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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By Ian
Thanks Detlef for summarizing the features of...

Thanks Detlef for summarizing the features of these swords. As Xas noted, they appear to be a distinct category that we have not recognized well before. I would simply add that it has no guard...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 401
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef, That one is in storage and I will...

Hi Detlef,

That one is in storage and I will need to find it for more pictures. Don't recall if it is very thick at forte. I think it is another example of what we have been looking at in this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 02:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 401
Posted By Ian
And one more that may not be as old as some of...

And one more that may not be as old as some of the examples shown here.


Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th March 2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Posted By Ian
On checking with the publisher, the book was...

On checking with the publisher, the book was indeed sent over a week ago but presently sits in a Frankfurt shipping office awaiting clearance to forward to Australia. We have been in lock down for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 490
Posted By Ian
I ordered and paid for this book more than two...

I ordered and paid for this book more than two months ago, and then received several emails to say that publication was delayed and I may not receive a copy until May. Although I live in Australia,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2020, 02:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,093
Posted By Ian
Hi Athanase, These swords have been...

Hi Athanase,

These swords have been discussed on this Forum over the last decade or more. One of the early discussions was here (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=549), and there...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2020, 12:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles, Very nice and complete, as Kai...

Hi Charles,

Very nice and complete, as Kai noted. It even has the filework along the edge side of the short ricasso. I'd put this at early 20th C, or a bit before.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 385
Posted By Ian
Hi Stu, Again, like your first example, not...

Hi Stu,

Again, like your first example, not Filipino IMHO.

I would also call this a parang of village quality and used for chopping wood and gardening/agricultural purposes. The hilt is not one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By Ian
Hi Stu: Not Philippines IMHO. It is a...

Hi Stu:

Not Philippines IMHO.

It is a humble, village quality parang that could be from Java, but Sumatra or Kalimantan might be possibilities also. It's a general purpose knife, mainly for...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th March 2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 527
Posted By Ian
Well put TRL! Drac, just declare it and don't...

Well put TRL! Drac, just declare it and don't give them any further data. The more you say, the more they have to be concerned about. "I don't know" is a perfectly truthful answer to many customs...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2020, 02:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By Ian
The quality of the hilt belies the fanciness of...

The quality of the hilt belies the fanciness of the blade, and I'm inclined to agree with Battara that the hilt may be an (old) replacement. This could be a Malay version of the kris rather than...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 5th March 2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 469
Posted By Ian
Interesting piece David. Very nicely carved and...

Interesting piece David. Very nicely carved and finished piece of horn.
Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By Ian
Thanks again for the clarification, Xas. So we...

Thanks again for the clarification, Xas. So we have the Tinguian/Kalinga forms (head axes, spears) that are produced locally plus the imported Ilocos Norte knives shown in the figures of Cole. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2020, 03:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By Ian
Hi Xas, A quick comment on the Tinguian based...

Hi Xas,

A quick comment on the Tinguian based on the anthropological studies of Fay-Cooper Cole who lived among them in 1907-1908 and later published his work in the U.S. I've written here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By Ian
BAW, Thank you for this very informative post...

BAW,

Thank you for this very informative post and the first hand knowledge of the dig in San Diego. Great to have your expertise here.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By Ian
Hi David, You are not getting much help with...

Hi David,

You are not getting much help with the Philippine origin (or otherwise) of your spear head, and I'm thinking that is because the hollow ground nature of the blade is causing people to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ian
Here are some interesting perspectives and a nice...

Here are some interesting perspectives and a nice summary of the state of leaf springs in the early 1900s. It is apparent that the materials from which springs were being made was in a transition...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 03:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ian
Very true. I am reading now some of the other...

Very true. I am reading now some of the other materials used for leaf springs and will report back shortly.

Chris, would not some of these mirco-cracks be corrected during the forging process? The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2020, 03:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ian
Hi marius: Yes, I suppose chance may have...

Hi marius:

Yes, I suppose chance may have led to an earlier use of a similar alloy, but 5160 is not just carbon and chromium added to iron. The detailed composition is given above. It seems...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ian
Chris, I sent off an email to Larrin Thomas,...

Chris,

I sent off an email to Larrin Thomas, as you suggested. What a nice guy! He sent me a prompt reply which is copied below.
And a further follow-up reply ...
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2020, 06:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ian
Marius, Ed and Chris. Thanks for your thoughts...

Marius, Ed and Chris.

Thanks for your thoughts and suggestions. Much appreciated. I will report back here if I discover anything useful.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ian
Will, I think the main attractions of...

Will,

I think the main attractions of 5160 are that it is a readily available, durable steel that can be hardened to take a keen edge, and that it is a type of spring steel that can be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 766
Posted By Ian
Looking for history of 5160 spring steel

Alloy steel 5160 (a.k.a. AISI 5160) is a high carbon, chromium containing alloy that is often used to make excellent large knives and swords. It's main commercial use has been in the manufacture of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By Ian
Jens, if you look at all the other examples...

Jens, if you look at all the other examples posted here, the orientation of the Stone example is reversed. One possibility is that the Stone picture has been transposed, another is that the Stone...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 749
Posted By Ian
And a folding type for comparison. Ian .

And a folding type for comparison.


Ian


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