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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 04:08 PM
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Posted By CharlesS
I have to agree with Ariel. The ganja appears...

I have to agree with Ariel. The ganja appears chiseled rather than authentic. Iíd say it is mid 20th century Tausug.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2022, 12:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 979
Posted By CharlesS
Great photo Kino! I am assuming you had a chance...

Great photo Kino! I am assuming you had a chance to meet Dave and Lana. Great folks!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By CharlesS
Lovely Old Dha/Daab With Some Interesting Characteristics

When I first saw this dha/daab I was immediately impressed by the quality of the silverwork. The guard seemed more of a puzzle, though, and looked much like the work I have seen on Vietnamese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,188
Posted By CharlesS
Extraordinary craftsmanship!! Congrats!

Extraordinary craftsmanship!! Congrats!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 979
Posted By CharlesS
A Moro Kampillan With a Massive, Rare Hilt and Unique Twistcore Blade

This lovely old Moro kampillan, with a rare and massive hilt and unique twistcore blade, nearly drove me to the edge of insanity trying to get it etched properly. As purchased, the pattern had an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2022, 01:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 802
Posted By CharlesS
First example of this type I have seen. Very...

First example of this type I have seen. Very interesting! I cannot see any characteristics about it that instantly give it away from a specific culture. So Iím anxious to see what others have to say...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,103
Posted By CharlesS
Lovely collection. Great taste!

Lovely collection. Great taste!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2022, 10:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,414
Posted By CharlesS
Ian, itís a good point you make. Originally the...

Ian, itís a good point you make. Originally the copper cover was a patinated black. I polished it to get it back to the way it looked originally. It may be a later addition, but the cording is dry...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,414
Posted By CharlesS
More pics...definitely polished copper and the...

More pics...definitely polished copper and the scarf weld.
You may have already noticed a considerable number of forging flaws in the pattern weld.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,414
Posted By CharlesS
My First Experience With Scarf Welding on a Moro Kriss

Scarf welding is not particularly uncommon on Malay sundang, but this is my first experience with it on a Moro kriss. The forte seems to be from steel more comparable to 'pamor' steel, but you can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2022, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By CharlesS
Lovely example! Do you think the scabbard is...

Lovely example! Do you think the scabbard is later?

So nice to find these things so complete and in such nice condition!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2022, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,841
Posted By CharlesS
Detlef, I bet that bamboo reinforcement at the...

Detlef, I bet that bamboo reinforcement at the edge can be restored. I am sure Arjan would know.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,841
Posted By CharlesS
Very nice carving, and interesting hilt. I was...

Very nice carving, and interesting hilt. I was wondering as well if a bamboo edge protector was missing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,014
Posted By CharlesS
Classic example! Really nice carving!

Classic example! Really nice carving!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2022, 04:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 887
Posted By CharlesS
Moro Kriss With Two Distinct "Pamors"

Finding an Indonesian keris with two different pamors on each side of the blade is relatively rare, but this is the first time I have seen the effect on a Moro blade. Note here that one side shows a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,480
Posted By CharlesS
Ariel, it's a shame that's all your saw in that...

Ariel, it's a shame that's all your saw in that sword. What a sad, loathsome, example it is!:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By CharlesS
I tend to agree David. Just the fact that this...

I tend to agree David. Just the fact that this material is so difficult to work with would make it a rare find. No doubt, that bone was surely ďthe poor manís ivoryĒ. Thanks for your input, as always.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2022, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By CharlesS
Moro Kriss With Clamshell Pommel

I had heard of clamshell being used as a material for Moro sword pommels but knew they were rare and had never seen one till the Baltimore show. Erik Farrow picked it out immediately! The carved...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 839
Posted By CharlesS
Yes! It came from Dave S. Collection. Still,...

Yes! It came from Dave S. Collection. Still, xasterix, you have an amazing memory!!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 839
Posted By CharlesS
Do you by chance have access to a pic of the...

Do you by chance have access to a pic of the other one you have seen??? I would love to compare the styles.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 05:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 839
Posted By CharlesS
A Moro Pira Sword With a Unique Hilt

Here is yet another nice and rare Moro sword from the Baltimore show. This is a "pira" blade, but the hilt is somewhat atypical for a pira. This hilt is carved in a stylized naga or serpent head. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 04:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,480
Posted By CharlesS
Ariel, Here is an example I acquired at the...

Ariel,

Here is an example I acquired at the Baltimore show. You can see stylistically they are so similar. The baldric is mounted in a different style.

The blade is good quality wootz, but I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2022, 11:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,132
Posted By CharlesS
Thank you so much! It was just a matter of sheer...

Thank you so much! It was just a matter of sheer luck. Weíve been there so many years and found absolutely nothing. And this year it was like stuff was coming out of the woodwork. I feel very lucky,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,132
Posted By CharlesS
No, it does not.

No, it does not.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2022, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,132
Posted By CharlesS
A Rare Sword Shown in Cato's MORO SWORDS

For collectors of Moro blades and other blades from the Philippines, the Baltimore show was a "bonanza!" There was a large quantity of Filipino blades there, and some supremely RARE ones. I was...
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