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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Ian
Hi Xasterix: Thanks for the follow up and...

Hi Xasterix:

Thanks for the follow up and links.

The Ashoka knife is interesting, but I note the comment by Dimasalang in that thread, "... The wavy blade is obviously of Ilocos or south...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 10:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,023
Posted By Ian
Hullo Xasterix: Again, thank you for...

Hullo Xasterix:

Again, thank you for the clarification. The designation "katana" has generated some discussion previously. Do you know the origin of this term in relation to the sword...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By Ian
Hullo Xasterix. Thank you very much for the...

Hullo Xasterix.

Thank you very much for the correction. I have been under the impression that wavy-bladed knives from Luzon were all Ilocano in origin. It's good to know that they were produced...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 11:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By Ian
Aspalathos: Please post a picture of the whole...

Aspalathos:


Please post a picture of the whole sword.


Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By Ian
Hi Carlos: Thanks for showing this interesting...

Hi Carlos:

Thanks for showing this interesting knife. One might be forgiven for thinking this is a Moro knife with the wavy blade and a stylized kakatua pommel on the hilt. However, as you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 12:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
Odor problem

Foul smelling liquids are often contaminated with bacteria and molds. Vinegar contains plenty of nutrients for microorganisms to grow in an aqueous medium. When you say it smells "rancid," I think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
I don't think zinc is involved to any great...

I don't think zinc is involved to any great degree here. The blade is iron/steel with a number of impurities and has likely been heat treated. Heat treatment can make those areas darker when etched,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
Manual removal with mild abrasive materials is...

Manual removal with mild abrasive materials is standard operating procedures for this process. The same is true for Japanese swords, which use a slightly different abrasive method that (for me) is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 12:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
I agree Detlef. This blade needs some sand...

I agree Detlef. This blade needs some sand papering and polishing, then a final etch. The red area in the bottom picture is active oxidation that needs rubbing off also.
Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 446
Posted By Ian
Hello again Xasterix: Thanks for posting...

Hello again Xasterix:

Thanks for posting these two examples. I have gone back through records of swords and knives I have now or have owned in the past and came across a few that may be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
Apolaki: I would remove the blade from vinegar...

Apolaki:

I would remove the blade from vinegar at this point. Rinse it thoroughly in plain water. Wipe it dry and apply a light oil. From here on I would use sand paper only. Start with nothing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,060
Posted By Ian
Albert, did you reach a final conclusion?

Albert, did you reach a final conclusion?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2020, 01:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 452
Posted By Ian
Thanks David. Magnificent sword indeed.

Thanks David. Magnificent sword indeed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2020, 12:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By Ian
I'm wondering if this blade might be of piled rod...

I'm wondering if this blade might be of piled rod construction (http://www.vikingsword.com/ethsword/pat07.html). Looks that way to me. Perhaps our Indonesian/keris experts might comment on that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,258
Posted By Ian
Exclamation Moderator's comment

Guys,

I think this topic is close to exhaustion and we are approaching a struggle of wills without much data to back up whether the original subject of this thread is an ancient katar or something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,201
Posted By Ian
I agree with Kai. A Maguindanao example, but age...

I agree with Kai. A Maguindanao example, but age is hard to tell. The blade needs a good clean. Looks as though you have some active rust in places that needs prompt attention. Etching the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By Ian
Ken, the best reference I have found on Negrito...

Ken, the best reference I have found on Negrito weapons is by Fox and was published shortly after WWII. I uploaded a couple of PDF files with Fox's research here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 01:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,060
Posted By Ian
Albert, it seems as though the responses are...

Albert, it seems as though the responses are mainly coalescing around a N. Sumatra origin for this interesting sword. From what you show on the siwar hilt, your sword could be all local N. Sumatran...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2020, 12:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,060
Posted By Ian
Another thought ...

Might it be that this sword took a trip with its owner on a pilgrimage, say on The Haj, and had the silver work performed in the Middle East. In that case, perhaps Ibrahiim might recognize the style...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 657
Posted By Ian
Hi Thomas: Nice little knife. While there...

Hi Thomas:

Nice little knife. While there is some similarity to the Visayan plamingko (plamenko), including the finger notch, Wayne is correct about its origin. This is a Thai work knife, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th January 2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 980
Posted By Ian
Detlef and Pieje, thanks for sharing pictures of...

Detlef and Pieje, thanks for sharing pictures of these.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,060
Posted By Ian
Good point Rick. Similar decorations to what you...

Good point Rick. Similar decorations to what you show are seen on the hilts of some 20th C gunong and Mindanao kris.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 820
Posted By Ian
Green, these fires will burn for months...

Green, these fires will burn for months yet--smoldering embers and fire within a tree can take a long time to burn out. We still have two months of very hot summer weather to go. The only consolation...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2020, 12:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,060
Posted By Ian
Hello again Albert: Good to see you back...

Hello again Albert:

Good to see you back again with such an interesting sword. What speaks to me loudest about your sword and scabbard is the silver work. This looks very much mainland SE Asia...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2020, 11:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 820
Posted By Ian
These fires are the worst and most extensive...

These fires are the worst and most extensive since Europeans arrived in Australia (i.e., since late 18th C).

I have relatives in N.E. Victoria who have been hit. Last week they lost their homes...
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