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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:09 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By RobT
Shona Bakatwa

Hi All,

I believe the African knife is a bakatwa of the Shona people. See Spring's African Arms and Armor pg 134.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
Fighting Edge

Hi Chris,

The edge isn't very sharp. It cut some paper drawn across it but didn't cut a piece of twine. I imagine that it is sharp enough if the blade was intended primarily as a point...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2018, 12:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
Sharpening

Hi Chris,

From the striations on the edge, it would appear that the blade has been sharpened with a stone.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2018, 01:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
Abel Domenech Has Responded

Hi All,
Mr Domenech has responded. With his permission (given in a subsequent email), I have posted his response. In the email I sent to him asking for his permission to share his information, I also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By RobT
Philippine & Indian

Hi Harry,

The first knife is indeed from the Philippines and is called a gunong (AKA puņal, puņal de kris, belt kris [but it's not a kris]). It looks like a good one. Based on what I learned in this...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 12th April 2018, 01:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Posted By RobT
I Like It

Hi All,

I have never seen another keris blade like it but the pamor appears to follow the edge of the blade on both sides so I don't know how much the blade could have been reshaped. To me it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2018, 01:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
Thanks to Chris and Tim

Hi All,

Three last things need to be said. First is a reiteration of my thanks to all who responded. Second is my agreement with Tim Simmons response. I have always felt that native artisans using...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2018, 01:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
Blade Condition Not an Issue, Movie Prop Unlikely

Chris,

I have and have seen many 100+ year old blades in as good or better condition. Although I mentioned the superb condition of the blade in my initial post, I clearly stated that I considered...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2018, 01:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
No Rotary Grind & No Exposed Tang

Hi All,

Thanks to all for the lively debate and the additional information.
Chris, the tang is completely hidden by very fine basketweave. The striations on the metal oval are straight and were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2018, 02:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
Facon or Caronero?

Fernando K,

Thanks for the information. Based on the statements in the article by Abel Domenech (http://www.vikingsword.com/ethsword/facon/criollo.html), I was wondering if this may actually be a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2018, 11:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,138
Posted By RobT
Former Bayonet

Hi All,

Because of the reptile skin and basket weave on the hilt and sheath, I assumed the civilian mounts were made in Africa. Given the the design of the sheath throat, I assumed that the piece...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2018, 01:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,178
Posted By RobT
Hilts Copied & Photos Sent

Kia,

Thanks for the hilt shots. I copied them for future reference. I also sent you the original photos I took of the sheath. They are much larger files than the ones on the forum.

Sajen,

As your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2018, 10:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,178
Posted By RobT
Thanks For The Replies

Hi All,

Sajen,
Do you think the hilt should look roughly like what has already been shown on the other two blades?

Kai,
I would be happy to send you both the original files from the camera as well...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2018, 06:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,178
Posted By RobT
Better Pictures

Hi All,

Here are the best pictures I could get. I took them with an Olympus Pen FE-47 using the macro feature. I also used a tripod. The camera doesn't offer F-stop or shutter speed adjustment but I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,178
Posted By RobT
Better Pictures

Hi All,

I will try to take better close-up photos of the sheath but it will need to wait till next weekend when I have enough light.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,178
Posted By RobT
Does This One Qualify?

Hi All,

I picked up this knife a number of years ago. It doesn't have a hilt but does have a notch at the base of the blade. The designs on the sheath appear to have been made with pen and ink....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2017, 12:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,999
Posted By RobT
Whoops

I meant to say that the Gujarati and Devangari numbers 6, 7, and 9 are dissimilar. Sorry about that.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2017, 11:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,999
Posted By RobT
Glad I Could Help

Jim,
Happy to help out. The same sort of thing goes on with a lot of the Royal Nepalese khukri (see Guns of the Gurkhas by John Walters). The battalion abbreviation plus the battalion unit and weapon...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2017, 01:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,999
Posted By RobT
51 on Blade

Hi All,

I believe the marks on the blade next to the hilt are the Gujarati number 51.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,449
Posted By RobT
Don't Write Off The Word Koummiya Just Yet

Hi All,

If you showed me a stockman folding knife, I would identify it as such but I would bet that if you showed the same knife to a good number of American born, fluent English speakers, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,449
Posted By RobT
Nice Present To Come Home To

Hi All,

After my initial post, I had to go to Pennsylvania for two days. When I got home, I saw the evidence I had asked for and then some. It doesn't get any better than this. Thanks a lot to all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2017, 12:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,449
Posted By RobT
Thanks For The Reply

Battara,

Thanks for the response. The metal on the hilt is silver without a doubt. It was rather tarnished when I bought it and the tarnish smelled like silver when I rubbed it with my fingers. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,449
Posted By RobT
Koummiya-ish

Hi All,

There have been a number of knives posted in the past that have been variously surmised to have come from Senegal, Sierra Leone, Mauritania, Mali, the Bissagos Islands, and the Reguibat...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2017, 12:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,769
Posted By RobT
Hilt looks Spanish not Chinese

Ian,

Although the cross guards are similar, the hilt on the sword you posted looks more Spanish than Chinese. To me, the blade I have has the look of a jian that has been filtered through Philippine...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,769
Posted By RobT
Got It

Ian,

Thanks for the correction. For some reason, I had it backwards.

Sincerely,
RobT

PS. Really nice collection of dahong palay & non-dahong palay.
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