This early Eickhorn RAD hewer is in spectacular condition and appears to have been a private purchase or special order piece as it remains in an almost unused condition. There is no evidence of rough treatment or sharpening. The back of the beautifully nickeled quillion is engraved with the initials C W presumably the original owners. The quillion grooves retain 99.9% of their original factory darkening and are very crisp and well defined.
As seen in only the earliest production of these daggers the grip plates are the full stag version retained with the flat head style screws and spanner nuts.The obverse has a well defined almost wood grain appearance in a chocolate and praline color that conforms to the lines of the back-strap very precisely. The reverse plate has more of a bark like texture with a golden hue along the edges with no cracks or chips whatsoever.
The scabbard in fantastic condition with the fittings still retaining the frosty silvered finish and all flat head screws are present. The paint shows some minor scrapes and scuffs, most likely caused by not being protected during transport with the other pieces this dagger arrived with, but over all is still about 95%. There is one small ding on the lower scabbard fitting near the tip but it is very minor. All the details on the "Wotans Knot" and the mobile swastika marked spade are crisp with fantastic detail.
The blade of this hewer is the most interesting feature of this piece. Unlike the typically seen matte finish, this blade is factory plated in a bright high quality polish! It is the same quality of polished plating one sees on presentation bayonets. The blade motto and makers mark are as crisp as an etch can be and there is a frosty look in the recesses that stands out beautifully against the high polish of the blade. The surface of this blade has faint runner marks that are very minor on the obverse and slightly more apparent on the reverse of the blade where moisture has been trapped by the runners. There is a slight touch of lifting in these areas, but that is fairly common with plated blades; and, the rarity of this plated variation makes it easy to overlook.
In all, a very rare example of an early premium quality hewer by an Iconic maker. This would definitely be a star in any collection and especially in an advanced RAD collection