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Old 26th February 2024, 03:38 PM   #1
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Default Nice little Sumatran (?) dagger for sharing & comment

Hello dear members,

I got this little dagger in a trade with a friend not long ago. I think that it is Sumatran in origin but could also be Malay, I am a little bit unsure.
Handle and scabbard are from wood and it's delicately carved, the blade is laminated and shows a batu lapak motif at the base.

26,5 cm inside scabbard, 23 cm without, blade 16 cm, 6 mm thick at the spine behind the bolster.
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Old 26th February 2024, 07:29 PM   #2
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Nice.
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Old 26th February 2024, 08:17 PM   #3
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Hello Alan,

Thanks and I agree!

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Old 27th February 2024, 05:11 PM   #4
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Nice one Detlef,

this one has a similar feel to it :

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pric...-from-sumatra/
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Old 27th February 2024, 06:24 PM   #5
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Love that blade.
What does “batu lapak” mean?
Thanks for sharing
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Old 27th February 2024, 06:47 PM   #6
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Love that blade.
What does “batu lapak” mean?
Thanks for sharing
Hello Albert,

Batu lapak is called the curl pamor at the base of the blade. "Batu" means stone/rock but I sadly can't translate "lapak".

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Old 27th February 2024, 06:42 PM   #7
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Nice one Detlef,

this one has a similar feel to it :

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pric...-from-sumatra/
Hi Martin,

The dagger in the link is a sewar while I can't name the knife in question!

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Old 28th February 2024, 03:18 AM   #8
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Nice one Detlef,

this one has a similar feel to it :

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pric...-from-sumatra/
Since these links tend to disappear, for posterity.

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This is a very rare Bird Head Sewar Dagger with a Crown & Floral Crest Bolster , Malay Tribe early to mid 20th century, Northern Sumatra. Sturdy traditional folded forged blade, single sharped edge and a inward curving to end tips. Original sheath. The dagger or Kris knife Handle is carved wood in the shape a bayan bird head ( parrot head ) decorated with typical malay floral motifs. Such ornate craftsmanship indicated the owner was likely nobility or of a high social status. The Keris / Dagger measures 12.5 inches long in sheath.
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Old 28th February 2024, 02:42 PM   #9
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Thanks for posting the pictures werecow.
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