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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:58 PM
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Posted By Ian
Hi Leif: Yes, it has the same...

Hi Leif:

Yes, it has the same characteristics as the knives I have shown. The rattan or reed work on the scabbard is typical and the down-turned, almost "hooked," pommel is also in the same...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 341
Posted By Ian
One possibility, given it is so large and heavy,...

One possibility, given it is so large and heavy, is that this was once an advertising display for an old cutler. We have seen examples of oversized pieces before that were used for that purpose. Just...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2017, 05:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By Ian
Yakan Knives and Swords

We don't see many knives and swords from the group of Moros called the Yakan. These are people who live mainly on the island of Basilan or nearby Mindanao, mainly around Zamboanga. I picked up these...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2017, 07:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By Ian
Robert and Battara, Do you think the T'boli...

Robert and Battara,

Do you think the T'boli remounted hilt looks off center because the gangya has been removed? When I look at my own kris examples, it seems that mounting the hilt to a regular...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 341
Posted By Ian
Quick question Bob. Is the edge V-ground or a...

Quick question Bob. Is the edge V-ground or a chisel grind?

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 341
Posted By Ian
Hi unclebob, Welcome to the Forum! That's an...

Hi unclebob,

Welcome to the Forum!

That's an interesting old knife you have there. The shape of the blade is vaguely reminiscent of an old Thai blade form, commonly called an enep today. That said,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By Ian
I want to second the comments of Draban1701....

I want to second the comments of Draban1701. Thanks to Ariel and Oliver for their detailed comments and attribution of the original knife, and for Oliver posting pics of the other Afghan knife. Great...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 663
Posted By Ian
Exclamation Moderator response

Thanks Jim.

Patience with the exchanges here is running thin. Let's move on folks!

Ian.
Forum: Swap Forum 26th November 2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 347
Posted By Ian
Price reduced to $120 + postage/insurance PM or...

Price reduced to $120 + postage/insurance

PM or email me at igreaves@aol.com
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 66,325
Posted By Ian
Ibrahiim: This is a huge and highly illustrated...

Ibrahiim:

This is a huge and highly illustrated thread and you have contributed much of it. Thank you for such a rich source of archival material on this interesting subject. May I ask, which of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,585
Posted By Ian
Ibrahiim: Thanks so much for posting this...

Ibrahiim:

Thanks so much for posting this useful information. The adaptation of high quality European steel to practical working knives is yet one more example of local reuse of materials for a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 10:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,575
Posted By Ian
I was at a gun show here in Minnesota a couple of...

I was at a gun show here in Minnesota a couple of weeks ago and came across another example of this sword form. This one has a horn grip with brass ferrules, and the blade has the usual "Negrito...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,409
Posted By Ian
The emblem characterizing Tipu Sultan was the...

The emblem characterizing Tipu Sultan was the tiger. He identified strongly with this symbol and was called the "Tiger of Mysore." There is a very famous item in the V&A Museum called Tipu's Tiger...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 04:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By Ian
Hi Kubur: Thanks for the thoughts. The yellow...

Hi Kubur:

Thanks for the thoughts. The yellow does not look like any ivory I have seen before. As I mentioned, it is very cold to the touch. It's more like stone in texture. Could be old polished...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 03:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By Ian
Another N. African (?) dagger

Guys, you were so much help to my friend that he sent pictures of another knife in his collection for which he would appreciate information about where it comes from and when it was made.

The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By Ian
DhaDha: Thanks for these most interesting...

DhaDha:

Thanks for these most interesting pictures. I see the kastana is listed as a court sword for people of nobility, largely ornamental in its use.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,256
Posted By Ian
Patience my friend. I have some mysteries that...

Patience my friend. I have some mysteries that have not been solved for 15+ years--like this one (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=685).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,256
Posted By Ian
Hi drac: I agree with Detlef--the additional...

Hi drac:

I agree with Detlef--the additional pictures don't help much in identifying this unusual knife. For completeness, it would be nice to have the dimensions recorded here so that when another...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th November 2017, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 509
Posted By Ian
Thanks Ron. The scabbard in the catalogue looks...

Thanks Ron. The scabbard in the catalogue looks very similar to the one I showed, and the knife has some strong similarities too, although the blade shape is obviously different.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,347
Posted By Ian
Hi Robert. Picture of the two blades are...

Hi Robert. Picture of the two blades are attached. Difficult to get a good pic because the blades have been cleaned and polished. Will try to get a better shot when my usual light table is set...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 509
Posted By Ian
Thanks guys. I greatly appreciate the feedback....

Thanks guys. I greatly appreciate the feedback. Motan, thank you for pictures of your knives, some of which have similarly engraved blades.

I'm not feeling quite so stupid now that I have seen what...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2017, 11:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 509
Posted By Ian
African (?) -- from where?

A friend asked me what this knife was and how old it might be. I feel that I should know what this one is but a quick search of my files turned up nothing. The stacked, full tang hilt seems to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 574
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac: I've known some folks who have been...

Hi Drac:

I've known some folks who have been bitten by these things. They say it is extremely painful. One equated it to a sting by a scorpion (which are also present in the Philippines. In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 574
Posted By Ian
Agree with Battara. The depiction is of the...

Agree with Battara. The depiction is of the Philippine centipede (Scolopendra spinosissima) a poisonous form known to cause occasional deaths from its venomous bite. It can grow up to 25 cm in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 574
Posted By Ian
Hi Drac: Most unusual. I've not seen another one...

Hi Drac:

Most unusual. I've not seen another one like it. Good find.

I'm assuming the yellow metal fittings are brass or some other copper alloy. For such a heavy blade, the rings fixing it to the...
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