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HOME DAGGERS       BAYONETS       SWORDS       KNIVES       HELMETS       MISC / CONSIGN       GALLERY      - Prior to 1936 and during the early years of the SA ( Sturmabteilung ) all German SA and NSKK dagger manufacturers stamped or etched their own firms trademark onto the blade. This procedure changed in 1936 with the introduction of Reichszeugmeisterei der NSDAP or RZM codes designated for each German Political dagger manufacturer and was a form of licensing controlled by the NSDAP.
The German Army and the German Luftwaffe were both non-political organizations and as such did not adopt this new RZM system.
These later German RZM marked SA and NSKK daggers will normally be fitted with silver plated hilted fittings, aluminium grip eagles and will not bear the single or double letter Gruppe stamp to the lower crossguard observed on the earlier maker marked German daggers.
The page below is split into two parts, the upper transitional section shows SA or NSKK dagger markings found on German daggers produced after 1936 that bear a makers mark and the new RZM code ( transitional ).
The lower section shows examples of RZM codes only, and from every known maker to date. Please note that variations not shown on this page will exist and indeed the marks do vary from year to year, so although these examples can be used as a guide, they cannot be relied upon to determine German dagger authenticity.
  Transitional Daggers - 1937-1941  
M7/5 - C.J.KREBS M7/6 -  H.F.LAUTERJUNG M7/10 - HENCKELS M7/10 - HENCKELS M7/11 - E.KNECHT M7/18 - R.HERDER M7/25 - W.WAGNER M7/27 - PUMA M7/28 - G.FELIX M7/29 - K.MOOG
M7/30 - G.GRAFRATH M7/33 - F.W.HOLLER M7/37 - KLAAS M7/45 - K.BOCKER M7/51 - A.WINGEN M7/66 - C.EICKHORN M7/68 - TIGER M7/85 - A.EVERTZ M7/104 - ZEITLER M7/112 - C.WUSTHOF
 The transitional maker marks shown above are those found on period German daggers for the SA ( Sturmabteilung ) or NSKK (  Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps  ). Several makers chose to continue to add their earlier manufacturer mark as well as the RZM identification number to the blade and although these are known as transitional marks, they where in fact produced alongside the more widely recognised RZM codes only ( shown below ). Most SA or NSKK German daggers marked with a RZM number will feature cheaper standardised hilt fittings, with nickel plated or aluminium parts in place of the earlier solid nickel fittings. It is possible however to find the later RZM type SA / NSKK German dagger with solid nickel parts, especially on 1937/38 marked examples. The transitional maker mark for Jacobs & Co ( M7/118 ) is not shown above but is a legitimate maker. 21 in total.
  RZM Daggers - 1938-1942  
M7/1 Gebrüder Christians, Christianswerk, Solingen M7/2 Emil Voos Waffenfabrik, Solingen M7/3 Kuno Ritter, Solingen-Grafrathr M7/5 Carl Julius Krebs, Solingen M7/7 Hermann Konejung, Solingen M7/8 Eduard Gembruch, Solingen-Grafrath M7/9 SMF - Solinger Metallwaffenfabrik Stoecker & Co., Solingen M7/10 J. A. Henckels, Solingen M7/11 E. Knecht & Co., Solingen M7/12 WMW - Waffenfabrik Max Weyersberg, Solingen
M7/13 Arthur Schüttelhofer & Co., Solingen-Wald M7/14 P D. Luneschloss, Solingen RZM M7/18 M7/19 Edward Wüsthof Dreizackwerk, Solingen M7/25 Wilhelm Wagner, Solingen-Merscheid M7/27 Pumawerk (Lauterjung & Sohn), Solingen M7/28 Gustav Felix, Gloriawerk, Solingen M7/29 Klittermann & Moog G.m.b.H., Haan M7/32 Robt. Muller, Solingen-Merscheid M7/33 F W. Höller, Solingen
M7/34 Rudolf C. Jacobs, Solingen-Grafrath M7/36 E. & F. Hörster, Solingen M7/37 Robert Klaas, Solingen-Ohligs M7/38 Paul Seilheimer, Solingen M7/40 Hartkopf & Co., Solingen M7/42 W.K.C. (Weyersberg, Kirschbaum & Co.) Waffenfabrik, Solingen-Wald M7/43 Paul Weyersberg & Co., Solingen M7/45 Karl Bocker, Solingen M7/49 Friedrich Herder A.S., Solingen M7/51 Anton Wingen, Jr., Solingen
M7/52 Herbertz & Meurer, Solingen-Grafrath RZM M7/55 M7/56 C. D. Schaaf, Solingen M7/62 Friedrich Plucker Jr, Solingen-Grafrath M7/65 Karl Heidelberg, Solingen M7/66 Carl Eickorn, Solingen M7/67 Gottlieb Hammesfahr, Solingen-Foche M7/68 Tigerwerk Lauterjung & Co., Solingen M7/69 H.A. Erbe AG., Schmalkalden M7/70 David Malsch, Steinbach
RZM M7/71 M7/72 Karl Rob. Kaldenbach, Solingen-Grafrath M7/73 F. A. Helbing, Steinbach RZM M7/79 M7/80 Gustav C. Spitzer, Solingen M7/81 Karl Tiegel, Riemberg M7/83 Richard Pluemacher Sohn, Solingen M7/84 Carl Schmidt Sohn, Solingen M7/85 Arthur Evertz, Solingen M7/87 Malsch & Ambrom, Steinbach
M7/91 Carl Spitzer, Malsch M7/93 Ewald Cleff, Solingen M7/94 Gebrüder Bell, Solingen-Grafrath M7/102 Franz Pils & Sohn, Steinbach am St M7/103 Josef Hack, Steyr (Ober-Donau) M7/104 Ludwig Zeitler, Wien RZM M7/107 M7/116 Franz Frenzel, Nixdorf (Sudetenland) RZM M7/117  
There are a total of 62 known makers of German SA and NSKK daggers who adopted the RZM code and or the transitional marking on their blades from 1937/38. This is compared to the 220 known firms producing the early maker SA and NSKK dagger, pre-NSDAP in 1936. A huge reduction and many of the larger companies also appear to have lost out on important manufacturing contracts for Political German daggers as well as numerous smaller firms. Any help in adding the missing RZM marks from the above gallery would be greatly appreciated.

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