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Old 1st March 2023, 02:45 AM   #1
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Default Unusual African short sword / knife

Hi guys, can anyone tell me anything about this knife? Iíve come across lots of African knives at antique fairs and shops but not seen one with this shape before. Makes me think of a bayonet
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Old 1st March 2023, 01:23 PM   #2
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Hello,

the scabbard is similar to scabbards of Takoubas, so I would say it is a Tuareg dagger.

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Old 1st March 2023, 04:49 PM   #3
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Agreed!
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Old 1st March 2023, 04:57 PM   #4
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It can be from a number of groups who shared by the 20th century a similar leather working style, including the Hausa, Fulani, Tuareg, and even further into west Africa. I'd put it tentatively as Hausa/Fulani though.

It looks like a reused blade for sure.
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Also the three fuller are often on touareg takuba, if is a reused Sword as mentioned, it can explain why they are not centered. Is it one edged or both sides are sharpened ?
For the handle, Ive rarely seen zoomorphic handles on touareg art, more like geometric forms.
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Old 2nd March 2023, 02:27 PM   #6
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Looks as if it is trying to copy a bayonet.
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Old 3rd March 2023, 01:19 AM   #7
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Also the three fuller are often on touareg takuba, if is a reused Sword as mentioned, it can explain why they are not centered. Is it one edged or both sides are sharpened ?
For the handle, Ive rarely seen zoomorphic handles on touareg art, more like geometric forms.
Thereís a few inches sharpened along the back edge near the tip
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