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Old 9th September 2020, 01:08 AM   #1
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Default Hinalung or Pinahig

Hello - I recently purchased this one on Ebay (incorrectly listed as African), it has a spear point style blade but a solid handle without a socket. Would this be categorized as hinalung or a pinahig? I wonder how desirable that blade profile is for dedicated chopping without the spear conversion option.
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Old 9th September 2020, 02:50 AM   #2
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Hi Jeff,

This is a hinalung shaped blade. Without seeing the other side, I can't be sure that it does not have a hollow hilt for mounting. There are recently made hinalung that do not have hollow handles, and this may be one of those. Just looking at the picture, it does not seem to have much age.

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Ian would you date this to around the 1950s?
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Here is a shot looking at the base of the hilt. I haven't found a picture of non-socketed version from this perspective yet so not sure if this is typical construction style. It doesn't seem to have much age. I've also added a shot of the other side
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Ian would you date this to around the 1950s?
Hard to say, Jose. Perhaps mid-to late-20th C. I don't have a clear idea of when these dedicated hinalung daggers were first produced. The pictures added by Jeff show clearly that the hilt has a wooden core, much like the pinahig usually has, although I also have several pinahig that have a socketed hilt like a typical hinalung.
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