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Old 21st May 2007, 03:34 PM   #1
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Expanding my collection to the Maghreb. Bad pictures, but it looks very rustic so I assume it's not a tourist piece. I will post better pictures when I get it.
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Old 21st May 2007, 03:51 PM   #2
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That is an old Philippine bolo type sword from Luzon it is not a flyssa.

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Old 21st May 2007, 10:07 PM   #3
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Betcha itsa flyssa.
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Old 21st May 2007, 10:16 PM   #4
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Betcha itsa flyssa.


I'll take that action.

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I feel very lucky So I'll take a piece of the action Here is a similar but less fancy sword from the same area in the Philippines.


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Old 21st May 2007, 11:11 PM   #6
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yup, michael, in the words of the immortal Crocodylus Dundee
That's not a flyssa, THIS is a flyssa



the distinctive zoomorphic brass covered wood grip and brass inlaid and engraved blades are diagnostic. they do seem to come in variable lengths. i even have a curved one.



there are a few SE Asian blades of very much the same shape but with different grips....like the kalasan


still, yours looks like a nice blade, must post better photos when you get it.

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Old 22nd May 2007, 12:00 AM   #7
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Maybe not a flyssa, but I recognize that diamond pattern on the hilt from a lot of North African items so I will wait and see before I pay up. What did I bet anyway, my credibility?
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Old 22nd May 2007, 01:01 AM   #8
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Philippines. Luzon. Almost bid on it myself.

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Maybe not a flyssa, but I recognize that diamond pattern on the hilt from a lot of North African items so I will wait and see before I pay up. What did I bet anyway, my credibility?


Beers at Timonium next year?
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Beers at Timonium next year?


Boy oh boy I am getting thirsty just thinking about it Andrew do like imported or domestic

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Andrew do like imported or domestic

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Yes.
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Old 22nd May 2007, 04:17 PM   #12
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Okay, I'm in, if it's from N. Africa I win?
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Old 22nd May 2007, 04:27 PM   #13
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Okay, I'm in, if it's from N. Africa I win?


you lose, it's from LORAIN, OHIO, United States, says so right on ebay.....
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LOL!!!!
Ok Kronckew! 'crocodylus Dundee' !! the mythical Australian warrior, and flyssas from the wilds of Ohio !!! JUDL!! You're outstanding

I agree this is from the Philippines and probably Luzon or northern regions, if not mistaken these are termed 'talibon'. I always thought that it was very interesting that these had the same deep bellied blade and needle point as the flyssa. More support for the strong trade ties between Philippines and the Maghreb via the Spanish.

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