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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2022, 11:13 AM
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Posted By CharlesS
From the pics, the fullers look to be beautifully...

From the pics, the fullers look to be beautifully executed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2022, 12:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,275
Posted By CharlesS
Gentlemen, Thank you all for your very kind...

Gentlemen,
Thank you all for your very kind words. This is a very special piece for me and I feel very fortunate to have it. Thanks again for your input and insights.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,275
Posted By CharlesS
ART IN FORGED STEEL: A Yakan Moro Twistcore Barong/Barung

This elegant Yakan Moro barong exhibits a lovely blade forged from panels of twistcore steel that essentially make up the entire blade. It creates an amazing effect and is one of the finest examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,922
Posted By CharlesS
Detlef, I love the look of the sword you...

Detlef,

I love the look of the sword you originally showed us in the thread. It's so practical. I am just guessing at some Chinese influence, especially with the guard.

I think there are many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,429
Posted By CharlesS
Iíve had the good fortune of seeing these with...

Iíve had the good fortune of seeing these with Jose and they are all quite magnificent. Far better in real life!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,183
Posted By CharlesS
I have to agree with Ariel. The ganja appears...

I have to agree with Ariel. The ganja appears chiseled rather than authentic. Iíd say it is mid 20th century Tausug.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2022, 12:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,476
Posted By CharlesS
Great photo Kino! I am assuming you had a chance...

Great photo Kino! I am assuming you had a chance to meet Dave and Lana. Great folks!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,399
Posted By CharlesS
Lovely Old Dha/Daab With Some Interesting Characteristics

When I first saw this dha/daab I was immediately impressed by the quality of the silverwork. The guard seemed more of a puzzle, though, and looked much like the work I have seen on Vietnamese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,468
Posted By CharlesS
Extraordinary craftsmanship!! Congrats!

Extraordinary craftsmanship!! Congrats!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2022, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,476
Posted By CharlesS
A Moro Kampillan With a Massive, Rare Hilt and Unique Twistcore Blade

This lovely old Moro kampillan, with a rare and massive hilt and unique twistcore blade, nearly drove me to the edge of insanity trying to get it etched properly. As purchased, the pattern had an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2022, 01:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,124
Posted By CharlesS
First example of this type I have seen. Very...

First example of this type I have seen. Very interesting! I cannot see any characteristics about it that instantly give it away from a specific culture. So Iím anxious to see what others have to say...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,903
Posted By CharlesS
Lovely collection. Great taste!

Lovely collection. Great taste!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2022, 10:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,215
Posted By CharlesS
Ian, itís a good point you make. Originally the...

Ian, itís a good point you make. Originally the copper cover was a patinated black. I polished it to get it back to the way it looked originally. It may be a later addition, but the cording is dry...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,215
Posted By CharlesS
More pics...definitely polished copper and the...

More pics...definitely polished copper and the scarf weld.
You may have already noticed a considerable number of forging flaws in the pattern weld.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,215
Posted By CharlesS
My First Experience With Scarf Welding on a Moro Kriss

Scarf welding is not particularly uncommon on Malay sundang, but this is my first experience with it on a Moro kriss. The forte seems to be from steel more comparable to 'pamor' steel, but you can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2022, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,174
Posted By CharlesS
Lovely example! Do you think the scabbard is...

Lovely example! Do you think the scabbard is later?

So nice to find these things so complete and in such nice condition!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2022, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,422
Posted By CharlesS
Detlef, I bet that bamboo reinforcement at the...

Detlef, I bet that bamboo reinforcement at the edge can be restored. I am sure Arjan would know.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,422
Posted By CharlesS
Very nice carving, and interesting hilt. I was...

Very nice carving, and interesting hilt. I was wondering as well if a bamboo edge protector was missing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,897
Posted By CharlesS
Classic example! Really nice carving!

Classic example! Really nice carving!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2022, 04:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,203
Posted By CharlesS
Moro Kriss With Two Distinct "Pamors"

Finding an Indonesian keris with two different pamors on each side of the blade is relatively rare, but this is the first time I have seen the effect on a Moro blade. Note here that one side shows a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,452
Posted By CharlesS
Ariel, it's a shame that's all your saw in that...

Ariel, it's a shame that's all your saw in that sword. What a sad, loathsome, example it is!:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,134
Posted By CharlesS
I tend to agree David. Just the fact that this...

I tend to agree David. Just the fact that this material is so difficult to work with would make it a rare find. No doubt, that bone was surely ďthe poor manís ivoryĒ. Thanks for your input, as always.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2022, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,134
Posted By CharlesS
Moro Kriss With Clamshell Pommel

I had heard of clamshell being used as a material for Moro sword pommels but knew they were rare and had never seen one till the Baltimore show. Erik Farrow picked it out immediately! The carved...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,155
Posted By CharlesS
Yes! It came from Dave S. Collection. Still,...

Yes! It came from Dave S. Collection. Still, xasterix, you have an amazing memory!!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,155
Posted By CharlesS
Do you by chance have access to a pic of the...

Do you by chance have access to a pic of the other one you have seen??? I would love to compare the styles.
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