Iron double edged blade, 6 ¾” length of distinctive “thumb” form and the most literal interpretation of the form we have seen. Both sides with incised geometric panels. Finely carved wood hilt with the tang peened through and secured with an iron gusset. Original tooled leather scabbard with one edge opened to accommodate the blade shape. The tip with decorative zig-zag. The Hadendoa were deemed by the British to be the most savage foe they ever encountered. Called the “Fuzzy Wuzzies” from their teased out hair, they supported the Mahdists in the Anglo-Sudanese War and earned their reputation for breaking the British Infantry square at Tamai in 1884. All Hadendoa knives are eagerly sought by collectors. This example is the best we have seen.