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Finding an original Third Reich Sword or Third Reich Dagger

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The most important consideration for a collector to see on a Nazi dagger or sword is condition. However this does not mean that an item has to be highly cleaned and polished to achieve the greatest resale price. In fact if an item is just dirty and age patina has occurred, it is best just to leave everything in place, when the item is introduced to a buyer.

I have seen a number of Nazi daggers and swords being spoilt by use of heavy abrasive compounds being used on the mounts and the blades, the worse cases are use of a wire brush and sandpaper! These will all damage the item as well as the value of it.

Another common site is the dismantling or attempted dismantling, because of the age of these items it is best left to those that have experience in this field. Damage can occur in the form of stripped threads, to more severe and permanent damage – many daggers require specialist dismantling tools.

Items however left in damp or extreme of temperatures/environments will suffer some form of degradation. Rust will form where metal is not protected, and leather will show signs of damage and fatigue.

If a sword or dagger is found and is wanted to be sold, the best thing to be undertaken is nothing, apart from removal from a poor environment, and put in a safe place so that children will not be able to potentially harm themselves. Ironically there are images showing youths play fighting in the bombed out streets of Germany with swords, causing potential damage to themselves and the swords!

Very often the items that come with the dagger or sword, such as the hanging straps, and “knots” are not seen as very important and are sometimes discarded. It is best to leave everything in place if possible, as a complete set of hanging straps and “knot” will raise the purchase price of a common or rare Nazi sword and Nazi dagger.

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