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Old 17th January 2017, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default Thai blade?

This one was bought in Thailand about 35 years ago....
Anyone who can help me with what it is?
Just a tourist thing or?
Any help at all should be much appreciated.

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Stefan
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Old 18th January 2017, 04:19 AM   #2
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Stefan:

It is northern Thai work, probably Shan. These knives are used for ceremonial purposes, for example as a man's adornment for his wedding. The quality is largely in the amount of silver on the hilt and scabbard and the decoration of the silver. Generally, the blades are disappointing and probably not intended for use, although they are usually sharpened.

The distribution of these knives seems to be fairly widespread in the region, including Thailand, neighboring areas of Burma, Laos and southern China.

Your example is consistent with late 20th C. manufacture.

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Old 18th January 2017, 05:58 AM   #3
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Ian, thank you so very much for your help.
I really appreciate it.

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Old 20th January 2017, 03:18 AM   #4
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Great info Ian!

Many thanks!
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