Vietnamese mak

length: 24"
blade: 11"
blade width: 1 1/2"
shaft: 15"
weight: 15.0 oz

An item rarely seen in the US - a Vietnamese mak. This particular mak dates from the mid 1900's, and is an agricultural tool used for clearing woodlands. However, the mak has an ancient history of use as a weapon - the last picture above is from a 12th century relief carving at Ankgor Wat, Cambodia. The horseman on the right are wielding mak, and the mak was also used as a polearm - one example in the History Museum in Saigon is seven feet long overall, with a twenty-two inch blade.