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Old 18th April 2024, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi all,

This dagger (below) has defied my attempts to identify it. I suspect that it is African in origin but that is just a hunch, the blocky hilt with its rectangular cross-section is particularly unfamiliar to me. If anyone has insights on what it is or where it might be from, that would be greatly appreciated.

Overall length: 34.4 cm (~13.5 in.)

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Old 18th April 2024, 08:27 PM   #2
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I do not think this is an ethnographic dagger. It looks more like a "trench" knife with a blade made of sheet steel.
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Old 18th April 2024, 09:56 PM   #3
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I also don't think it's ethnographic, the blade maybe but the hilt looks very recent home made!?
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Old 19th April 2024, 01:53 AM   #4
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Thank you both! That makes sense now why I could not find anything else that looks like it.

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Old 19th April 2024, 09:30 AM   #5
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Maybe it's one of the "great" restorations you can see on YouTube!
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Old 19th April 2024, 10:32 PM   #6
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the blade appears to be asymmetrical along the edge like some Congo knives, when you flip it over looks the same again? crossection like drawn in black? maybe a somewhat older blade rehilted recently.

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Old 19th April 2024, 11:17 PM   #7
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the blade appears to be asymmetrical along the edge like some Congo knives, when you flip it over looks the same again? crossection like drawn in black? maybe a somewhat older blade rehilted recently.
Hello Eric,

Look to #3, I also think that it's an African blade.

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Old 20th April 2024, 01:09 PM   #8
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Hi Detlef, yes I did see your earlier post, we concur so it must be the truth

But seriously, attached an example with similar features which triggered my thoughts.

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Old 20th April 2024, 04:09 PM   #9
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Hello Eric,

I think it's pointless to worry about where this blade came from! Without a handle and scabbard, it will be very difficult to assign the blade. And it's not a very special blade which would be worth giving it a "new" handle.

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Old 26th April 2024, 06:39 PM   #10
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Not saying that's the case here, but this type of hilt isn't unheard of in Africa : https://www.africanarms.com/images/b...iver-39-cm.jpg
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