A Miniature RAD Leader's Dagger by H.W.Pauseback
A Miniature RAD Leader's Dagger by H.W.Pauseback - Letter opener measures 201 mm in length with the scabbard on, featuring a 130 mm nickel-plated steel blade, magnetic, fullers on both sides, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright and crisp, and having a very sharp tip. The obverse of the blade is engraved with the inscription "Arbeit adelt", while the blade's reverse ricasso is maker marked "H.W. PAUSEBACK SOLINGEN". It retains its crossgraining, with very faint scratches overall, common to extraction and return to the scabbard. Only half of the black felt washer remains. Aluminum crossguard with the RAD insignia, maintaining most of its original detail, the handle in aluminum with embedded ivory-coloured celluloid plates, exhibiting crazing in the reverse plate. It is finished with an eagle's head as the pommel, exhibiting light contact from active use, the opener measuring 191 mm in length. The scabbard is nickel-plated steel, magnetic, with the RAD looped-ornate design at the open end and RAD sheaves flanking the nicely pebbled central portion on both sides, with two steel dagger hanger loops affixed to the side, free of dents, light contact and gilt wear, the scabbard measuring 139 mm. Better than very fine.