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German 2nd Model Luftwaffe Dagger - The second pattern Luftwaffe dagger was introduced in 1937. Various officer ranks wore the dagger and there was no visible difference between them.

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 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 no manufacturer's markings. The grip was manufactured from celluloid 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 available in white, yellow or orange. If the buyer had the necessary finances, it was possible to purchase ivory grips. The various types of grips available were strictly a matter of purchaser preference and not a symbol of rank or status within the Luftwaffe. This dagger was produced by a very large number of manufacturers.

The blade bears the manufacturer's logo. It is placed at the base of the blade. The name "F.W. Holler" are wrapped around the upper section of an elliptical shape. The name of the city "Solingen" is placed in the bottom section.

The back of the metal handguard is visible in the top photo. Notice the heavily pronounced pebbling.

The scabbard has two metal braces around it. They hold a ring each. This is where the hanger is attached to the dagger.

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 portapee has a high quality knot attached to the end. It is silver in color.

The pommel is of round shape. It has a leafing design arounf it. The front and back display the swastika symbol. It should be guilded, however, the example shown here has lost all color and it is bare silver. This was a common occurance due to normal wear.

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.


The value for WWII German daggers and other military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com . The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.

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May 17th, 2017
Germany produced a large variety of daggers for various branches of the military and for para-military civilian organizations. The high quality construction and beautiful designs have made them great collectibles. The item featured here is not hard to find. In general its appreciation has been good but recently the values have experienced a downward trend. Market adjustments for collectibles are not rare.

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