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Old 14th May 2021, 09:50 AM   #1
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Default Unknown Philippines or Javanese chopper

Hello all,
an unknown chopper came to me in an auction lot together with a Keris.
It is most probably from Philippines, or maybe from Java?
Any comments are welcome.
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Old 14th May 2021, 10:10 AM   #2
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Hello,
I think is from west Java, Sunda region.
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Old 14th May 2021, 05:41 PM   #3
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Hello Athanase,
Thank you for your help!
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Old 14th May 2021, 07:56 PM   #4
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Hello Tatyana,

SÚverin is correct, it coming from Sunda and it is called "arit", under this name I know this tools, but they are known in complete Indonesia and maybe also under other names.

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Old 14th May 2021, 08:03 PM   #5
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Here you can see a very similar one: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showth...highlight=arit
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Old 15th May 2021, 03:23 AM   #6
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My first time to saw this kind of blade was close to 30 years ago, at my best friend's home in Yogyakarta, where I come from. He said it's called Kudi.
I have been wandering around in West Java since 1995 to several mountains to climbed and did birdwtching, but I haven't seen this blade being used by people in West Java, btw I am living in West Java for 3 years now.
In the end of 2019, I went to a place called Petung Kriyono (Pekalongan), which is not far from the Central Java capital city, Semarang, just about 3hours. The village is surrounded by forest and has no cell phone connection, a blank spot. This area just well connected with a good road not long ago, approximately in the last 20 years. It is an ancient place, the civilization dated back to at least 1100 years ago, I think the civilization is as old as Dieng Plateau.
And for the first time, I saw this "kudi" being used by the farmer in their garden.
I could send the pictures to anyone here who willing to post the pictures to this thread. Just send me your email address.
If it is said from West Java because of the character of the handle, you could find these kind of wayang character in Central Java as well.
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