Skip to product information
1 of 2

Turkana Wrist Knife Ararait

Turkana Wrist Knife Ararait

Regular price €195,00
Regular price Sale price €195,00
Sale Sold out
Tax included. Shipping calculated at checkout.

Early to mid. 20th century, Turkana people, Kenya.

Fascinating wrist knife (ararait) is a unique weapon once used in close quarters combat by the Turkana people in Kenya. The blade is made of a circular or elliptical plate of hand wrought iron or steel, beveled and sharpened along its outside perimeter and having a central cut out to accomodate the wrist that is lined with thin leather strip from which there is a radial cut out allowing insertion of the wrist from the side. Traditional weapon with goatskin edge cover to secure the thin, sharp blade when not in use.

Excellent condition. Heavy wear consistent with age and use. Lovely polished patina. Size approx. 10,6cm x 10,5cm x 0,5cm.

Provenance: Finnish private collection

For a similar examples see:

Wrist Knife/ Bracelet Knife, The Penn Museum, Accession number: 2015-29-30 (

Wrist Knife, Horniman Museum, Accession number: 2010.21.2 (

Abarait, Wrist Knife, The Spurlock Museum, Accession number: 1971.12.0026 (

View full details
  • Shipping

    The shipment will be prepared in the course of 3-5 days and dispatched via Posti Group Oyj or purchased item(s) can be picked up from our shop during the store's opening hours (Tarkk’ampujankatu 4, 00140, Helsinki, Finland). Within the Finland, all items are shipped via Posti Group Oyj unless otherwise requested. We pack the items carefully and mainly in recycled materials because we want to save nature. You will receive the tracking number for your items by e-mail.

  • Returns

    Returns and exchange will be accepted within fourteen days (14) of receipt at the purchaser’s cost to include freight and packaging. Items must be returned in the same condition as when they were shipped, and will not be accepted if damaged or altered in any way. Please inform us via email ( or by calling +358408408352 before sending. We do not accept returns more than 14 days after delivery.