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Old 26th November 2010, 12:25 PM   #1
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Question New African (?) sickle knife

Just came back from the weekly antiques market in Gent (Belgium)....and I found this sickle knife which intrigues me.

At first sight, it is not the typical African sickle knife as we all know. I'm not even sure it's African

The wooden handle is embellished with copper nails and shows a good patina.

The metal blade is sharpened on the inside. Near the handle it's 8 mm thick. It also has 6 holes drilled into the top part. There's also an iron ferrule between the handle and the blade.

Total length is 63 cm (from bottom of handle to tip of the blade).

Does anyone has an idea ?









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Old 27th November 2010, 01:25 PM   #2
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Arrow Any ideas ?

No one has a comment ?

Luc ?
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Old 27th November 2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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Unusual piece - I have never seen one like it. The iron round the handle near the blade appears on some small Chokwe knives, and holes in the blade are not uncommon on Congo weapons, as are the brass studs...

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Old 27th November 2010, 05:31 PM   #4
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No idea, sorry.
Maybe more a tool than a weapon ?
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Old 28th November 2010, 04:35 AM   #5
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That blade seems quite thick for an African blade even kukri like in appearance? Do you think this was converted from some other knife or tool? Still I like it,very cool
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Old 28th November 2010, 04:32 PM   #6
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hi freddy,

it reminds me of a javanese tool for cutting crops, kudi type. should be found in different books on this matter. zonneveld?

greets ron
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Old 28th November 2010, 05:32 PM   #7
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Freddy

That blade seems quite thick for an African blade even kukri like in appearance? Do you think this was converted from some other knife or tool? Still I like it,very cool


Hi Lew,

Wasn't there a thread back in the mists that talked about old African weapons being thick and fully functional?

To me, that handle looks African, but who knows? We're in a global world, and maybe an African artist got inspired by something he saw in a Korean factory...

Anyway, I'm not bothered by a thick blade.

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Old 28th November 2010, 05:52 PM   #8
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The hilt seems to be from an old 19th century tool so maybe this was converted into the knife we see here today. Luc also can not place it and he has probably seen them all
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