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Old 3rd October 2021, 06:09 PM   #1
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Default A Beautifully Laminated Barong/Barung

This old Moro barong/barung is a recent purchase, and when it arrived it was a very nice surprise. I knew it was an old, perhaps 19th century, Tausug Moro or Samal Moro barong in a later, mid-20th-century, scabbard. What I did not anticipate was the outstanding quality of the beautifully laminated blade. The laminations are very precisely done and almost remind one of the rings in a tree trunk...I even wonder if that was the inspiration for this sort of pattern weld. This is one of the rarer forms of pattern welding on a Moro barong blade; I believe only a twistcore pattern weld on a barong is rarer.

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Overall: 26in./66cm.
Blade length: 17in./43cm.
Widest point of the blade: 2.75in./7cm.
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Nothing but the best from you Charles. That is a freakin' beautiful barung!
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Old 3rd October 2021, 07:42 PM   #3
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Magnificent!
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Thanks, guys...it was a very nice surprise!
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Old 4th October 2021, 03:15 AM   #5
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That really is a nice piece of work!
And the weaving on the scabbard is beautiful too!
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Wonderful example Charles, well done!
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i'm in the wow camp too.
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Old 4th October 2021, 07:53 PM   #8
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Me too! The scabbard, also when more recent, is nice also and great to have it in undamaged condition.
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Impressive.
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Old 10th October 2021, 08:38 PM   #10
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Handsome lamination, that scabbard is the icing on the cake.
One of my favorite Barung,s has a similar pattern.
Thanks for sharing
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Again, thanks guys! It’s rapidly becoming one of my favorites!
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Old 11th October 2021, 02:01 AM   #12
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Looks almost like Tibetan hairpin.
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Old 12th October 2021, 06:20 PM   #13
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Quote:
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Looks almost like Tibetan hairpin.
It really does, Ariel, but this pattern doesn’t have the abrupt and well-defined “U-turn” that we would see on a more traditional “hairpin” pattern weld.
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So how is a pattern like this made?
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