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 Post subject: #64 mkv BSI
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:15 pm 
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Hello Gents, it's been a fair old while since I've had a new item to share with you all.
A close friend of mine had family in the tea business in the early to mid 60's out in Malaysia. Her uncle has been clearing out some of his stuff and has already given me a Keris and a Malaysian knife. Well he found these two in a box and wondered if I would give them a home. In short yes please.

So here they are.

It appears to be a fairly early bsi mkv type but with fullers. I've not seen that on issue ones so my guess is private purchase. The frog however looks like an milatry one but a marriage I feel. Nice to have chacmack and kardas in place along with a khisa.
The second item is I believe a woman's defence knife, these I'm told were cocealed in the hair.

As always I'm looking to get a bit more history from the family but couldn't wait to see what the forum thought of these.

Kind regards Captain


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 Post subject: Re: #64 mkv BSI
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:46 pm 
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Indeed!

As you say Captain appears to be early bsi mk.5 style, But slight angh koala fuller as well.

Frog as you say looks added, but high quality military style.

So my deductions the same private purchase early 60s.

The kerambit can be womens self defense tool against rapists etc... but also originally generaly a hidden peasants weapon, when only lords and masters were allowed to be armed I think? {But stand open for correction...just stuff I was told long ago...]

Nice piece, great to have family connection!


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 Post subject: Re: #64 mkv BSI
PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:13 am 
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Cheers buddy. Nice to hear from you and your appraisal of this rather pleasing addition to the collection.
I was given a MkV from my ex-wife's step dad years ago (he served in Malaysia 63-65) so I shall park this one with it.
Thanks also for correctly naming the second item, and for the extra information about it.
I've had a quick look over the frog for markings but can't see anything. The raised diamond in the but cap is very worn indicating some use I think. It feels rather nice for a MkV. I shall give it a bit of a clean up, it seems to have been some sort of grease and I little bit of the dreaded red.

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 Post subject: Re: #64 mkv BSI
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Nice one to add to your fabulous collection Captain
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