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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 452
Posted By Ian
Hi Robert: Interesting dagger. I think the...

Hi Robert:

Interesting dagger. I think the hilt likely does not depict wheat, but rather a seed pod with the seeds emerging from the pod. Wheat does not have a pod like this, so something else....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 03:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 208
Posted By Ian
Hi Leif: Another four! You will be challenging...

Hi Leif:

Another four! You will be challenging tito gunong soon for the largest family collection.

I like the one on the left, the smallest of the four. This is certainly one of your oldest...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 01:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 932
Posted By Ian
I think Wayne and Kubur were both joking. Let's...

I think Wayne and Kubur were both joking. Let's not get too serious with names. That tends to take us into stormy waters. :)


P.S. I agree with Ariel. Our posts crossed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,060
Posted By Ian
Hi chief: I would go with what you feel...

Hi chief:

I would go with what you feel comfortable with.

Just to back up what Jose said about the absence of twist core on one of his archaic kris, attached is a picture of mine that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2019, 03:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,060
Posted By Ian
You might try to etch it after warming the blade....

You might try to etch it after warming the blade. Vinegar can be a weak etchant on some steels. Also, make sure there is no residual oil or wax on the blade before etching. Isopropyl alcohol is my...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th August 2019, 03:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 750
Posted By Ian
Hi Alan, You have nailed the problems well. ...

Hi Alan,

You have nailed the problems well.

In an attempt to address some of these issues, I'm presently working with an Australian auction that has twice-yearly auctions of firearms plus some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2019, 02:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 381
Posted By Ian
Hi PBH, Thanks for posting this link. It's...

Hi PBH,

Thanks for posting this link. It's good to hear what these items are being called currently, even though some of them (e.g., Yakan pira) are quite different in style from the traditional...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2019, 02:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By Ian
Hombre, A recent post provides this link for...

Hombre,

A recent post provides this link for modern Moro weapons from Mindanao: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=242901&postcount=1

If you watch the U-tube video, the women...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2019, 01:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,060
Posted By Ian
Chief, I agree with David--a very nice old...

Chief,

I agree with David--a very nice old Moro kris. The central panel of the blade may well be twist core. A clean and etch of the blade would be advisable I think. Congratulations on finding a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2019, 01:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By Ian
MHLDRW: Welcome to the Forum. Thanks for...

MHLDRW:

Welcome to the Forum. Thanks for posting this interesting kaskara for discussion. I'm sure Ed Hunley (edster), Iain, and a few others will be along shortly to tell you about what you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2019, 03:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 763
Posted By Ian
Stefan, fortunately you can do no real harm...

Stefan, fortunately you can do no real harm cleaning and polishing the blade, and then etching it with a weak acid. Vinegar will give you a superficial etch, and if you don't like the result you can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 932
Posted By Ian
Ariel, Where do you think the recurved...

Ariel,

Where do you think the recurved blades of some Nair swords (what Rawson called the "S. Indian flamboyant swords") fit into the overall picture of yataghan, and also the Indian sossun pata...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By Ian
Very true--good suggestion.

Very true--good suggestion.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By Ian
Hi Wayne: Largely agree with your...

Hi Wayne:

Largely agree with your thoughts. I think there is Chinese influence in the hilt, with a slightly down-curving grip and the (short) prong on the guard that bends down. That may...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By Ian
Hi Stefan: I agree with Battara. This looks...

Hi Stefan:

I agree with Battara. This looks like a Maranao creation from the late 20th C. The blade form is not a common traditional Moro shape, and follows more of a Western pattern.

The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 932
Posted By Ian
Ariel, thanks for adding a copy of your finely...

Ariel, thanks for adding a copy of your finely researched article to the archives of the Forum. Nice work in developing an hypothesis for others to test, and the evidence you cite seems strongly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By Ian
You're welcome Stefan. That is a nice knife that...

You're welcome Stefan. That is a nice knife that you picked up and the leather sheath is in pretty good condition too. There is quite a lot written about Ilokano knives on this site, and you can find...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By Ian
Ilokano knife -- sinan kapitan

Hi Hombre:

This is an easy one to identify because the hilt form is distinctive. The knife is Ilokano in manufacture, probably from Ilocos Sur. The hilt is called a sinan kapitan or Antonio...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,693
Posted By Ian
Having just imported my whole collection into...

Having just imported my whole collection into Australia from the U.S., and encountered similar laws to those in New Zealand, I can understand the frustration of being treated capriciously by the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 496
Posted By Ian
Wayne, I think you are closer to the mark than...

Wayne,

I think you are closer to the mark than I was. The toes of those scabbards look very similar, as are the other design motifs (rosettes, circles, yin/yang, sun face), as well as the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2019, 01:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 496
Posted By Ian
Help please with dagger ID

A friend has asked where this knife and sheath are from and how old they may be. I'm not sure where these are from but there are features that lead me to think they are northern Indian.

Hilt is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2019, 11:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 759
Posted By Ian
More very useful information. Thanks again...

More very useful information. Thanks again xasterix. Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2019, 01:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 759
Posted By Ian
Thanks xasterix. That makes a lot of sense. One...

Thanks xasterix. That makes a lot of sense. One question.

Does the fact that this scabbard is wooden sway you to think of its origins in the southern Tagalog region, or the particular...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
Hi dizos. Thanks for sharing these pics of a...

Hi dizos.

Thanks for sharing these pics of a Cambodian darv (dha, daab in Burmese, Thai). This one seems to have some age, dating back at least to the 19th C. I would think. We don't see many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By Ian
Very nice indeed! I think this is Maranao rather...

Very nice indeed!

I think this is Maranao rather than Maguindanao. Lovely hilt Charles.

Ian
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