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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:01 PM
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Posted By Ian
Hi Peter, Interesting reading. I note that Mr...

Hi Peter,

Interesting reading. I note that Mr Grey uses specific language when he says that the manufacture of these swords is confined to the Tarengs, who do not appear to be true Kachins. Just...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 66
Posted By Ian
Hi Albert, Very unusual sword/knife. I'm...

Hi Albert,

Very unusual sword/knife. I'm inclined to think this is Visayan from the style of hilt and the S-guard. Does the blade have a chisel-grind? As far as figural hilts, there are a few...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 152
Posted By Ian
Hi Jeff, The loop on the scabbard came with it...

Hi Jeff,


The loop on the scabbard came with it and appears to have some age and wear. As far as the rattan, I would simply give it a light oil to moisten it up again. The rattan dries out in our...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 10:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 152
Posted By Ian
Here are some I have had. They vary considerably...

Here are some I have had. They vary considerably in size, from knives up to full sword length. Blackening on the back of the sheath of the largest one is also present.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 152
Posted By Ian
Nice catch Jeff. These are not easy to find.

Nice catch Jeff. These are not easy to find.
Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 576
Posted By Ian
Perhaps this edit helps.

Perhaps this edit helps.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 289
Posted By Ian
Thanks Leif. Pinning the hilt and tang like...

Thanks Leif.

Pinning the hilt and tang like that is distinctly odd for any Mindanao group, or indeed for any Traditional Filipino weapon. I think this was probably WWII vintage and used by an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 596
Posted By Ian
Wayne, you may find some useful observations in...

Wayne, you may find some useful observations in this thread--Modern barung (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=23545). As Xasterix has noted, there are still some traditional barung...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 126
Posted By Ian
Nice. It cleaned up well.

Nice. It cleaned up well.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 289
Posted By Ian
Hi Lief: That's an unusual one for a couple of...

Hi Lief:

That's an unusual one for a couple of reasons. First, the hilt seems to be wood with no brass. Is that right? If it is all wood, then that is more uncommon than all brass. I've only seen...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 289
Posted By Ian
Rick, I think this one is another kampilan-like...

Rick, I think this one is another kampilan-like blade. Probably more so than resembling a bangkung which tends to have a more rounded approach of the spine to the tip. I don't know what the Bagobo...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 115
Posted By Ian
Hi Dave, Welcome to the Forum! I see that...

Hi Dave,

Welcome to the Forum!

I see that you originally posted this back on September 14, but it has just come through the Moderation system. Not sure why it took that long. Apologies for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 289
Posted By Ian
Hi Yves: Yes, this one is Bagobo/Tagakaolo....

Hi Yves:

Yes, this one is Bagobo/Tagakaolo. The Tagakaolo are one of the three main groups of Bagobos, who live mainly on Mt Apo and surrounds, including Davao City. It is uncommon to see an all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 850
Posted By Ian
What about the "bearing swords" of...

What about the "bearing swords" of Europe--those monsters that were carried in procession? Moro datus do a similar thing with large ornate kampilan. "Mine is bigger than yours" can play out in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 850
Posted By Ian
Hi Peter, Quite so. The *Shan dha are...

Hi Peter,

Quite so. The *Shan dha are shorter and lighter than the Burman swords to which you refer. Shan dha were considered by many to be among the best fighting swords in SE Asia, with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 850
Posted By Ian
Hi Peter, It depends whose fighting and the...

Hi Peter,

It depends whose fighting and the style they use. We are talking about mainly foot soldiers, not mounted cavalry, and the dha was considered a lighter and faster sword than many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 04:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 850
Posted By Ian
Jeff, I don't think so. The "quality"...

Jeff, I don't think so. The "quality" of dha used for fighting is different from the"quality" we see in these high end, decorative examples. The blades of "fighting dha" vary widely, but are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 223
Posted By Ian
Exclamation Moderator's note

Welcome to the Forum Pulka. I hope the link from corrado26 has been helpful. Perhaps other members can offer recommendations also. Since you are asking about European arms, I am copying this thread...
Forum: European Armoury 14th September 2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Ian
Exclamation Moderator's note

Welcome to the Forum Pulka. I hope the link from corrado26 has been helpful. Perhaps other members can offer recommendations also. Since you are asking about European arms, I am copying this thread...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Ian
Another example--T'boli

These pictures come from an online site here (http://atkinson-swords.com/collection-by-region/south-east-asia/philippines/mindano-and-sulu-archipelag/bagabo-sangi-knife/). The knife has been labeled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Ian
In the immediately preceding post, there is a...

In the immediately preceding post, there is a knife that is described as a kiping and attributed to the Bagobo people. I have a knife that bears a note saying it is a "Mandaya keping." This could...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 09:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Ian
Yves, thank you for the picture. I've enlarged it...

Yves, thank you for the picture. I've enlarged it here so that we can read the text more easily. The Bagobo and T'boli attributions come from a Philippine museum source, and so we can probably accept...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 850
Posted By Ian
Hi Peter, That's a very beautiful example! ...

Hi Peter,

That's a very beautiful example!

I'm not sure that the iron hilt necessarily reflects greater age. I believe the hilt has niello work on it, and that was often done over iron. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By Ian
Hi Wayne, I missed your barung when you...

Hi Wayne,

I missed your barung when you first posted it. The blade is "forward-weighted" compared with Sulu barung and the profile resembles some of those made in Zamboanga. The hilt is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2020, 03:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 335
Posted By Ian
Thanks Craig. I thought it was probably T'boli,...

Thanks Craig. I thought it was probably T'boli, but I am far from an expert like yourself on the T'boli and Bagobo textiles.
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