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  1. I've actually solved it thanks to Peter narrowing the search down. Turns out it's a rather sought after and rare short sword made by the Ovambo people of northern Namibia. There are a couple of similar ones on this site: http://www.karlssonandwickman.com/tribal-weapons/. I also found an identical one on ebay.com.
  2. Thanks Peter, that narrows it down a tad more. I wish I'd asked him when he was alive, there's a lesson for the younger folks on here I suppose!
  3. Hi everybody, this is actually my first post on here, I am trying to identify this knife that belonged to my late father, in the early 1950's, he travelled around some parts of Africa, he tended not to be one for being expansive about his experiences, being quite a private person, so I don't know exactly where he travelled. I do know he visited Kampala, Uganda, possibly Kenya and possibly South Africa, earlier, with his parents, he also visited Libya, Lebanon and Morocco, but I'm sure it is not from those, with the possible exception of Libya. I have done quite a bit of browsing on the Internet, but can't find similar designs of knives. I do know he asked a friend who was quite knowledgeable about militaria and weapons in general, who thought it was genuinely old, not something created for the tourist market (that did exist, even in the 1950's and before). The knife is 19 inches in length, the blade 13.5 inches long. There are prominent hammer marks in the blade, the blade has a slight bit of flex to it. It has a full tang, the end of the tang has been hammered over, as can be seen in the 6th image. When examined through a loupe, file marks (at least I think they are) can be seen, where it has been smoothed flush with the handle. I'm not sure where that places it in terms of age? I have also included a wooden statuette that is similarly unidentified, though not necessarily from the same region. Apologies, I think I have identified the statuette as a Maori one, a Putokomanawa figure from New Zealand, the stunted legs legs appear to be common features of both regions, but the Haliotis shell eyes (type of edible sea snail found in shallow waters around New Zealand) and the flat top of the head, as well as some of the carving seem to match Maori statuettes on google images. If anybody knows any more about it, that would be great though! Any help would be immensely appreciated! Many thanks, Matthew.