WWII GERMAN DAGGER - SS
An SS dagger meant to be worn by all ranks of the SS was introduced in 1933. This dagger
was very similar to the SA style. The construction of the SS dagger consisted of black ebony
handles with an SS symbol insert located just below the pommel. In addition, a small eagle holding
a swastika is placed on the center of the handle. The fittings are manufactured from plated zinc
metal. The dagger was usually a special purchase item.
Initially, production of the dagger was not under RZM control. It was not until 1934 that the
RZM started overseeing production of the dagger.
The SS dagger is one of the most desirable daggers to obtain by a collector. It is
also a difficult one to find. There are many replicas flooding the market so the
buyer must be very careful when purchasing one.
The hanger is made from leather and has a buckle to adjust the length of
the belt. The hanger is attached to the scabbard via a chromed ring. The
opposite end of the hanger has a clip which bears the RZM control number.
The stiching of the hanger is shown on the following picture. The markings in
one of the rings are also illustrated.
There is a version of the SS dagger that uses a metal chain for a hanger. This model is known
as the chained SS dagger.
The scabbard fittings are held together by flat head screws. The pommel is very
similar to the ones found on the SA daggers.
The handle of the dagger is adorned with a nickel eagle. Later on the war the
eagles were made of aluminum. The maker of the dagger inscribes its trademark on the
bottom of the blade. The RZM control numbers "1198/38" designate the maker of the blade
and the year of manufacturing (1938).
An inscription is found on the obverse side of the blade. This inscription reads reads
"Meine Ehre heist Treue" which translates to "my honour is loyalty".
This edge weapon is currently being
reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be
able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The
collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing
of edge weapons. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity
of the item.
If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our
WWII German Edge Weapons identification guide. Where
we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.