Sometimes referred to as a "club knife", it is a form specifically used for the capture of slaves, primarily for the human consumption (cannibalism) market as the demand was great and it did not require transporting captives to the West coast Arab market. 17 3/4" length. Finely forged blade with raised medial ridge. The edges including the curved forward edge, line banded. The field tool textured with a triple line clan mark each side. Wood hilt worn with part of its brass tape wrap lost during it time of use and blending in color and character. Well used attesting to the horror which it must have inflicted.