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PostSubject: Identify this knife   Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:14 am

I was told it was (or might be) a "Borneo knife".

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PostSubject: Kris   Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:39 am

They might use them in Borneo but the first thing that comes to mind is a Kris, a style out of the Indonesia area, Bali, Philippines,

the name kris seems to be used over a range of blade forms, straight and wavy, mostly equal thickness to highly tapered , the waves plus the curved handle definitely puts in that part of the world but I don't think the shape is distinctive enough to place it in one country unless the engraving means something
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PostSubject: Re: Identify this knife   Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:15 pm

I agree. I think it's a Kris or a variant thereof.

It looks to be of fairly modern construction and has strayed slightly from the traditional look but the blade and handle shape are consistent.

Here's a picture of a traditional Kris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kris_bali.jpg

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PostSubject: Re: Identify this knife   Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:55 pm

Thanks for the research, gentlemen. A kris it is, then. I've had it for about 20 years.

P.S. Wilhelm's link leads (via "What links here") to a comprehensive weapon list/article: "List of traditional armaments".
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