Africa

Lot of Wrist Knife, Fingers Knives and Hooks used by the Turkana

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Origin: Kenya

Date: Early 20 C.

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The Turkana people from kenya use a whole set of wrist, finger knives and finger hooks for close combat fights. Major types of this set are the wrist knife (Ararait) and the finger knife (Ngigolio)

The blade of the wrist knife is made of a circular flat steel sharpened on the perimeter with a inner circle cut a redial cut to accommodate the wrist.  The edge is protected with a strip of heavy hyde when not in use.

The finger knife is made from a flat semicircular sharpened iron or steel with the tip forged to form a ring for the finger. Copper or iron wire is bound around the base of the ring and the upper part of the blade. When not in use the blade is concealed flat against the palm.

The lot offered here includes a wrist knife, six finger knives of different dimensions and three finger hooks. For the dimensions scale, the wrist knife diameter is 5 inches (12.5 cm). The big finger knife is 3 inches (8 cm) wide and the finger hooks are 4 inches (10 cm) long. Good condition. Interesting set of Ethnographic weapons.  All very early 20 C.

For more details on this type of blades see: The Viking Sword Lew Waldman’s Collection
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