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Old 24th July 2013, 04:01 AM   #1
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Question Mystery knife - Hadendoa?

Hello all,

I've just acquired the knife you see in the pictures. The blade is reminiscent of a Hadendoa hook style blade, but the hilt is not the typical "X" shape. It is a rough piece of work and beat up by time and use, but I was curious and impulsive. And I love a mystery!

(I'm sorry the pictures are so terrible - they are the seller's.)

Any ideas?

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Old 24th July 2013, 05:04 AM   #2
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Hello all,

I've just acquired the knife you see in the pictures. The blade is reminiscent of a Hadendoa hook style blade, but the hilt is not the typical "X" shape. It is a rough piece of work and beat up by time and use, but I was curious and impulsive. And I love a mystery!

(I'm sorry the pictures are so terrible - they are the seller's.)

Any ideas?

Best Regards,

Dave A.


This looks more like a variation on a trombash from the Congo region to me than anything Sudanic.
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Old 24th July 2013, 08:02 AM   #3
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Yes, I agree with Iain. But the style of the blade (forging/grooving) also resembles blades from the West Africa (Liberia)
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Old 24th July 2013, 08:40 AM   #4
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Unusual piece - look forward to seeing more images. Its not from Sudan or Congo, must be West Africa somewhere.
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Old 24th July 2013, 11:50 PM   #5
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Looks like a variation of the Dahomean hwi, (Benin). Similar forms can be seen in "African Arms and Armour", Spring, and his references from the Palau Marti work on Dahomean arms.
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Old 26th July 2013, 08:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tip Jim. I will follow that trail and see where it leads! I should receive the item in late August. I'll post new pictures in this thread at that time.

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Old 26th July 2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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You bet Dave, I'll check further as Iain's note on a Congo trombash variant seems well placed as well, and looking at it further both seem likely.
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You bet Dave, I'll check further as Iain's note on a Congo trombash variant seems well placed as well, and looking at it further both seem likely.


Having looked at it again I think Jim's suggestion probably has more merit, both in terms of the blade and the carved handle.
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