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Old 14th May 2018, 02:07 PM   #1
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Default Reworked corvo

This one finished recently online and was described as a "Canary Island knife," presumably because of the multi-colored stacked hilt. The seller hedged his bets by also including "Spanish colonial," "Mediterranean dirk," and "Bowie" in the description.

The hilt most closely resembles those found on older corvo, and I believe that this knife is a reshaped corvo, possibly one that suffered a broken or damaged tip. For comparison is shown a web picture of a corvo said to date from the War of the Pacific. The War of the Pacific was a nasty real estate dispute in which Chile fought against Peru and Bolivia (18791884) over part of the Atacama Desert, which Chile eventually won. The corvo figured prominently in that conflict and became much feared for the devastating wounds it caused.

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A Corvo that I have, for comparison.
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Ian and Mel,
What are the lengths of the straight parts of the blades of your convos?
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Here my new acquired corvo, it's 9 1/4" long overall with a blade from 4 3/4".
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A Corvo that I have, for comparison.


Hello Mel,

can you please add a picture where you can see the complete knife?

Thank you,
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Ariel and Sajen, The only other photo that I have at the moment is too large to upload. I'll sort it out this week and take another photo at a lower resolution and take some measurements.
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Ariel:

Neither of the knives I show is mine. The length of the spine on the refashioned example is just under 3 inches, as shown by the accompanying ruler used as a scale. Corvo range in size considerably. I have examples with blades as short as 3.75 inches and as long as 8.25 inches. In my experience these are definitely knives and not short swords.

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Nice example of an older version. Perhaps late 19th C but probably early 20th C.

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Nice example of an older version. Perhaps late 19th C but probably early 20th C.


Thank you Ian!

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A couple more pics as promised.
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