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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:57 AM
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Posted By Ian
I agree that these are probably from Kerala....

I agree that these are probably from Kerala. However, very similar knives also come from Rajastahn and nearby areas of northern India. Both Kerala and northern Indian knives of this form usually have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 158
Posted By Ian
David: I agree with your observations. Both are...

David:

I agree with your observations. Both are second half of 20th C, no earlier than 1960s and probably later.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By Ian
Hi drac2K: This is an interesting example of the...

Hi drac2K:

This is an interesting example of the Achang HuSa sword-making skills. I think you will find this sword to be very solid in construction and definitely a usable weapon. I have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2016, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By Ian
Kubur: Thanks for the clarification. My Turkish...

Kubur:

Thanks for the clarification. My Turkish attribution was based on a picture and description in Bernard Levine's book.* He has been wrong before, but generally reliable.

Ian

*Bernard Levine....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2016, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 356
Posted By Ian
Turkish knife (bichaq ?), first half of 20th C--a...

Turkish knife (bichaq ?), first half of 20th C--a tourist souvenir. Sorry, can't help with the translation.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 816
Posted By Ian
Stu: That is a very astute observation and I...

Stu:

That is a very astute observation and I think you are correct. This rang a bell for me. I now think that the hilt is indeed northern Luzon in origin -- not Ifugao, but rather Ilocano. There...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2016, 05:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 816
Posted By Ian
While the Bulul (northern Luzon) suggestion is an...

While the Bulul (northern Luzon) suggestion is an interesting one, the head of the figure is less well defined than the vast majority of examples i have seen, especially in regard to the ears (which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By Ian
Agree with the two earlier posts--bone. Ian

Agree with the two earlier posts--bone.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2016, 04:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By Ian
Thank you Thor. Yes, the python looks a better...

Thank you Thor. Yes, the python looks a better match. My suggestion was based purely on the pattern and no specific knowledge about snakes of the region.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2016, 05:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By Ian
Jose: Thanks for the info and I like that figure...

Jose:

Thanks for the info and I like that figure from Holstein's book. The short handled panabas is different from the usual Moro examples, and looks more sword-like rather than a short pole...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2016, 05:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By Ian
Hi Kino: Very nice kamp. Looking at the wood, I...

Hi Kino:

Very nice kamp. Looking at the wood, I would have thought banati, especially with the occasional areas of "tiger stripes." What points you towards red lauan?

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2016, 05:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By Ian
Whoa there Jose! Why Ilanum? Ian

Whoa there Jose! Why Ilanum?

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2016, 12:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 593
Posted By Ian
Roland and Timo: Thank you both for this...

Roland and Timo:

Thank you both for this interesting discussion of Chinese metallurgy.

The Han techniques have persisted in southern China up to the present time. The Husa people who live in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2016, 05:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By Ian
Jerseyman: You might take a look at some of...

Jerseyman:

You might take a look at some of the prior threads here that discuss the Montagnard swords. Here is one thread that has a few examples: ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2016, 05:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By Ian
Stu, I'm pretty sure this is reptile skin (and...

Stu, I'm pretty sure this is reptile skin (and Jerseyman has handled it). If you look at the picture of the snake I posted, it is quite remarkable how geometric the shapes can be.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2016, 05:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By Ian
Doing a quick search for similar skin patterns, I...

Doing a quick search for similar skin patterns, I came across Russel's pit viper which is found widely in mainland SE Asia. It is venomous and dangerous to humans. Here is a web picture. The rings...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2016, 04:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By Ian
Jerseyman: Thank you for presenting this...

Jerseyman:

Thank you for presenting this interesting knife/sword.

The presence of snake/lizard skin at the throat and toe of the scabbard is most unusual for mainland SE Asian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2016, 04:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 781
Posted By Ian
Ibrahiim: Thank you for posting these...

Ibrahiim:

Thank you for posting these interesting pics. The last one, showing mounted riflemen using the British SMLE Mk. III in 0.303 caliber, brings back less than pleasant memories of my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,118
Posted By Ian
I want to join with Jim and thank everyone for...

I want to join with Jim and thank everyone for their thoughtful inputs into this discussion and for their expression of diverse opinions that reflect the spectrum of ideas that this dagger has...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2016, 05:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,118
Posted By Ian
Timo, thank you for noting the important fact...

Timo, thank you for noting the important fact that non-forged examples of meteoritic items are usually very small. This seems to be a common finding of that time period.

I think that is a key...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2016, 04:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,118
Posted By Ian
Excellent point, Alan, and one that is...

Excellent point, Alan, and one that is exemplified by the meteoritic examples of keris blades that you have discussed a number of times on these fora.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2016, 08:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,118
Posted By Ian
My main reason for posting the article on King...

My main reason for posting the article on King Tut's dagger is that the data it presents--that the blade comes from meteoritic iron and shows a degree of ironwork more advanced than evidenced by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2016, 04:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,118
Posted By Ian
Roland, As you say, it is indeed a mystery as...

Roland,

As you say, it is indeed a mystery as to how the Egyptians of that period knew how to manufacture such a dagger. The dating of the dagger to Tut's period is clearly established, and yet...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2016, 03:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,118
Posted By Ian
King Tut's dagger--a blade of meteoritic iron

A recent article (appended to this post as a PDF file) published in Meteoritic and Planetary Science makes a very strong case that a dagger found in King Tutankhamun's tomb in 1925 is actually made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2016, 04:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 298
Posted By Ian
I agree with Vandoo. Could be from Bali, a...

I agree with Vandoo. Could be from Bali, a popular tourist destination.

Ian
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