Maker: RZM M7/42 (WKC)
Product Description: This NSKK dagger by WKC has a lot of character and is a great example. The most important part of any edged weapon is the blade, and the blade on this one is it’s most impressive feature. The crossgraining is extremely clear and prominent, and the original motto etching is super crisp, retaining virtually all of the original darkening. The RZM emblem and manufacturer code are likewise sharp and dark. There are only minimal contact marks, other than the usual runner marks. The mark on this NSKK dagger is RZM M&/42, indicating manufacture by WKC, a prestigious and desirable maker. The handle on this one features bright, nickel plated fittings, exhibiting some bubbling and flaking from age on both the crossguard and pommel. The pommel nut shows no signs of having been turned. The dark cherrywood-coloured wooden handle with embedded bronze eagle displays only light wear, is free of dents, and exhibits nice fit, with only extremely minor, even shrinkage. The enameled SA emblem grip button shows patina from age, but no enamel damage. The scabbard is absolutely gorgeous, in near mint condition, and retains 99 percent of the original glossy black NSKK paint. The scabbard fittings show age to the plated finish, matching the grip. There are no dents or damage on the scabbard. This is a very attractive NSKK dagger, with a lot of eye appeal.
Historical Description: The NSKK (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps) was a motorized paramilitary organization under the auspices of the Nazi Party during the Third Reich. The memberas 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 ascabbard, 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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