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Old 10th November 2011, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default Identification, please? Garuda hilt but blade?

I was wondering if someone might recognize this knife. I think it has a garuda hilt and I have found one example that is 'somewhat' similar that was from Bali. However, the blade doesn't seem to be appropriate and the ferrel looks Japanese.

I guess you can tell edged isn't my primary focus. Would someone shed some light on this item?

Thank you.
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Old 10th November 2011, 04:09 AM   #2
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Blade is from a Japanese Tanto/Dagger. What is the blade length? The "ferrule", is called a Habaki. I have a small Tanto blade (8") that was mounted into a Barong handle. Impossible to know who made the marriage. I've been told that some of the Japanese adapted other hilts to their personal blades. Or could have been a local, or GI, or...
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Old 10th November 2011, 04:21 AM   #3
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Thank you, trenchwarfare.

The blade, from the hilt to tip is 8 1/2". Considering the condition of the blade, I haven't thought it much use to take it apart to see if there is anything on the tang.

I appreciate the input on the piece. Marriage had crossed my mind, but I didn't think that combination was very logical for a tanto.

Again, thank you.
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Old 10th November 2011, 01:56 PM   #4
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Interesting mixture. I would say that the hilt is certainly Indonesian and most probably Balinese though it does not appear to be Garuda to me.
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