Help with vintage knife ID

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Van-Wild

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Feb 17, 2018
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I've had this knife since well, a long time ago.

Can anyone help me find the history/style/type/general background of the knife? Or point me in the right direction/forum that would?

The scales are bone, from what animal I do not know. The metal looks like its made from spring steel like a parang or kukhri. It's got a beautiful patina and the cutting edge is razor sharp and quite resilient. Easy to sharpen. The blades locks firmly in 3 positions and there is some simple engraving on the spine.
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The history that I know of it is thus: I traded it with an old man in a compound in Afghanistan for a can of RipIt, a Clif bar and an old micro torch......
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Any help appreciated

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saxonaxe

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Sep 29, 2018
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Only a guess without examining it, VW, but it is probably locally made, or at least within the Indian sub continent.
Many years ago I traded a carton of Lucky Strike or maybe Marlborough cigarettes, can't remember after 60+ years but they were American and I didn't smoke them anyway...:laugh: for this knife.





This was at Port Tewfik, now renamed Suez Port at the Southern end of the Suez Canal. I traded it with one of the Gulley- Gulley men who came alongside anchored vessels to trade for anything and everything.

My reasons are, the star mark on the blade is also on my knife, and the metal and finish of the blade looks to be very similar and also, although it doesn't show in my photo, at the top of the brass sheath are a series of XX's and III marks like the ones stamped on your knife. They are decoration not gimping.
Great numbers of such things, knives, swords and even functioning firearms were made and probably still are in back street workshops all over the region.
 

Seagull

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Jul 16, 2004
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Gåskrikki North Lincs
Very much like the sort of charkhus carried by the Kalashi's right up to the 1960's. Almost all of them made by the travelling smithy, who made everything from ploughshares to penny nails. Some similar folders were made with an extra long blade and always looked as if they were fixed blades, for they were carried in an ordinary sheath. If the Lads didn't have a village made job, well, then they went for a Solingen made Okapi..when they were made in Solingen.
Wow, those pictures and the mention of the Gully Gully Man were recollections that I didn't realise I had forgotten... I always wondered if the fellah had no sense of smell, for the coat he wore for the Chicken Show, always smelt abominably. At least the fellah never made any pretence about being the original Jock Mc Gregor.
Ach..memories.
Regards
Ceeg
 
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