Manufacturer: RZM M7/13 – Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co
Product Description: This SA Dagger – RZM M7/13 by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co is gorgeous! The blade and overall dagger is excellent plus! The dark and crisp acid etched “Alles für Deutschland” motto and RZM M7/13 by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co maker mark are both beautifully executed. The crossgrain can be seen the full length of the blade! The tip is perfect as is the fit! It has just a couple of small nicks along the blade and light runners marks, mostly from sliding back and fourth into the scabbard. The grip on this dagger is great, with a nice even finish and vibrant color. There are a couple of extremely minor handling marks to the wood, but no cracks or chips. the grip fit is very nice and does not have any typical age shrinkage of the wood. The SA enamel emblem and grip eagle show very little wear and are in pristine condition. The plated zinc crossguards do so normal wear and very slight lifting where the cross guards meet the grip. Which is typical on these late war dagger. This SA Dagger – RZM M7/13 is complete with its original scabbard, which looks amazing. It retains nearly all of its original brown enamel paint, which has just minor handling marks. The scabbard fittings are plated zinc, a perfect match for the dagger fittings, and retain lots of original luster, with only one small little area of the plating lifting from wear above the scabbard ring. Which is hardly noticeable. The dagger scabbard ball at the bottom the scabbard is perfect with no dents or damage. This SA Dagger – RZM M7/13 by Arthur Schuttelhofer & Co is very attractive and seem to be very difficult to find in this excellent condition now days.
Historical Description: The “Sturmabteilung” (SA), formed in 1921, was the original paramilitary branch of the Nazi party. With the Nazi rise to power in 1933, a dress dagger was introduced for wear with the iconic “brown shirt” uniform. As the SA was a huge organization, with an eventual strength of close to three million men, there was a huge demand for these daggers, and they were produced by 123 different makers, from larger factories to small, cottage-industry workshops. The daggers featured a wood grip with an inset enameled SA emblem and the German national eagle and swastika emblem. The blade was etched with the motto of the SA, “Alles für Deutschland.” The early daggers were crafted with the utmost quality, in both workmanship and materials. Originally, the name and logo of each manufacturer was etched on the reverse of the blade. These early daggers featured hand-fitted nickel silver fittings, and scabbards that had an anodized coating. Prior to around 1935, the daggers were stamped with an SA group letter on the reverse of the crossguard. In 1936, the Reichszeugmeisterie der NSDAP (RZM) organization began to standardize the manufacture of the SA dagger. Commercial type manufacturer markings were to be eliminated, and replaced with the RZM logo as well as an RZM code to indicate the manufacturer. Late production daggers marked with RZM logos usually are made with plated zinc fittings, and have aluminum grip eagles. Instead of the early anodizing process, later scabbards were simply painted. During the transitional period around 1936, many daggers were manufactured bearing the RZM logo and maker code in combination with the earlier type maker names and logos. These transitional daggers can be found with early or late features, or a mix of both.
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