National Geographic : 1935 Jun
Photograph from London News Agency FEROCIOUS-LOOKING ZULU WARRIORS OF NATAL WAVE CLUBS, SPEARS, AND OX-HIDE SHIELDS Effective in a hand-to-hand struggle is the kirri, a club of ironwood or horn with a knob the size of a man's fist on the end. But far more formidable isthe assagai, a sharp, two-edged steel blade attached to a shaft more than a yard long and wielded like a bayonet. It was introducedbyChaka, afamous Zulu chieftain, tosupplement the throwing of spears used for opening a fight. Another native weapon is the battle ax, a stick fitted with a thinblade which isoften crescent-shaped.