SS OFFICER DEGEN
The SS Officers degen exist in three types: early, mid and late type.
The early type, has solid nickel fittings and has under the pommel nut a plate,
called a "Step fitting".
It is possible to unscrew, but the D-guard and handle will not come off!
However the scabbard mounts of some early types can be found to be nickel plated,
some manufactured of solid nickel silver material!
The hilt and scabbard are SS stamped "SS Sigrunen within an octagon".
The scabbard is painted black and is accented with silver colored upper and
lower scabbard mounts, having darkened background areas.
The grip is made of turned ebony wood and is wire wrapped. The grip has thirteen
grip segments, each separated by tightly wrapped nickel wire.
The grip button is placed just below the fifth rib segment from the top.
The mid period type, has the nickel plate over steel fittings and also the so
called "Step fitting".
On the most of these degens you can see also the SS stampings "SS Sigrunen
within an octagon" and this also on the scabbard throught and hilt.
Most of the blades on mid period SS Officers degens are marked.
The scabbard and grip on these mid period examples are usually the same like the
The late type, these degens are the so called "Dachau type"!
They do not have the step fitting.
All the fittings on this late type will be made of stainless steel except the
pommel nut. This nut will be unplated steel.
The scabbard will be thiner and the hilts will not be proofed.
Marks on this late type are normally found with "PDM" on it, the "P" backwards
marked. Some are found with "Rostfrei" on it.
This late type is also never SS proofed.
The ferrule and scabbard mounts are not darkened and the grip button is placed
under the fourth grip segment on this late type!
SS OFFICER DEGEN
SS OFFICER CANDIDATE DEGEN
SS NCO DEGEN
SS NCO CANDIDATE DEGEN
For a more complete and professionel information, we recommend the last Vol IV
of the Wittmann series "Exploring the dress daggers and swords of the German