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Old 7th March 2008, 08:03 AM   #1
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Default First Ebay Purchase

Well against my better judgment I just pulled the trigger on an Ebay purchase. I'm hoping that some of you may be able to tell me if I purchased an authentic piece. I'm a bit worried since no one else bidded on the piece.

Here is the link in case some kind soul wants to tell me if I did ok.

Item number: 280204984650





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Old 7th March 2008, 11:09 AM   #2
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Congrats, looks good to me!

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Old 7th March 2008, 01:28 PM   #3
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Agree, a nice old Warrior .
You did well .
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Old 7th March 2008, 03:08 PM   #4
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Much nicer than he sometimes has. Most have rusted out hilts. Looks great to me! Congrats.
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Old 7th March 2008, 06:51 PM   #5
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Well done Dizos, a sound example of the Nepalese kora.
Be careful out there though.
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Old 7th March 2008, 07:45 PM   #6
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Phew - you guys made my day. Thank you.
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Old 7th March 2008, 10:00 PM   #7
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Looks real enough to me , Nepal is still full of these, most are rustier though, some nearly made me cry to see gold inlay risen to the top of something so rusty it was nearly crumbling. once arms of princes or kings know little more than crumbly relics....

Your looks a good & typical military or volounteer peace,

Enjoy your find!

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Old 17th March 2008, 08:07 AM   #8
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The kora arrived today and I'm thrilled. The blade is in great shape and sharp. Marvelous to look at. It is a fearsome design, reminiscent of orc blades in the Lord of the Rings movies.

I'm hoping someone can help me with a few questions. How far into the handle do you suppose the tang extends? There is a hole through the handle with a rusty bit that may be from a pin that would presumably help secure the blade. The other side of the hole is larger (can be seen in photo above) and reveals what appears to be wood inside the handle . There is also very dry and almost completely deteriorated wood visible from the top of the handle shaft. The blade itself can rotate slightly within the handle. Do you suppose the wood is from shims or from an interior rod that encased the tang?

Finally, the pommel is bent as you can see from the pictures. Do you suppose it would be a mistake to attempt to straighten it? Recommended procedures for doing that?
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I guess it comes down to do you want it straight. I have straightened a lot of sword blades with perfect success. I would find a suitable piece of soft timber to place between the discs on the hilt and keep them off the ground or bench so they do not bend when attempting this, them firmly hit the pommel with a rubber or copper mallet until you get it where you want it.

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I guess it comes down to do you want it straight. I have straightened a lot of sword blades with perfect success. I would find a suitable piece of soft timber to place between the discs on the hilt and keep them off the ground or bench so they do not bend when attempting this, them firmly hit the pommel with a rubber or copper mallet until you get it where you want it.

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Sounds like a good plan. I was thinking something similar but to slip a larger diameter pipe over the pommel and then prying it over.
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