A TENO (Technische Nothilfe) Leader's Dagger by Eickhorn, Solingen
A TENO (Technische Nothilfe) Leader's Dagger by Eickhorn, Solingen - Measuring 427 mm, this dagger features a 278 mm nickel-plated steel blade, with unsharpened edges, remaining bright and crisp, having a very sharp, near perfect needle-like tip. The blade's reverse ricasso is etched with the Original Eickhorn Solingen maker mark, complete with the company's squirrel emblem, and has the TENO eagle insignia etched above tagged GES. GESCH. (gesetzlich geschutzt = registered). This dagger was adopted in 1938, with Eickhorn being the sole manufacturer. The obverse ricasso is numbered "1773", with the blade itself retaining its beautiful crossgraining, with faint scratches, common to extraction and return to the scabbard, natural shine, in extremely fine condition. The black pebbled leather washer at the crossguard junction is in intact and remains supple in texture. The fittings are silver plated and finished in a dark oxidized finish, featuring the TENO eagle insignia on the crossguard, minor contact marks on both sides, exhibiting crisp detail. The trylon orange synthetic grip is smooth, free of chipping but exhibiting two hairline cracks at the pommel end. The pommel exhibits the cogwheel device on both sides, emblematic of TENO, with contact marks and residue in the recessed areas of the insignia. The scabbard is straight and appears without dents, exhibiting a nice pebbling effect, with very light contact marks in the finish on both sides. The throat is relatively thick and is stamped "1773", matching the number engraved on the ricasso and is retained by a single unturned reverse screw, also exhibiting a darker patina on the scabbard at that end. The two bands display the raised three ring pattern, complemented by silvered rings. A fine example of this type of dagger, in extremely fine condition.