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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:37 PM
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Posted By Ian
Aah. That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for...

Aah. That makes a lot of sense.

Thanks for this informtion. I had not heard of this entity before. We also see a dragon appearing on some Visayan hilts. Any relationship?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,796
Posted By Ian
Dear Xas, Wonderful stuff! Thanks so much...

Dear Xas,

Wonderful stuff! Thanks so much for posting these clarifications. I think what you are saying is that dahong palay is used in the Tagalog regions and that bulong unas is used where...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st February 2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,837
Posted By Ian
I posted an old stereo picture a while ago of...

I posted an old stereo picture a while ago of coconut workers in Laguna Province. Their bolos are quite well depicted, and the sheaths have a simple arrangement for suspension, with the belt angled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 272
Posted By Ian
INOX is shorthand for acero inoxidable which...

INOX is shorthand for acero inoxidable which means stainless steel in Spanish.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,316
Posted By Ian
Dear Xas: Again thank you for your patient...

Dear Xas:

Again thank you for your patient reply. I am grateful for your sharing of what you have already. I do appreciate that you are in a difficult position.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2020, 02:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,316
Posted By Ian
Hello Xas: Thank you for getting back to me...

Hello Xas:

Thank you for getting back to me about these examples. Before responding to your comments, I must say I am deeply disappointed to see information coming from anonymous panday and...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 17th February 2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 156
Posted By Ian
The whole issue of Border Customs behavior is so...

The whole issue of Border Customs behavior is so unpredictable. When importing a lot of stuff during my move to Australia, I encountered widely different interpretations of the rules by different...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2020, 10:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Ian
Hi Xasterix: Thanks for the follow up and...

Hi Xasterix:

Thanks for the follow up and links.

The Ashoka knife is interesting, but I note the comment by Dimasalang in that thread, "... The wavy blade is obviously of Ilocos or south...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,316
Posted By Ian
Hullo Xasterix: Again, thank you for...

Hullo Xasterix:

Again, thank you for the clarification. The designation "katana" has generated some discussion previously. Do you know the origin of this term in relation to the sword...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Ian
Hullo Xasterix. Thank you very much for the...

Hullo Xasterix.

Thank you very much for the correction. I have been under the impression that wavy-bladed knives from Luzon were all Ilocano in origin. It's good to know that they were produced...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By Ian
Aspalathos: Please post a picture of the whole...

Aspalathos:


Please post a picture of the whole sword.


Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Posted By Ian
Hi Carlos: Thanks for showing this interesting...

Hi Carlos:

Thanks for showing this interesting knife. One might be forgiven for thinking this is a Moro knife with the wavy blade and a stylized kakatua pommel on the hilt. However, as you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 12:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By Ian
Odor problem

Foul smelling liquids are often contaminated with bacteria and molds. Vinegar contains plenty of nutrients for microorganisms to grow in an aqueous medium. When you say it smells "rancid," I think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By Ian
I don't think zinc is involved to any great...

I don't think zinc is involved to any great degree here. The blade is iron/steel with a number of impurities and has likely been heat treated. Heat treatment can make those areas darker when etched,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By Ian
Manual removal with mild abrasive materials is...

Manual removal with mild abrasive materials is standard operating procedures for this process. The same is true for Japanese swords, which use a slightly different abrasive method that (for me) is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 12:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By Ian
I agree Detlef. This blade needs some sand...

I agree Detlef. This blade needs some sand papering and polishing, then a final etch. The red area in the bottom picture is active oxidation that needs rubbing off also.
Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Posted By Ian
Hello again Xasterix: Thanks for posting...

Hello again Xasterix:

Thanks for posting these two examples. I have gone back through records of swords and knives I have now or have owned in the past and came across a few that may be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By Ian
Apolaki: I would remove the blade from vinegar...

Apolaki:

I would remove the blade from vinegar at this point. Rinse it thoroughly in plain water. Wipe it dry and apply a light oil. From here on I would use sand paper only. Start with nothing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,250
Posted By Ian
Albert, did you reach a final conclusion?

Albert, did you reach a final conclusion?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2020, 01:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 528
Posted By Ian
Thanks David. Magnificent sword indeed.

Thanks David. Magnificent sword indeed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2020, 12:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By Ian
I'm wondering if this blade might be of piled rod...

I'm wondering if this blade might be of piled rod construction (http://www.vikingsword.com/ethsword/pat07.html). Looks that way to me. Perhaps our Indonesian/keris experts might comment on that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,519
Posted By Ian
Exclamation Moderator's comment

Guys,

I think this topic is close to exhaustion and we are approaching a struggle of wills without much data to back up whether the original subject of this thread is an ancient katar or something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,412
Posted By Ian
I agree with Kai. A Maguindanao example, but age...

I agree with Kai. A Maguindanao example, but age is hard to tell. The blade needs a good clean. Looks as though you have some active rust in places that needs prompt attention. Etching the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By Ian
Ken, the best reference I have found on Negrito...

Ken, the best reference I have found on Negrito weapons is by Fox and was published shortly after WWII. I uploaded a couple of PDF files with Fox's research here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 01:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,250
Posted By Ian
Albert, it seems as though the responses are...

Albert, it seems as though the responses are mainly coalescing around a N. Sumatra origin for this interesting sword. From what you show on the siwar hilt, your sword could be all local N. Sumatran...
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