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This is a galalith grip and not ivory or bone. Rather scarce as this material manufactured from milk was used in the late 1920s and 30,s as a substitute for ivory which became expensive as Germany lost it’s colonies in 1919. The pattern 1929 naval dirk called for a white grip and many materials were tried, this being one of them. The checkering you see in close up is characteristic of this material as it ages.


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"material manufactured from milk " crazy

I'm no dagger man but when I read the above I thought 'no way'!! Went back and read this interesting topic. Wotan of course had the following answer! Check the link he posted in page 1 of this topic.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galalith

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The Galalith grip is how you can tell if your Austrian AF dagger is original. The reproductions feature wood grips painted white.

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This is what Ivory looks like on a grip.

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What a lineup, those look , well, I really can't seem to find the right word, beautiful, just beautiful.
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Hey Gary,

Absolutely. Just gorgeous.

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Thank you guys, its a passion of mine.

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DITO !!!
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Gary, show us your 2nd lufts.

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Always looking for Eickhorns and etched bayonets.
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