Just for reassurance Munster if you have not already researched it..that there have been some super fakes coming out of the eastern bloc countries..and below is a thread written at the GDC about the comparison between original and fakes.
Comparison TN Leader. - GermanDaggers.com
It has shaken some advanced collectors . It would be best to double check and compare the details..and the minute ones as well. This is a hard hobby and I dont like appearing at a parade trying to close it down. I rather avoid a riot happening at a parade and stop it early.
( Warning ! ) - Details are graphic and can be upsetting
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01-16-2016 02:50 PM
Thank you Larry and I read that thread awhile ago, this one is exactly what you want to see when taken apart right down to the ejection pop out discbehing crossguard to all factors discussed in article...plus source. Both are textbook. Serge whom is also a contributor to the article gave his thumbs up as did Paul from Lakeside.
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Unfortunately you can only see part of the tang in the pix, immediately in parking lot I broke it down to inspect.
It is a very hard hobby, and as a dealer in it, I know when to trust my gut. Also I find my items in the wild , do my homework as best as possible and rarely buy from other dealers or shows in general.
Thank you for the word of caution, but I will reopen the parade after some beers