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Old 16th December 2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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Default Interesting Indonesian Knife...Siraui or Not??

At first glance I thought this knife was a siraui, but it clearly is meant to be held edge down, even though it fits into the scabbard very similar to the way a siraui would.

The hilt is horn, as is the wrangka, with the remainder of the scabbard being carved wood with a bone chape and silver bands.

Note also the unique brass bolster.

It has seen age and wear, but I don't think it's more than 50 or so years old. It measures 14in. overall, with a 7in. blade.
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Old 16th December 2013, 05:38 PM   #2
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Hello Charles,

I have bid as well by this auction, nice knife! Like I have written in this thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ighlight=siraui I am nearly sure that this knifes with "siraui" wrong labeled and very inclined that this are pure utility knifes while siraui have a scabbard like the two shown examples in Alberts book, see pictures. And like Albert stated have sirauis blades with blood channels.

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Old 17th December 2013, 11:16 PM   #3
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Sajen,

Thanks for your input. This has every bit the look and feel of a utility knife. Nonetheless, isn't it interesting how decorated these are for such duty!!?? BTW, your examples are very, very nice!
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Hello Charles,

agree, the look and feel is like a utilty knife and they are sometimes very fancy and decorated and I like them very much! And I see a lot of similarities with the sangi knives from the Bagobo, they comes sometimes also very fancy.

And you have also some very nice examples: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ighlight=siraui

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Hello Charles,

I have bid as well by this auction, nice knife! Like I have written in this thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ighlight=siraui I am nearly sure that this knifes with "siraui" wrong labeled and very inclined that this are pure utility knifes while siraui have a scabbard like the two shown examples in Alberts book, see pictures. And like Albert stated have sirauis blades with blood channels.

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We have had this discussion about the differences between what appear to be two completely different knives called "siraui" before. Frankly i am still unsure if these more obviously utilitarian knives are legitimately called "siraui" of not. The only source that i have seen on the grooved version being called so in Albert's book. Anybody have other sources?
http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...ighlight=siraui
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