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    Request I.D. of Crude Sword, Please

    I do not collect swords but have joined this august body in the hope of having the item below identified. It has been in my home for the last 20 or so years and curiosity finally has gotten the best of me. Any information would be appreciated.

    The description, as best I can: OAL is 26.5", blade length is 22.5".
    It is rather crudely made with the only markings being shown on
    sections 3, 4 and 5. There are some stippled dots running down
    the blade which appear for ornamentation, but that's all, shown on
    #5 between the 2 white lines.

    The most interesting thing to me is shown on #4. There is a small
    piece of copper set into the blade with several serrations on both sides.
    The fittings are made of thin brass with some crude ornamentation.
    The entire item appears to be wrapped in braided material, possibly
    bamboo or reed, something like rattan.

    Thank you all for any help.

    MW
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    looks remarkedly like a Burmese Dha

    similar one in the NM Museum

    http://www.nmm.ac.uk/collections/exp...cfm?ID=WPN1380
    “Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the spirit.” Napoleon Bonaparte

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    Dominic is right, it is a dha. I recommend posting this in the Chinese and Southeast Asia (CSEA) section for more information on this sword type.

    Jonathan

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    Dominic. Jonathan:

    Thank you for your reply.

    I will try to post this over in the other forum.

    Best wishes,
    Martin Wagner

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    Hello Martin,

    This is indeed a dha, likely Thai I think. How thick is the spine at the handle, around 1/4"?
    The best info you'll find on these swords is here: http://dharesearch.bowditch.us/index.htm under "Sword Index". There are a few like yours, identified as modern, mossibly for Muay-Thai use. I think the squiggly S-stams are the giveaway, as they don't appear like that one most old blades.
    Then again, if your blade is more like 1/2" thick, it could be more functional.

    Regards,
    Emanuel

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    Emanuel:

    Appreciate the timely response to my question.

    The blade is exactly 1/4" at the handle, as you suggest, and taper down to about 1/32".

    I have found the website you mention and have sent Mr. Bowditch pictures for his information.

    Best wishes,
    Marty Wagner

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