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Old 2nd January 2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default South African police assegai spear

54" overall. Neither the point, nor the blade are sharp. I wonder if these were used more for intimidation than actually sticking someone?

The butt end (with a solid iron cap) would be a very good club. I would think that one of these in skilled stick fighting hands would be formidable.

Shows number "2241" marking. Arsenal? Police?
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Old 2nd January 2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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I have a very similar spear. This one measures 58 inches overall, has the same thumb grove in the butt and metal end cap held on with a screw. I am told she is a rare pre-1914 Zulu “Nonquai” (Natal native Police) government issue spear. How rare are these?

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From the length of this spear, I think it is the military version.

Here is a picture of a South African guarding airplanes in January 1943.
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