19th century. Universally acclaimed as having produced the finest metal work, specifically knives, of all African cultures! This example demonstrative of the finest for its type with 11 1/4" spatulate blade with deep offset fullers accented by chiseled bands. Flared root with stipple edged circular and lozenge shaped openings. The base with elaborate net or basket weave hide binding. Tapered grip with brass tape wrap. Flared pommel with fine twisted iron wire to the underside. That form of binding is identical to iron bracelets used for healing and perhaps intended to imbue the weapon with divine power. For form, as good as they come. Complete as made with forged lamination, undamaged with fine patina appropriate for its age. See Fischer #142. Upon researching the Ngbandi, three various sources each immediately mentioned the high value to African art collectors, of their weapons!