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Examples of German Daggers
The type of handle is very useful in identifying a particular
dagger. Handles were commonly made from various metals, colored plastics,
faux and real ivory, or were covered with dyed leathers. Some handles
are heavily ornamented, while others are plain. Giving detailed information
about the handle can help to provide an accurate appraisal. Some
examples of handles follow.
German Dagger Handles
The makers of German daggers frequently
stamped their logos on the daggers. Logos of three of the major makers
-- Carl Eickhorn, SMF, and Wagner & Lange -- are shown below.
German Dagger Makers
Many German WWII era daggers are inscribed
with words, phrases, or artwork, often in a gothic or script type font.
Providing the inscription on a dagger can also aid in an accurate appraisal.
Some examples of dagger inscriptions follow.
The Dagger Collector is also interested
in other WWII era items from Germany, the US, and Japan. Shown below
are examples of a German flag and swords, hangers for attaching a weapon,
and a Japanese dagger and sword.