Army Dagger by Alexander Coppel GmbH (Alcoso)
Army Dagger by Alexander Coppel GmbH (Alcoso) - Measuring 397 mm, with the scabbard on, this dagger features a 257 mm nickel-plated steel blade, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright and crisp, and having a very sharp tip. The blade's ricasso is maker marked Alexander Coppel GmbH (Alcoso), Solingen, with the company's balance of scales insignia. It retains its crossgraining, with faint scratches overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard, and a natural shine, scattered light crazing in the nickel-plating, very fine. The thick black leather washer at the crossguard junction has two hairline cracks but remains intact. Crossguard with the Army eagle, a wreathed swastika clenched in its talons, oak leaf design on the band and pommel, light contact on the pommel's end, yellowish-orange celluolid grip features a series of ten parallel ridges, some of which exhibit chipping. All metal parts are magnetic, better than very fine. The scabbard is nice pebbled, magnetic, the bands exhibiting the traditional oak leaves design, dented on both sides just above the finial, dual screws holding the throat in place, rings have dagger hangers attached via clips, each clip marked "D.R.G.M."(Deutsches Reichsgebrauchsmuster), hangers with silver bullion uppers and olive green corduroy backers, scabbard 285 mm in length. Very fine.