Join Date: May 2006
Aussie cane knives are sharp on the opposite side to the hook.
After the cane has been burnt to get rid of excess foliage and snakes you cut and then turn the knife over and use the hook to throw the cane behind you. Its rotten work.
Like I said:- this knife is similar to the knives used in Oz to cut cane.
Interesting thing to me is that this knife has no ferrule. Balinese tools for cutting cane, grass, light scrub have either a solid ferrule, or a socket to accept the hilt. The construction of this knife shown appears to have no ferrule, which means that it seems not intended for any sort of heavy work, and certainly not as a weapon --- first bone you hit the hilt would split. Even knives intended to cut grass in Bali have ferrules --- in fact even the fruit knives and kitchen knives have ferrules.
So what was it designed to do?
Maybe harvesting some sort of fruit, or nuts?
Place a partial cut through the stem and use the hook to pull the fruit down?
No impact that way, hence no need for a ferrule.