Posted 10 months ago
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.