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HOME DAGGERS       BAYONETS       SWORDS       KNIVES       HELMETS       MISC / CONSIGN       GALLERY      - Carl Eickhorn was arguably the largest edged weapon and fine steel manufacturer based in Solingen from 1900-1945. Paul Casberg, who worked for Eickhorn was tasked with designing many of the German dagger patterns carried throughout WWII. Eickhorn was established in 1865 and quickly built a reputation for producing very high quality products, the firm advertised their wares by stamping or etching the firms squirrel trademark onto the blades. This page shows many of the trademark variations which can be found on various edged weapons and German daggers produced between 1930-1945.
 Please note that variations not shown on this page will exist and a few of the dates are educated guesses based on dagger configuration, so although these examples can be used as a guide, they cannot be relied upon to determine German dagger authenticity.
Paul Casberg pictured in his studio in 1943. Casberg was a renowned artist and graphic designer based in Berlin and was contracted by Eickhorn to submit  new patterns or designs for edged weapons and German daggers, swords, and related regalia produced throughout the Third Reich era. He was also instrumental in the design of many graphic blueprints used in advertising and catalogue illustrations. Moritz Ruhl publication dating from 1916 and featuring large graphics plates created by Casberg. Although this is not the same drawing that Casberg is working on to the left, you can certainly see the similarity of the style and the quality of the finished product. Today, Paul Casberg's creativity and Art Nouveau styling is a large contributor for the desirability and fascination for German dagger and militaria collectors Worldwide.
  German Army Dagger - 1935-1942  
1934-1935: Stamped Double Oval 1935-1941: Acid Etched with Sword 1936: Small Stamped with Sword 1942: Stamped Over the Shoulder
1935  1935-1941 1936 1942        
  German SA Dagger - 1933-1942  
1933-1935: Double Oval Smooth Tail with "CE" 1933-1935: Double Oval Serrated Tail with "CE" 1933-1935: Small Double oval normally observed on daggers with a blade dedication, without CE, serrated tail. 1933-1935: Small Double oval normally observed on daggers with a blade dedication, without CE, smooth tail. 1936-1939: Transitional mark showing both makers mark and RZM code 1936-1942: RZM M7/66 SA code assigned to Carl Eickhor
1933-1935 1933-1935 1933-1935 1933-1935 1936-1939  1936-1942     
  German SS Dagger - 1933-1942   
1933-1935: Double oval, smooth tail, with "CE" 1933-1935: Double oval, serrated tail, with" CE" 1933-1935: Small Double oval normally observed on daggers with a blade dedication, without "CE" smooth tail 1933-1935: Small Double oval normally observed on daggers with a blade dedication, without "CE" serrated tail 1936: Transitional mark showing both the early double oval and RZM 1937-1938: Squirrel with sword, only used for a short period 1938: Transitional mark showing both RZM & Squirrel with sword, without original 1936-1939: Transitional mark showing both RZM & Squirrel with sword, with original
1933-1935 1933-1935 1933-1935 1933-1935 1936  1937-1938  1938  1936-1939 
1939: RZM & Rat squirrel, thought to be the last transitional marking used by Eickhorn  1936-1942: RZM M7/941 SS code assigned to Carl Eickhorn 
1939  1936-1942             
  German KS98 Dress Bayonet - 1906-1942    
1906-1921: Back to back squirrels used on all edged weapons 1921-? The first single squirrel trademark registered by Eickhorn in 1921 Date unknown but thought to be between 1930-1933, double oval with the addition of "CE" 1933-1935: Double oval with slimmer body and lower tail 1933-1935: Double oval with fatter body and higher tail 1935-1941: Stamped squirrel with sword 1942: Over the shoulder
1906-1921 1921-? 1930-1933 1933-1935 1933-1935 1935-1941 1942   
  German Hitler Youth Knife - 1931-1942     
1931-1932: One of the only mottos that does not list Eickhorn in the trademark, only seen on knives without a ricasso 1933-1935: Double oval, arms up, also seen with arms outstretched 1936: Note the lack of the word "ORIGINAL" from above the squirrel 1937-1941: Both makers mark and RZM code for Eickhorn. Date on ricasso 1942: Over the shoulder stamp on blade and RZM mark to ricasso    
1931-1932 1933-1935 1936 1936-1941 1942      
I am always interested to see variations to the recognised maker marks shown above and I am looking to update the quality of the pictures if you have a better quality high res picture. These trademarks and dates are open to debate but should give the collector a reasonably accurate timeline of Carl Eickhorn maker or trademarks used during the period.

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