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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:20 PM
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Posted By Ian
Exclamation Be careful please ...

We are again entering contentious areas where there is a high likelihood of heated exchanges that can turn unpleasant.

Errors in earlier texts, even some relatively recent examples, are common in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2022, 02:21 AM
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Posted By Ian
Exclamation Moderator's note!

Guys, you have made your points. Move on please!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 05:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 925
Posted By Ian
The down-turned quillion and fuller suggest a...

The down-turned quillion and fuller suggest a Chinese influence to me. Also, does anyone think the bade may have been reworked or shortened a bit. The fuller just seems to trail off into the tip.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2022, 04:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,335
Posted By Ian
Hi Tom. Welcome to the forum. Very nice old...

Hi Tom. Welcome to the forum.

Very nice old Moro kris. Within the culture it was common to polish kris and etch them to show the pattern. This is still done today. I suspect that this one will...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2022, 01:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,198
Posted By Ian
Hello Julien, I'm afraid there is not a...

Hello Julien,

I'm afraid there is not a great deal available in the form of reference material on the Achang and their sword-making. You probably have read already everything I know about the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2022, 02:46 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 55,151
Posted By Ian
Hi Xas, Another lovely piece from your...

Hi Xas,

Another lovely piece from your growing collection. Excellent blade with characteristics of pre-1800 manufacture. Whether pre-1700 is difficult to know, but the circular tang might suggest...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2022, 05:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By Ian
Rob, I think one of the key points that...

Rob,

I think one of the key points that xasterix was making is that the Maranao call all leaf-shaped blades keping. Thus, a traditional barung from the Sulu Archipelago, when dressed in Maranao...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2022, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By Ian
A few more variants that might meet the...

A few more variants that might meet the definition of a Keping. These were posted previously in a thread "Modern Barung (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=23545)."...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2022, 02:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By Ian
Hi Rob, xasterix: A few years ago I posted...

Hi Rob, xasterix:

A few years ago I posted pictures of a "Mandaya keping" that I acquired in Manila about 20 years ago. It is here (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=23555).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 06:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,857
Posted By Ian
The similar example noted by ariel...

The similar example noted by ariel notwithstanding, I'm inclined to agree with Mahratt. The scabbard appears to be a poor mate for the apparent quality of the blade and hilt. There seems to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,710
Posted By Ian
Detlef is correct.These bows are like large...

Detlef is correct.These bows are like large slingshots and operate on the same principle. They can be very accurate and are good for taking down birds and small game. I've seen folks using them who...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 11:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,696
Posted By Ian
Yes, a recently made barung from N. Borneo.

Yes, a recently made barung from N. Borneo.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,396
Posted By Ian
Thanks Philip. That's an interesting story. I did...

Thanks Philip. That's an interesting story. I did not recognize the silver work as Lao, and have little experience with Vietnamese silver designs. It's nice to have your clear ID of its Viet origin.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,396
Posted By Ian
Charles, That is an extremely beautiful...

Charles,

That is an extremely beautiful sword! It has a substantial amount of silver and clearly belonged to someone of considerable wealth and power. A couple of points to add to Nathan's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,206
Posted By Ian
Charles, I'm thinking the hilt decoration is...

Charles,

I'm thinking the hilt decoration is a relatively recent redo. The asang asang are not a pair, with the second one looking quite new, and the cord wrap also looks fairly recent to me. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2022, 02:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,727
Posted By Ian
Perhaps the tip has been modified/shortened.

Perhaps the tip has been modified/shortened.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2022, 02:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,527
Posted By Ian
Interesting mixed materials on the hilt. Maybe a...

Interesting mixed materials on the hilt. Maybe a field constructed knife.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,483
Posted By Ian
chmorshuutz, Thank you for that correction!...

chmorshuutz,

Thank you for that correction! Much appreciated. I had read that the Spanish control of administrative positions extended to towns and barrios. It's good to know that it did not reach...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,483
Posted By Ian
For those unfamiliar with Spanish colonial social...

For those unfamiliar with Spanish colonial social systems, here is what I have gleaned from my travels to the Philippines and readings of the country's history under Spanish rule. Please correct any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,483
Posted By Ian
Hi RSWORD, What a fascinating sword and in...

Hi RSWORD,

What a fascinating sword and in excellent condition! A few comments on the sword, its scabbard and inscriptions.

First, the dates you noted are too late for this to be a Katipunan...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,483
Posted By Ian
algrennathan and bathala, Your points are...

algrennathan and bathala,

Your points are well taken, and I think xasterix has answered to the best of his ability. I have had the pleasure of corresponding with xas for the last couple of years,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,009
Posted By Ian
Hi Xas, That's the thinnest blade I have...

Hi Xas,

That's the thinnest blade I have seen on a panabas, with most having heavy blades with not nearly as much distal taper. The notion of the brass dots representing a count of "victims" is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2022, 02:22 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 39,516
Posted By Ian
Ariel, a lot of the small Thai knives are...

Ariel, a lot of the small Thai knives are spiritual talismans called meed mor, but often referred to as "priest knives" in the older European literature. The composition of the knives and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2022, 02:13 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 39,516
Posted By Ian
Can we have a definition of what is a...

Can we have a definition of what is a "miniature?" How much does it need to be scaled down to qualify?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,395
Posted By Ian
algrennathan, I appreciate your desire to...

algrennathan,

I appreciate your desire to identify weapons precisely. However, I think this is ultimately a self-defeating exercise. Many times, there is no single accepted name for a sword or...
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