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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,187
Posted By Ian
This is another characteristic knife from Apalit...

This is another characteristic knife from Apalit and has a little more carving on the hilt than usual. On this one the pommel has been carved in the likeness of the head of a water buffalo (carabao)....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,188
Posted By Ian
Alan, I agree with much of what you say...

Alan,

I agree with much of what you say about understanding the Maranao language and culture. However, the present discussion refers back to the shape of the hilt that Cato has termed kakatua....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Roland, Lovely etching in the traditional...

Roland,

Lovely etching in the traditional manner. It makes a huge difference.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,188
Posted By Ian
David: Thanks for the additional research....

David:

Thanks for the additional research. I found the article on the Pinoy-Culture site particularly helpful in setting out diverse theories about the origins of the sarimanok. The blog...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,188
Posted By Ian
Hi Kai: Yes, I agree. The fanciful metal hilts...

Hi Kai:

Yes, I agree. The fanciful metal hilts and sheaths with baroque-like flourishes seem to be late 20th C. and made in Mindanao. When I visited Zamboanga in the 1990s I found them in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By Ian
Good points Drac.

Good points Drac.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 04:19 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 6,188
Posted By Ian
Ron, I was looking through some old reference...

Ron,

I was looking through some old reference books and browsing Levine's Guide to Knives and Their Values, ed. Bud Lang, 5th edition, Krause Publishing:Iola, WI, 2001.

Several foreign knives...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2018, 03:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,232
Posted By Ian
Rather than turn this thread into another...

Rather than turn this thread into another sarimanok discussion, I'm going to bring Ron's original thread on that subject back and add some new information that seems to support his idea.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,232
Posted By Ian
Ariel: This thread will simmer for years...

Ariel:

This thread will simmer for years and could well end up with hundreds of posts! The kar'd was just one weapon style. Ron has opened up both kris and barung for discussion, and we have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By Ian
I don't know the answer to your question, Drac....

I don't know the answer to your question, Drac. At a guess I would say it was used mainly by those who butchered meat for selling on to others and perhaps in restaurants, etc. where cutting large...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,035
Posted By Ian
Leif: You recently linked this...

Leif:

You recently linked this thread in discussing another Apalit knife. I'm sorry I did not respond to your initial post--better late than never I guess.

Thank you for...
Forum: Swap Forum 18th June 2018, 02:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By Ian
Lightbulb Keeping sale info together

Blacksmith:

Please update your ORIGINAL posts with the new prices. Posts in this forum have a finite time since last update before they drop out and disappear into the Archives. It is easier for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By Ian
Leif: Spot on -- the same indeed! I had...

Leif:

Spot on -- the same indeed! I had forgotten about my example with the sheath in that older thread. From Apalit in the Province of Pampanga in Central Luzon.

As we talk more about the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2018, 01:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac: This is an unusual blade form but...

Hi Drac:

This is an unusual blade form but one which appears every now and again in online auctions. I would not call it rare, but certainly uncommon. There are elements of Ilocano style in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ian
All good points, Fernando. You have done some...

All good points, Fernando. You have done some sterling research on this subject. Thank you for the pictures and information.

Quite possible. Just because the style may have been Ilocano does not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ian
Hi Fernando: Thanks for bringing up again...

Hi Fernando:

Thanks for bringing up again the interesting topic of aluminum (aluminium) metal on Filipino knives.

The history of extracting aluminum metal from bauxite ore really...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2018, 02:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Ian
Intermittent problems from Australia too.

Intermittent problems from Australia too.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ian
Exactly :)

Exactly :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ian
Hi Fernando: The five-pointed star was a...

Hi Fernando:

The five-pointed star was a common military emblem of the First Republic. Whether weapons bearing this emblem are from that brief period, or were made later and are commemorative...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2018, 02:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ian
Hi Rick. Yes, I think so. The blade form...

Hi Rick.

Yes, I think so. The blade form is consistent, with a "peaked" clip to the spine and a small "bulge" on the cutting edge just in front of the guard--both highly suggestive of Ilocano...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ian
Thanks again for your comments F. de L. The...

Thanks again for your comments F. de L. The depiction of Antonio Luna on these hilts is a tradition that seems to have been around since before WWII. Luna was an interesting man and there are a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2018, 03:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 685
Posted By Ian
Ariel: Neither of the knives I show is mine....

Ariel:

Neither of the knives I show is mine. The length of the spine on the refashioned example is just under 3 inches, as shown by the accompanying ruler used as a scale. Corvo range in size...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ian
Thanks for posting these interesting recent...

Thanks for posting these interesting recent examples of southern Ilocano knives for everyday use. Very useful pictures.


Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By Ian
It arrived today and is definitely a former...

It arrived today and is definitely a former barung. The blade is heavy and thick at the hilt (approximately 5/16 inch or 7 mm). There are numerous sharp nicks to the spine of the blade suggesting it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By Ian
Thanks for posting this one Charles. I'm always...

Thanks for posting this one Charles. I'm always impressed by how short the blade is on these weapons. Definitely designed for close in chopping and slicing. They look a bit like an oversized corvo...
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