Lew Waldman's Ethnographic Arms & Armour Collection Archive

1124 - Mildly Curved Single Edge Knife with Leather Sheath

Beyond a narrower 0.4 inch (1.1 cm) long ricasso the 7½ inch (19.1 cm) long blade continues straight before curving convexly along the edge and concavely along the spine. The blade is 0.12 inch (0.3 cm) thick through the flat faces beyond the thicker ricasso. One side of the blade has been marked with what appears to be the numeral '3' within a circle and with curves along the spine. This blade shows evidence of much use and rehoning along with patches of discoloration and minimal pitting, but remains in very serviceable condition. A brass guard and bolster start a hilt that is round in cross-section and widens towards the center and then tapers back down to a brass cap with a peened tang. The hilt appears to be composed of horn discs with brass spacers. Overall length is 12 inches (30.5 cm) with a weight of 5.05 ounces (143 grams). A wooden sheath is covered with black leather perforated on the display face with an array of brass eyelets under which is a layer of soiled red fabric. There is some scuffing of the leather particularly towards the tip. The knife inserts until the sides of the guard are covered by the leather such that the length is 14.2 inches (36 cm) with a weight of 8 ounces (227 grams). Courtesy of the buyer, who possesses another similar example, comes the insight that the shape of the blade is very close to the sanduko, a type of tenegre from Visayas (the main difference being size as the sanduko is twice the length). The hilt strongly resembles those from Albacete, a Spanish port city where ships have been said to sail to or from The Philippines.

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