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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:08 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By Ian
Gustav, Thanks for your very interesting...

Gustav,

Thanks for your very interesting observations. You seem to have some experience with twist core techniques. Do you forge your own blades?

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 263
Posted By Ian
Hi Kai, The klewang is a heavy-bladed piece,...

Hi Kai,

The klewang is a heavy-bladed piece, with thickness of the spine just in front of the hilt of a little more than 5/8 inch. The blade cross section is a wedge shape with a smooth transition...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania Yesterday, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 57
Posted By Ian
Malay whatsit?

I have no recollection of when or where I acquired this one, but it probably came into my hands in the 1960s as part of a bundle of items purchased in SE Asia.

The carved horn hilt suggests a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles, Hard to say the age because it has...

Hi Charles,

Hard to say the age because it has been worked on a bit judging from the cleaned blade and the shiny leather sheath--all in good condition. I would say probably pre-WW II, but not as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 11:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles: I believe that the hilt is...

Hi Charles:

I believe that the hilt is Ilokano work in that it is a horse hoof shape with a prominent groove below the "hoof." Ilokano hilts frequently have a notch or groove in this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 351
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles: I'm not surprised. A long silver...

Hi Charles:

I'm not surprised. A long silver punto and an elegant kakatua often suggest an accompanying blade of quality. The scabbard looks complete too and of the older flat style. Great find.
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 807
Posted By Ian
Nice one, Detlef.

Nice one, Detlef.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 263
Posted By Ian
Thanks Detlef. I do have a couple more--letter...

Thanks Detlef.

I do have a couple more--letter openers, that is. :D The top one measures 8.5 inches and the bottom 10 inches in length. They are both silver-plated with horn hilts, and were a gift...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 160
Posted By Ian
Hi Robert: Nice knife! There are a...

Hi Robert:

Nice knife!

There are a few of these short, fat-bellied Luzon knives around, although they are certainly uncommon. I'm fairly sure this one is of Ilokano manufacture. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 263
Posted By Ian
Detlef: Thank you very much for your helpful...

Detlef:

Thank you very much for your helpful comments and the links to other information here.

Yes, I was aware that these two are from what is now Malaysia. My question was really about their...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 11:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 263
Posted By Ian
Indonesian terms for these two

Until today I would quite happily have called the top one a Malay kelewang and the bottom one a parang ginah. These are terms I can find in Stone's Glossary ...

However, I'm going through...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Plate showing old knives from Zakopane in the...

Plate showing old knives from Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains. These are said to be Polish knives, and lack the three protrusions at the end of the hilt. The two in the middle have a similar blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
And another from a Polish site with an article...

And another from a Polish site with an article written in Polish (http://www.navaja.pl/polskie-noze/98-noz-zbojnicki.html).

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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Another example from elsewhere on this site. .

Another example from elsewhere on this site.

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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By Ian
Gents, Thanks to you all for your thoughtful...

Gents,

Thanks to you all for your thoughtful comments. Much appreciated!

So Lebanese, being a French influenced piece from a former mandate area. Very interesting. Later today I will try to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 03:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By Ian
Middle Eastern knife (?)

Another one I need help to pin down.

I acquired this knife at an antiques fair during a trip to London in 2000. The dealer said it was Middle Eastern and WWII vintage. I saw a well made knife...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Ian
Yep. Good quality blades are often recycled when...

Yep. Good quality blades are often recycled when folks can get hold of them. This one looks as though it may have been a barung at one time.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Now that we know ...

what to look for, here is another example from the Oriental Arms website.

Polish/Slovak knife
"This hunting knife is coming from Poland, from the Tatra mountain region in the border of Poland...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Chregu: Thanks very much for your prompt...

Chregu:

Thanks very much for your prompt response and clear identification. I've had this knife for many years and often wondered where exactly it came from.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Ian
Hi Jose. Yes, that was my strong feeling also...

Hi Jose. Yes, that was my strong feeling also when I first saw this piece--one of those tourist items from the Lake Lanao region that are mostly junk, with thin blades made of sheet metal. That's why...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 288
Posted By Ian
Central Asian (?) knife

There are a few of these around and they come up online fairly often. Somehow I have it in my head that they are Uzbek or Uighur in origin, but I cannot find anything about them online and I have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By Ian
The pitting looks like the effect of old rust...

The pitting looks like the effect of old rust resulting from that area previously being covered with some decorative metal. The handle has likely been replaced on this one IMHO.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 06:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 604
Posted By Ian
Hi Bryce, Sounds like you have elephant ivory. I...

Hi Bryce,

Sounds like you have elephant ivory. I don't know how experienced you are as a photographer, but your picture seems to have too bright a light source to see anything in cross section....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2018, 03:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 542
Posted By Ian
Hi Shayde78, That's where a lot of reading and...

Hi Shayde78,

That's where a lot of reading and asking questions helps. There are general signs of wear and age that help, but seeking out high quality pieces (good workmanship and materials) is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Ian
Mandaya keping

The attached picture is of a Mandaya keping. It's a keping because that is what the label on the back of the sheath says. :D

I have never heard of this weapon before, and I can find nothing...
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