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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 07:10 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Ian
Hi Jim: Good questions! The kampilan as a...

Hi Jim:

Good questions! The kampilan as a weapon seems to go back some time. As you noted, Magellan is said to have been killed with a sword that some termed a kampilan.

The famous Maguindanao...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 01:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 232
Posted By Ian
Congrats Charles. Another truly wonderful piece...

Congrats Charles. Another truly wonderful piece for your collection. Excellent blade. It probably deserves to be in a museum.


Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 01:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By Ian
[QUOTE=Sajen]... For me are nicks in an edge are...

[QUOTE=Sajen]... For me are nicks in an edge are a sign of combat use!? :shrug: .../QUOTE]


Probably not confirmation of use in combat IMHO. More likely some brittleness in a hardened edge which has...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,355
Posted By Ian
Xasterix, Thanks for the identifications. Very...

Xasterix,

Thanks for the identifications. Very interesting stuff. I didn't realize so many of these fell into the badung category. The slightly upturned tip makes a useful identification point.

...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,062
Posted By Ian
Just to add to the topic of modern barung made...

Just to add to the topic of modern barung made for use or decoration, there is an older thread "Modern Barung" from about a year ago that discussed some of these issues also. It can be found here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By Ian
Hello hicarbon: Welcome to the Forum! I...

Hello hicarbon:

Welcome to the Forum!

I think xasterix has pretty much nailed these two for you. The binakuko looks like pre-WWII manufacture (does anyone know where this particular hilt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2019, 02:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef: A very unusual knife which, I think,...

Hi Detlef:


A very unusual knife which, I think, has some mixed styles to it. Taking the blade on its own, it has both a notch and a bolster at forte, and a prominently curved blade with concave...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2019, 12:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,040
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef: I agree, a Chilean hilt and...

Hi Detlef:

I agree, a Chilean hilt and bolster, but the central positioning of the bolster on the blade suggests to me that this might not be a reworked corvo.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th February 2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 15,163
Posted By Ian
Simplified answer. Persian/Persia are exonyms...

Simplified answer. Persian/Persia are exonyms probably first coined by the Greeks around 500 BCE to describe the inhabitants of Pars, then extended to those on the Iranian Plateau. The Romans then...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By Ian
Hi Carlos, I agree with Battara that the blade...

Hi Carlos,

I agree with Battara that the blade looks late 19th C and Ilokano in manufacture. The spiral-grooved hilt is consistent; the narrow cross-guard and knuckle bow not so much; and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By Ian
Bill, Thanks for posting this most interesting...

Bill,

Thanks for posting this most interesting piece. Southern Indian swords of this general form date back many centuries, and often have longstanding religious significance. Do you have any idea...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2019, 03:26 AM
Replies: 206
Views: 15,163
Posted By Ian
As a somewhat irrelevant aside to this...

As a somewhat irrelevant aside to this discussion, the Australian Customs Officers confiscated all of my katars when I returned to Australia last year. They classified them as "push daggers," which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd February 2019, 11:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,177
Posted By Ian
Hi SL, As others have noted, the premise of...

Hi SL,

As others have noted, the premise of your question is not true. If you look on this site, you will find excellent examples of recently made as well as antique/vintage examples of non-Moro...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2019, 12:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
The coconut chopper function of this one was...

The coconut chopper function of this one was confirmed by my sources as well. It is interesting to note the detail in the construction of this one and its decorations. These choppers do come in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
My initial impression is that this chopper is...

My initial impression is that this chopper is Northern Thai or Lao in origin,based on the blade shape and the decoration along the spine of the blade. Drac has drawn an interesting analogy to a ram...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Posted By Ian
Hi drac. Highly atypical of Spanish-Filipino...

Hi drac.

Highly atypical of Spanish-Filipino styles in regard to the hilt with a finger loop, and the tooled leather scabbard is also atypical of Filipino work. I agree with the comments of Detlef...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 04:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,257
Posted By Ian
Agree with Robert. I have only seen full tang...

Agree with Robert. I have only seen full tang hilts that were peined over the plate.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 963
Posted By Ian
Jose and I have been talking about this hilt...

Jose and I have been talking about this hilt offline for a few days. The sword is a very nice example of Ilokano bladesmithing and the hilt is clearly first rate too. As far as rings on the finger of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th February 2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 943
Posted By Ian
I must agree with Wayne on the identification of...

I must agree with Wayne on the identification of the original subject of this thread. This is a Lao daab, very likely 19th C, with typical Lao repoussed silver work. It likely comes from the "Golden...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th February 2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 704
Posted By Ian
Hi Rick. Sorry to come to this one late. We've...

Hi Rick.

Sorry to come to this one late. We've been under extreme heat and bushfire alerts here, with not much time to read the forum.

As Wayne has said, this one is from the general area of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th February 2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,257
Posted By Ian
Hi Kai, Just to throw another possibility into...

Hi Kai,

Just to throw another possibility into the mix. Chisel-edged blades were also made in Batangas, according to information provided a decade or more ago by our friend Zelbone. Finely carved...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 30th January 2019, 01:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 630
Posted By Ian
What an incredibly crisp and well preserved piece...

What an incredibly crisp and well preserved piece of stonework. Looks like it was made yesterday.


Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2019, 11:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,121
Posted By Ian
Absolutely true. I have found the BangsaMoro...

Absolutely true. I have found the BangsaMoro peoples to be open, warm and friendly in my travels to the southern Philippines. My time in the Philippines encompassed the Twin Towers episode when U.S....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By Ian
Hi Rob: These are two recurved knives/swords,...

Hi Rob:

These are two recurved knives/swords, and resemble a yataghan in that way, but I think that is where the similarity ends. Recurved blades are found in many cultures, probably reflecting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2019, 09:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By Ian
Hi Bill: The swords are similar but the one on...

Hi Bill:

The swords are similar but the one on the cover of the book has more luk (7 vs 5 in the sword you show).

Ian.
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