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Old 4th September 2020, 08:47 AM   #1
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Greetings, just wondering what you guys make of this kampilan. It was acquired by the previous owner in the 80s. I observed that it has a silver coin. It's an easy wield. There is linear lamination, and an age crack towards the tip. The blade is 27.5in long. TIA!
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Old 4th September 2020, 04:31 PM   #2
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Nice blade, Xas! Certainly looks antique - how thick is it at the base?

The hilt also seems to be genuinely old, especially the crosspiece. At some point though, apparently someone decided to stain the wood black: IMHO it would be a shame to hide nice timber like banati even if a bit damaged from use...

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Old 4th September 2020, 09:52 PM   #3
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I like the pattern welding in the blade. I agree with Kai that this is older, I'd say late 19c, and perhaps Maranao.

Looks like part of the jaw and the teeth are missing.
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Old 5th September 2020, 03:15 AM   #4
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Nice blade, Xas! Certainly looks antique - how thick is it at the base?

The hilt also seems to be genuinely old, especially the crosspiece. At some point though, apparently someone decided to stain the wood black: IMHO it would be a shame to hide nice timber like banati even if a bit damaged from use...

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Hi sir, here's a pic of the base. I don't have a measure at hand right now, unfortunately.
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Old 5th September 2020, 07:22 AM   #5
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I agree with Kai and Jose. This is a genuinely old piece--at least late 19th C. As for the dark wood, I've seen this before on old kampilan and I wonder whether they sometimes used a darker wood, like kamagong, in the 19th C.

As already noted, part of the upper "jaw" is missing but this seems to have happened a long time ago. The laminated blade looks great the way it has been etched.

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I agree with Kai and Jose. This is a genuinely old piece--at least late 19th C. As for the dark wood, I've seen this before on old kampilan and I wonder whether they sometimes used a darker wood, like kamagong, in the 19th C.

As already noted, part of the upper "jaw" is missing but this seems to have happened a long time ago. The laminated blade looks great the way it has been etched.

Ian.


Thanks very much for the assessment Ian! Am happy with this piece =)
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