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Help me solve this knife mystery

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by 910 Stryker M2HSSR, Oct 13, 2018 at 11:47 PM.

  1. 910 Stryker M2HSSR

    910 Stryker M2HSSR

    32
    Jul 7, 2018
    This knife was purchased in North Central Wisconsin. It consists of a main scabard with long blade and a small scabard affixed to it housing the small blade. I believe the teeth to be buffalo, but not sure. On one side of the scabard is fur of unknown origin. On the other side is painted decoration of aquatic theme in my eyes. The grip appears to be bone or antler. I believe the scabard to be wood. There are 3 figurines attached. 2 are wood and 1 I believe bone. The knife is obviously crude by today's standards but somebody spent a considerable amount of time creating and decorating it. My feeling is that the person would have great pride in this object. I personally think it's beautiful but I don't know much about it. If anyone has any ideas about its origin I would very much like to hear them.
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  2. Rob47

    Rob47

    14
    May 4, 2013
    Just a guess. WW II souvenir from the Pacific theater.
     
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  3. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
  4. 910 Stryker M2HSSR

    910 Stryker M2HSSR

    32
    Jul 7, 2018
    Does kind of look like them. The 3 figurines have me stumped. I thought the teeth and fur point to native American but the figurines look Pacific island or african.
     
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  5. Airborne 1

    Airborne 1 Gold Member Gold Member

    380
    Apr 23, 2014
    or Alute
     
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  6. airyq

    airyq

    666
    Nov 10, 2003
    Looks like an ilang from the Iban tribe from Borneo.
     
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  7. vanadium

    vanadium Gold Member Gold Member

    516
    Apr 5, 2003
    You might get more help by making friends with an antiquities specialist at your nearest museum or university. Or taking it to the antiques roadshow.
     
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  8. 910 Stryker M2HSSR

    910 Stryker M2HSSR

    32
    Jul 7, 2018
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  9. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    If it's a genuine headhunters knife , those teeth could be from " long pig " ! :eek:;)
     
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