Mid 19th century and representing an evolutionary form with the base of the wood hilt reeded and overlaid in thin sheet copper, acquired through the slave trade, mostly long missing. That decoration predates the pewter stipple inlay specifically associated with these knives. The hilt base set with four different trade tacks, obviously acquired at different times through the lengthy life of the dagger. The 8 1/4" medially ridged blade of typical form with broad offset edges flanked by double incised lines. That feature is usually encountered as bands of six to eight lines in later examples. Shows expected wear, with some isolated black pitting marks to the blade.