impressive addition to any display.
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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