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Old 31st March 2007, 04:41 PM   #1
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Talking The thin and the fat

Hi all, here are two somali Bellawas. One (the thin one) it's a new purchase the other (the fat) it's already seen on the forum. The longer one shows the blade completly finished with signs of a stone or maybe a file.
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Old 31st March 2007, 10:45 PM   #2
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Very nice! It's getting harder to find good examples of Somali blades. Here are a few of mine the long one is almost a match of yours and it took me 3 years of hard looking to find it. Funny these style swords and daggers remind me of Norse scramasax.


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Old 1st April 2007, 12:26 AM   #3
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Hi Lew you're right the similarities are very strong with the scramasax blade And I have also looked around for a while before to find a somali dagger with the longer an thin blade. I don't remember to have seen a picture with a somali man that dress this kind of dagger-short sword, do you have some references? thank you
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Old 1st April 2007, 03:00 AM   #4
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Ciao, Flavio. Here is a nice picture of a Somali warrior, circa 1890/1910. The short sword is, OF COURSE (....) covered by the robe, but the hilt is quite visible and unmistakable. I have seen quite a few similar pictures. This is one of the best, Enjoy and BUONA PASQUA. Roano
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Old 1st April 2007, 10:39 AM   #5
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Ciao caro Roano, thank you very much, it's a beautiful picture and for sure Lew also will love it (the hilt is identical to Lew's one) BUONA PASQUA ANCHE A TE Here two pics from Spring's book: maybe the sketch shows a longer Bellawa?
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Old 1st April 2007, 12:08 PM   #6
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Those spears are nice in the pic Roanoa post. Like some of the short fat knives, left black with iron scale and a sharp white edge. Very smart, great spears I need one to feel complete.
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Old 1st April 2007, 12:43 PM   #7
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Hi Tim, unfortunatly these spears are rather rare, even here in Italy there are few. Time ago I was so stupid to wait too much and a person that had SEVEN sold them before I was able to buy one
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Old 1st April 2007, 06:57 PM   #8
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Another nice picture from the Smithsonian site
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