Fine and Rare Dagger with Copper Blade. Tetela, Africa - 14155
In the heart of the African rain forest, near Stanley Falls the Tetela people and neighboring tribes are using a very peculiar knife dagger. It is characterized by a Diamond shaped steel pommel. The purpose of this heavy pommel is not clear. Some people say it was supposed to be used as a drop knife from the height of a tree (A very complicated task in the dense vegetation of the rain forest), other say it is meant to increase the blow of the blade. It is most probably a sign of wealthy and power. This fine exemplar has a finely forged copper blade (Quite Rare) 12 1/2 inches long blade delicately incised with lines and geometrical design. Wood grip bound with brass strips. Heavy steel pommel. Total length 17 inches. Very good condition. No scabbard.