Good early example, probably collected in the 1899 Insurrection. 11” blade of thick wedge section, down curved with the cutting edge at a right angle to the grip. Similar to the Indian bank but much larger proportions and made for a specific form of fighting which would have been highly structured for effective use. Gripped, it points much like a pistol with cutting edge at the bottom. Stabbing and slashing are unhandy and a vertical hacking motion seems the most efficient. Obviously, with practice and in the right hands, that can result in the removal of a head in two strokes. Fine well aged patina in its open faced scabbard.