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The telek (also gozma, rilok) is a type of straight, double-edged dagger used by the Tuareg of North Africa. It is held in a scabbard strapped to the arm.

Characteristics include distinctive pommels which are often cross-shaped; previous writers such as Stone have inferred Christian symbolism with this and its Saharan companion sidearm, the cross-hilted takouba, but this is highly unlikely as the Tuareg have never been Christianized. Some telek are made from reused European stiletto blades fitted to locally-made hilts, but traditionally they are forged by local smiths.

Similar arm daggers in the Aïr region are known as gozma; this term is often considered interchangeable with telek in the online ethnological arms markets.

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