Featured Mystery Antique Carved Bone Knife and Sheath

Discussion in 'Militaria' started by Ranger Rick, Dec 28, 2020.

  1. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    Well, this is an odd one for me. About 12 inched long, all hand carved bone, sheath appears to be made of two pieces. Blade is about 7 inches, no markings, and sharp on the inside curve. It appears to be quite old, appears the blade was sharpened at some point. If you have any idea what this is or where it was made, I would love to know. Whoever made sure put lots of work into it.

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  2. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Looks similar to this one, identified as a "badek" knife from Sulawesi, Indonesia:
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    https://oriental-arms.com/product/fine-badek-badik-knife-sulawesi-indonesia/

    "The Badek (Badik) is a very common side knife from Indonesia. The most typical feature of the Badek is its pistol grip. From its native Sulawesi, the Badek spread to Java, Borneo, Sumatra and as far as the Malay Peninsula, creating a wide variety typical to each region and/or ethnic group."

    @Any Jewelry can probably tell you more.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2020
  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is a tumbuk lada. The tumbuk lada originated among the Batak in North Sumatra, but spread to neigbouring regions. Tumbuk lada means pepper pounder.;)
    Given the decorations I would say this one is from Riau, on the northeast coast of Sumatra, close to Singapore and southern Malaysia.
    That stained bone generally means second half of the 20th century.
    If the blade has been sharpened, that means it was used, became blunt, and was sharpened. Tumbuk ladas are knives which could be used for anything, so they get blunt and are sharpened. Some people liken them to machetes.

    Badiks/badeks, sewars and tumbuk lada are all closely related. The differences are regional, and of course regional decorative styles.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2020
  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The one on ebay is a Batak tumbuk lada, as is the last one you posted.;) Those parrot head shaped hilts are classic Batak.
    The second last one could be Batak as well.
     
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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  7. Cris Drugan ISA-AM

    Cris Drugan ISA-AM Active Member

    Beautiful piece!
     
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  8. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I've been known to be wrong before....but having you correct me.....
    never a problem !!!!!!:kiss::kiss::)
     
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  9. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    Thanks for all the great information! My wife is making me sell it (kind of pissed I bought it), so I figured I better find out what it is.
     
  10. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    I forgot the photo of the other side, not that it matters, but it is cool! Bone_Knife0.jpg
     
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  11. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    That's too bad Rick..........
    I can only imaging what other pleasures your lovely wife keeps you from....:(:(:(
     
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  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    :happy::kiss:
     
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  13. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Member

    Any idea what type of bone this was carved from?
     
  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    bovine....likely..
     
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  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I agree.:)
     
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