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Old 27th May 2005, 12:13 AM   #1
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Default A gunong for your comments (big pics)

When I saw this gunong on Ebay, it looked somehow more "real" than two others I have bought. Real meaning made for serious use, of solid materials. The scabbard was completely black, and is wood covered with what I suppose is nickel silver. It is missing one ring. The blade turned out to be pattern welded. It had file marks and some edge damage in 2 places. The guard and ferrule are very thick and nicely engraved. None of the metal seems to be plated. Overall length is 14" with a 9 3/8" blade. The blade thickness is .250" with a diamond cross section. The weight including scabbard is 1 pound.

Comments and observations are welcomed!

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Old 27th May 2005, 12:54 AM   #2
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that's very nice, Steve,& you did a great job cleaning it. definitely made for someone well off. wish there was more info on these. the only thing I can add is I'm confident some of these date back to the 19thC & some must of been made for women (not this one, of course). I have one that I can't even get two fingers around the hilt. maybe they became more popular with the ban on fighting swords.
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Old 27th May 2005, 05:54 AM   #3
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W W! Nice puppy! Love the silver work. And to have pattern welding - happy land! This one is a little unusual in that it has 2 central okir bands. Nice job and nice okir work. (By the way if you want a replacement okir band, just send me an email and we can talk ).

On another note, yes Bill, these became more popular when blades were banned after the Moro wars.
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