WWII German SA Service Dagger -
The SA functioned as a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party. It played a key role in Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1920s and 1930s. Often called "brownshirts" for the colour of their uniforms; this distinguished them from the Schutzstaffel (SS).
The SA dagger represents one of the most affordable blades to collect. This is due to the fact that the daggers were
produced in the millions since 1933 to the end of the war. During its life span, more than 200 manufacturers were known
to produce the dagger.
A high end version known as the SA Honor dagger was
The design of the service dagger consists of a small circular pommel. Metal fittings are found at each end of
the handle, which is of wooden construction and in the shape that ressembles a Coke bottle. A small circle with
the SA symbol is placed near the top. A silver eagle is placed at about the center point. The handle could be
made of different types of wood.
The scabbard is of metal construction. Painted brown. It has silver fittings near the throat and tip. A
suspension ring is found attached to the throat fitting. Screws are employed to secure the fittings to the
The blade is of stilleto design. Double edge construction. It is not sharpened as the dagger was not intended
for use in combat but rather for special occassions such as dinner parties, weddings, etc.
One side of the blade has the motton "Alles fur Deutchsland" which translaytes to "All for the Fatherland".
The other side displays the manufacturer's logo.
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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This SA dagger was manufactured by the Haenel company. The hilt has the district marking Th.
Many German edge weapons are currently
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
If you have an interest is seeing other edge weapons of the Third Reich, you can do so by going
WWII German daggers and Swords
identification guide, Where we cover blades from the Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force
(Luftwaffe) and other organizations.