Navy dress dagger with leather sheath, maker marked ZIK,
Maker marked "ZIK" and serial numbered "N03735" (note the
low serial number.) The blade shows a 1951 date of
manufacture. The pommel displays the Soviet State Emblem of
the style introduced in mid-1946, with 16 scrolls
representing the number of republics in the Soviet Union.
The quality is spectacular, typical of Soviet daggers
produced before the second half of the 50s (later, the
austerity measures and high production demands called for
cutting some corners and using cheaper materials - such as
varnish instead of gold plating on the brass parts).
The sailing ship and anchor artwork on the upper fitting has
sharp dark outlines, a feature found on some of the earliest
post-war daggers. The leather however is very smooth,
without the typical graining found on the wartime issues.
Nice dark toned Bakelite grip. The brass fittings show small
diamond-shaped marks near the rivets.
The dagger is in outstanding, excellent condition. The
leather is nearly pristine and shows beautiful healthy
sheen. There are only very light impression marks, no
significant wear or scuffing. The crossguard has a couple of
tiny dings to the edge, noticeable only at close inspection
and not detracting at any rate. The factory-sharpened
brilliant blade is in excellent shape: very clean and shows
only the lightest in-and-out wear, completely free of dings,
pitting or nicks. The grip is practically perfect, with just
a couple of tiny dings, without scuffs, noticeable
scratches, or cracks. The gold plating on all the brass
parts is extremely well preserved and bright having only
slightest wear to the bottom of the chape, otherwise
To reiterate, this is a magnificent example of the
early, Stalin era naval dirk - one the best we have had in
the recent years.