Originally Posted by weapons 27
I bought this sword with this sheath .. I was not sure he was going with this sword .....
apparently he would belong to that sword ...
The style of large knife you show is common in northern Laos/Vietnam and has a strong Chinese flavor. This has already been discussed by others.
The open scabbard is one of many styles and was probably intended to carry a small mak
. Although at one time the mak
was a weapon, it is a common utility tool found widely in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. It is a curved utility knife somewhat resembling a sickle or bill hook, and a search of this site will show examples of varying lengths and styles (see here for example: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=6204
). Your scabbard would have held a short example of that working knife, which is used mainly to chop firewood, clear brush, etc.
Attached are three examples of mak
. The two smaller ones are similar to what would have fitted originally in your scabbard. The longer one is used for heavier brush and cutting larger trunks.