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Old 28th February 2024, 05:46 PM   #1
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Question Mandau for identification

This is the first mandau in my collection, unfortunately the scabbard is missing.

Total length Ė 710 mm, blade length Ė 545 mm, blade thickness at the handle Ė 9 mm, weight Ė 672 g

Any information or comments regarding age, type, tribe, etc. would be appreciated.

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Old 2nd March 2024, 12:38 AM   #2
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That's a tough one, Yuri!

The blade seems to have good age and needs some TLC; the later attached chain was probably for hanging the piece on a wall?

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Old 2nd March 2024, 03:25 PM   #3
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That's a tough one, Yuri!

The blade seems to have good age and needs some TLC; the later attached chain was probably for hanging the piece on a wall?

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Thanks Kai

Iím slowly putting the blade in order; when Iím finished, Iíll post a photo. I donít know for what purpose the chain was attached, perhaps it was some kind of whim of the previous owner.

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Old 4th March 2024, 04:11 PM   #4
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I cleaned the blade of dirt (without fanaticism), I will not carry out a deeper cleaning. After cleaning, a notch appeared on the butt of the blade.

The plane of the blade, concave on the left side and slightly convex on the right, is made for a right-handed person.

In my opinion, the item is quite old, I canít determine it more precisely, my knowledge is not enough.
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Old 5th March 2024, 08:41 PM   #5
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Hello Yuri,

The blade is coming out nicely! Seems good quality to me.

I don't see much wear and this makes estimating age hard. The Borneo crowd tends to be really conservative with age estimates - let's see who is also willing to chime in.

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Hello Kai

Thanks for the comment.

Yes, the blade is of good quality and very well made. There is not much wear, perhaps it was a family heirloom and was kept at home.

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