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Old 24th November 2019, 09:59 PM   #1
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Default I am making a Samoan Nifo Oti

I am going to make one of these. Found a couple pictures on this site of them. But it is very hard to find dimensions of them online. Do they have standard dimensions, or should I build them however I feel?
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Old 26th November 2019, 04:10 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

I have a Samoan club with 13 "teeth" on each side,nominally one inch apart, but of proportional length. You can get some scaling from the attached image. Tomorrow I'll provide some more detail and overall dimensions.

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Old 27th November 2019, 05:23 PM   #3
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Sorry for the delay.

Obviously this club, with double rows of "teeth", isn't the Nifo'oti billhook variety, bit close enough to provide reasonable dimensions. I collected this club new in Pago Pago in the early 1990s. It was a "tourist piece" reproduction as warfare was out of fashion. Yet the design is sophisticated and execution is first quality.

Refer to letters on the image for dimensions in inches.
A-F overall length 32 inches.
A-B 4.
B Thickness 1 3/4.
B Width 5 1/4.
Angle of point approx. 55 degrees.
B-C 14.
C Thickness 1 5/8
C Width 3 1/4
D Handle is a square. Thickness across corners 1 1/2. Note that the square's corners continue the length od the club as a central ridge.
C-E Handle 13 1/2
C-F 14
F is a small tab with a hole in it likely for a cord to hang the club.

Let me know if you need other info.

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