E-422 Personalized Second Model Luftwaffe Dagger
With Portepee by F. W. Holler
This Holler example was purchased as part of a very nice dagger
collection. It is classic Holler throughout with the parts having been
purchased from other producers and then finished in-house (Volume II, page 212,
lower caption). The pommel, guard and scabbard are the nickel plated
variety. The pommel appears to be a Weyersberg product, which is very similar to
the SMF pommel (Volume II, page 138, 8 o’clock). The pommel exhibits
minor surface wear to the highlights with the knob having sustained a couple of
faint hits. The grip is an off-white color being the plaster-filled style.
It shows some minor age soiling and minor carrying/storage wear/age.
Contrary to most Holler examples, it is tightly wrapped with twisted silver
wire. The crossguard appears to be an Eickhorn product and has intricate
stipple pebbling applied throughout the oak leaves, in addition to having the
right over left leaf configuration (Volume II, page 147, right). The edges
and the highlights contain modest wear/age. Very nice! Mounted to
the hilt is an original 23cms portepee in correct Luftwaffe tie. It shows
wear especially at the fold-over point, grading excellent. The blade is
truly a GEM! It remains mirror bright with crisp edges and tip. The
crossgraining grades at 100%! The runner marks are extremely faint.
The center obverse panel, just below the crossguard swastika, is professionally
engraved with the owner’s first initial and last name (F. Karg). NICE
research project here! The thin blue leather washer is intact showing
wear/age, grading excellent-! The reverse ricasso is etched with the
Holler trademark consisting of the double oval circles trapping the company name
and location, F.W. Holler/Solingen. Inside the center circle is the famous
thermometer logo (Volume II, page 211). The scabbard is the generic style,
having the extra cost nickel plating rating at least 98%, with the wear
appearing to the upper right side (Volume II, page 211). It has not been
cleaned and displays the dull nickel appearance. Nice! The right
side of the scabbard, between the carrying bands, is also engraved with the
owner’s initials (F. Karg). No question who owned this scabbard!
The bands are highly detailed and remain in their natural aluminum state.
The nickel finished throat has the standard six-sided opening, being retained by
one headless reverse center-placed screw (Volume II, page 181, upper and
page 211). Better hurry with this example, for PERSONALIZED pieces jump
off the site! Strong excellent.