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Old 5th August 2006, 06:18 PM   #1
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Question Any thoughts about this one ?

I purchased this knife some time ago. It looked interesting, but I honestly don't know what it is. I guess it's from the Philippines, but that's just a guess. Any help would be welcome.

This knife measures 45 cm, with a blade of 33,5 cm. As you can see, the handle is in the form of a man's head (with moustache). The eyes are made of two pieces of ceramic. There's a metal ferule and a cross bar with one end pointing upwards and one end pointing downwards. The blade is very strong with a thick middle section. The edges are not very sharp, so I think it was more some kind of stilletto (or main gauche ?)
It has a leather covered wooden sheath.

I think it's not a newly made piece as the head shows quite some patina. The leather on the sheath also looks old.

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Old 5th August 2006, 06:41 PM   #2
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Old 5th August 2006, 06:49 PM   #3
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Looks to me like a Turkish or British officers's head probably a converted bayonet blade? I like it

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Old 5th August 2006, 07:05 PM   #4
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I don't think it's a bayonet blade. It's too crudely made.





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Nice one! I like these obscure pieces.
I think it does look Philipino but the short hilt looks really odd.

Could you post a closer pic of the top of the scabbard? Maybe the leather work will help to ID it.
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Old 6th August 2006, 04:15 PM   #6
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I would say this is from around Afghanistan as the chaps astrakhan hat and big eastern moustache seem to suggest.
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Old 6th August 2006, 08:07 PM   #7
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Here are the pics, Justin.

The leather is old.

The handle fits well in my hand.



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