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#310269 08/09/2015 01:25 PM
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Opinions sought and appreciated on this chained SS offered

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I know I am swimming upstream on both daggers, but I see nothing wrong with this one, either. Again, caution should always be exercised. Please see my comments on your post of the other dagger about returns, etc. Also, it helps to check the feedback of a seller on GunBroker and elsewhere. But, even positive feedback does not guarantee anything. This hobby has pretty much imploded on itself. Not just with edged weapons, but practically every other Third Reich collectible. I have been in it for over 30 years and am making my exit from it. The hobby has gone from being fun and sharing to being one made up in great part of cynics and naysayers, some quite nasty and personal in their comments. It is more of a science and forum for criticism now than a hobby. Micrometers and measuring tapes come out. If something is not "textbook," it's bad. In some cases, if a collector does not have one of something in his collection, especially if it's rare, it's bad. Early on, in my experience, there were reproductions and other "problem" pieces, but they were few and most were easy to spot by most collectors. A wealth of artifacts were available, mostly found with vets and their families. Yep, I got burned a few times, as do most neophytes to collecting. The reproductions continue to be cranked out, a plaque on the hobby, and some are getting quite good. In the absence of blatant signs of problems in photos, usually a "hands-on" examination is necessary to determine authenticity. I don't begrudge anyone his opinion. That is his right. But, opinions can and do vary. Very seldom is someone right all the time. And how long has it been since someone simply said, "I don't know," when evaluating an item? Hardly ever. Rather than saying that, they usually say, "It's bad." If you are a stickler for "textbook" items, have a ball. If you accept variants and anomalies, have fun, but be careful. I personally have heard from experts and "experts" who were flat wrong in their opinions and I can prove it. So, "expert opinions" are not always that expert. If you like a dagger and the photos and descriptions show no glaring deficiencies, don't be reluctant to ask for additional photos and information. If you trust the seller and he has a good track record and return privilege, make the purchase and follow up here and elsewhere with quality photos, or send the dagger to a reputable dealer or collector for evaluation. In the meantime and perhaps most importantly, educate yourself in your field of interest. Get the better books, search dealer sites on the web, handle all the items you can, real and fake, join up with experienced collectors and always keep an open mind.

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I only see a different tone between crossguards and scabbard fittings...may bethe dagger has been polished? Anyway i like it

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The rest of the dagger may be OK, but that is definitely a fake rune button.


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