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German SS Dagger - 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 design of the dagger was simple and elegant. The handle was of black wood with a smooth finish. One side has an eagle encrusted in it. The head of the eagle faces right and has the wings fully extended. The claws are clutching a wreath with a swastika in the center. A circle with the SS runnes is encrusted above the eagle.

The scabbard is painted black to match the handle. It has two fittings. one in the throat area, the other in the tip. The throat fitting has a ring attached to it. This is where the leather dagger hanger is secured.

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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  1. FAQ's
  2. Dagger and sword anatomy
  3. Edge weapon RZM numbers
  4. German Dagger hangers
  5. Edge weapon maker markings
  6. Hilt markings
  7. German edge weapon materials
  8. Perspective view
  9. Purchasing a German bayonet

The base of the blade is marked with the RZM logo. Also the inscription 534/38/SS is placed just below the logo.

The opposite side of the blade bears the motto "Meime Thre Heibt Treue". The leather hanger is of black color. It has a wire type buckle that controls its length. A clip is placed on the end. There are no markings found in this hanger. Not all hangers were marked.

There are a couple of versions of the SS dagger that uses a metal chain for a hanger. These models are known as the chained SS dagger and the Honor dagger

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.

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Value $900.00 $1,000.00 $1,450.00 $1,800.00 $1,800.00
Availability Rare Rare Rare Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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