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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th November 2018, 08:30 PM
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Posted By CharlesS
Some of the spears from this region are among the...

Some of the spears from this region are among the most elegant and well made in Africa. I am especially fond of the elongated tapered spearheads like the one you have shown us.

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 407
Posted By CharlesS
Detlef, nice knife and very rare blade form! ...

Detlef, nice knife and very rare blade form! Congrats. I especially like the hilt and scabbard carving.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By CharlesS
That's a lot of work, and very nicely done!

That's a lot of work, and very nicely done!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 761
Posted By CharlesS
Looks to be a gorgeous example after some...

Looks to be a gorgeous example after some restoration and 'tlc'.

Congrats!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By CharlesS
Kai, I think the relative size of Moro weapons...

Kai,

I think the relative size of Moro weapons has as much to do with their being the weapons of seafarers and raiders, and to their stature, as much as a jungle environment. In period photos I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 743
Posted By CharlesS
I agree with Detlef in that I think the blade was...

I agree with Detlef in that I think the blade was once shortened. The spine's angle seems at the wrong place as it is...too close to the middle of the blade. Typically when I see a scabbard much...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,480
Posted By CharlesS
Very nice Detlef! I like these elegant little...

Very nice Detlef! I like these elegant little knives.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2018, 01:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By CharlesS
Ian, Def agree on the Maranao origins. Thanks...

Ian,

Def agree on the Maranao origins. Thanks for the insight on the "odd" luk. I was aware they were found on later kriss swords, but I am not sure I have even seen that angle luk in combination...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By CharlesS
On the second larger kriss I am noticing one...

On the second larger kriss I am noticing one uniquely angular luk close to the forte. I don't think that I have ever seen that in combination with more traditional "rounded" luks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By CharlesS
I noticed the Japanese(???) script on the...

I noticed the Japanese(???) script on the scabbard. I wonder if it was originally a Japanese pick up in WW2?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By CharlesS
Good looking twistcore! That one might even be...

Good looking twistcore! That one might even be worthy of a professional polish.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By CharlesS
I think "transition" may be the perfect...

I think "transition" may be the perfect word here in indicating where this kriss fits into the Moro spectrum.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By CharlesS
David, I see your point. The blade is wider than...

David,

I see your point. The blade is wider than typical with far more shallow luks, but when I look at the whole thing in its entirety it strikes me as archaic, even more so if it etches out to a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,342
Posted By CharlesS
A lovely example of this "archaic"...

A lovely example of this "archaic" type! Congrats!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By CharlesS
Alan, Perhaps I erred by not being more specific...

Alan,

Perhaps I erred by not being more specific and saying that the very earliest forebearers of the keris may have originated in India, and not the "modern" keris form. I am fully aware that some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 669
Posted By CharlesS
Ian, What an interesting surprise! Had I seen...

Ian,

What an interesting surprise! Had I seen this anywhere else I would immediately have assumed it was from the Philippines! It seems so both by blade and hilt.

I am sure are already aware that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By CharlesS
Ian, Good observation!... the hide may very well...

Ian,

Good observation!... the hide may very well be wild boar. The shield is so basic it just doesn't give many hints or clues about an exact origin. I had considered Burma, N. Thailand, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,336
Posted By CharlesS
I realize there is some slight overlap here with...

I realize there is some slight overlap here with what others have said, but, nonetheless, here's my take on the subject:

I think it is fair to say there has never been an easier time to research...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By CharlesS
A Poor Man's Shield from SE Asia???

This lovely old shield was listed on eBay as Zulu shield which clearly it is not. When I saw the first photo of it, I dismissed it as "junk", but once I had studied the thoroughness of the bamboo...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 677
Posted By CharlesS
A Moro Kriss Blade Fully Mounted in Visayan Dress

Moro and Visayan blades are my favorite two blade cultures of the Philippines. Both cultures made exceptional blades of various styles. I have no idea why one culture would choose to use a blade from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2018, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,235
Posted By CharlesS
Very Nice, and I believe older than the typical...

Very Nice, and I believe older than the typical example.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 709
Posted By CharlesS
Another Oddity From the Philippines

This sword seems to have a little touch of something for everyone...a kriss style blade, a horn hilt that has hints of a barong hilt with a touch of European flavor, an unusual guard with real silver...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,440
Posted By CharlesS
Agreed David! Spot on!

Agreed David! Spot on!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,440
Posted By CharlesS
Ariel, I understand better now what you were...

Ariel, I understand better now what you were getting at. When I first read your original reply I thought first of "mythical", then the word's second meaning being "illusion/delusion" and wondered if...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,440
Posted By CharlesS
...yet the stitching style is very Ottoman,...

...yet the stitching style is very Ottoman, though the mounts may be Persian.
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