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Old 12th June 2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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This is a bit of a mystery to me. Never had one before.
The hilt needs some repair and I'm beginning to think I've taken on more projects than I can cope with.
The hilt appears to have cracked straight up the middle. Presumably it's glued in place as it seems firm, although the crack is visible and filled with some kind of soft wax. Needs re-doing.

Anyway, I know nothing so please feel free to enlighten me.
Also, notice the carbon flaws in the laminations of the blade.

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Old 12th June 2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hi Gene,

interesting piece, seems to have a very short blade. I would be careful with reglue the broken handle since the wood have a nice patina. How thick is the blade? Others with more knowledge will be able to tell you more about this sword.

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Old 12th June 2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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Hi Gene,

interesting piece, seems to have a very short blade. I would be careful with reglue the broken handle since the wood have a nice patina. How thick is the blade? Others with more knowledge will be able to tell you more about this sword.

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Hi Detlef,

Here's a picture of the blade spine.
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Old 12th June 2011, 08:26 PM   #4
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Hullo everybody,

I would call it a Balatoe Sala.

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Old 12th June 2011, 08:36 PM   #5
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Hullo everybody,

I would call it a Balatoe Sala.

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Hi Amuk,

please can you explain "sala"? I am not sure if I understand the word correct.

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please can you explain "sala"? I am not sure if I understand the word correct.

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Guten tag Detlef,

I am neither a Nias linguist nor a Nias smith.
The actual word 'sala' has many meanings depending on context etc. I don't know how/why 'sala' was bestowed on this blade.
All I know is that Balatoe Sala is a utility tool, 'golok' to the Soenda.
The other type is Balatoe Tologoe, used for ceremony/war.

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