DLV Glider Pilot Dagger – Eickhorn


Condition: Excellent+

Maker: Carl Eickhorn

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Product Description:This DLV Glider Pilot Dagger also referred to as a “DLV Flyer’s Knife” is a nice, early piece, that shows honest traces of wear and age. The blade retains some of its original crossgraining, with some runner marks and scattered spotting. The maker mark of Carl Eickhorn is nicely etched on the ricasso. The blue leather buffer pad is present on the blade. On the handle, the grip is typical style with blue leather wrapping. The leather shows some wear. The quality nickel plated guard and pommel show light, attractive patina. The drag and throat are early nickel plated examples, matching the handle. The throat is marked with the DLV organizational emblem. This DLV Flyers Knife is a great representative example of its type. The condition rates as excellent plus



Historical Description: The Deutscher Luftsportverband (DLV) was an organization created by the NSDAP in March 1933. The “Sport” in the name helped to conceal the fact that the DLV were not really a sport organization, but rather was made up of units that conducted military flight training- specifically, the training of military pilots, contravening the Treaty of Versailles stipulation that Germany was not to have any air force. The head of the DLV was Hermann Göring, and Ernst Röhm was the deputy chief. The organization was formed from a number of pre-existing flight clubs. The various SA “Fliegersturm” units were disbanded, and their personnel rolled into the DLV, with an increased focus on military style flight training rather than air sports. The DLV was a uniformed organization, and wore uniforms similar to that of the SA, but with distinctive insignia and rank structure. In 1937, the DLV was disbanded; the successor organization was the Nationalsozialistisches Fliegerkorps (NSFK).


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