This is a very early example of the standard WWII Nazi German SS dagger. It is a Model 1933 Schutzstaffel Dienstdolch by Rich Abr Herder of Solingen. The blade on this one looks very nice and the acid etched “Meine Ehre Heißt Treue” motto and “Rich Abr Herder Solingen” maker mark are both crisp and beautifully executed. The full crossgrain is easily visible as you shine it in the light. The blade is nicely seated up against the hilt and the tip comes to a perfect point but there are two tiny chips on the top and bottom, as if somebody opened something with it. The blade rates very good overall. It shows minor runner marks, surface scratches and the scattered minor age spots. The steel based black anodized scabbard looks fine but there is a indentation near the bottom from some type of impact. The top mount has a similar indentation as well. The sheath retains 40%+/- of its original factory lacquer and the nickel-silver scabbard fittings look great with only a few bruises. All four scabbard screws remain intact. The nickel-silver crossguards look excellent as well. The reverse of the lower crossguard is stamped “I” (Munich). The black died hardwood grip is in solid condition but is peppered with indents as if it has been used to hammer something but the fit is perfect. The solid nickel-silver eagle is wonderfully detailed and has a perfect fit. The SS roundel retains 75%+ of its enamel and also has a perfect fit. There is one very old chip in the grip as shown. While not the prettiest one we have ever had, there is ZERO doubt it is 100% authentic and original all the way. It was purchased directly from the daughter of a WW2 combat GI veteran this past weekend at the Baltimore Arms Show. This maker on a First Model is a rarity of 8.