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Old 9th June 2005, 05:53 PM   #10
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Hi Michael ,
I based my initial opinion on the blade and its shape and decoration .

Is that brass ferrule really thick material ?
Often large Kampilan were bound with heavy iron bands .
Usually kampilan blades are inserted into a cut in the hilt so they need lots of reinforcement to take the stresses of use ; thin brass IMO wouldn't really do the job too well .

It's a bit of a puzzle ; could the bands on the handle possibly be silver ?
Fancy blade and a fairly plain hilt makes me scratch my head a little ; it seems incongruous .

The hilt does look genuinely old though .

BTW great spear that you got from Lew !
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