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Old 10th August 2007, 02:38 PM   #1
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Default Interesting Javanese sword for comments

High quality silver pommel and scabbard fittings. Blade is 19" and OAL is 24"

Blade is flat on the other side.

Comments? Never seen one like it. guessing Javanese? Open to suggestions of other areas.
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Old 10th August 2007, 05:01 PM   #2
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That is quite interesting. I can't place the fittings, but the blade form reminds me strongly of a Buganese parang. It definitely does not look like the golok types found from central Java to western Java.
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Old 10th August 2007, 06:53 PM   #3
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The blade reminds me of Tjikeroeh work without the decoration .
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Old 10th August 2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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The chasing work on the silver is well done and impressive.
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Old 10th August 2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Hello Bill,

Looks like a nice, laminated blade!

From what areas have blade edges with chisel grind been well documented? The Visayans and Borneo seem to figure most prominently with additional examples from Sulawesi, Moluccas, etc. Can we try to gather a comprehensive list (and also specify blade types for areas were chisel grind is not the rule)?

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Old 11th August 2007, 02:04 AM   #6
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CORRECTION: I just noticed that the blade is cut on both sides. I was showing my wife how it was like a talibon and realized I had made a mistake. Sorry. Hope this helps to identify it.

Note the opening in the scabbard.
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Old 11th August 2007, 03:42 PM   #7
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It looks West Java, as Rick also suggests (sheath, blade and most of the hilt).
But usually the (mostly horn) hilt ends slightly curved and with a flat top.
Very interesting parang variation!

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Old 11th August 2007, 04:14 PM   #8
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Old 11th August 2007, 04:25 PM   #9
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I'm so glad Ashoka added that...I had wanted t mention it as a reference, but was not sure of the rules on such to a retail site.

Great reference. Note the hilt shape, minus the cross guard; also the similarity in blade contour.
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Old 1st September 2007, 09:00 AM   #10
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I am more and more leaning towards that this is of Sulawesi origin, like Josh first stated.
The reason is that a golok with a similar hilt variation in Leiden was collected in Sulawesi.
The brother of the one at the Ashoka link is in Tropen and was also collected in Sulawesi.
I haven't seen any golok collected in W Java with that hilt top. All of them have the flat top.
Of course two reference swords are not that many...

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Old 7th September 2007, 11:53 AM   #11
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Hello im new and i want to ask a question in this gr8 forum.

I can buy a sword from somebody and want to know a litle more of it .
I surched over the internet and couldnd find annything that looks like it.
The handgrip is from buffelhorn with eyes of bone.
The scabber is from silverplated buffelhorn.
Maybe someone can tell me where it comes from and eventuelly the age ?
The seller said he had it from an indonesian old man who was fighting for the knill during the the wars that happend there.
Sorry for my crappy english i am from holland.
I wil place the pics now.







I hope someone can tell me a litle abouth it
ty for your time.
Cant wait for the answer

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