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Old 31st May 2006, 10:50 PM   #1
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Hi:
Congratulations for your forum.
Someone can help me to identify this?

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I bought it it China, supposedly from Mongolia.
Many thanks in advance.

Regards, Hernan.

P.D. Sorry for the pictures....
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Old 31st May 2006, 11:33 PM   #2
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Welcome.

It's called a katar. From India.
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Old 31st May 2006, 11:53 PM   #3
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Being paranoid about anything with the "Chinese Connection", I would advice thorough but gentle cleaning with WD-40 and a soft cloth. There is a lot of red (fresh?) rust and the Chinese are masters of artificial aging. The handle is of South Indian style, with a convex base, but I have never seen such a long wavy blade on a katar, almost a Moro Kris. Katar is supposed to be a stabbing weapon; this one is mostly a "slasher". My fear is that cleaning might reveal signs of recent "marriage". Look for a rivet of strange coloring, thermal damage etc.
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Old 1st June 2006, 08:24 AM   #4
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Herman,

Welcome to the forum.

I'm afraid Ariel is a little bit very right. You bought it in China? I bet they told you it belong to a general of the chinese imperial army.
There is only one rule for chinese weapons: CAVEAT EMPTOR !!!!
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Old 1st June 2006, 01:24 PM   #5
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I have found one example of a similar katar. Apparently with a 23" blade.


But I am concerned by the patina on your piece. As the others have mentioned buying anything from China with a blade is a risky proposition. The nature of the rusting is extremely consistent with other faked pieces I've seen in a variety of styles coming out of China. On the other hand a quick search on ebay didn't turn up an analog so you might be in the clear.

However I am concerned by how closely your piece resembles the one I posted. While I'm not an expert by any stretch of the imagination on katars, I do try to keep up with Chinese fakes since I have an interest in authentic Chinese pieces, and to my eyes the two are just too similiar.
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Old 1st June 2006, 02:10 PM   #6
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Many thanks to all of you.
I bought it in China, but not in a market. I bought it from an old man, out of town. It wasn't on sale. I saw it on the wall, when having dinner with him, at his place.

I will clean it with WD40 this weekend and let you know.The fresh rust you can see it is my fault. I had it in a basement and was in contact with some water.
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