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German 1st Model Luftwaffe Dagger - The Luftwaffe instituted the use of a dagger in 1934. The dagger was designed based on an earlier piece used by the DLV. This dagger was known as the First model. in 1937 a second dagger was introduced as a replacement. This was known as the Second mdoel.

The biggest changes between the first model and the second model were the pommel and the hand guard. A detailed account of the construction of the First Model dagger follows:

The blade was of type stiletto with the main features being a double edge and a flat plain in its center. The brand of the manufacturer would normally be placed on the blade. The example shown in this page has a manufacturer's marking. The grip was manufactured from corinthian leather and consisted of a grooved spiral design. A wire composed of three strands was placed in the groove. The wire was aluminum and silver in appearance. The grip was only available in blue color.

The handguard conisted of a drooping three tear design. Silver metal construction. A swirl type swastika is located in the center of the handguard. A small piece of leather is located at the base of the blade. This provided padding so when the dagger is inside the sheath there is no metal to metal contact.

The scabbars is covered in dark blue corinthian leather to match the handle. It has three silver metal fittings which are; a throeat piece, a chain strap and the tip cover. The hanger chain was permanently attached to the scabbard. The dagger featrured here has only a small section of the chain left.

This page is a recognition and identification guide for German bayonets. Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out specific points that should be noted.

One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my German bayonet worth?". A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the Nazi bayonets is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the police sword in the collector's market is illustrated.

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The pommel consists of a circle with the swirl type swastika located in the center of both sides. The swastika was guilded from factory. The sample shown here has no guilding left. This was a common occurrance caused by the normal wear of the dagger.

The blade bears the manufacturer's marking. It is placed near the base of the blade. It reads "Emil Voos" and just below that has the name of the city "Solingen".

Many German edge weapons are currently 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 this item. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German daggers and Swords identification guide, Where we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe) and other organizations.


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Jan 3rd, 2017
The item featured here is a Luftwaffe 1st model Aluminum dagger. In very good condition. Manufacturer marked. An item like this goes up over time.

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