Guidelines for Submission
If you wish to contribute to the Archive, please send an e-mail with the information noted below, and photos of the sword, to thedhapage#comcast.net (replace the # with a @; I had to take out the automatic e-mail address due to spamming problems). Your contribution will be assigned an internal accession number for the Index (with the prefix "C" for "contributed"), and your name noted as the source unless you specify otherwise.
I suggest copying the information template below and pasting it into your e-mail, then filling it out with the information about the sword. Please provide at least one clear photo of the full sword, out of and next to its scabbard if it has one. Additional photos of interesting details, or aspects of the sword not readily visible from the main picture or understandable from the description, may also be included. Photos should be:
Under 500Kb file size
72 or 90 pixels/in resolution
No longer than 10 inches wide
I have found that a tightly-framed shot of the full sword, at 72 pixel/in resolution, with a width of 10 inches, gives a reasonably sized picture with a file size of around 250Kb-350Kb. If you prefer to just send me pictures to size, crop, etc. that is fine. I reserve the right to re-size, crop or otherwise alter any submitted photograph in order to make it compatible with the format of the Index, and with the memory and bandwidth limitations of the site.
Information template (measurements can be in either the English or metric system):
Type: [for example, Burmese, Thai (Sukothai Period, Ayutthaya Period, Rattanakosin Period), Lao, Yunnan); the "Greaves-Winston" system I had been using has become obsolete, as we learn more and more how to more accurately identify a particular country or ethnic origin. If you are unsure, just leave it blank and I'll fill in as best I can].
Handle type: [simple/three-part/five-part/atypical]
Spine width at forte:
Spine width at 1/3:
Spine width at 2/3:
Spine width at tip:
P.O.B.: [point of balance, the point along the blade, measured from the handle, where the sword in evenly balanced]
Tip shape: [upswept/concave/squared/round/spear/sheep's foot/etc.]
Spine shape: [flat/ridged/grooved/rounded, or combinations of different shapes]
Comments: [anything you can say about the sword, for example provenance or known history, or features not easily seen in photos]
From the collection of: [optional]
*out of scabbard
For information on Greaves-Winston types, see this thread on the EEWRS forum. For information on era-based classification of Thai daab, this thread on the EEWRS forum.
Handle type is a bit subjective, and my classification system is still very rough. It should probably state "multi-part" instead of "five-part," since people can differ in how they count "parts" of a handle. For some discussion of this system, read my first post in the "Greaves-Winston type" thread linked above.
Spine widths are take at regular points along the length of the blade to illustrate the amount and rate of distal taper. The first measure is taken at the point of attachment to the handle, the next one-third of way along the blade toward the tip, the next two-thirds of the way, and the last one inch (or 2.5 cm) from the tip. The tip measurement is taken here because on most dha the width of the very tip is essentially that of the edge and so is not very informative.
Blade curvature or tip deflection is measured by the method described by Stone for measuring the curve of Japanese blades: "The curvature (sori) is measured by the greatest distance from the back of the blade to a straight line drawn from the point to the hilt excluding the tang." Stone, Glossary, p. 315 (1934); see also Fig. 399. To accommodate the variety of tips found on dha, the "point" of the blade should be considered the highest point encountered in the straight line from hilt to tip. A simple way to determine curvature is to set the blade on a flat surface, edge up, and measure from the surface up to the highest point of the blade's spine.
Spine shape is a little subjective, and often transitions from one to another along the length of the blade. I hope to develop a consistent set of types, likely based on Japanese blade cross-sections. Discussion of Japanese blade cross-sections (mune) can be found at page 315 of Stone's Glossary (1934), and illustrated in Fig. 400, and on this page of Rich Stein's the Japanese Sword Index.
Under "scabbard" describe materials and manufacture, to the extent not visible in the pictures, and under "comments" any other information you feel is relevant or interesting (origin, date, blade markings, etc.)
Thank you for your contribution!