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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:04 AM
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Posted By Ian
Hi Jim, I wrote a lengthy post many years ago...

Hi Jim,

I wrote a lengthy post many years ago on the old UBB forum (now defunct) about these mid- to late-20th century daab that continue to be made in northern Thailand. As Detlef noted, these...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2020, 02:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By Ian
PBH and Jose, I agree with the Bontoc...

PBH and Jose,

I agree with the Bontoc attribution and have also read of the spike being used to hold the axe in the ground with its edge facing upwards so that items could be drawn across the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 199
Posted By Ian
Hi PBH, I agree completely with Jose....

Hi PBH,

I agree completely with Jose. This is a common Tagabawa Bagobo work knife that was carried by all men. Mainly used for cutting wood and other everyday purposes. I have another...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2020, 01:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By Ian
History and tradition. Many of these weapons were...

History and tradition. Many of these weapons were adapted from tools used mainly for chopping. The resulting swords were either a combination tool/weapon or weapons based on tools. Some Mainland SE...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By Ian
Hi Jeff, While the maker of this blade is most...

Hi Jeff,

While the maker of this blade is most likely from Yunnan (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=179363&postcount=11), the customer was probably some distance from the HuSa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2020, 03:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By Ian
I agree DhaDha. This is a presentation-grade...

I agree DhaDha. This is a presentation-grade Indian machete made for an Assam regiment. The scabbard appears to be a custom made piece. There is a very similar example in *Flooks' book, Plate...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2020, 04:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By Ian
Alan, Bob, Marius, Detlef, Thanks for your...

Alan, Bob, Marius, Detlef,

Thanks for your responses. When I mentioned "pamor" previously I was referring to warangan-etched blades on kerambit, which have been uncommon in my (limited)...
Forum: Swap Forum 13th October 2020, 04:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 279
Posted By Ian
Larrin Thomas' book--new edition

Larrin Thomas, who runs the Knife Steel Nerds web site, has come out with a revised edition of his book: Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By Ian
Old karambit

I have had this karambit since the late 1990s. I bought it from a woman who had lived in Jakarta for 30 years and she acquired it from an antique dealer in Jakarta in the late 1960s. She was told by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2020, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By Ian
One more ... .

One more ...


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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2020, 11:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Posted By Ian
Hi Yves, Your kris is definitely a modern...

Hi Yves,

Your kris is definitely a modern Maranao style which can be traced back to at least the 1990s, perhaps a little earlier. Some of these small-bladed kris can be decorated in an expensive...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By Ian
Here is another similar example. The scabbards...

Here is another similar example. The scabbards share a common structure, with wooden "panels," metal tubes at the toe, inserted metal dots and segments that define geometric shapes, horse hair...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By Ian
Craig, Thanks for these wonderful links that...

Craig,


Thanks for these wonderful links that explain the Blaan name. I had always seen it written by anthropologists as B'laan and thought that was indeed the correct spelling. Nice to know how the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2020, 04:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By Ian
Hi Jeff, Open-faced scabbards are very common...

Hi Jeff,

Open-faced scabbards are very common in NE India/northern Burma/adjacent Yunnan areas. Long versions are seen in Assam, for example, and neighboring states as far north as Arunachal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,108
Posted By Ian
Thanks Will. Excellent words of caution with ray...

Thanks Will. Excellent words of caution with ray skin!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By Ian
Although the blade is a little wider than many...

Although the blade is a little wider than many 19th C examples, I think this one is probably mid- to late-19th C. The scabbard could be a somewhat later replacement and not necessarily original to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 693
Posted By Ian
Thanks Yves and Marbel for identifying the abaca...

Thanks Yves and Marbel for identifying the abaca textile as Mandaya. It highlights to me how widely the T'boli tok was traded and used. The finding of it in the dress of several different Lumad...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2020, 03:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 733
Posted By Ian
Thanks Detlef. I agree these are actually fancy...

Thanks Detlef. I agree these are actually fancy faca da ponta made for the tourist trade with plated blades. The traditional leather sheaths suggest they were not intended to be letter openers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 555
Posted By Ian
Please take discussion of prices to PM or email....

Please take discussion of prices to PM or email. Thanks guys.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By Ian
The arrowheads look Central or Northern Luzon to...

The arrowheads look Central or Northern Luzon to me. However, the construction of the arrows and bow are non-traditional for that area. The bows are always made from hardwood, often palm wood--a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Ian
Thanks Gustav. I do think there is room for more...

Thanks Gustav. I do think there is room for more research on this feature, which I think may reflect the fighting style used with these blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Ian
Hi Gustav, The geometry of these blades is...

Hi Gustav,

The geometry of these blades is hard to eyeball I think, and different camera angles can be tricky. It's also difficult to determine the medial line for a blade that has waves. That's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2020, 12:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Ian
Hi Jose, Yep, Datu Piang was a well known...

Hi Jose,

Yep, Datu Piang was a well known figure who had a lot of non-violent contact with the U.S. Army in Mindanao, and we have talked about him before. I posted this kris on the old forum, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Ian
Gustav, Another thing that persuades me that...

Gustav,

Another thing that persuades me that this is a Sulu blade, rather than Maguindanao, is that the long axis of the blade is in line with the hilt. If you look at Mindanao kris from this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Ian
I agree with Battara. Probably late 19th/early...

I agree with Battara. Probably late 19th/early 20th C Sulu kalis. Quite a heavy and long (23.5") blade for a Sulu kalis.
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