8/19/17 - This is an original WW2 production SS dagger. The blade is in great condition with some surface scratching throughout. Most of this is scabbard wear and is only surface damage. There is no deep pitting or major discoloration on the blade. One side is inscribed and the reverse side is maker stamped "E.P. & S.". The wood handle is in great shape with no chips, but the black paint is lightly fading. This is a fairly interesting feature and helps prove the item's authenticity. The scabbard has some pitting and light surface wear throughout as well. Attached to the scabbard is an early style hanger - I was told this is an early hanger due to the style of closing mechanism on the metal end. Guaranteed original and authentic.