Alcoso Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger 2nd Model

Condition: Excellent

Maker: Alcoso

Pattern: 2nd Pattern


Product Description: This Alcoso Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger is a choice piece. It’s a 2nd Model Luftwaffe officers dagger, in a very desirable 3/4 size. The blade is fantastic, clean and bright, with full original luster. The front of the blade is etched with the logo of the distributor, Heine. On the other side, the ricasso of the blade features an etched Alcoso manufacturer marking. The handle on this dagger is really nice, with even patina to the metal fittings, which are very nicely detailed. The grip is a lovely darker pumpkin color, and is free of chips or cracks. The grip wire is perfect. The handle of this dagger is complete with the original miniature officer’s portepee. The portepee shows some fraying to the braided wire where it is affixed to the handle, and it is coming off the metal ball on the end. The scabbard of this Alcoso Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger is crisply detailed, and is nice and straight, with no dents. This is about as nice of a Luftwaffe miniature dagger, as one is likely to find. It’s in excellent condition.



Historical Description: The Luftwaffe dagger was a piece of regalia with a unique history. After WWI, Germany was prohibited from having an Air Force. In 1933, the Nazis formed the Deutscher Luftsport-Verband (DLV), which was a paramilitary aviation organization. DLV officers wore a long dagger. In 1935, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler instituted the new German armed forces, the Wehrmacht. One of the branches of the Wehrmacht was the Luftwaffe. Luftwaffe officers at this time wore what we know as the first model Luftwaffe dagger. This was a shortened version of the earlier DLV dagger. It featured a scabbard covered in blue leather, and a blue, wire-wrapped grip. The crossguard featured a round, “sunwheel” type swastika, flanked by down swept, stylized “wings.” The pommel was in the form of a vertical disc, with another, larger “sunwheel” swastika. In 1937, the Luftwaffe instituted a new dagger form, known to collectors as the second model. This new dagger was similar to that worn by officers of the German Army. The second model had a metal scabbard with impressed decoration, and no leather covering. The crossguard bore a Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a swastika. The blue grip was replaced with one that was orange, white or yellow. The various types of grips were a matter of personal preference and did not indicate branch or rank. The pommel of the new dagger featured a swastika within an oak leaves motif. The blades of these daggers were steel, and many but not all were manufacturer marked.


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