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Old 17th April 2006, 06:38 PM   #31
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Thumbs up Thanks Zel ...

Good to hear from you. Rare Moro blade forms are always going to be hard to pin down as to their origins I guess.

Of the examples you posted, I think only the top one is of a truly similar style, with the clear "cut out" segment and the parallel edges of the blade near the hilt. Interesting that it is found on a Visayan knife. In fact, that particular blade looks very similar to a Sulawesi badek pictured in van Zonneveld (p. 27, no. 24) but that one has a Bugis hilt that is obviously different from your example.

Perhaps this "cut out" blade style arose elsewhere (Java, Sulawesi, the Lesser Sundas) but was incorporated into the Moro and Visayan armamentaria as a rare form. You might like to check whether larbango (Java) is a term used for a Moro weapon -- just as bangkung (Bugis), jimpul (Kenyah, Sea Dyak) have been borrowed from other ethnic groups to describe weapons used by the Moro.

One last question and I'll let this one rest. Since you have handled this particular item, is the hardened edge inserted (in the usual Moro way) or differentially heat treated?

A picture of the etched blade and edge would be nice to see.

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Old 24th April 2006, 02:53 AM   #32
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Just finished on eBay. This is a sword length Sumbawa example, again with the cut out ricasso feature.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...item=7407963143

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Old 24th April 2006, 05:00 AM   #33
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I also noticed it when we were discussing.
Isn't that the same seller as for the one you posted?

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Old 24th April 2006, 12:13 PM   #34
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Yes, it is the same seller Michael.

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I also noticed it when we were discussing.
Isn't that the same seller as for the one you posted?

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Old 24th April 2006, 04:02 PM   #35
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That's what I thought.
Below are my three Sumbawa sword variations.
Also I have enclosed a Sumbawa knife next to a well known Sumatran knife (the top one is Sumbawa).
I have of course seen more Sumbawa swords than those but none before with that kind of pronounced, sharp cut, parallell neck as those recently sold by that specific seller.
Maybe it's a local village variation or made by the same person considering they come from the same source?
On Indonesian knives however that kind of sharp cut neck could be found in different regions.

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