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Ernst & Söhne RAD Subordinate Hewer - Opinions
Old 02-15-2020, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hey everyone, I came across a dagger that and have some concerns over its authenticity for a handful or reasons and would appreciate opinions on the matter:

1. Hanger bears no maker
2. Ernst & Söhne logo matches others I have seen but the Ges Gesch is slightly de-caled over other very few rare examples I have seen.
3. Scabbard variation I am unfamiliar with. It seems similar in weight with other makers I have in my possession but obviously I would like not to make a mistake on something of that caliber.

Any insight or experience from others?
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Old 02-15-2020, 10:44 AM   #2
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I think it is a period dagger. However, the grip plates have been monkeyed with at some point as the screws are inserted incorrectly. The screws should be inserted through the obverse grip plate, not the reverse plate as your example shows.
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Old 02-15-2020, 02:37 PM   #3
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Thanks, I noticed that too last night. This maker is so uncommon that it worries me even more. Have you seen a lot of hangers without markings for this style of hewer before?
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:19 PM   #4
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I don't recall seeing any unmarked hangers, but I wouldn't let that bother me. I'm sure that they existed. I'm comparing your's to one of mine that is Assmann marked and they look identical (sans the maker mark). E Pack made RAD hewers. Like you said, they are just a less common maker. The only thing that gives me pause about your's is the incorrect placement of the screws. But....it looks as though the screws have been in place a long time. You can probably remove the screws and re-install them correctly, BUT you will likely bugger the screws.
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Old 02-15-2020, 04:52 PM   #5
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Lakeside Trader has an "unmarked" one listed.
https://www.lakesidetrader.com/item.php?ID=24122
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Old 02-15-2020, 07:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link! I appreciate it. Hopefully someone out there has one that mirrors this one willing to share their experience as well.
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Old 02-15-2020, 11:14 PM   #7
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I have had mine for 40 years
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BTW: there are far fewer EM RADs by Pack than Leaders
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Old 02-16-2020, 03:06 PM   #9
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That's a beautiful hewer, Ron. RAD hewers are my favorite Third Reich edged weapon. I recently acquired a hewer made by Robert Klaas out of an old collection in Kansas City. I have only ever seen one other made by Klaas.
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