Information Luftwaffe Type
The standard Luftwaffe type 2 dagger had a steel stiletto blade and was 25.5 to 26.5 cm
lengths in total. The pommel and cross guard was made from cast aluminium or alloy, some
can be found with a sliver anodised finish.
An eagle with wings wide open holding a swastika in its talons was cast onto the cross
guard face. The top arms have many forms ranging from engraved oak leafed to embossed
style. Many of these can be found with a dark oxide finish to a very pale gray finish as
well with just darkened backgrounds, to highlight details.
The pommel had a gilded swastika at its centre, the swastikas gold color ranging
from a dull bronze to bright gold, surrounded by oak leaves. Again the finish varied
greatly from a pale gray to near black finish or just to show highlights. The pommel
screwed onto the blade tang to secure the grip, cross guard and blade.
Dagger Grips came in a range of colours; white/yellow/orange with silver wire running
down the grip in an anticlockwise direction. The wire thread wound around the grip could
be very fine, tightly wrapped wire or a few strands of wire twisted together or even a
"spongy" wire wrap. This wire can be found in many different colours and
materials ranging from brass to aluminium.
As with the Army style dagger, extra cost items like real Ivory grips could be
acquired. as well as Amber glass grips. Of special note on Luftwaffe 2nd daggers is a variation found from the maker Robert Klaas that has a Black grip with silver
wire wrap. Exactly what this dagger was for is not known but its a well-known fact
that only Klaas made them.
The scabbard was made from steel and fitted with two oak leaf covered hanger suspension
rings. At the bottom of the scabbard was an enclosed panel where 3 oak leaves rose upwards
from the tip. The finish of the scabbards can range from pale grey to a dark grey finish
and extra cost finishes of silver and nickel. These were finished with a clear lacquer.
Hangers had dual straps with blue/grey fronts and silver woven edges. The rear of the
hangers was dark velvet. Hanger buckles were square with oak leaf motifs around the buckle
edges. Now and then the U.E. RZM 10 hangers can be found with gold finish. The
accoutrements were completed by the addition of a 23 cm silver coloured Portapee. There is
also a 23-24 cm Gold tone portepee, as well as silver with black lines in the stem area,
though there is no documentation as to why these variations exist.
The blade in standard issue had no motto engraved on the blade; they came in a
crossgrain polished format as well, some makers used nickel plating. However, some extra
cost blades can have etching if used as a presentation offering or customised by the
owner. Other extra cost items were damast blades. On some Luftwaffe blades a small eagle
like stamping can be found with a 5 or 3 stamped on it. This indicates that it was
purchased by the Government to be issued to Officers and high ranking NCOs that
could not or did not buy a dagger for wear at a Government function.
Variations could be purchased with extras that included ivory grip, engraved or
Damascus blades plus upgraded hangers.
The Luftwaffe Type 2 dagger entered use in October 1937 and was discontinued from dress
wear in December 1944. As with the Army dagger this dagger can be found on rare occasion
with a gold finished scabbard done in a dull brass gold finish, possibly for use by
officers of the rank of General.