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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 541
Posted By Ian
Very, very nice Ron. Congratulations. Do you plan...

Very, very nice Ron. Congratulations. Do you plan to etch that blade--looks like it has quite a lot of pattern to it.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By Ian
Interesting question TW! This example is very...

Interesting question TW!

This example is very unlikely to be from the Philippines.

The sheath is very similar to the constructions used by the Aka people of Assam/Tibet. The usual sword to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By Ian
Andrew: I am posting below a figure from...

Andrew:

I am posting below a figure from Ian Heath's, Armies of the Nineteenth Century: Asia 3. India's North-East Frontier, 1999, p. 74. Here is the faint text which accompanied the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 438
Posted By Ian
Ron: This blade looks like a typical piled rod...

Ron:

This blade looks like a typical piled rod construction with the central strip having an odd pattern. Whether that pattern was intentional or accidental is hard to say and there is no way of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2014, 05:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 829
Posted By Ian
Detlef: That Sino-Vietnamese polearm is...

Detlef: That Sino-Vietnamese polearm is socketed whereas Dave's sword has a tang. As far as I have seen, polearms from Vietnam are all socketed in a similar fashion to this one. Similarly for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 02:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 829
Posted By Ian
Alan, I agree completely with your comments! The...

Alan, I agree completely with your comments! The same can be said for the naming of Filipino weapons, Burmese, Thai, etc. Our Western culture seems to crave a specific name for each identifiable...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 829
Posted By Ian
Spiral: The item to which you refer is Fig. 50...

Spiral:

The item to which you refer is Fig. 50 in my version of Rawson which was published in Copenhagen (there are at least two different publishings and they differ somewhat in content). In any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 829
Posted By Ian
Dave: That pommel is really not a typical...

Dave:

That pommel is really not a typical feature for mainland SE Asian weapons. While there are occasional blades that resemble a ram dao (which your example also resembles IMO), the hilts on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 829
Posted By Ian
Kai: You're absolutely correct about van...

Kai:

You're absolutely correct about van Zonneveld and I have amended my original post. Van Zonneveld also mentions another similarly shaped weapon from East Java.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2014, 03:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 829
Posted By Ian
Detlef: I agree that this one is not...

Detlef:

I agree that this one is not necessarily from the Indonesian Archipelago. HOWEVER, in Anthony Tirri's book, Islamic Weapons: Maghrib to Moghul, there is a picture of the identical...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By Ian
Dave: Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, Assam is...

Dave:

Thanks for your thoughts. Yes, Assam is an interesting melting pot of styles. Tribes there have connections to the Kachin and Shan, which particularly interests me as I have a fondness for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2014, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By Ian
Unusual brass-hilted knife--opinions sought re origin

I posted these pictures on the old UBB Forum about 12 years ago and while we had a spirited discussion about the possible origins of this knife, nothing definite emerged.

This one has had me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2014, 03:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 455
Posted By Ian
That is indeed a fine example, Bandook. The...

That is indeed a fine example, Bandook. The Coorgi are not usually thought of in relation to firearms, so this is an uncommon beauty!

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2014, 03:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By Ian
Hi Bandook: Very interesting piece. The general...

Hi Bandook:

Very interesting piece. The general shape looks like a Moplah/Malabar/Mysore/Kerala "chopper" that has been discussed here before. Here is an old thread that discussed some of them -- ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 672
Posted By Ian
Thanks for showing these two kris. The...

Thanks for showing these two kris. The differences between Sulu and Maguindanao can be tricky sometimes and I think you are right about the heavier blade probably being Maguindanao in origin (even...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2014, 04:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By Ian
I don't know of a specific name for it, but I...

I don't know of a specific name for it, but I have seen similar blades used for general purposes including splitting coconuts, chopping brush, etc. It's a variant of the common "bolo" used for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 740
Posted By Ian
Because the ancestors of a substantial fraction...

Because the ancestors of a substantial fraction of the West Indies' population came from Africa, and the West Indies were a British possession, does it not seem most logical to think this machete...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2014, 03:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By Ian
Tagalog manufacture from Central Luzon. The...

Tagalog manufacture from Central Luzon. The blade shape is not uncommon. The blade appears to have been made from a file. Most likely made in the second half of the 20th C.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 532
Posted By Ian
On further looking into the Moi people, it...

On further looking into the Moi people, it appears that moi was a pejorative Vietnamese term meaning "savage" and was applied to various tribal groups in the central and southern Vietnamese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 532
Posted By Ian
Excellent collection of very uncommon spears. ...

Excellent collection of very uncommon spears.

The asymmetrical spear head (fourth from the top of those mounted on the wall) seems to stand out from the rest in terms of style, and it particularly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 740
Posted By Ian
I would just add to Spiral's comment that these...

I would just add to Spiral's comment that these "modified" machetes were indeed common in the West Indies, and I have several with Island names stamped into the leather sheaths (Trinidad, Tobago,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2014, 12:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,122
Posted By Ian
Hi Blue: Interesting knife. I think it was...

Hi Blue:

Interesting knife. I think it was quenched in a fairly deep container of oil to get that extensive line of hardening. Not surprising that it would take a keen edge.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By Ian
Hello Royston: Thank you for putting up...

Hello Royston:

Thank you for putting up pictures of these dha of which there are very few around. I have seen maybe a half dozen in the last 20+ years but never found one for sale. I don't have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 524
Posted By Ian
Robert: The blade shape of the top one reminds...

Robert:

The blade shape of the top one reminds me of an Indonesian/Malay parang pendek. If it has a long unsharpened ricasso it could be one of the other parang types (e.g., parang lading). This...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac2k: This looks like European colonial...

Hi Drac2k:

This looks like European colonial work to me, perhaps Spanish but could be Dutch or French or British colonial work also. I don't think there is anything really specific to the style to...
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