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Manikin
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Vintage Old Knife in Hand carved case Found 1950 in Desert in Nevada. My husband found this many years ago. It is as sharp as a razor . Blade measures 11Inches total length with handle 16 inches . It is wrapped in a rope type weave and in a carved out case that looks like it would strap on to a belt maybe . No idea if this is Indian or what it is . It is very interesting piece . The knife slips into a depressed area in case that is hand chiseled out . Any Idea's to you knife people . I would think it was for hunting as it could cut your hand off in a second . I am afraid if it to touch it to sharp .
I can not find a category for vintage knives ? I am thinking this is mid to late 1800's or first of 1900's ?
I have changed title to correct name of knife ! from a mystery to solved
Thanks to Azzar The knife was id'd
This knife is an Hinalung : weapon-tool of the Igorot from the mountains of Luzon, Philippines. More info here : http://www.vikingsword.com/ethsword/ifugao/index.html
Hinalung is a head hunters spearpoint machete. The heavy double edged blade is designed to be socketed as a spear or used as a hand blade machete. It is hand forged from spring steel by the Ifugao people (sometimes US army jeep high quality leaf spring suspension steel). Superior quality, the handle is made from the same steel like the blade and therefore virtually unbreakable! For better handling it is covered with Rattan weaving.

Ifugao is a region in the northern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. It is a very mountainous and remote region that has some of the most amazing rice terraces - a UNESCO heritage site - of the world.
The Ifugao are originally warriors, who formerly even engaged in head hunting. They live in tribes and especially in the remote mountain villages they still live a life like hundreds of years ago. Some old people still have tattoos documenting their successful head hunting. Even today venturing too far into the remote mountains of the Philippines can be dangerous, since some tribes are hostile to strangers protecting their villages with deadly traps. The Ifugao are well known of their believes and the great primitive artworks that they are producing.

Mystery Solved

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  1. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Phil :-)
  2. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 2 years ago
    VERY cool piece Mani !!!
  3. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thanks Hedge ! so good to see you :-)
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Mani, you could use that as a sword! lol
  5. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    I sure could but I cut my hand just trying to slide it out of sheath LOL They would not need to stab me I could do that myself :-) Thanks David . I have been doing family tree to side that owned property in SD :-)
  6. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you admetal , Glad to see you on my post :-)
  7. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    I know it cuts admetal . I didn't take it all the way out for fear I might get hurt . I am intrigued by it . I wish it could tell me something too Admetal . Hoping to try and place it in a tribe or maybe a very talented knife maker the twine or weaved rope handle and on case is so well done . Wonder who lost it , was it in middle of no place in desert just sage brush and the knife .
  8. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    Wow! That's some awesome knife! Must have been used by the cowboys or Indians for sure! Be careful with that thing, Mani!
  9. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thanks Stef. That is what I imagine cowboys and indians in the untamed wild west . It took some one a long time to make this and it was made for serious business this is no pocket knife for sure . Thanks for stopping Stef nice to see you :-)
  10. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    adkmetal please try and remember your dream it , if the knife is in it tell me who had it . Sweet dreams :-)
  11. mikielikesigns2 mikielikesigns2, 2 years ago
    Most people go out in the desert and find there thirsty, or a rattlesnake, some people have all the luck! Tell him "he dun good" Mani. Thought about what you had said, & you were right (of coarse) , besides, if i left, who would terrorize your dolls?? Wonder if that blade used to be a file? Dad used to make knifes out of those quite often, (back in the day).
  12. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Hi it's my guy Mikie and glad you know how much we would miss you :-)))) I rather doubt it was a file Mikie it is very wide as well as big and pretty flat but anything is possible . I am going to take a better photo outside if I can bear the heat . This knife looks and feels like it was meant for serious business . Your afraid of my monkey and dolls will this knife was trying it's best to cut me ! Never got bit by any of my dolls. manikins or animals . It was a danger for them to full it from it's case but I am sure they did one day and it was not for playing . Maybe a buffalo or something . So glad to see you !
  13. RonM RonM, 2 years ago
    Great find there Manikin.I'd guess its an old buffalo hunter's knife.
  14. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank RonM ! :-) I appreciate seeing you at my post . I wish the knife could tell me what it was doing there in desert and who made it :-)
  15. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you trunkman :-)
  16. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    It came to you in your dream last night !!!!!!!!! Good Adkmetal . Now dream tonight who made it ok :-)
  17. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Musik !
  18. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    adkmetal a good imagination is a good thing ! :-) I was thinking a Mountain man maybe that came down out of mountains hunting . Like the Movie with the young Mt guy that goes to revenge the killing of his family by Indians and when he did met the Indian that killed his family he couldn't kill him. Darn I can't remember name of movie . A Ole Mt Man was in it also and they met on the Mt from time to time . See my mind travels too LOL
  19. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Thrifty !!!!!!
  20. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    That's it ! adkmetal :-) I couldn't get the name off the tip of my tonque . I think it was his :-)
  21. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you collectiblesunlimted !!!! Glad to see you on one of my posts :-)
  22. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Kevin I would not be surprised by size of blade . The handle and case have a lot of age . Does it look to you like a homemade blade ? I know the case is . Possible that it is native american ? Thanks bunches for looking at it I appreciate it .
  23. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 2 years ago
    Wow, really nice! If it is as sharp as you say I would venture that it could have been used to skin animals, like a buck knife... Awesome find.:)
  24. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Tlynnie ! Welcome to my post . I see you have a large collection of baskets .Do you know what the knife handle and case are wrapped with and who did this type of work ? I don't think it was for skinning as it is sharp on both sides . I think it was meant to stab :-( who ever or whatever ) Thanks for stopping and your input is appreciated .
  25. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 2 years ago
    I think it's called a double-edged dagger, sheath or boot knife. it's an attack knife.
  26. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    I'd call it an intimidation knife, reminds me of a scene from "Crocodile Dundee II" lol
  27. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you ho2 for your comment . It is a double edge and was meant for serious business .
    Walksoft you have to much time to watch TV LOL It was Jerimah Johnsons :-) He lived at time in movie I could see this used . It is maybe a one of a kind ? I have no clue . You can cut your finger off removing it from case . The case would have had to be tied to body and not in a critical location . like a part you might need :-)
  28. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Do you remember the scene when a guy pulls a knife on Crocodile Dundee, & then he pulls his huge knife out & the other guy runs away intimidated & scared;-)
  29. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 2 years ago
    Manikin, my guess for the material used for twining would be what ever was around (bushes or plants) when and where the knife was made. They are cut, dried and split and then twined or braided for use. You say it was found in the desert but it could have been made somewhere else and then brought with someone to where it was dropped. Makes you wonder why it was dropped and not taken, you know?
  30. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Tlynnie1942,Maybe that person got lost and didn't make it :-( I hope that is not the case . I think it possible also it was not made in desert but taken there to hunt ?

    Walksoft I never saw Crocodile Dundee is that bad ? I thought maybe to graphic for me .
  31. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Probably no more graphic than Jeremiah Johnson & funny too.
  32. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Well if he pulled a knife like this he was one mean dude david :-)
  33. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Pw-collector !Glad to see you on my post :-)
  34. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Kevin (AR8) for your input I do appreciate your input ! Many Thanks
  35. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    Honestly, Mani... I think this really needs to be identified and appraised by someone well versed in Western history and antiques. There are a couple of museums in California where they might be helpful... one is the Gene Autry Museum of Western History in LA, the other is the Southwest Museum (It used to be called the Southwest Indian Museum), also in LA. Perhaps if you go to their websites, there might be a contact person that can help you, or refer you to an expert. The more I look at your knife/ machete, the more interesting and old it looks. I'd love to know the story!
  36. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    Mani, for you amusement mat I present Crocodile Dundee "You call that a knife?"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01NHcTM5IA4
  37. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 2 years ago
    Manikin, I hope you can find out more about this knife. It is certainly unique and I find the best part of collecting, is finding things that "speak" to you. Then the fun begins for me, I try to research everything to try and find out where the item came from and who possibly made it. The ones that take a long time to find info on I find to be the best as when you finally do get what you are looking for as to provenance, it makes it all the sweeter for taking the time. You have a nice piece there, congrats! :)
  38. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thanks Stef ! I wish I could pack up and go to CA to get relief from heat here and visit my hometown not sure they would let me on a plane with it lol . This was found just over border of Nevada and CA on other side of Mountain. I will look at those sites and see what I can find out . Thanks again for all the help !
  39. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Walksoft oh yea crocs knife was big like this one ! That was great short video showing just the point you were making . Thanks !
  40. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you oldbodie ! Nice to see you at my post :-)
  41. Azzer, 2 years ago
    Hello,

    This knife is an Hinalung : weapon-tool of the Igorot from the mountains of Luzon, Philippines. More info here : http://www.vikingsword.com/ethsword/ifugao/index.html

    Regards,
    Stef.
  42. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    Wow! So how the heck does an old Philippine Igorot dagger end up in the Nevada desert? Maybe we were invaded unaware during WWII! And I was so sure it was an Indian or Mexican knife! That's quite amazing that you had this information at your fingertips! And, Azzer, looks like we share the same name!
  43. stefdesign stefdesign, 2 years ago
    If I had to guess how it got here, I would guess a soldier who was in the PI during the war picked it up as a souvenir, brought it back to the US, and lost it in the desert. But that's just a guess! I love to try to figure out the backstory of these mystery items, and if I don't know it, I make it up!

    Mani- it would be a good story to know how exactly your husband came to find it in the Nevada desert!
  44. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Wow that is interesting Azzar and I would never have known until you provided the link. Amazing ! Thank You !!

    Ok I questioned my husband Stef with a flood light and interrogation to remember exactly where he found it and how . And it came to him clear . This makes mystery even more curious . It was 1960's not 50's . He went 4 wheeling in desert just outside of Yerington Nevada in desert and drove through a mine tunnel . He found it in the mine just laying there . It was a closed down mine . Rather like Packrats photo's that he showed of Nevada mine . Makes a person wonder why it was in there it must have been being used ? The possibility of a soldier bringing it home to USA could be how it got here as Stef brought up.
  45. Azzer, 2 years ago
    Hello,

    Your Hinalung is a head hunters spearpoint machete. The heavy double edged blade is designed to be socketed as a spear or used as a hand blade machete. It is hand forged from spring steel by the Ifugao people (sometimes US army jeep high quality leaf spring suspension steel). Superior quality, the handle is made from the same steel like the blade and therefore virtually unbreakable! For better handling it is covered with Rattan weaving.

    Ifugao is a region in the northern part of Luzon Island in the Philippines. It is a very mountainous and remote region that has some of the most amazing rice terraces - a UNESCO heritage site - of the world.
    The Ifugao are originally warriors, who formerly even engaged in head hunting. They live in tribes and especially in the remote mountain villages they still live a life like hundreds of years ago. Some old people still have tattoos documenting their successful head hunting. Even today venturing too far into the remote mountains of the Philippines can be dangerous, since some tribes are hostile to strangers protecting their villages with deadly traps. The Ifugao are well known of their believes and the great primitive artworks that they are producing.

    http://www.clipcanvas.com/video-clip-76500-ifugao-bolo-knife-ifugao-lifestyle-banaue-batad
    http://www.clipcanvas.com/video-clip-76506-man-ifugao-bolo-knife-ifugao-lifestyle-banaue?q=ifugao bolo knife&clipno=1
    http://www.foto-cd.com/crafts/ifugao/
    http://www.ramanon.com/forum/showthread.php?78764-Luzon-(Philippines)-blades
    http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/5419792/Hinalung+%26Pinahig+Bolo/machete/Knife+set+of+2+Ifugao/Kalinga?referralKeywords=ifugao+bolos&event=Search+Ranking,Position,1-2,2

    Regards,
    Stef.
  46. Hedgewalker Hedgewalker, 2 years ago
    Wow Mani...What an amazing find !!!!!!!
  47. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Azzar ! The information you have provided help solve a wonder we have had for many years . Do you collect knives or study history of tribal artifacts ? I also saw your link on one for sale they look new so I assume they still make them in same way as many years ago . The Hinalung I have appears fairly old . I know we need to do something about rust but neither of us like to take it out it is so sharp and when pulling it from case it can cut you quick . I sure hope no one ever was hurt by this knife at the hands of head hunters . I will print out your information so I can keep it with the knife (Hinalung) . I can't thank you enough for all your help . I learned a lot from your links and about Ifugao. Many thanks
  48. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Hedge isn't that amazing I said wow too ! Who knew not me . I just knew it was for serious business .
  49. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Thrifty :-)
  50. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you olebodie !
  51. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Hi Bellin ! It is hot here as usual . My husband went to air show and drove past your place the other day . It was to hot there also so didn't stay as long as he wanted to the group he was with had to be taken to medical bay to hydrate them and it was time to go hom. How are you doing ?
  52. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you tom61375 and bootson ! Much appreciated . This blade is so sharp wow
  53. kerry10456 kerry10456, 1 year ago
    Oops, missed this one, neat Mani :-))
  54. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 1 year ago
    sweet find ...........
  55. Manikin Manikin, 1 year ago
    Thank you Kerry and Roy ! This was meant for business , I keep it well put away after cutting myself putting it back in wood case . And to think this was brought up today when the Philippines are being hit with a catagory 5 deadly typhoon storm .
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/07/world/asia/philippines-typhoon-haiyan/
  56. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 1 year ago
    Ya I saw that on RFD weather last night .. it was heading for them .. poor souls like they dont have enough troubles,,.

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