I acquired a 14.5" "Talabot" knife/sword a short while ago and am curious about it. As far as I can tell it's french, possibly from the 1800's. The blade is stamped with a running zebra, under which appears "Talabot", and under that is stamped "16449". It has a 6" wooden handle with 3 pins and 3/4 tang. I'm guessing (?) that this was military issue (?) from the WW-1 time frame (?). The vendor knew nothing about its provenance.