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JeffS 7th October 2020 02:56 PM

Open-faced scabbards
 
So I seem to have developed a theme in my collection...
-Kachin Dao
-Lepcha Ban
-Ifugao Hinalung
-Atayal Laulau
Are there any other traditionally open-faced scabbard blade types I should hunt for? 😆

Gavin Nugent 7th October 2020 03:24 PM

Achang Dah comes to mind Jeff, one from my collection in the link below.

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showp...359&postcount=9

Gavin

JeffS 7th October 2020 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Gavin Nugent
Achang Dah comes to mind Jeff, one from my collection in the link below.

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showp...359&postcount=9

Gavin


Wow that thing is a beast. Love the brass guard. It is designed for horse combat right? Do you happen to have a picture of it sheathed?

Ian 8th October 2020 05:55 AM

Hi Jeff,

Open-faced scabbards are very common in NE India/northern Burma/adjacent Yunnan areas. Long versions are seen in Assam, for example, and neighboring states as far north as Arunachal Pradesh. There are numerous tribal groups in these regions that use open-faced scabbards. You mention some on your list, but there are several others as well.

Ian

JeffS 8th October 2020 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Ian
Hi Jeff,

Open-faced scabbards are very common in NE India/northern Burma/adjacent Yunnan areas. Long versions are seen in Assam, for example, and neighboring states as far north as Arunachal Pradesh. There are numerous tribal groups in these regions that use open-faced scabbards. You mention some on your list, but there are several others as well.

Ian


Thx. There is some great discussion and images in
this dao post

Gavin Nugent 8th October 2020 01:28 PM

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Originally Posted by JeffS
Wow that thing is a beast. Love the brass guard. It is designed for horse combat right? Do you happen to have a picture of it sheathed?


Thanks Jeff.

I doubt its designed for horse combat but perhaps it could be :shrug: I think perhaps more a case of get the hell out of my reach or be cut in two... the blade is simply amazing with beautiful clear inserted edge and a spine to support the most brutal blows....

I'll get you a snap of it in its sheath... pop me a PM if its not here this time next week... just a little on my plate as always.

Gavin

Philip 10th October 2020 06:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Ian
Hi Jeff,

Open-faced scabbards are very common in NE India/northern Burma/adjacent Yunnan areas. Long versions are seen in Assam, for example, and neighboring states as far north as Arunachal Pradesh. There are numerous tribal groups in these regions that use open-faced scabbards. You mention some on your list, but there are several others as well.

Ian


Bhutan lowlands (river valley) and the various mountain tribes of Taiwan as well.

Sajen 11th October 2020 01:14 PM

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Bhutan lowlands (river valley) and the various mountain tribes of Taiwan as well.


Yes, here a Paiwan and a Rukai sword from Taiwan with open-faced scabbards.

JeffS 12th October 2020 06:08 PM

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Yes, here a Paiwan and a Rukai sword from Taiwan with open-faced scabbards.

I love the snake head profile on the top scabbard. As has been stated previously on this forum the snake could represent Deinagkistrodon Acutus, which has a common name of 100 Pace Viper. This snake has a very distinctive head profile with the narrowed nose which could be the inspiration for the Paiwan design . As an aside, Taiwan has exceptional snake diversity, we found 15 species and nearly 50 individuals in just a few days. Below is a picture of the 100 Pace Viper that we took.

Gavin Nugent 14th October 2020 09:27 AM

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