The blade on this one is great with lots of crossgrain. The dark and
crisp acid etched "Meine Ehre heist Treue" motto is beautifully
executed! There are fingerprint stains and a perfect tip. There is no
maker mark and this is exactly how they were issued from the factory.
The blade rates an Exc+/Exc++. The steel based, black anodized scabbard
body on this one looks good! There are some small hits to the lower
obverse I have taken pains to share. The anodizing is 100% intact with
traces of facytory lacquer. Most of the time you see these all nicked up
from the chain, but not this one! The steel based, nickel-silver plated
scabbard fittings look good. They retain great plating to the obverse
with loss from wear to the back and the clip. The ball retains a great
round shape. All six screws remain intact. The chain is the later type
II plated variation that is steel based and nickel silver plated. The
chain links show wonderful detail to the skulls and SS runes! It's
really something when you can see each individual teeth to the skulls!
The correct first upper link is clearly "SS" proof marked. The clip
looks great and continues to work well. The scabbard to crossguard fit
is perfect and closes with a snap! The alloy based, nickel-silver plated
crossguards are in good shape with some plating loss. The black
hardwood grip is crack and chip-free. The aluminum eagle is beautifully
detailed with an excellent fit! The SS roundel retains 97% of its enamel
and has a perfect fit!