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Wartime v Postwar Souval EK2.

Article about: Here are a few pointers to help identify a pre May 1945 Souval EK2 from a postwar Souval EK2 stemming from Farradin's thread here: http://warrelics.eu/forum/orders-dec.../my-ek2-18130/ I hav

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    Default Wartime v Postwar Souval EK2.

    Here are a few pointers to help identify a pre May 1945 Souval EK2 from a postwar Souval EK2 stemming from Farradin's thread here: http://warrelics.eu/forum/orders-dec.../my-ek2-18130/
    I have highlighted the most common identifying features. This is not the definitive guide, just a quick reference which includes the most easy to remember points.

    1. - Distinctive outer corners, known as 'birds foot' due to the resemblance to the three toes found on a birds foot!
    2. - Very rounded inner corners next to the swastika.
    3. - Thicker beading on the postwar example compared to the wartime cross
    4. - Die flaw on the top of the 12 o'clock arm linking three beads together
    5. - Wartime made Souvals didn't have the jump ring or suspension ring attached to the rear of the frame. They were attached on the front side only.

    If other members can add to the list, please do!
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    Last edited by Adrian; 04-27-2010 at 11:04 AM. Reason: Typo.

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    Many thanks Adrian

    I am sure I speak for all EK enthusiasts on WRF when I say we are grateful for you imparting your experience and knowledge on this complex subject

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Terrific piece of work Adrian.Well done

    I don't know if there's enough room, but that might be a very good sticky as a quick reference?

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    Damn, i just found out according to this that my EK2 is a copy

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    Quote by colletorww2 View Post
    Damn, i just found out according to this that my EK2 is a copy
    Post it up and let's take a look!

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    Thanks Adrian. Now I see the difference between Wartime and postwar souval!

    /Farradin

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    Thanks Adrian that is what i love to see as i am visual and sometimes when expert talks about a certain term if i can't see it i am lost .
    collectorww2 you should post a pic of yours so we could see if we have learned something .

    Frenchy

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    Quote by John Brandon View Post
    Terrific piece of work Adrian.Well done

    I don't know if there's enough room, but that might be a very good sticky as a quick reference?
    A good idea, maybe include the other visual information on EKs you have posted Adrian.

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Here we are:
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    Default Re: Wartime v Postwar Souval EK2.

    That's not a Souval cross but it is original with a badly corroded core. What's the makers mark in the ribbon ring?
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