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Old 8th January 2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Interesting heavy knife for ID.
Not evn sure what the language is on the handle.
Pictures say it all really.
Any help appreciated.
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Old 8th January 2012, 11:31 PM   #2
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Hi Gene,

Looks South Indian on first glance IMO... Maybe Malabar coast?

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Old 9th January 2012, 02:51 AM   #3
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Hi Gene,

Looks South Indian on first glance IMO... Maybe Malabar coast?

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My first thoughts looking at the Rosettes...Gav
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Old 9th January 2012, 05:38 AM   #4
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Most interesting piece Gene. My pick would also be India and those rosettes and the blade decoration suggest some quality also. There are Indian knives which are somewhat similar but not the same. I am thinking of Moplah, Ayda-Katti etc. Perhaps those who are serious collectors of Indian blades may be able to help.
The letters in the ferrule look as if they could be someone's initials---
V W B ?? Perhaps something from the years of the Raj?
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Old 9th January 2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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Chris, Gav, Stu.

Thanks chaps. Is this shape familiar to any of you? It seems strangely familiar but I can't place it.
The cutting edge at such a strange anlge makes me wonder if it's had some nefarious neck useage!
Certainly for some kind of chopping.
The characters are mystifying me as well, Like Stu I did think european initials, but the little tails made me decide not... Now I'm not sure.

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Old 9th January 2012, 10:47 PM   #6
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Those "tails" are typical of Victorian styling IMHO. As to this being a chopper....I would have thought not likely, as the downward swing would not produce a strong cut. Maybe your idea of some sort of neck rearranging tool might fit better
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