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    Hey everyone. If it isn't obvious, I'm new here and just have a quick question.

    My step-grandma gave me these letter opener, and it appears to be some nazi relic.

    I was simply wondering what it is, and this forum seems to have the most active user-base on the entire internet....so hopefully I'm in the right place.

    Any info or input would be appreciated. Thank you! (also forgive the massive image size, i forgot to lower the settings on my phone)

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    Welcome to the forum. A very nice miniature dagger. In fantastic condition.

    If I'm not mistaken, these were salesman samples, not really "Letter Openers". The "experts" will be around with more detailed information, but here are a few threads to compare to.

    Mini 2nd Luftwaffe

    Luftwaffe miniature dagger SMF

    Luftwaffe 2nd Pattern Dagger....Letter Opener
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    Nuremberg Schraubenfabrik and power (NSF)
    The workshop Göbel & Schoter founded in 1889 in the hive was the first Schraubenfabrik Bavaria. Following the departure of Johann Schoter Carl Göbel led the company under the name "Nürnberger metal screw factory and Facondreherei Carl Göbel" continued. In 1890 transferred the sole proprietor operating in the parental property Imhoff Road. 1

    After 1897, the brothers founded a Saemann GmbH, left Göbel 1899 the company with 52 employees. The now greatly expanded operation acquired in 1908 a house in the Mendelstraße 9. But the new premises soon proved too small, so that the factory 1909/10 skyscraper Mendelstraße built 11th Two years later it acquired still the property with the house number to flourish seemed 7. The stores -. The workforce in 1911 had grown to 387 employees, the same year the GmbH was converted into a oHG Despite the events during the First World War, the company was able be further extended. When in 1920 a branch was opened in Berlin, began in 1923 with the development and manufacture of radio accessories.

    This promising line of business in 1927 swapped in the Upper Canal Street. After being founded in 1932 in Croydon / GB, the British NSF, the workforce comprised 1934 2,200 workers and employees. The company continued to expand. A switch to defense contractor promised to be at this time, as the Schraubenfabrik executed arms contracts and the power produced components for Volksempfanger and military telecommunications.

    The Jewish owner was forced by the Nazis to sell the factory. Therefore, the operation in 1938 sold Nuremberg Schraubenfabrik GmbH to the newly established company and complete changeover of 1939 on arms contracts. Until that time, sales had tripled. The name change to "Nuremberg Schraubenfabrik and power" was carried out in 1940.

    Following the merger of the electric branch with the AEG (1942) the headcount reached 1944 peak of 3,532. The bombing on 21/02/1945 abruptly stopped the steady upward trend of the company - the power was destroyed to 80%. After the re-start 1946, the number of employees could be increased once again by the end of 1949 at 1,346

    Early as 1951, a branch operation in Zeil am Main was founded, and in 1956 was a new development in the Paumgartnerstraße be built. Once the workforce had grown to 1958 to 3800, the Nuremberg Schraubenfabrik was acquired in 1960 by Gutehoffnungshütte Group. After its merger with Gutehoffnungshütte Schwerte GmbH, shifted to the production in 1967 to Schwerte an der Ruhr.
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    Hi Sauce and welcome to the forum ....and yes you came to the right place ..Michael is correct about these being " salemen samples " . These samples are worth the same price as the actual fullscale dagger itself ..if not more. The condition your dagger is in is near to full mint. The patina is correct including the little hanger knot..which that in itself being a rarity..will command a $400 value. You just dont see these around as much..and especially with the portepee ! WOW

    The etch on the blade is a distributor ..someone correct me if its not.
    The King logo on the reverse blade is from Stocker & Co. Solinger Metallwarenfabrik GmbH

    They are known to have produced :
    Heer
    DLV
    Hitler youth knives
    1st and 2nd Model Luftwaffe daggers ...also including the minatures
    NSFK
    NSKK
    Gravityknives
    RLB officer 2nd Model

    Im not a fan of multi colored Keyboard lights which bounces the glare back into the camera lense . Out of all the artifacts photograped..knives and swords are the most difficult..because of the shine that is on them.....but with time and patience and the right light setting.it can be achieved.

    I like this sample alot . When did your grandmother give this miniature to you?
    This little miniature will also look nice next to a full size SMF 2nd model Luft dagger.

    Regards Larry
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    I've always liked these little daggers, but have never dared let myself pick up any or else I would have bounded off on a quest to get one of every type! The one you posted is a Nice little salesman sample and amazingly still has it's portapee knot in place! A wonderful gift from your step-grandmother! Thanks for posting it!
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    Hey thanks for the info! (Along with everyone else who replied, you all have been more than helpful)

    My grandmother gave it to me about a year ago. I've actually been using it on and off to open letters....I'm thinking I ought stop after realizing what its value is now!

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    A nice example still having the original knot with it as the others have said! Congrats!
    Unfortunately, it has been over used at some time and has taken on a bend in the tang. It should be straight.
    Ralph.
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    Quote by rbminis View Post
    A nice example still having the original knot with it as the others have said! Congrats!
    Unfortunately, it has been over used at some time and has taken on a bend in the tang. It should be straight.
    Ralph.
    Good eye Ralph. Didn't notice that. Might be fixable but I would leave it untouched.

    TheSauceBoss: No more letter opeing . Best to get a nice display case for it and leave it as is. Wipe any and all finger prints off. They will eventually eat into the blade and leave permanent spots.
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    Great post Gunny and very informative..but I had to space it apart ...I got lost in it about halfway through..to much run together

    Regards Larry
    It is not the size of a Collection in History that matters......Its the size of your Passion for it!! - Larry C

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    Cool

    I like the miniatures, but not enuf to collect them in general. I have 3 or 4 - a Lw 2., a Km & something else but don't remember what.
    Sarge

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