12-05-2014 06:08 AM
Looks good and your are right to not clean it. Looks good just as she is IMO. Welcome to the gang here on the forum bud.
-- Thanks Rossi. Great to be here. I only just wiped the blade with a micro fibre cloth after taking the pic to get any fingerprints off. Apparently a guy walked into my local Military Antique store with two of these. One was sold before I saw it but it was missing two screws in the scabbard. I snapped this one up before it sold to someone else and paid $3,100 CDN. A good deal imo and I'm very pleased.
One question for members: Were the words in the motto on the blade originally filled with black paint, dye? As you can see mine is worn off if the case be true.
Looks fine. Congrats on your purchase and welcome to the forum!
If you wish to be a little more adventurous, you could clean the blade with some "Semichrome" polish.
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A good honest kissing cranes Klaas that "was there". I don't know if I would have paid $3100 for it, though...
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Hi Mediumtall..welcome to the forum...maybe in time you can shoot more pics..with no flash..and more of indirect lighting...OR..outside on an overcast day also produces the best results. A cameras flash will give off the wrong impression on details of the fittings on your dagger. At First glance because of the flash..the fittings ( cross guards and Scabbard fittings ) appear to be plated making this a parts dagger from a later period.
I am sure this is not the case with your dagger...yet the photos with no direct flash..will not wash out any detail and necessary patina needed to see ..what is common on Early SS type daggers.
Other than what was mentioned above especially by Ade..which would only draw the beauty of the blade out more ( one cleaning should be sufficient )..the cross guard fit to grip fit is nice and tight, as is the blade shoulders to guard fit also is nice to see. The wood is just lovely and is the stained variety..with medium contour ridges. Shows wear and usage. Nice pickup cool military Regards Larry
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Congrats on your first SS dagger. I have two SS by R. Klass. In my opinion, at $3100 you overpaid for this example.
Please, dontīt polish, or, clean this decent dagger to death !
Only oil the blade flimsy, thatīs enough !
Very interesting, how the Zeugamtsstempel is hallmarked !