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#354043 03/11/2022 2:40 PM
by EJM
Hi Guys,

i need some dagger experts to chime in on this one. I included as many detailed photos as I could, covering the key areas of concern. This is a transitional Eickhorn with the rat tail logo (only produced in 1939 I believe)...and I have some possible issues.

Yes, I know the dagger is sheathed incorrectly... cool

1. The fit and finish. I understand the wood grip can shrink and produce gaps at the crossguards, but these gaps look a little too much to me. There is fair uniformity to the gaps and this being an RZM model perhaps this is normal?

2. The crossguard cuts. These don't look deep and hand finshed.

3. The blade shoulders fit nicely to the crossguard and the crossguard is cut out perfectly to fit the blade.

Anything about this look off or set off warning bells?
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by Dave
30 years ago many thought these were fakes.

They are difficult to categorize because they vary a bit. The trademark can be found lower down, the eagle can be nickel or zinc, and I've seen guards like these and ... I think ... nickel.

My guess is that Eickhorn was in transition to the full RZM daggers and was using the last of some old parts and some new ones too.

I think it is real .. but want to hear more.

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We can say what we want about late war quality control however I have particular issue with the cut of the handle both top and bottom Even with gaps (which do not bother me) the handle should still perfectly match both the upper and lower grip contours. IMO they do NOT match here and the pictures supplied clearly show this.......therefor either the handle or the crossguards are not original to the remainder of the dagger. I can find no issue with the blade nor the scabbard. cheers and best, Ryan
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