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bolo knife (or itak)?
  • Country Unknown
  • bolo knife (or itak)?, late 1800s–2007
  • iron, metal, wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 8 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0388

This knife has a long iron blade with its widest width near the middle. The butt of the handle is carved wood with a convex end oriented toward the side of the knife with the cutting edge. The handle has a square detail that looks like it is "dripping" off the edge of the convex surface. The other portion of the handle is metal, probably brass, decorated with incised bands.