Product Description: This Second Model Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger is a choice example. It’s exceptionally well-made, with all the quality of a full-size dagger. The plated blade is bright and beautiful, with gorgeous luster. On the reverse, the blade is maker marked with the commercial type, “scales” logo of Alcoso in Solingen. The handle is stunning, with no damage to the beautiful, pumpkin orange grip. The Luftwaffe eagle crossguard and swastika pommel retain all of the original darkening, and show exquisite detail, with extremely minimal wear. The grip wire is tight. This Second Model Luftwaffe Miniature Dagger is complete with its original scabbard. The scabbard is pristine, with beautiful finish and detail. The suspension rings are intact. This fine dagger is complete and sound, with no damage of any kind. It displays extremely well, and remains in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The Luftwaffe dagger was a piece of regalia with a unique history. After WWI, Germany was prohibited from having an Air Force. In 1933, the Nazis formed the Deutscher Luftsport-Verband (DLV), which was a paramilitary aviation organization. DLV officers wore a long dagger. In 1935, in violation of the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler instituted the new German armed forces, the Wehrmacht. One of the branches of the Wehrmacht was the Luftwaffe. Luftwaffe officers at this time wore what we know as the first model Luftwaffe dagger. This was a shortened version of the earlier DLV dagger. It featured a scabbard covered in blue leather, and a blue, wire-wrapped grip. The crossguard featured a round, “sunwheel” type swastika, flanked by down swept, stylized “wings.” The pommel was in the form of a vertical disc, with another, larger “sunwheel” swastika. In 1937, the Luftwaffe instituted a new dagger form, known to collectors as the second model. This new dagger was similar to that worn by officers of the German Army. The second model had a metal scabbard with impressed decoration, and no leather covering. The crossguard bore a Luftwaffe eagle, clutching a swastika. The blue grip was replaced with one that was orange, white or yellow. The various types of grips were a matter of personal preference and did not indicate branch or rank. The pommel of the new dagger featured a swastika within an oak leaves motif. The blades of these daggers were steel, and many but not all were manufacturer marked.
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