Original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Carl Eickhorn with Lightning Bolt Scabbard & Portepee
Original Item: Only One Available. We just purchased this fine dagger from a private collector. It is a fine Solingen-Produced totally original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by the legendary firm Carl Eickhorn, complete with the original gold-plated "lightning bolt" style brass scabbard. This is a very nice gently worn example, with a very nice etched steel blade and an original portepee tied around the crossguard.
This example was almost certainly purchased by a high ranking officer early in the wartime period, as the pommel is a 1938 changeover type. It has very deeply inset wings and an impressive vault wreath. The details to this bird are also choice, with a striking eye, beak and breast. The crossguard is the standard Eickhorn type, and has the portepee wrapped around it. The grip is in excellent condition, with an unfaded ivory color celluloid covering, with just a bit of wear. The twisted brass wire wrapping is in excellent tight condition. There is little wear to the grip overall, so it does not appear to have been worn often. The pommel is a bit loose, due to the grip shrinking.
The portepee itself is in good condition, though it does show light wear and a bit of oxidation. It definitely has been tied on for some time, as indicated by the oxidation and wear pattern, and is most likely the original purchased with the dagger. It is tied in the correct Kriegsmarine style, which is much more complex than the style used by other branches, due to the association of knot tying with naval service. The scabbard locking button is fully functional, and also in great shape.
The blade is a very good example, with an excellent fouled anchor etch on both sides of the carbon steel blade. The etching on both sides is beautiful, retaining almost all of the frosted backgrounds. There is some light wear and surface scratching, as well as some areas of oxidation in the etched portion of the blade surface. The tip of the blade is great, and the original felt blade buffer is in place.
The reverse ricasso is stamped with the 1935-41 Eickhorn trademark: a seated squirrel holding a sword, with the word ORIGINAL above and the firm's name and location, Eickhorn / SOLINGEN below. This company is a legendary producer of edged weapons, and were particularly desirable even among other Solingen producers. Their "Field Marshall" series of officer's swords are all highly collectible.
According to J. Anthony Carter's book, GERMAN KNIFE AND SWORD MAKERS, this company was founded in 1865 by Carl Eickhorn, and is arguably the most famous of all Solingen makers. Not only could the family trace their history back 500 years, but they could also demonstrate involvement in the hardening and grinding industries for the same period. Truly the nobility of Solingen Edged weapon dynasties. Eickhorn edged weapons are the most desirable of all makers.
The "lightning bolt" scabbard is straight, and just has a few small dents. It's stamped with well-defined palmettes around the bands and lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves down to the bottom chape. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The ring ferrules are the rarer double serrated type, and the rings are still present. The throat is retained by two dome headed screws on the narrow sides, which do not appear to have been removed. The finish overall is mostly patinated brass, as the gold plating was the type that "evaporates" easily with cleaning and contact to air. There is still a bit left in some areas but it is mostly worn away.
Overall a great example of a hard to find dagger by a legendary maker, complete with an original portepee! A worthy addition to any knife collection. Ready to display!
Blade Length: 10"
Overall length: 15 3/8”
Scabbard Length: 11 1/4”
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