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Old 3rd March 2006, 05:53 PM   #1
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Question Oriental paper knife

Yesterday, I received this small knife. I found it on ebay.belgium where it was advertised as : coupe-papier oriental (oriental paper knife).

The picture was bad, so I asked for some more pictures. These were of the same quality, but in one of them I could see that the blade was fairly thick. So I decided to go for it.....and I got it.

When I opened the package, I was surprised to find a small knife with horn handle and sheath. It's not new, as the horn has some damage. The sheath is held together by two piece of plaited rattan binding.
Most striking was the iron blade. It's 13,8 cm long and has a thick blade, measuring 6 mm near the hilt. The blade is sharp on one side.

Total length : 23 cm









My guess is that it's a woman's knife. I could be easily concealed in her clothes. It's small enough.

But upon examining the piece closer, I saw that the sheath had some carving. To my surprise, I could recognize some kind of Dayak type carving.



Can anyone help me in determining this piece ? Could it be from Borneo (and from the Dayak).
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Old 3rd March 2006, 06:10 PM   #2
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Hello Freddy, a nice knife
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Old 3rd March 2006, 07:56 PM   #3
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Hello Freddy,

It looks like a Sumatran knife of the Batak tribes.
Maybe a small Rawit?

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Old 4th March 2006, 12:07 PM   #4
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Yes, at first I also thought so. But what about the Dayak design on the sheath ? Could it be a Sumatran knife which found its way into Borneo ? Perhaps some kind of trade item ?
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Old 4th March 2006, 03:22 PM   #5
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Hi Freddy,

Here are three sample pictures of Batak weapons with wooden scabbards:

1. One of my ex-Kalasan (that I have traded to another forum member).
2. An Amanremu.
3. A Rawit.


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Old 4th March 2006, 08:33 PM   #6
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Hi Michael,

I think you're right. When I look at the picture of the rawit you show, I can see a similar decoration on the sheath. Also the small band of decoration on the handle of your knife is similar to that of mine.

Can you give us the size of this piece ? And perhaps a picture of the knife out of its sheath.

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Old 4th March 2006, 09:04 PM   #7
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Sure,

It's 35 cm in scabbard.

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