Ethnographic Arms & Armour
 

Go Back   Ethnographic Arms & Armour > Discussion Forums > European Armoury

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12th March 2013, 10:39 PM   #1
DaveA
Member
 
DaveA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California.
Posts: 403
Question Canary Islands Naife

Hello All,

I recently acquired this knife, identified by the seller simply as North African, late 19th to early 20th C. The leaf shaped blade is 5 inches in length and is decorated with a punched-style floral pattern. The multilayer hilt is the really spectacular part. It is very tight and in excellent condition. Overall, the knife is 10 inches. The scabbard is leather and all stitching intact.

Based on the following thread from 2009, I provisionally identify it as originating in the Canary Islands.
Interesting Spanish Canary Islands ...

Or maybe it is from somewhere else?

Your wise commentary, forumites?

Thank you.

Dave A.
Attached Images
      
DaveA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th March 2013, 02:05 PM   #2
fernando
Lead Moderator European Armoury
 
fernando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Portugal
Posts: 8,758
Default

Hi Dave,
If you consulted the thread you mention, you should have no doubts that yours is a traditional Canary Island knife ... most certainly 20th century, i would say.
And if you use the search button typing Canary knife, for one, you shalll find more material.
fernando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th March 2013, 02:23 PM   #3
DaveA
Member
 
DaveA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California.
Posts: 403
Default Thank you

Quote:
Originally Posted by fernando
Hi Dave,
If you consulted the thread you mention, you should have no doubts that yours is a traditional Canary Island knife ... most certainly 20th century, i would say.
And if you use the search button typing Canary knife, for one, you shalll find more material.
Since I am by profession a scientist, I believe there is always room for doubt. You are right, however, that I had very little!
DaveA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th March 2013, 03:00 PM   #4
fernando
Lead Moderator European Armoury
 
fernando's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Portugal
Posts: 8,758
Default

Oh, i just dared to be precise because this is the type of knife which is has an unequivocal and only provenance, contrary to many other items.
I have had one myself some time ago and went through an accountless number of articles that there are out there in the Web about these naifas.
BTW, i will PM you about some other item.
fernando is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th March 2013, 03:29 PM   #5
DaveA
Member
 
DaveA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: California.
Posts: 403
Default Varieties of Canary Islands Knife

Quote:
Originally Posted by fernando
Oh, i just dared to be precise because this is the type of knife which is has an unequivocal and only provenance, contrary to many other items.
I have had one myself some time ago and went through an accountless number of articles that there are out there in the Web about these naifas.
BTW, i will PM you about some other item.
Now that I know what it is, I am discovering all the info on the web. I was interested to learn about the varieties of Canary knives from this article:

http://armasblancas.mforos.com/933156/5569293-naifes/

Dave
DaveA is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Posts are regarded as being copyrighted by their authors and the act of posting material is deemed to be a granting of an irrevocable nonexclusive license for display here.