WWII German 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Officers Dagger by Eickhorn


A nice original example of a WWII German 1st Pattern Luftwaffe Officer’s Parade Dagger or Dirk.

The dagger is also referred as the 1935 pattern, and it was replaced by the more modern looking military 2nd pattern in 1936. Therefore, these daggers are substantially rarer, than the 2nd pattern. The Dagger is similar in design to the Luftwaffe sword, with white metal fittings, ‘running swastikas’ on discs and dark blue leather on the handle and scabbard. The dagger is made by the renowned firm Carl Eickhorn, of Solingen, with the distinctive logo of a squirrel holding a sword etched on the blade. This appears to be an early to mid-production example and has silverplated steel fittings on the scabbard. The winged crossguard and pommel are made of plated brass or nickel as in early models. The suspension chain, however, is made of aluminium, indication that the dagger is transitional, and afterwards, the fittings were made of aluminium. The suspension chains have 7 and 9 links respectively. They connect to a clip which has the maker’s marks OLC for Overhoff & Cie of Lüdenscheid.

The dagger is in very good condition with minor wear to the fittings and leather. The blade is in wonderful clean and bright condition.

Size: 49 cm (19 ¼ inches)
Weight: 594 g