SA Dagger – RZM M7/9 SMF

Condition: Excellent+

Maker: SMF

Pattern: RZM


SKU: JW5386 Category: Tags , ,


Product Description: This is a great example of an RZM period SA dagger. The blade on this one is bright and beautiful, with all of the original cross-graining and only very mild runner marks. The etching on this excellent blade remains crisp and dark. It’s marked on the reverse ricasso with the RZM emblem, the date of production “1941” and the maker code “M7/9” indicating manufacture by SMF. The handle of this dagger is gorgeous. The rosewood grip is free of chips and cracks, and shows eye-catching light and dark tones. The grip eagle is brass, and most of the silvering has worn away, revealing the base metal. The enamel roundel is intact. The crossuards showlight lifting to the plating, but most of it is intact, with nice luster. This SA dagger is complete with its original scabbard, which retains virtually all of the original factory applied glossy brown enamel paint. There is some slight wear and light patina, but no damage. The suspension ring is intact and retains most of the original hanger. The hanger is RZM marked on the leather and on the buckle. The leather is dry and damaged. This is a very eye-catching dagger, with outstanding charm. The condition rates as excellent plus.




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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