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Old 6th May 2010, 01:57 PM   #2
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I'm glad you posted this up yuanzhumin! If Atayal traditional blades aren't well known then the Paiwanese ones are even less well known. Hopefully I can get my hands on a quality piece someday...

"Despite their rather crude finish, the blades examined for this article appear to have been heat treated with considerable skill."

I am wondering, what is the history of aboriginal metal-working? Some say there was no metal-working before the arrival of Chinese and then Japanese... and yet there is evidence of metal working long before... were headhunting knives weapons that only appeared within the last 300-400 years? If so, how come aboriginal knives have so many similarities with Dyak and "Igorot" blades?
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