Ebay censors, please note that this item is in compliance with Ebay policies regarding Nazi Germany-era items. This item does not feature any offensive symbols. Here's a really nice original pre-WW2 German forestry dagger. This dagger would have been issued to a Chief Ranger of the National Forestry Service or other senior Forest Administration Officials. The Forestry Service was organized well before WW2 to control and preserve the large areas of national forests in Germany, including the local wild life. It was also charged with managing the gaming laws and hunting regulations in the forested regions. The dagger is about 17 3/4" in overall length (blade length: 12 7/8"). The unsharpened blade is marked Carl Eickhorn Solingen. The blade is etched on both sides with forest scenes including trees, hunters, deer, wild boar, hunting dogs, a hummingbird, and a turkey. The edge of the blade reads "W. MICHOVIUS COTTBUS". The blade is in excellent condition with only a couple of extremely minor nicks/scuffs and a couple of very small darkened "shadow" areas on the metal. No rust or pitting. The base of the blade is surrounded by the green felt blade buffer pad. The dagger features ivory grip plates that are crack-free. They also made these with celluloid grips, but I'm sure this one is ivory because of the grain. Three brass acorns adorn the grips on each side. The knuckle-bow is embellished with deer hoofs and a clamshell. The black leather scabbard is in excellent condition. The upper brass fitting is embellished with an acorn button. Both retaining staples are present, though the lower one is a bit loose. This item has a realistic reserve price. If you would like further details about this item or would like to request additional photographs, please contact me through eBay and I will reply as quickly as possible. Bidders outside of the USA, please contact me before bidding for international shipping rates. The dagger will be securely packaged and shipped to you within two business days of receipt of cleared payment. Please see my other auctions for additional military items. I'm happy to offer combined shipping rates when you purchase multiple items.