The Makraka is a long, sickle-shaped knife of Central Africa. It was the Close-Range weapon of the Zande Warrior.
Description[edit | edit source]
The Makraka had a sickle-shaped blade that widens near the tip, with the cutting edge on the concave side of the blade. The handle is wooden covered in hide to increase the grip.
Uses[edit | edit source]
The Makraka was often used in executions, as demonstrated on the show. It could also serve as a secondary weapon in combat.
The curved blade can go around shields to attack the man behind.
The Shotel was a similar long sword used by Ethiopians. It showed to be effective even as recently as the First Italo-Ethiopian War (15 December 1894 – 23 October 1896). Emperor Menelik II managed to modernize over half of his army with rifles (primarily Mosin-Nagant and Berdan rifles imported from his ally Russia), but still had large numbers of swordsmen and spearman. The swordsmen used the Shotel effectively however: Ethiopians outnumbered the Italians significantly in every battle and so would first weaken the Italians with rifle fire before overwhelming them with a massive Human Wave Attack.