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Old 8th June 2005, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Huge panabas for comment

I received this Panabas last week.
It's 96 cm/38 inch long and was quite rusty so I have started to clean it.
When I look in my reference books I can't find the blade form in any of them. The blade looks almost like a Parang Pattani, without the spike?
Do you think there has originally been brass in the holes?

All comments appreciated.

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Michael
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Old 8th June 2005, 05:58 PM   #2
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that's a monster alright. how thick is the spine closest to the hilt?
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Old 8th June 2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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It's 5 mm. Almost the same all the way to the bend and after that it is less wide.
The equilibrium is 2/3 from the hilt before the bend.

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Old 9th June 2005, 02:33 AM   #4
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I may well be wrong, but this seems to have an Indonesian feel to it, with the patterning in the blade seeming inconsistant with othre Moro panabas.On the other hand, my giant kampilon blade has two inlaid silver dragons facing each other on each side that have an almost Thai flair tro them, and I suspect that the blade may well be 18th century, so don't rule out a Moro piece.
Another very nice and interesting piece....very nice find!
Michael, a question, if I may...are the holes on one side only or do they go all the way through?
If the latter, often bronze or steel rings went through them, sometimes with bells or other items attached.
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Old 9th June 2005, 05:42 AM   #5
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Thanks Mike,

The holes go all the way through.

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Old 9th June 2005, 12:10 PM   #6
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Looks like a panabas to me. The engraving is pretty typical and similar to work still being done; not sure how far back the style of work goes, but someone else probably knows. Were rings and such used on panabas? I'd though that was more a mainland thing? Maybe there was silver in the holes; something more worth someone's while to take out?
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