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    Hello gentlemen,
    I have come across a Luftwaffe 2nd model dagger with a stamp on the front of the blade "JG Merz". Can anyone give any insight to this marking and if any existed in reality on period blades. I will post photos soon. Was Merz a company working with the Luftwaffe on experimental projects?

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    It's probably the name of the dealers/trading co. who originally sold the dagger. Although not common, this type of engraving is found on daggers of the 3 main services from time to time.
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    Now there is something you don't see everyday and should make for a great discussion. This is a great pic Ned!
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    Hi Larry,

    It's not mine i'm afraid, I lifted it off Wittmann's site ages ago I think, along with this one who was a uniform tailor/supplier and probably had a contract with Alcoso to supply these so he could offer them with uniforms bought from one of his two shops.

    Regards, Ned.
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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Well I the pictures I have are rather poor. The marking is not as nice as your example that you posted Ned.

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    JG Merz...funny how it is at an angle, rather crude IMO
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    Its indeed a distributor, when i went through an GDC forum post of fireman's Bayonets i saw a lot of those bayo's had distributors names on them, Merz was one of them, pic is from Billy G.
    Nice reply Ned

    Cheers,
    Ger
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    Thanks for the example Ger.

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    So do you guys think this mark is appropriate on a Holler marked Luftwaffe 2nd model?

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    I don't see a problem with it.

    But it was certainly badly applied.

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