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    What does the butt look like?

    What does the butt look like?
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    I'd say much, much older than Boxer. My guess...

    I'd say much, much older than Boxer. My guess would be early Qing or possibly even late Ming. 18th century or older.

    Hopefully we can hear some other opinions. It's an interesting sword.
  3. The first two knives are Sudanese arm daggers...

    The first two knives are Sudanese arm daggers (so-called because the scabbard is worn on the arm). "Sudan arm dagger" works as a search term to find more examples. The next two knives are also...
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    Looks like a boat hook.

    Looks like a boat hook.
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    Looks Indian-made and mid 20th century, so was...

    Looks Indian-made and mid 20th century, so was probably new when your father bought it. Bone grip? Fancy ones like these were used as presentation knives (i.e., gifts for special occasions) and as...
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    Thai, not Burmese. The pointy scabbard tip and...

    Thai, not Burmese. The pointy scabbard tip and the markings = Thai. Probably from Aranyik.
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    How heavy is it?

    How heavy is it?
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    Yes, shotel. The guard and pommel might have...

    Yes, shotel.

    The guard and pommel might have been pointier once upon a time, but these points tend to break off, especially on the one-piece grips, and wooden grips. The long pointy bits survive...
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    A. N. Kulinsky, Russian Edged Weapons, Polearms &...

    A. N. Kulinsky, Russian Edged Weapons, Polearms & Bayonets 18020th c. Volume 1, Atlant, 2001, shows what appears to be this pattern. Seems it's an undress sword.

    The cavalry officers' p. 1798...
  10. Yes, I agree. (Maybe for SCA rapier, rather than...

    Yes, I agree. (Maybe for SCA rapier, rather than heavy.)

    Fakes/replicas, even bad ones, look more like "real" helmets.
  11. Same carbon content throughout would take a long...

    Same carbon content throughout would take a long time. Why not just case-harden? As long the carbon diffuses deeply enough so that you don't grind off the entire hard layer at the edge when...
  12. First, the visor is obviously modern. Second, the...

    First, the visor is obviously modern. Second, the general appearance is that of a modern-made helmet. Third, it looks nothing like helmets that were in use 300 years ago. (That last one doesn't mean...
  13. I haven't seen a pommel like that before. The...

    I haven't seen a pommel like that before. The leatherwork is West African in style. So I'd guess West African (Mandinka/Mandingo as the most likely), maybe western Sahel (Tubu or Hausa).
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    The quality of these Chinese fakes varies a lot....

    The quality of these Chinese fakes varies a lot. Some of them have well-made blades with excellent heat treatment, while some are left unhardened. Some have short stubby tangs that don't fit the hilt...
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    Agree with David - it's a new replica. A similar...

    Agree with David - it's a new replica. A similar sword (not antiqued): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chinese-Longquan-Short-Sword-Dagger-Pattern-Steel-Alloy-Fitting-Copper-Sheath-/141827322170

    I don't...
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    Rayskin. Usually from a type of stingray. In...

    Rayskin. Usually from a type of stingray. In English, "shagreen" (which also includes shark skin): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shagreen
  17. Other than finding out whether plastic grips and...

    Other than finding out whether plastic grips and unsharpened blades were ever used on real ones, I don't know. These are typical for Indian-made replicas (Windlass was/is making an expensive one with...
  18. Looks like rayskin-textured plastic to me....

    Looks like rayskin-textured plastic to me. Compare with the plastic grip shown here: http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?113806-Wilkinson-RAAF-Sword-Real-or-Replica

    (There are two...
  19. Were plastic grips used on these? If so, that...

    Were plastic grips used on these? If so, that might help narrow down the possible age. The 1891 Uniform Regulations say "white fish skin". I don't know if/when this changed to allow plastic grips.
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    As Guy said, a replica of a gunto. In this case,...

    As Guy said, a replica of a gunto. In this case, it's probably an older SE Asian, maybe Indonesian copy, rather than a newer Chinese (or Indian) replica.
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    It would be useful to post photos of the whole...

    It would be useful to post photos of the whole sword. If, say, the sword is a modern Chinese fake antique katana, there's little point in translating an inscription on the tang, because they're...
  22. Looks Balkans to me, otherwise eastern/central...

    Looks Balkans to me, otherwise eastern/central Europe. 19th century?

    Shape and decoration both suggest Balkans to me. I can't find a similar example, though.
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    I don't think there's a special name for these -...

    I don't think there's a special name for these - it's a serrated-blade tulwar. This one looks like it's modern (as in probably 21st century). The thickness of the blade and the way the serrations are...
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    Most of the RA Chinese polearms are definitely...

    Most of the RA Chinese polearms are definitely Chinese. For example, some of them are known to be copies of older ones from Guandong/Canton (and are described as such), and many of them have...
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    RA got them in the mid-1950s, long after imperial...

    RA got them in the mid-1950s, long after imperial adventures were done. They came from private donors. The question is where those donors got them. Europe has plenty of Vietnamese weapons, courtesy...
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