Central Africa, Great Lakes District (Lake Victoria/Lake Tanganyika. 28 ¼” length, forged iron with hooked form wedge section end opposite slightly tapered wood grip. Particularly fine example well forged with hexagonal section shaft and skillful transition to the blade. Wood grip with copper and iron trade band decoration. Good used condition. The Hutu in Rwanda, Burundi and Congo are hereditary enemies of the Tutsi who were supported by Belgium. These unusual throwing, and undoubtedly slashing, short swords are seldom seen on the market.