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Old 29th March 2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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Default 3 Interesting Parang Naburs

The 'parang nabur', or more correctly identified by one of our fellow forumites, VVV, the 'beladah Belabang', used by the Malays on the Malay pennisula and SE Borneo is one of my favorite ethnographic sword forms....witness my avatar!

Here are three unique examples with varied blades and hilts.


1. This example is a monster, and the of the greatest overall quality of the three, with a massive blade that reminds one of a kilij blade, only much heavier. The fullering here is superb, near flawless, and the chieselling to the blade's spine is both unique and finely done. The hilt is pierced brass. The scabbard is quite unique for these.

2. This example has a unique blade, almost straight, swelling to a 'bolo' form with well executed fullers, a quality hilt, and scabbard of more typical form.

3. This example is considerably smaller then the others. It's blade has some of the characteristics of a Dayak 'jimpul'. The hilt is nicelyy done, and, again, the scabbard is of a more typical form.
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Old 29th March 2008, 12:46 AM   #2
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Not my area....but they are fantastic


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Old 29th March 2008, 01:03 AM   #3
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I happen to like Naburs a lot. Indonesian weapons are not my area of interest, but these babies managed to add just enough European influence to convert them into almost Middle Eastern weapons. Highly functional, comfortable to use and supremely elegant. Each one on the 3 shown here is beautiful. but the "monster" one gets my vote. Would be delighted to adopt this beauty.
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Old 29th March 2008, 09:05 AM   #4
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Oh my. Gorgeous.
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Old 29th March 2008, 12:32 PM   #5
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Hi Charles,


Thanks for the pics of these fantastic naburs.
I like the second the most (the one with the more straight blade).
Very nice pieces....(I wonder how many you have now..)

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Old 29th March 2008, 01:59 PM   #6
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Great taste as always Charles!

The first BB looks very (!) old to me, both the brass hilt and the compact blade. Its scabbard is a puzzle?
The second one is one of a kind, maybe it's a hybride of a Beladah Belabang (hilt and blade features) and a twist of a Pedang Jenawi (straight blade)?
On the third one I don't think it's influenced by a Jimpul. Maybe a Sumatran Pedang however?

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Old 29th March 2008, 04:15 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.

Michael, I agree, I think #1 is quite old. If differs radically in hilt style and blade style, and I think also in blade quality. The scabbard is truly odd, but very functional. It is clearly an "all business" example.
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Old 29th March 2008, 06:09 PM   #8
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Lovely pieces! Thankyou!

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Old 29th March 2008, 10:02 PM   #9
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Hi Charles very nice

I see the straight one has an nice scabbard



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Parang Nabur or Pedang ?









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I see the straight one has an nice scabbard


Yep, I notice it too, where does the scabbard come from ?
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[QUOTE=HangPC2]Parang Nabur or Pedang ?

Hang,

It's hard to see on the dark pictures.
But the last picture, based on what I can see, the curved is probably either a Malay Pedang or a Batak Piso Podang.
The straight one is also known as a Chenangkas.
On the first picture I can only see a couple of Pedang, as well as other swords.
And no "Parang Nabur".
If you make the pictures lighter and larger maybe we can tell for sure based on the details.

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Old 1st April 2008, 05:11 PM   #13
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The scabbard for the straight blade nabur is newly made to typical nabur specifications. The maker did a wonderful, flawless, job. He used other nabur scabbards as models.
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Old 2nd April 2008, 10:27 AM   #14
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Wonderfull scabbard indeed.

It is just because I know this parang that I noticed.(is it not in a certain book )

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Old 3rd April 2008, 04:17 AM   #15
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Default parang nabur...

Wow.....
Beautiful ... never had a chance to hold some thing like this.
Not yet....
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Old 3rd April 2008, 05:47 AM   #16
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[QUOTE=HangPC2]Parang Nabur or Pedang ?

Hang,

It's hard to see on the dark pictures.
But the last picture, based on what I can see, the curved is probably either a Malay Pedang or a Batak Piso Podang.
The straight one is also known as a Chenangkas.
On the first picture I can only see a couple of Pedang, as well as other swords.
And no "Parang Nabur".
If you make the pictures lighter and larger maybe we can tell for sure based on the details.

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Old 3rd April 2008, 06:17 AM   #17
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On the first picture it looks like a Murut Pakayun (Sabah) and to the right of it European (or made in European style) swords?

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The one on the right looks like a typical Tjikeroeh / Cikeru sword from Java.

Made in european style and often with name and date in the blade.
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Off Topic



Malay , Java, Bugis and Dutch Weapon ?


Bukit Melawati (Fort Altingberg) History

http://sejarahmalaysia.pnm.my/porta...d=357&ttl_id=51




Keris Jawa









Keris Sundang








Tombak Bugis








Dutch Matchlock Pistol






Bugis Chain Mail (Baju Zirah Bugis) & Bugis Shield (Perisai Bugis)




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Japanese Sword ?
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Japanese Sword ?




May Be?
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Old 29th May 2008, 11:30 AM   #23
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if you lighten the picture, (i used irfanview on auto-adjust) the circled one does look like the typical japanese sword form. the area in question was in the trading area of japan, and i believe some of the ruling classes were impressed with their swords and made local copies, though not in the same way the japanese did.
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Old 29th May 2008, 11:49 AM   #24
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Default pretty off topic still.

Quote:
the area in question was in the trading area of japan, and i believe some of the ruling classes were impressed with their swords and made local copies, though not in the same way the japanese did.
Today 08:18 AM


Imho not only the trading area.
during WW 2 Japan occupied most of South east asia. In Indonesia they made there own local militairy katana's for NCO's.
And after the japanese were defeated and Indonesia fought for independency the TNI / Tentara Nasional Indonesia ,was also equipped with these home made katana's. (and any other weaponry they could lay there hands on)

As there is also a javanese 'tjikeroeh' sword in this display, the katana might well also be javanese or indonesian.

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Old 2nd June 2008, 12:33 AM   #25
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I happen to like Naburs a lot. Indonesian weapons are not my area of interest, but these babies managed to add just enough European influence to convert them into almost Middle Eastern weapons. Highly functional, comfortable to use and supremely elegant. Each one on the 3 shown here is beautiful. but the "monster" one gets my vote. Would be delighted to adopt this beauty.



I perfectly agree. I just must have one.
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