Originally Posted by Roland_M
But there are obvious signs of combat on this blade, the first half of the blade is full of small notches. There are some typically breakouts which appear, when the blade hits a bone.
I have major doubts about the "signs of combat" as these knives are not even suitable for combat.
They are designed to be concealed weapons for surprise upwards attacks to the belly of the opponent.
I think that quite often, we collectors, are tempted to see what we want to see.
Other that that, both the style of decoration and materials appear to be very similar to my Rencong (as mine is of bone or antler too)... including the monosteel blade, so I tend to believe they come from the same manufacturing centre and they were aimed for the same market.