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German Army Dagger - The german armed forces were very concerned with the appearance of the soldiers. They wanted to ensure that every combatant was proud of being a member of their unit. To that end, the general command deviced a series of items that would make every branch of the service distinctive. The German Army Officer's dagger is one of those items.

The high quality construction and beauty of the daggers have made them a desirable military collectible. No other army in the world has ever had the number of variations and complexity in design for daggers as did the German armed forces of the Third Reich.

The handle consisted of a celulloid swirl design, orange in color. With a crown-like metal pommel featuring oak leaves protruding from to the side. The handguard is of metal construction with rounded swirl ends. The Army eagle with extended wings is affixed to the front. Note that the beak of the eagle has a straight edge, similar to the head of an ax. This style is known as the "hatchet" face.

The blade is marked with the manufacturer's logo. It consists of a knight's helmet facing left. The initials "WKC" are found just below the head. The word "Solingen" is placed just below the initials. WKC was well known for producing high quality daggers and swords.

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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  9. Purchasing a German bayonet

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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The dagger market has come down over the last few years. Likely part of a normal adjustment.

This example comes with a knot and set of hangers. Some damage to one end of the hangers. But the combination helps bring up the value of the dagger.

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