Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: The Aussie Bush
And let's not forget recent N. Borneo barung
These are all WWII or later. The top three came from Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. They date to the late 1990s. The bottom one of similar style is older and I think mid-20th C. It came from an online sale in 2001.
Each of these shares a similar style: small kakatua hilts, short iron punto, a blade with a single fuller running its length, and engraved designs above and below the fuller. The scabbards all have hangers (unlike most Moro scabbards from the Sulu Archipelago and Mindanao). The blades are slimmer than most of their Filipino cousins and the spines are fairly straight with a slight upturn to the tip.