Item:
ONSV7536

Original U.S. WWII Pacific War Bring Back Knife Set: Indonesian Batak Kalasan & Philippine Moro Sword

Item Description

Original Item: One Set Only. This a very nice set of two edged weapons, brought back by a USGI from the Pacific Theater of WWII. During the war, servicemen were deployed all over the Western Pacific islands, and had much interaction with the island populations, who were often liberated from Japanese occupation. From these locations, they brought back all types of knives.

The first part of this set is from Indonesia, specially the Batak people, and is called a Kalasan. These are usually a short sort, but this is more of a knife in size, with an overall length of 13 1/2 inches and a 10 1/4 inch blade. These were the standard self-defense sidearm of Batak men. This example has a typically shaped blade and the scabbard and hilt are wood fitted with copper and white metal decorations. The hilt itself is some type of animal head, which we are not able to identify. Offered in very good condition.

The second part of the set is a typical Philippine Moro short sword. The collective term Moro people or Bangsamoro people refers to the 13 Islamized ethnolinguistic groups of Mindanao, Sulu, and Palawan.  This sword has the typical gently curved blade of 16 inches in length, with an overall length of 20 1/2. There is a zinc fitting around the handle, which says TREMOLO / CONCERT, but this is most likely a post manufacture reinforcement for the wooden handle, which is glued onto the blade tang. There is an animal or facial decoration on the end of the handle.

Overall a very nice bring back set from the Pacific theater, ready to display!

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