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Mambele (knives)

A Mambele is a form of mid to South African knives, but was originally used by the Mangbetu and referred to a curved throwing dagger.

These knives reflect the culture of Africa before western colonization; both through their design and use. They can be symmetric, bulbous, or even multi-pronged. Many are made of rarer and softer materials. These were harder to forge and were a status symbol.

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