The SA officer's dagger was officially adopted on 15.12.1933. This dagger became the first type of edged weapons in the Third Reich. The design of the SA dagger was created at the personal request of Adolf Hitler by Professor Woenne of the Solingen school of Commerce. At the same time, the prototype for the new weapon was the Swiss ancient hunting knife “Holbein” of the 16th century. The first to start producing SA daggers was the manufacturer J. P. Saur.
German dagger SA model 1933 was distinguished by a 4-sided straight blade, which has a sharp blade on both sides and has no lobes. The motto "All for Germany" was inscribed on the blade.
Initially, the grips and scabbards were made of melchior, but, as in the case of many other modifications of knives, during the WWII, manufacturers replaced expensive materials with cheaper analogues. In this situation, for the production of later samples of the SA dagger, chrome or nickel-plated zinc was used.
The grips were made of wood and painted in brown shades, since this color corresponded to the uniform of SA
On the top of the grip was the "SA" logo, the letters were stylized as lightning bolts. In the center of the grip is the emblem of Nazi Germany - an eagle holding a swastika in its paws. To attach the handle to the blade, a screw (nickel-plated or chrome-plated) was used
Sheet metal was used for the scabbard of the SA dagger. The scabbard was also made brown or red-brown.
SA dagger guards
There are 3 types of dagger SA guards:
- made entirely of Nickel;
- nickel-plated guards (made of zinc or steel and covered with nickel);
- guards made of aluminum alloy.
SA dagger: brand of the manufacturer
In the period from 1933 to 1935, a special code HQ was placed on the SA daggers (on the hilt, on the reverse side). This code indicated the region to which the owner of the weapon belonged. If there was no such code, it was evidence that the SA dagger was given to a member of the assault squad after 1935, or that the warrior purchased it for his own money.
Starting in 1936, the HQ code was abolished and replaced with the RZM brand, which indicates that the SA dagger meets all approved standards and norms for edged weapons. It was placed on the back of the blade. The manufacturer's logo was also deleted – instead of it, a code consisting of numbers and letters was applied.
SA officer's dagger (SA)
The dagger of an SA officer model 1933 had the following distinctive features:
- length-370 mm.;
- the SA dagger was equipped with a suspension made in the form of a carbine on a belt made of genuine leather and with a round-shaped buckle. A special push-button clip was attached to the belt mount, which held the handle in a stationary state when walking.
By the beginning of 1943, more than 3,000,000 SA (SA) daggers had been manufactured by multiple manufacturing companies. After WWII ended, the SA units were disbanded, and the carrying of the SA dagger was abolished.