Product Description: This is a very appealing, all-original and complete example of a Red Cross EM Dagger Hewer. The bright blade on this one looks great! The crossgrain is easily visible and the sharp teeth to the saw back are in perfect condition! It is stamped “Ges. Geschützt.”. The fit is perfect. The blade rates an easy Exc . It shows age grey and spotting throughout along with the common surface scratches. The brown leather buffer pad continues to remain intact. The steel based, black enamel painted scabbard looks great! It shows the common scabbard micro bubbling throughout. It continues to retain 95% paint coverage and it remains completely dent free! The Red Cross EM Daggers scabbard fittings look excellent, matching the hilt perfectly. All screws continue to remain intact. The alloy based nickel-silver plated hilt looks great excellent! The Third Reich red cross medallion on the crossguard has fine vaulting and detail! The correct bakelite checkered/smooth grip plates are in perfect condition! They are tightly secured by two oxidized steel screws. It’s an attractive, complete Red Cross EM Dagger featuring everything one wants to see with these.
Historical Description: The German Red Cross (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz, DRK) was given organizational status by the Nazi Party in 1938. As with all official organizations, it fell under the auspices of the NSDAP; the DRK fell under the German Ministry of the Interior. In 1938, a special and unique edged weapon, the “Hauer für Mannschaften” (known to collectors as the Red Cross EM Hewer) was introduced for enlisted personnel of the DRK. It was a blunt-pointed tool, with one cutting edge, and one saw edge on the blade spine. It was intended not only as a dress dagger for ceremonial and formal wear, but as a practical knife for preparing splints, casts and bandages.The purpose of the blunt tip was to avoid violating Geneva Convention prohibitions against medical staff carrying offensive weapons. Unlike most German blades intended for dress purposes, the Red Cross EM Hewer was not a private purchase item, but was issued from unit stocks as needed. Officers in the DRK wore a different dagger. Manufacture of the enlisted hewer ceased in 1940.
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