Dagger Information DLV 1934 Dagger (Fliegermesser - Flyers
The Fliegermesser was introduced at the same time as the DLV Fliegerdolch, for
non-officer ranks. It was much smaller than the Fliers dagger being only 34 cm in length.
The wooden grip and scabbard where covered in dark blue leather with all fittings in
nickel silver with silver plating on early examples. Later examples can be found with a
blue painted grip and aluminium fittings and blue painted scabbard.
The cross guard was a symbolic set of downward sloping wings with a black enamel
swastika at its centre.
The knife was suspended from a single Black or brown leather strap, which was
permanently attached to the carrying ring of the upper cross guard fitting. Later hanger
straps were made from a pressed paper product that looked like leather this is only found
on the pained aluminium style.
The throat of the scabbard was usually stamped with the DLV emblem (winged swastika
& propeller) which indicated that it had passed the DLV inspection and could be issued
No Portapee was worn with the knife.
DLV Knife 1936 Variations
From 1936 the DLV knife had a number of changes to its production:
Cheaper aluminium fittings replaced the nickel silver ones
Blue enamel paint replaced the dark blue leather on the grip and scabbard
The DLV knifes were recalled upon its dissolution in July 1936.
Edited by Bruce Petrin