Original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by Carl Eickhorn with Lightning Bolt Scabbard - Post 1941 Trademark

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. We just purchased this very nice dagger at a military trade show. It is a fine Solingen-Produced totally original WWII German 2nd Model Naval Dagger by legendary maker Carl Eickhorn, complete with the original plated "lightning bolt" style brass scabbard. Overall it also retains much more of the gilding on the brass than we are used to seeing.

This example was almost certainly purchased by a high ranking officer when the war was in full swing, as the pommel is the later post 1940 pattern, with less "vaulting" around the wreath. There is also not as much of an inset on the wings, giving it a more streamlined look than the earlier pattern. The details in the bird are still fully visible, and the cross guard is the crossguard is the standard Eickhorn type, with very crisp execution. The grip is in excellent condition, with an unfaded ivory color celluloid covering, with just a bit of wear and light staining. The twisted brass wire wrapping is in good condition, though a small portion is missing near the cross guard. The scabbard locking button is fully functional, and shows wear and patination.

The blade is a very nice example, with an excellent fouled anchor etch on both sides of the bright steel blade. It has the characteristic double fuller, and is still unsharpened, with an unbent tip. The blade does have some areas of past oxidation and staining around the etching, but does not show that any major polishing or other resurfacing has occurred. It has the look of a blade that was used in service but also was well cared for.

The blade's ricasso is stamped with the post 1941 Eickhorn simplified trademark: a seated "regardent" squirrel looking backward over its shoulder, with the firm's name and location, ORIGINAL / EICKHORN / SOLINGEN below. Carl Eickhorn is a legendary maker from Solingen, the famous "City of Blades" in Western Germany.

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 in good condition, though it has a crush dent on both sides near the very end, and there is also a dent on the front right where the lightning bolts start. There is no major bending, and the dents to not interfere with sheathing the blade. It still has much of the original plating, and is very well executed. The scabbard is stamped with well-defined palmettes around the bands and lightning bolts, ermine feet and acanthus leaves down to the chape. The bands feature overlapping oak leaves and acorns. The ring ferrules are the triple 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 still very nice, with a lovely patina.

Overall a lovely example of a hard to find German naval dagger by the most legendary of all Solingen makers. A worthy addition to any knife collection. Ready to display!

Blade Length: 9 3/4"
Overall length: 15 1/8”
Crossguard: 3”
Scabbard Length: 11 1/4”

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