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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 08:01 AM
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Posted By Iain
Hi Ian, Yes, some of these are Ayutthaya...

Hi Ian,

Yes, some of these are Ayutthaya period, some are later. Its important to keep in mind just how influential Japanese mercenaries were at the time, Yamada Nagamasa is perhaps the most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2021, 09:49 AM
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Posted By Iain
Hi Ian, I'm attaching a few pics so others can...

Hi Ian, I'm attaching a few pics so others can see some Thai examples.

The cross section of the hilt is somewhat more rounded by the guard but generally rectangular.

A feature that is also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2021, 09:34 AM
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Posted By Iain
Unfortunately with the lacquer in place its...

Unfortunately with the lacquer in place its impossible to tell if there's a rivet or a peg. This type of lacquer over cord is very hard.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 04:27 PM
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Posted By Iain
Possible but I feel the style of the hilt wrap...

Possible but I feel the style of the hilt wrap and scabbard doesn't point that way. But I'm not all that familiar with Korean arms.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 09:55 AM
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Posted By Iain
Hi Jeff, There are several reasons, but I'll...

Hi Jeff,

There are several reasons, but I'll elaborate a little more in response to Ian's post.




Hi Ian, the Thai examples are a little different, mine uses a two part wooden hilt, similar...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2021, 09:42 AM
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Posted By Iain
Thanks Alan, there was a strong presence in the...

Thanks Alan, there was a strong presence in the Ayutthaya period in Thailand as well as populations in Malaysia, the Philippines, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam to name a few. Actually the well known...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 04:27 PM
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Posted By Iain
S.E. Asian katana

Some may enjoy seeing this, I'm still working to pin down exactly where its from, which may prove difficult as this overall form diffused widely with the Japanese trading and mercenary presence in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 30
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Posted By Iain
The inscription above the peacock simply says...

The inscription above the peacock simply says "Burma peacock King."
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,598
Posted By Iain
Both swords are obviously from either the same...

Both swords are obviously from either the same workshop or a similar point of origin. I think nobody commented because it was quite clear?

The peacock is not British, it was used by the Konbaung...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2021, 09:50 AM
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Posted By Iain
Its worth noting that many cities and districts...

Its worth noting that many cities and districts were renamed post 1989, at times these name changes reflect an effort to make the names more Burmese rather than the local language version. A good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2021, 01:57 PM
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Views: 2,290
Posted By Iain
Nice to see another similar knife. With yours the...

Nice to see another similar knife. With yours the blade does seem quite old and is of a form I've seen on other working knives from the region, which makes sense with the smaller size.

To be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,598
Posted By Iain
I would guess it was simply one smith or workshop...

I would guess it was simply one smith or workshop who was perhaps annoyed at some cheaper competition...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2021, 05:26 PM
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Posted By Iain
A friend was able to translate the script. Quite...

A friend was able to translate the script. Quite interesting... It says "beware of forgeries!"
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
It's perhaps worth showing as well the pommel...

It's perhaps worth showing as well the pommel with its 'flaw' as some members might not be familiar with the way in which daab are constructed when there is a hilt of this type.

The hilt is cast...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Glad you like it Ian and we continue to agree on...

Glad you like it Ian and we continue to agree on dating is always encouraging. Yes, the little one really is an odd anomaly between a sword and a knife.

The big one, perhaps the most impressive...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2021, 02:53 PM
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Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Dating these swords is always tricky, compared to...

Dating these swords is always tricky, compared to say European weapons, could be a little later, could be a little earlier but I think generally mid to late 18th century is safe.

Please do post...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd August 2021, 12:48 PM
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Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
Hi Kubur, you might have missed this previous...

Hi Kubur, you might have missed this previous thread on the small example: http://vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=27120

I would place both to the 18th century actually. Particularly the larger...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,174
Posted By Iain
A heavy fighting Laos daab

A recent acquisition some might enjoy seeing. This is a heavy fighting sword from either Laos (the hilt type is often associated with the general Vientiane region) or just across the border in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,253
Posted By Iain
The sword in your first image was discussed here...

The sword in your first image was discussed here when it was on auction. Sadly the throwing knives and the sword are a bit suspect. This style of kaskara hilt appears to be one made in Egypt. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,253
Posted By Iain
Besides the silver element I don't see that much...

Besides the silver element I don't see that much similarity. Sadly yours is missing the guard to make a detailed comparison.

The sword that used to be mine was unusual for the decorative motif...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,077
Posted By Iain
In this case pretty much any gallery software...

In this case pretty much any gallery software will work. Depends if you want it only sitting on your local PC, personally I prefer to keep things cloud based as it removes the issue of hardware...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,077
Posted By Iain
There are quite a few systems out there for...

There are quite a few systems out there for managing collections (mainly art) , some are paid subscription services while some like this appear to be free to collectors...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,253
Posted By Iain
One last point, even the brass pin in the guard...

One last point, even the brass pin in the guard of your example is odd, I have never seen this on any kaskara or takouba, again this doesn't mean it has to be a European modification but... as we can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,253
Posted By Iain
The first sword is atypical but its of a...

The first sword is atypical but its of a construction that's recognisable for takouba and kaskara. :) We can debate the exact region its from but with or without the Hale example its quite clear its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,253
Posted By Iain
I don't think shortened kaskara are made for the...

I don't think shortened kaskara are made for the stage, I think some short kaskara with the lizard or alligator scabbards with sheet metal blades are made for tourists.

I have seen several swords...
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