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 Assagai Blade of the African Warrior. By Paul Kirchner

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PostSubject: Assagai Blade of the African Warrior. By Paul Kirchner   Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:04 pm

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PostSubject: Variations of the assegai blade   Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:24 pm

Does anyone know if the traditional assegai (or iklwa) blade used by the Zulu always had a tang, which was inserted into the wood of the handle, or could it have used a socket which fit over it? I found a blade in the shape of an assegai in New Orleans of all places, but it has a socket. I want to know if that is of a more modern period, or possibly unique to another geographical area.

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PostSubject: Re: Assagai Blade of the African Warrior. By Paul Kirchner   Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:57 pm

Hi Diancast.
Most certainly it is the Tang when dealing with the zulu nation before and during the period of 1879 . I dont know if they
have reverted to the socket , most certainly the socket was adopted in other cultures but I dont know by whom.
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PostSubject: Re: Assagai Blade of the African Warrior. By Paul Kirchner   Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:28 am

I would back up 90th on that. The tang was heated and burned into the haft. It was then secured by a water soaked leather sleeve and force dried causing the leather to shrink and secure the blade to the haft.

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