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newola 15th May 2022 07:02 AM

Identify Club Help
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Hello all, I have an interesting club / knobkerrie that I recently bought. Its a bit unusual compared to my Zulu examples. It has definitely got some age to it and measures 55 cm long and has a large 5 diameter head. The wood for the shaft appears to be different from the head.

Is it African?of Fijian maybe?

Thoughts and opinions appreciated.

Many thanks


kronckew 20th May 2022 09:00 PM

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Bit short for Zulu, haven't seen a two part Iwisa yet. Could be a So. pacific throwing club (Ula).

My large head Iwisa below (mine) , along with an Ula with a similar head to yours, but made from one piece of wood. (not mine)

Tim Simmons 21st May 2022 08:32 AM

This looks more like a lead working mallet.

kronckew 21st May 2022 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Tim Simmons (Post 272046)
This looks more like a lead working mallet.

Possible, even probable. :D Won't be the first time dealers/museums mislabeled stuff.

Spherical or oblate spheroid mallets were used in carpentry, stone masonry, and even leather working. Many were two part,ie. lignum vitae heads and oak or ash hafts. Many had a lanyard hole in the end that ula/iwisa didn't have.

A saddle/harness maker's lgnum mallet with an oak haft:

newola 21st May 2022 10:08 PM

Thank you for your opinions.

Tim Simmons 23rd May 2022 07:15 AM

I think it is safe to say that every member here has been there done that in some way. It is part of collecting and learning.

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