Product Description: This SA Dagger – RZM M7/2 is a nice example of this dagger type. The maker of this one is Emil Voos Waffenfabrik in Solingen, a tough-to-find maker on these later, RZM pattern pieces. The blade on this one is very nice, with full original crossgraining. It does not appear to have ever been cleaned, and it is full length, never sharpened. It shows appealing shine, as well as typical runner marks and age speckling. The motto is crisp, with good contrast. The reverse ricasso is etched with the round RZM emblem as well as the maker code “M7/2” for Voos. The handle on this dagger has a great look, and shows minimal wear. The fittings are typical wartime pot metal, with some freckling and age patina. The grip has great eye appeal, with some minor marks on the reverse. The grip eagle is intact, and the roundel retains all of the enamel. The fit on this dagger is nice and tight throughout, and the “T-nut” on the pommel does not appear to have ever been turned. This SA Dagger – RZM M7/2 is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard body retains about 95 percent of the original glossy brown enamel paint. The scabbard fittings match the handle nicely, with some plating loss mostly on the upper fitting. The suspension ring is intact, and all of the scabbard screws are present, with no signs of having been turned. This handsome dagger displays extremely well, and remains in excellent plus condition.
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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