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Old 12th December 2013, 08:43 PM   #1
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See attached photos of an interesting item for comments...
It might be of North African or maybe Indian origin? The blade is forged and only the inside of the curve is edged for cutting. The overall length from hilt to blade tip is around 450mm. The handle looks to be ebony. There doesn’t appear to be any other distinct markings on the blade or handle.
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Old 12th December 2013, 09:00 PM   #2
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My first impression is a parang from Indonesia/Malaysia
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http://blade.japet.com/KRISS/K-Arme...rang-Parang.htm

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Old 14th December 2013, 02:18 AM   #3
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Makes me think of a Parang Ginah.
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Old 14th December 2013, 03:07 AM   #4
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Makes me think of a Parang Ginah.
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Like one that had run into a tree at 80 mph .
It looks very 'unhandy' as a weapon; I wonder what its use was .
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Old 18th December 2013, 06:29 AM   #5
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Salam,

See attached photos of an interesting item for comments...
It might be of North African or maybe Indian origin? The blade is forged and only the inside of the curve is edged for cutting. The overall length from hilt to blade tip is around 450mm. The handle looks to be ebony. There doesn’t appear to be any other distinct markings on the blade or handle.
For the forums opinion pls...




Salaams Shamal... You been on holiday or what? Great looking weapon that... At first I thought it was a thrower from the African style... Then I looked at the post of carlos and would follow that idea...Drop in at Buraimi if you get a chance...
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Old 18th December 2013, 08:05 PM   #6
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Alikum salam....ya somewhat extended holidays!
Sure, I will hopefully head Buraimi way soon inshallah

Thanks all for the comments, appreciated....it looks to be a very interesting type of parang indeed
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Old 18th December 2013, 08:32 PM   #7
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rice sickle? bit unusual.
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Old 2nd January 2014, 09:16 AM   #8
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It looks a bit heavy for a rice sickle, I'd go with a type of billhook. Its ornate style makes me think more of a ceremonial tool than a functional one. I'd opt for Asian rather than African - India to East Indies region.. The handle looks to be of the ebony/rosewood family...
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Old 2nd January 2014, 09:17 AM   #9
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As a comparison (handle and decoration, not shape) this one is an aruval (billhook) from southern India.. It also appears to be more decorative than the plain, functional tools the working classes use..
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