Māripi shark-knife with Paua Shell
Māripi shark-knife
Māripi shark-knife multi view
Māripi shark-knife carved head
Māripi shark-knife left view
Māripi shark-knife edge view
Māripi shark-knife main view

A solid steel māripi, also known as a shark-knife.

At a hefty 6.7 pound overall weight is not a light weigh, but feels well balanced in the hand. A 9 mm thick piece of Nitro V was carved sculpted and ground with "shark teeth" for the business edge. The hand engraving is shaped like waves and flows on both sides of the knife. Paua shell dots have been inlaid in the steel body as an additional adornment.

The partial length tang of the knife was handled with Makore wood and the head carved into a rams scull with Paua shell eyes.

While I would classify this art piece more in the direction of a battle axe, or war club, the Māori (indigenous people of New Zealand) mostly used it for cutting meat, and some do suggest that it was also used in battle. Typical materials the Māori used to make it was wood and sharks teeth with various embellishments like shells and local grasses.

  • Overall Length: 13"
  • OAL: 330mm
  • Weight aprox: 3kg ~ 6.7lb
  • Rockwell C 58
  • Nitro V stainless steel
  • Makore wood carved handle
  • Stainless thong holes
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Shipping and Returns

Simply all orders will be shipped insured via Canada Post or courier and will be individual packed for secure shipping.

Little know facts about shipping...


Shipping and Returns

Simply all orders will be shipped insured via Canada Post or courier and will be individual packed for secure shipping.

Little know facts about shipping: FOB (ownership transfer point) is when the product is given to the shipping agent (carrier). Delivery to a carrier will constitute delivery to the Customer, and risk of loss or damage to the Products will pass to Customer at this point. Products paid for and held by Haslinger Knives at Customer’s request will be held at Customer’s risk and expense. All loss and damage issues must be settled with the shipper. If so required I will provide assistance to you to resolve any shipper disputes. This process can be at time lengthy, so your patience is appreciated.


If you should for any reason not be pleased with your order, please contact me. I will gladly be of assistance to you. No returns on custom or personalized orders.

Returns must be approved and returned to me in original condition, with all original items included, securely packed and insured within 3 days of delivery. No used or altered items will be taken back. A restocking charge of 25% will apply. I will not accept any return COD packages. Items must be returned by regular mail, insured. Any other exchanges or returns approved subject to customer liability for freight costs incurred. Contact before sending any returns.

International Customers:

I welcome international customer purchases. Lost international shipments will not be replaced. I suggest you purchase shipping insurance to cover loss or damage. Customer is responsible for payment of all import and duty charges your country might collect, as well additional documents required.

All International shipment orders are shipped via Canada Post or courier. Upon customer request, I can ship via other methods, however they tend to be pricey. Rates are published at your carrier of choices website. If a parcel is non deliverable the customer is responsible for all costs incurred for the item/s return shipping to me.

If you would like insurance, I will purchase such and bill you accordingly. All international purchases will be billed via PayPal invoice. You are not required to have a PayPal account to pay this invoice.

Custom and Imports into your country are regulated by your countries applicable Laws. It is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of such Laws and Import Restrictions. Some materials might require extra documentation, which I will help you source if you inform me of such requirements. However this is no guarantee that your country does allow import. Please inquire with your country for more information. Not responsible for items ceased by any customs officials.

**I will not undervalue shipments or mark them as a gift.