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An unusual Pedang,
Northern Sumatra,
Kelling Hall collection,
board 1 number 8

An unusual Pedang Northern Sumatra Kelling Hall collection board 1 number 8 www.swordsantiqueweapons.com


A very nice and unusual varient of the Pedang with an undocumented hilt style, Kelling Hall collection.

A very nice unidentified Sabre/Pedang form Northern Sumatra. The sword is 83cms in a straight line with a 68cm blade.
Both the hilt and the blade show unusual features. The hilt is large and shares the same carved designs as those seen on some hulu tapa guda hilts but by design hulu tapa guda hilts are rather "flat", with only slight curving. As seen in profile, this hilt shows a very distinct 90 degree bend. This bend allows great force and confidence when swung and grips the hand as Islamic Shanshirs do.
The blade too is interesting in the fullering arrangements and profile, especially those fullers near the tip. The blade is hollow ground through the middle at the same profile as the blade and ending 3cms from the tip. There is a second hollow ground fuller running along the spine from the hilt to 45cms down the blade. From the point that the upper fuller ends, the spine narrows abrubtly to a false edge that follows the profile of the blade to the cutting edge. Although this type of fullering to the end of this sabre has been noted on several Islamic swords from the Asian Empires, the point of origin for style is unknown. The blade colouring shows a lovely array of differential steel and the spine carries a very long scarf weld that starts from approx 14cms from the hilt and ends at the point the spine narrows to the false edge.
A very attractive, heavy comfortable sabre with strong Islamic influences based on swords from Asian empires.