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Technische Nothilfe (TeNo or TENO), literally translated as Technical Help in Need was a German organisation with the stated purpose to protect and maintain vital & strategic facilities. It was established by members of the TA (Technische Abteilung - i.e. technical unit) of the paramilitary Freikorps GKSD - "Garde-Kavallerie-Schützen-Division".

TENO #38311C TeNo Hewer with Frog and Troddel – Carl Eickhorn

This TeNo Hewer came from a collector who bought it from me four or five years ago. It was originally veteran purchased by me, complete with all of the accouterments.

The hilt is in good condition, with just a couple of small lifts; these are only minor spots and not areas of lifting. Overall the hilt is in excellent condition.

The pommel gear wheel is in good shape, still having the factory darkening in the center and around the teeth.

The crossguard has no flaking on it and is quite beautiful with the outstanding Casberg TeNo eagle. This bid has open winged and looks to the viewer's left, grasping a mobile swastika superimposed with a TeNo gear wheel. Inside the wheel are the initials “TN”, with the “T” being represented by a stylized hammer. The factory darkening remains throughout the backgrounds of the eagle.

The grip plates are in fine condition throughout, retained by two screws with spanners. These screws do not appear to have been turned.

The scabbard shell is nice and straight throughout and has excellent original factory paint. This paint has some age crazing on both sides but overall is nearly 100% intact. The scabbard mounts are of fine matching nickel, in excellent condition and retained by four flat head side screws.

Attached to the “U” fitting on the back is the original-to-the-piece frog. This frog has a good black leather exterior, as well as the flap which covers the snap clip. One end of the cross strap is still intact, being complete with the aluminum boss. The other end of the strap has broken off and is gone to time.

The original troddel is the type that was worn by TeNo NCO's. It features textured aluminum brocade with twin black lines that run the length of the strapping. At the lower portion is a slide and stem of aluminum bullion weave with a green “V” design running throughout both pieces. The lower ball has a black cap with sprinklings of bullion. The lower ball is of bullion with an insert that matches the strapping.

The blade of this hewer is the typical Bowie style, in a matte finish and very nearly mint. It is etched with the serial number “4989”. This matches the number stamped into the scabbard throat. The reverse ricasso of the blade features the 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. Above the trademark is an open-winged TeNo eagle and swastika. Flanking the bird is the trademark term “Ges. Gesch.”.

This is a very fine TeNo example, not in full mint condition but with the ultra-rare original troddel. This piece would be a highlight of any collection.

Excellent PLus, Plus. $4,495.00

TENO #38279C Early TeNo Enlisted Man's Hewer – Carl Eickhorn

This TeNo EM Hewer is one of the initial production pieces; it has a stamped number on the blade, rather than the commonly seen etched number.

The hilt is in excellent condition throughout. It appears as though the nickel plating may have thinned out but the piece is still uniform, having a good glow to all of the metal parts. The gear wheel on the obverse pommel retains the factory applied darkening in the center as well as around the edges of the teeth.

The crossguard is a beauty, having very highly detailed feathering throughout the bird. His wings are open and he looks to the viewer's left. The bird grasps a swastika that has a superimposed TeNo gear wheel in the center, along with the initials “TN”. The “T” is represented by a stylized hammer.

The grip plates are in excellent condition, being an off-white variety. They are retained by screws and spanners. The screws are straight up and down and appear unturned.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has fine original paint, being about 98% intact. There are only a few of the most minor signs of carrying time visible on this fine paint. The scabbard is equipped with nickel-plated fittings which are also in nice condition. There is a little bit of mild age that shows in the fittings here and there, but basically they are in very good shape. The upper mount has a “U” bracket designed to accept a frog. The mounts are retained by four flat screws which are all in place.

The throat of this example is stamped “0074”, a number seen again on the blade. This indicates to me that this is an extremely early piece and certainly one of the initial examples produced.

The blade is a fine, Bowie style, exactly like an RAD blade but without a motto. The blade is in the usual matte finish and remains in mint condition. The reverse is darkly etched with the familiar 1935-41 Eickhorn Squirrel trademark. Above the rodent is a nice TeNo eagle, flanked The trademark term “Ges. Gesch.”. The original blade washer is in place.

A very nice early TeNo here that is priced to sell. These daggers are getting quite difficult to find.

Excellent. $3,495.00

TENO #36813 TeNo Enlisted Man's Hewer with Frog

This TeNo EM Hewer is, overall, a very fine example, obtained by me directly from the daughter of a South Jersey veteran.

The nickel hilt, of course, was plated over a pot-metal base, thus we have the flaking problem inherent with these weapons. On this example both the reverse pommel area and backstrap show some lifting and a small amount of flaking. The front of the pommel also shows signs of some lifting, but there is no evidence of flaking. The obverse plating, however, is still all there.

The pommel depicts a raised gear wheel, with darkening around the teeth center area. The ferrule is still almost perfect. The crossguard is totally perfect, with no flaking whatsoever. This guard is fashioned with an open-winged TeNo eagle, clutching a raised mobile swastika with a superimposed gear wheel. The gear bears the initials, “TN” inside the wheel. The letter “T” is formed from a stylized hammer design. All of the darkening is present in the recesses and behind this spectacular bird.

The grip plates are an off-white celluloid. The both are in perfect condition, and were fitted by a master. The screws and spanners which retain these plates do no look to have ever been turned. Both screw heads are pointing from north to south.

The scabbard shell is straight throughout. This scabbard has outstanding original black paint. The paint has some very minor signs of age in the surface, but overall it is still Mint and retains a factory sheen. The nickel-plated scabbard mounts are also in perfect condition. These mounts are formed with a upward “V” design where the meet the scabbard. The upper mount has a “U” bracket, used to affix the snap clip attached to the frog. The scabbard throat is stamped with the serial number “6260”.

Attached to the scabbard is the original frog. The black leather of this frog is in good condition throughout, having a single rivet on the reverse. Attached to a leather bracket on the obverse is the nickel snap clip which is marked with an “A” on the reverse, indicating the Assman firm. The leather cross strap is in place, but the button hole, however, is broken. There is also a tongue section, meant to go between the snap clip and the frog in order to reduce wear. This tongue has been left outward, and since it is firmly in this configuration I have left it alone.

The blade is a fine example, with a Bowie-style tip. It has an outstanding matte finish which is still in Mint condition. The obverse ricasso is etched with the number “6260” which matches the stamping on the scabbard throat. The reverse ricasso is etched with a TeNo eagle, being the same as the example on the guard, and having the protected patent term, “Ges. Gesch” on with side of the talons. Beneath the eagle is the Eickhorn 1935-1941 trademark. This trademark consists of a squirrel holding a downward pointing sword, beneath the word “Original”. Beneath the rodent is the name and location of the firm, “Eickhorn / Solingen”. The original black leather blade buffer is in place.

Aside from the minor pommel flaking, this TeNo Hewer is in A-1 condition.

Excellent Plus. $3,795.00

TENO #36154C TeNo EM Hewer – Carl Eickhorn

This TeNo Enlisted Hewer is in very respectable condition throughout. The nickeling throughout the hilt is intact completely throughout the crossguard and ferrule area. The pommel has some lifting just under the gear wheel and a small amount to the right of the gear wheel. The back spine also has some very minor flaking. Overall though the plating is still very nice on this example. The teno hewers and officer examples are famous for the lifted plating as these pieces were mostly made after the war started and the pot-metal base metal was not flash coated with copper before it was nickel-plated thus the plating loss. Usually, the cost of a TeNo hewer depends on the amount of plating still there. The gear wheel is in excellent condition on the pommel, still having the darkening around the geared edges and the open center area. The crossguard eagle is quite beautiful throughout having its open winged bird looking to the viewer’s left. The bird clutches a mobile swastika which has the TeNo symbol superimposed over the center of it. This is a gear wheel with a hammer and the letter “M” beneath. All of the original factory darkening remains on both sides of this crossguard. The grip plates are a fine off-white color. They are both in perfect condition throughout and fit tight as a drum. These plates are retained by a screw and spanner hardware which appears unturned.

The scabbard shell is a beauty. It is totally straight and has outstanding original black paint. This paint has a tiny bit of crazing on the obverse and a little bit more on the reverse but overall it is still 100%. Excellent paint here! The scabbard shell is fitted with the nickel-plated matching mounts. These mounts are in excellent condition, the upper one still having the majority of its frosted finish, while the lower example has maybe about 70% of the finish. Both mounts are retained by RAD style flathead screws and they are all in place and unturned. The throat of this example is stamped with the number “1165”.

The blade has the matching stamping (not etched) on the obverse ricasso. This bowie-style blade is finished in the matte style and shows only the most nominal signs of age and is in near full mint condition. The reverse ricasso is etched with the 1935-41 logo. It presents a seated squirrel holding a downward pointing sword. Above the squirrel is the quality word, “original” and below is the firm’s name and location, “Eickhorn Solingen”. Below the logo is the teno eagle. This eagle is in superb condition having all of the factory blackening and retaining the swastika with gearwheel in its talons. On either side of the bird’s legs respectively are the patent pending words, “Ges. Gesch.”. The original black leather blade buffer is new-like and firmly in place.

An extremely nice original TeNo EM Hewer here.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $4,495.00

TENO #35943AC TeNo Officer's Dagger – Carl Eickhorn

This TeNo Officer's Dagger is not in full Mint condition, but it is really high on the barometer. The pommel cap has all of the nickel plating intact throughout. This cap has good, crisp edges and features three circles on each side which surround the TeNo symbol of a cogwheel. All of the factory blackening appears in the recesses.

The crossguard, featuring the TeNo eagle, is in fairly nice condition, having a few lifts in the surfaces. These lifts are mostly minute fragments and are fairly negligible. The plating across this crossguard is still at least 89% intact. The crossguard eagle still has fine detail throughout, and most of the factory darkening is in the backgrounds of the bird's head and feathering, as well as the serrations that appear on the four legs of the swastika. Superimposed over the swastika is the TeNo gearwheel logo, with a “T” shaped hammer and the letter “N” combined.

The grip is a most attractive, very dark pumpkin orange color, which is just the slightest bit lighter on the reverse. This grip is in perfect condition throughout.

The scabbard appears as though there may have been a dent removed above the lower chape fitting, but it is not noticeable; whoever did the work did a fine job. The scabbard has about 95% of the original blackening it the pebbled panels. These panels are still crisp throughout. There is also blackening on the decorative lines on the carrying bands, as well as on the details of the lower chape fitting. The throat is the typical thick Eickhorn style, which is retained by a center-placed screw on the reverse. The throat is stamped with the serial number, “1636”.

This piece is apparently an early example, as it is not etched but stamped with the matching number, “1636”. The blade itself is an nice as they come; it is in Mint condition with a needle tip and full cross-grain. The blade is most impressive, as these TeNo's are much long than the standard Army/Luftwaffe style we are used to looking at; these daggers are quite large! The original black washer is in place, showing little to no age.

This is a fine opportunity to acquire a really rare dagger. I have not had a TeNo Officer's dagger to offer the collecting community for some time now, so I am glad to be able to jazz up our website with the presence of this fine dagger.

Excellent Plus, Plus. $9,495.00