Product Description: This Heer Officer Dagger is a textbook WKC example, with correct 12 leaves pommel. The crossguard is WKC Type 4, with WKC maker’s mark. There are no screws pressed in the throat. The blade remains in excellent condition. There are a few minor spots of surface aging and greying. These speckling spots are noted with a couple of runner scratches. The blade is very crisp, with a perfect tip. The beautiful white, Type C, grip remains in very good condition, without cracks or any damage at all. The portepee is very nice, with a couple of soft areas from rubbing. The patina on this Heer Officer Dagger is very nice, and matches to all the fittings. No dents are noted in the scabbard. The original pebbled leather scabbard buffer remains intact, and all of the fittings are tight. There are no indications that this has ever been disassembled. This Heer Officer Dagger is in excellent condition.
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 detail, especially regarding 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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