Forgive me if this veers a little off topic, guys. This is something I find important.
eexcessive wrote:Nazi paraphernalia is not cool, whether or not your a national socialist, a neo nazi, or just a stupid fuck racist. You may not be any of those things, so my question still is.....Why the swastika knife?
Okay. I don’t like the argument you’re treading near. Saying that nazi paraphernalia is not cool is much the same as saying that C.S.A. relics are bad because the Confederacy supported slavery, or perhaps that miltaria from the Soviet Union is bad because the Soviet Union was oppressive. If you think hard enough, you can make virtually any historical item seem “wrong” because of the society it came from. I totally agree that Nazi Germany was awful, oppressive, and racist and that much of the paraphernalia from it was owned by people who were the same. However, no historical item, regardless of its origin, is inherently “wrong” or “evil.”
The people that owned or used these items may have been, but the objects associated with them are not. Every historical item tells a story, and these stories enhance our understanding of history and human nature.
Another reason these items can be cool is because they often have unparalleled or highly unique design. For example, the craftsmanship of some Nazi knives and swords is absolutely incredible. If you look around, you can find many items that were durable, functional, were superbly engraved, and often were made with precious metals or jewels. For this reason, in addition to their historical value, these items typically command a high price. Of course, to make a sword or knife of equal or greater quality today would also be expensive, because of the care put into the design.
I am a relatively young militaria collector, so I can’t afford to buy much that is sixty years older or more. So, I generally stick with items from the Cold War Era. Much of my stuff is East German, and I would encourage any newer collector to do the same. East German militaria is common, relatively easy to find in good or better condition, and is somewhat cheap. The quality varies, but they’re more valuable every day as they become rarer. My favorite collectibles are uniforms.
Case in point:
No, that isn’t me in the picture, but something that I’m gradually collecting. If the weather’s right, I occasionally wear the stripped-down tunic (only having the shoulder cord, metal collar tabs, shoulder boards, and cuff title) with a white jackshirt, the gray pants, and black East German officer’s parade boots. This is a STASI “Wach Regiment Dzierzynski” officer’s uniform. The Dzierzynski Regiment was the military arm of the STASI, meaning that many these uniforms were worn by some of the most oppressive men in East Germany. But do I support the terrible things they did when I wear it? No. Why? Because I believe what they did was wrong. I am not like them, therefore, my uniform does not represent that wrongness.
So please, don’t project human characteristics onto nonhuman things. Relics and historical symbols, much like harsh language and racial slurs, adapt to the people that possess or use them. Something only becomes wrong if the individual uses it thus.