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Old 23rd January 2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Another of my impromptu acquisitions, I believe it is a filipino dagger, or Puņal. Quite dainty, in fact wifey loves it. Any extra info on its origins? Seems like a beautiful cousin to the larger, brutish spanish albacetes.

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Old 23rd January 2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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Hello Celtan,

nice and older one since the handle is elongated (this is what I have learned at this place). The real name is gunong. Try to etch the blade, it has maybe a nice lamination.
Here you can see many more of this nice daggers: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=5732

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Old 23rd January 2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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Sajen is right it is a gunong. Some say that slender handles like this indicate an older piece than that of the more "pistol" like hilts. I would say perhaps a little before 1900. Origin? Hard to place. Maybe Mindanao based on the okir, but this is a guess.
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I like it. Definitely a laminated blade.

Here's one with a similarly shaped blade that has been etched.
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Old 26th January 2011, 02:40 AM   #5
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Steve has a point - if you etch the blade the laminations will be more pronounced.

Like the laminations on this one Steve. Once again you are the king (or datu?) of the gunongs.
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Old 26th January 2011, 03:46 PM   #6
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Interesting.

By ""etching", do you imply I should leave the blade dark, sans polishing back to bright..?

Best regards and thank you very much for all the info.

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Old 26th January 2011, 04:24 PM   #7
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You can etch with diluted ferric chloride solution if you want but I would just leave it be. It looks nice just the way it is
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