Product Description: This German NSKK Dagger is a nice and attractive example of an RZM period piece. The blade on this one is very nice, with excellent cross-graining, and only minimal scattered freckling on a few areas, almost not noticeable. It has nice shine, and a crisp motto with great contrast. The reverse ricasso is neatly etched with the round RZM emblem, the date “1941” and the maker code “M7/9” indicating manufacture by the firm of SMF. The handle of this dagger has an appealing, all-original look. The rosewood grip is excellent, with no damage. There are a few specks of old paint that are likely from sitting in a veteran’s garage. The grip eagle and enameled SA roundel are intact, with no damage. The crossguards are the correct plated type for this vintage, and they show some wear and age, with more plating remaining on the reverse side than on the front. This German NSKK dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard is the correct later type, with plated metal fittings and a painted scabbard body. The wear on the scabbard matches the handle, with some paint loss on both sides from age and wear. The plated fittings are bright and undamaged. This dagger appears to be all-original and untouched. Neither the scabbard screws nor the pommel nut appear to have been turned since the dagger was assembled at the factory. Overall, this is a nice honest dagger, in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The NSKK (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps) was a motorized paramilitary organization under the auspices of the Nazi Party during the Third Reich. The members of this organization trained in the operation and maintenance of automobiles and motorcycles. It was a relatively small organization, with about 5,000 vehicles at its disposal in 1931. NSKK members had a rank structure based on that of the SA and wore similar uniforms and insignia. In 1933, NSKK members were authorized to wear the newly introduced SA dagger. Later, in 1936, a change was made to differentiate the NSKK dagger from the SA version. The NSKK dagger was to have a black finish on the scabbard, as opposed to the brown scabbard used by the SA. There was also a chained version, with a special suspension on the scabbard, that was worn by officers and by those who had joined the NSKK prior to early 1933. Because NSKK daggers were not made before 1936, and because the NSKK was a much smaller organization than the SA, the NSKK daggers were made in smaller numbers than SA daggers; they are correspondingly rarer to encounter today.
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