Edged Weapons

  1. RZM SA Dagger & M7 Maker Codes

    RZM SA Dagger & M7 Maker Codes

    I've seen lots of different RZM M7 / xxx maker codes over the years. I had no idea how many there actually were. A little research tells me there were 129 makers total! Does anyone know why there were so many? Maybe this was an effort to improve the economy and give people jobs as well as increase sentiment towards the war effort in Germany. From what I found, there were 82 original makers under the RZM code as of 1938 (published by the nazi political party in 1938), and then later in 1938-1939 they added more, but some (numbers 10, 26, 39, 69, 75, 81, 82, 87, 90, 96, 100, 105, 106, 113, and 116) were 'withdrawn' from production permissions. Once Austria was annexed by Germany, about 10 more were added to get the total list we have today (this also explains why the numbers are in sequence and then jump at the end. Perhaps the nazis were planning on having MANY more maker codes).

    Not sure what production numbers were like from each, but I'm sure some are more scarce than others

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  2. Is this NPEA Dagger by Karl Burgsmuller real?

    Is this NPEA Dagger by Karl Burgsmuller real?

    I recently received a rare NPEA (National Political Education Institute, or Nationalpoltische Erziehungsanstalt) youth dagger. I read that the NPEA was run by the Nazi SS beginning in 1933 for the Nazi youth ages 10-18. I found a few original examples online but couldn't find any like the one I had. This one has no emblem on the wood handle and weighs 12.4 oz. This seems light to me but I don't have any other similar daggers to compare the weight to. Usually I would chalk it up as a fake, and move on, but this one has light patina on the aluminum metal hand guard / pommel. Also I can see light horizontal machine markings on the blade, which to me are a sign of authenticity, but it could also be a forger's knowledge of the hobby... Anyone have thoughts? Thanks for any feedback...

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