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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2010, 04:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,414
Posted By Bill
Sorry didn't mean to break the rules. Didn't...

Sorry didn't mean to break the rules. Didn't mean the original posting but the later example. I don't have a good knowledge of metals but trying to attach/adhere two different metals is tough.
A...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th March 2010, 10:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,414
Posted By Bill
Interesting pic from a members website, from a...

Interesting pic from a members website, from a sword that doesn't appear to have been worked on for sometime.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th March 2010, 05:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,414
Posted By Bill
It may have been for a future stirrup. It seems...

It may have been for a future stirrup. It seems more common to have two separate pieces for the baca-baca; one going around the gangya & then a strip bent around the first piece & down the hilt. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2010, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,402
Posted By Bill
Full tang through a horn hilt (Luzon) with...

Full tang through a horn hilt (Luzon) with Barung-ish blade.
The quality eliminates it as being used as a tool. Appears older but not worn daily. May have been commissioned for a city person that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2010, 04:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,012
Posted By Bill
Similarities of the sword are striking; as well...

Similarities of the sword are striking; as well the slight variations.
Appears to be multi-generations of craftsmanship from the same village.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2010, 04:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,900
Posted By Bill
Pictures never tell the real story but I doubt...

Pictures never tell the real story but I doubt this sword was plated with nickel. For hundreds of years "Luwa Iron" was produced in Sulawesi/Celebes. According to Pelras (The Burgis) this steel had a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th February 2010, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,733
Posted By Bill
It'd be great if someone who has trained with the...

It'd be great if someone who has trained with the barung would comment.
I've got some older 16"+ & a couple of 22" blades & at first I wondered if these were developed to use, in part, as a stabbing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th February 2010, 07:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 14,377
Posted By Bill
Looks like one to me. I've seen barungs for sale...

Looks like one to me. I've seen barungs for sale in high end mall shops in Makati; just like the one Miguel posted at the top of this page. They use to be $500, but that was a few years ago. Kind of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2010, 08:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,048
Posted By Bill
I think Vandoo has made some good points. Trade...

I think Vandoo has made some good points. Trade blades were listed on European manifests. I believe I was reading about Wallace & he mentions a large shipment of leaf shaped blades for trade in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2010, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,945
Posted By Bill
I agree with Vandoo. It looks like both blades...

I agree with Vandoo. It looks like both blades were treated with a powerful cleaner to remove rust. The first blade appears older but as Vandoo mentioned the fittings are new. It looks like someone...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2010, 06:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,889
Posted By Bill
Side-note, a recent episode of "Pawn...

Side-note, a recent episode of "Pawn Stars" had a fellow bring in a heavily engraved Confederate sword. Rick, the owner, immediately was concerned about it being too nice & called in an expert. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2010, 05:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,889
Posted By Bill
One of the largest exhibitors at the Milwaukee...

One of the largest exhibitors at the Milwaukee gun show has a very nice one, he is convinced it is one of the earliest Klan daggers.
I've explained to him what it is & made him good offers but he's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2010, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,203
Posted By Bill
You may be right, but he would have to have a...

You may be right, but he would have to have a hilt that was made for a smaller hand with a non traditional ferrule on the hilt.
Without asang-asang, a metal ferrule is needed where the tang inserts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2010, 08:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,203
Posted By Bill
I'm fairly sure that is a Tausog hilt from the...

I'm fairly sure that is a Tausog hilt from the Sulu area. Funny, but the kid that trained on that sword may very well still be around & one of the few that could tell us if it's original to the sword...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2010, 06:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,203
Posted By Bill
Exactly. & why it's likely a training...

Exactly. & why it's likely a training sword.
If you were to train someone half the size/strength, what would you use?
1/2 the sword. I talked to a soldier who was involved in the conflict in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2010, 07:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,203
Posted By Bill
They may very well be just tourist trinkets. If...

They may very well be just tourist trinkets. If they sell I'm sure someone would make them. Just don't see GI's/tourist buying a blade they can only get 2 or 3 fingers around the hilt.
As far as the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2010, 02:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,203
Posted By Bill
Chregu, I really like this kris & would love...

Chregu, I really like this kris & would love to have someone tell us it's story. I think I'm pretty close putting this in the 1950's-60's. Prior to WW2, the US confiscated fighting swords. Post WW2...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2010, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,203
Posted By Bill
Interesting & odd little kris. It almost...

Interesting & odd little kris. It almost looks like a composite piece with a barung hilt. But even the metal work on the hilt is odd.
The blade doesn't look like a tourist blade & everything shows...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2009, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,782
Posted By Bill
It looks like a moth. Jose Rizal used the...

It looks like a moth. Jose Rizal used the butterfly metamorphosis in speeches/writing to describe the Philippines emerging from colonial control. There is also the "moth to the light" parable of his...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2009, 06:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,187
Posted By Bill
Very nice one. I've got one exactly the size of...

Very nice one.
I've got one exactly the size of the auction shield. The cut-outs are to pin limbs & the head of a victim. Several men would be in the war party & use the shields to incapacitate the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2009, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,715
Posted By Bill
Vampire, I think there would be quite a following...

Vampire, I think there would be quite a following of your posts if you can enlighten us on Moro arms. I suspect there is quite a bit of collected information, especially in Spain & the Netherlands....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2009, 10:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,072
Posted By Bill
Besides a clean, patina free "ivory"...

Besides a clean, patina free "ivory" pommel next to a aged pommel band & the rattan; the engraved lines appear like they were done with a electric engraving tool. The waves appear to be stock...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2009, 03:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,521
Posted By Bill
I agree, it really should be considered a...

I agree, it really should be considered a kampilan. My edition of Cato shows it pg. 53, fig 33. It does not appear to be typical of Mindanao kampilans but as we see, there is always exceptions. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2009, 03:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,521
Posted By Bill
Perhaps this sword should be referred to as a...

Perhaps this sword should be referred to as a Klewang from Timor. (Zonneveld's Traditional Weapons of Indonesian Archipelago, fig 272, pg. 71)
If this sword made it's way up to the Philippines, it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2009, 09:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,521
Posted By Bill
Everything about this sword is different from the...

Everything about this sword is different from the norm.
The fiber on the hilt & sheath appears to be abaca, which is indigenous to the Philippines. A quick search shows the Dutch introduced it to...
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