German dagger SS
The German SS dagger is one of the most famous attributes of the uniform weapons of fascist Germany.The first dagger models were adopted in 1933 and were intended for soldiers and officers of the German army. Immediately after the release began, sellers sold daggers freely. But since February 1934, free sale to private individuals was prohibited, and a simple blade began to turn into an attribute of SS officers.
The Nazis were very proud of their past, leading it to the ancient Germanic tribes, so the hunting dagger-Holbein was chosen as a cold weapon for the assault troops. The blade got its name thanks to a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, written in the 16th century, which depicted a classic Swiss dagger for hunting, liked by the Nazis. Some interesting facts related to the appearance of this edged weapon:
- The dagger blade shape of the SS copied the ancient Roman swords;
- The sheath, suspension, handle and other structural elements were developed in Munich, which is not the center of the production of blade weapons in Germany. Most world-famous knife workshops were located in Solingen;
- The dagger in its final form was modified by a Munich School of Art professor Schmidt.
The service dagger SS was produced strictly according to the drawings and had its own quality standard. The parameters of the knife of the Third Reich:
- Type of knives – dagger;
- The blade is 220-230 mm long, double-edged. Maximum blade thickness 5.5 mm, width 34-37 mm;
- The length of the weapon in the sheath is 360-375 mm, without a sheath – 345-350 mm;
- The handle is 110 mm long, 21 mm thick and 35 mm wide.
The main difference between the SS and SA daggers, besides the black color of the tree on the handle, was the inscription “Meine Ehre heisst Treue” (“My honor is called fidelity”), engraved on one side of the blade, and the manufacturer’s stamp and year of manufacture on the other.
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