Product Description: This Eickhorn Heer Dagger with Distributor Mark is a very desirable piece, in near mint condition. The blade is a stunner, with full original luster and excellent crossgraining. The ricasso on the front of the blade has a rare and desirable distributor mark, indicating this piece was originally sold by the firm of “A. Kuhl, Münster-Essen.” The ricasso on the blade reverse has a very nice commercial type “squirrel” logo for Eickhorn in Solingen, known as a top quality producer of edged weapons. Both of the etchings have full original darkening. The handle is gorgeous, with attractive age toning to the original finish on the pommel, ferrule and crossguard. The German Army eagle and swastika emblem on the crossguard retains great detail. The Trylon grip is a beautiful dark orange color, with some patina in the bottoms of the grooves. There are no chips or cracks to the grip. This Heer dagger with distributor mark is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard retains most of the original silvering, with honest, even wear. The scabbard is straight, and complete, with a very small dent on the obverse side. Both original suspension rings are intact. This handsome dagger is loaded with eye appeal.
Historical Description: After WWI, the German military, known as the Reichswehr, was restricted to a relatively small force. Hitler changed this in 1935, reintroducing universal military conscription, and creating a new German Armed Forces- the Wehrmacht. Within the Wehrmacht, the German Army was known as the Heer, and a new dagger was designed and introduced for the officers of this new German Army in May 1935. As with all German Army officer uniforms and accoutrements, they were not issued; rather, the officer had to purchase them. These were ceremonial and decorative pieces of regalia, that were worn on occasions that did not call for carrying a sword. The overall pattern and design of the dagger remained consistent throughout the production run, but the large number of individual manufacturers created a wide variety in details, especially with regard to the handle fittings. There were approximately 42 different manufacturers of the blades. There were construction changes over time as well. Early German Army daggers generally featured plated brass alloy handle fittings. Later, zinc was used. Wartime type scabbards were generally unplated, with a gray finish. Production of German Army daggers ceased around 1943. The German Army was a huge organization, and large numbers of these daggers were produced. But there were many specific variants that were produced in low numbers, especially the highest quality, luxury type pieces for well-heeled officers. Some daggers were personalized and customized, and are unique. The striking and attractive design of the German Army dagger was well-received by officers at the time, and these are very sought-after by collectors today.
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