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 #37017 TeNo Officer's Dagger - Carl Eickhorn
One of the most elusive and also one of the largest daggers produced during the period was the TeNo Officer. The TeNo existed during the Weimar Republic and was revamped in 1939 during the 3rd Reich. The TeNo were technical personnel that were expert at getting the infrastructural back to running condition during times of emergency, i.e. water, electric, fuel, etc. They closely worked with the Waffen-SS.
This beautiful piece was of initial production having a low number, "0743", stamped into the obverse blade ricasso. The later produced pieces had the serial number etched, not stamped, into the ricasso. The hilt mounts on this example are amazing, in that the nickel plated finish is "PERFECT" throughout; there is no flaking on this piece. This is very seldom seen as the base metal on these daggers was a pot metal/zinc mixture that normally did not hold the plating well, as most will have some flaking. The pommel is crisp throughout having identical obverse and reverse. It features the TeNo gearwheel symbol in the center, having three raised circles around it. The center of the gearwheel, as well as the areas between the raised circles have factory-applied darkening. The cross guard is made with a built-in ferrule at the top to accept the insertion of the lower grip. The cross guard obverse portrays a very handsome open-winged eagle. The bird looks to the viewer's left and clutches a mobile swastika in its talons. The swastika has a superimposed gearwheel in the center, with the initials of the organization in the middle of the gearwheel. They are in the shape of a hammer (a stylized letter "T"), piercing the letter "N". The eagle has very deep feathering to the breast and wing area. Like the pommel, this eagle has 100% of the factory background blackening, enhancing the antique look as well as relief to the depiction. A most impressive cross guard here.
The grip is in perfect condition, being an appealing deep orange tone on the obverse, and just slightly lighter in color on the reverse. Wrapped about the lower grip portion is a fine original 23cms aluminum bullion portepee. The portepee remains in full mint condition.
The scabbard is straight as an arrow. It is composed of raised pebbled panels with smooth edges. The lower chape area has upward scalloped tips with lower button. The bands feature twin accent lines. The scabbard surfaces were factory coated with a black finish. The black finish is nearly 100% on the reverse, and on the obverse, is about 95%, showing only the most modest of wear. These blackened surfaces tie-in with the same treatment used around the pommel and cross guard. The throat is the thicker style associated with Eickhorn products, and it is retained with a single flat-topped screw located in the reverse center area of the upper panel. The surface of the throat is stamped with a matching serial number, "743". The "0" that appears on the blade does not appear on the scabbard.
The large, wide TeNo blade is in incredible condition, being full mint and having 100% of the original factory grain. The tip remains needle-like. A really astounding conditioned blade. As mentioned above, the serial number is stamped on the obverse ricasso. The reverse ricasso is deep and dark-etched with the TeNo eagle. Like the cross guard, it clutches a mobile swastika with gearwheel. On either side of the bird's talons respectively, are the protected patent term, "Ges. Gesch". Below the eagle, is the trademark used from 1935-1941, being a squirrel positioned looking left, holding a downward pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, "Original", and below, is the firm's name and location, "Eickhorn/Solingen". Eickhorn was the only producer of these daggers. The original black leather washer is in place.
If you are looking for a TeNo Leader that you can not only proudly own and display, but want one that will gain in value for the future, this example should fulfill your wishes. They don't come any better than this early, initial production example. It is rare to find any dagger today that virtually does not have a flaw.
Mint Minus. $10,500.00(#031015)
TENO #37022 TeNo Hewer with Original Frog and NCO Troddel - Carl Eickhorn
This eye-popping TeNo rig was purchased by me directly from the son of the North Dakota veteran that brought it home. Thankfully, the family stored the liberated Hewer and accouterments properly for the last seven decades, and as a result, this most desirable edged weapon remains today in full mint condition. What a beauty it is!
Most of these TeNo Hewers will have some flaking to the hilt parts, Because of the metal base being a pot metal/zinc, the plating generally did not hold up well. These is not the case here. The hilt plating is not only 100%, it is 1,000%! This is extremely rare to see, and as you might imagine, also very desirable. The pommel has a bird head silhouette to its styling, with a rounded beak pointing outward to the left side. The center pommel obverse displays a TeNo gearwheel in relief. The original factory blackening gives it an almost antique look, and is still at 100% inside and around the gearwheel. The reverse pommel is smooth. The hilt uses an obverse and reverse back strap, which lead to a smooth ferrule. The cross guard below, displays a centered TeNo eagle and ends on the left quillon with a curled device and is smooth on the right side, tipped at a downward angle. The impressive eagle is open-winged and highly detailed. The bird grasps a mobile swastika in his talons. The swastika has a TeNo wheel with the initials of the organization, "TN" inside. The letter "T" is represented by the form of a hammer. The grip plates are an off-white, celluloid-type material. These plates remain in perfect condition and are retained with two-screw and spanner hardware. The heads of both screws are facing north to south and appear unturned.
The scabbard shell is straight throughout. The original scabbard paint is magnificent. This paint retains its original brightness and is perfect throughout, showing almost no age signs; it is very rare to see 70 year old paint in this condition. The nickel-plated scabbard mounts are new-like throughout. They feature pointed center areas where they meet the scabbard shell. The lower chape button is flared at the upper area and tapers to a point. These mounts are retained by four, flat-head style screws in the sides. The reverse mount is equipped with a "U" bracket that retains the carrying frog. The throat surface is stamped with the serial number of this Hewer, being "5818".
The carrying frog is of black leather in the form of a long rectangle, having a point at the bottom. The upper portion serves as a belt loop. There is a nickel bracket attached to the hanger incorporating a snap clip. The reverse of the clip is stamped, "A", representing the Assmann hardware company. The original leather retainer loop is still in excellent condition, with the button hole showing usage, but still intact. It is rare to see the button holes intact, as the strain of the heavy hilt against the narrow leather loop and retaining boss was extreme.
Accompanying the frog is the original troddel. The troddel is the NCO type. These are designated by a woven "V" design in the slide and stem. The strapping is of textured aluminum bullion decorated with dual twin blue lines running the length. The strapping shows no fray. The slide and stem are woven bullion featuring matching blue "V" designs woven into the surfaces. The ball cap is covered with blue, yarn-like material with speckles of bullion. The lower portion is covered with yarn-like bullion and the lower insert matches the strapping. This is an extremely rare troddel here worth a good deal as a standalone item; most of the troddels we see are the enlisted man type.
The blade of this Hewer is forged in the matte finish and is basically an RAD blade without a motto. This blade is perfect, with its bolo-style tip and narrow fuller. It is easily in full mint condition.The obverse blade ricasso is dark-etched with the matching serial number, "5818". The reverse ricasso is dark-etched with the TeNo eagle grasping a swastika equipped with a gearwheel. Stamped on either side of the bird's talons, respectively, are the protected patent term, "Ges. Gesch". Eickhorn was the sole producer of these Hewers. Below the eagle, is the 1935-1941 trademark. It features a squirrel looking to the viewer's left and grasping a downward-pointing sword. Above the animal is the quality word, "Original", and below is the firm's name, "Eickhorn" and location city, "Solingen". The original black leather blade washer is in place.
This is an investment quality piece here. It is extremely rare to find a complete Hewer with all accouterments and to have no flaking to the hilt. A "to-kill-for" piece here that is a direct vet family purchase. It just doesn't get any better.
TENO #36813 TeNo Enlisted Man's Hewer with Frog
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