Indonesian damascus parang nabur

length: 23 1/4"
blade: 18 3/4"
blade width: 1 1/8" base, 1 3/8" max
grip: 4 1/2"
guard: 5"
weight: 1 lb 5 oz

Indonesian or Malaysian parang nabur with damascus/watered/pamour blade. The close resemblance of this type to western hangers or cutlasses has often been noted. The blade is also markedly similar to the Southeast Asian mainland sword "dha", with the common (almost universal) addition of a flared parrying riccasso at the base of the blade, as seen here. (This is a feature derived from Indian tulwars, knowledge and use of which were common throughout southern and southeastern Asia. The 18 3/4 inch blade of fine fighting form clearly shows laminated patterning, with darker (harder) layers toward the center. The flats as well as the edge bevel are slightly hollow ground. Blade thickness at the base is 1/4 inch. The grip is most likely newer than the rest of the weapon and scabbard, but that's pretty typical and the replacement was still during the working life of this sword. Blade is quite sharp.