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Forum: European Armoury Today, 01:14 AM
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Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks mid-16th century. Though at least some of...

Looks mid-16th century. Though at least some of the elements of this style are seen on blades about 1500, most examples I've seen are mid-16th, and some are later. I don't think it could be as early...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 363
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The blade looks very Philippines, and not Chinese...

The blade looks very Philippines, and not Chinese at all. The hilt looks Chinese to me.

Here is a photo of a sword I thought looked quite Chinese. The grip has a similar shape to yours (though the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 363
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Reminds me of this one:...

Reminds me of this one: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19754
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 326
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The original Italian is: uno con un gran terciado...

The original Italian is:
uno con un gran terciado (che č como una scimitarra, ma pių grosso)

The whole original text is available at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 261
Posted By Timo Nieminen
3 Shri Chandra S(D?) 9/57 3 Shri Chandra is the...

3 Shri Chandra S(D?) 9/57

3 Shri Chandra is the prime minister of the time (when it was marked; early 1900s). SD is a unit abbreviation.

(I'm not good at reading these; might be errors in the...
Forum: European Armoury 12th June 2015, 12:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Point of balance is very much in the middle of...

Point of balance is very much in the middle of the common range. And, looking at the sword, unsurprising.

Doesn't mean it's "well-balanced". As in my first post, I'd look for forward pivot...
Forum: European Armoury 11th June 2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By Timo Nieminen
9.2cm sounds OK. What kind of hilt? How heavy is...

9.2cm sounds OK. What kind of hilt? How heavy is the sword.

The main thing affecting the balance will be the weight of the hilt. With heavier full baskets, the centre of balance can be as close as...
Forum: European Armoury 10th June 2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I think the location of the centre of gravity...

I think the location of the centre of gravity (centre of mass, point of balance) is secondary to the location of the centre of percussion (forward pivot point, centre of oscillation), which should be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2015, 10:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It would be stronger with a bolster, or with...

It would be stronger with a bolster, or with wrapping. Possibly much stronger. But if the wood is resistant to splitting, and the tang isn't inserted into an under-sized hole in the hilt (which would...
Forum: European Armoury 27th May 2015, 01:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 345
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks like a glaive socket, European, maybe 16th,...

Looks like a glaive socket, European, maybe 16th, 17th century. Parade/guard/processional glaive, rather than a battlefield weapon. Looks like it might have had langets.

Some complete examples, with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2015, 01:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 353
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Whether it's the earliest depends on where you...

Whether it's the earliest depends on where you draw the borders for Eastern Europe. Specifically, the border between Europe and Asia. If you're willing to go as far East as the the north Caucasus,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Feuerbach, A.M.; (2002) Crucible steel in Central...

Feuerbach, A.M.; (2002) Crucible steel in Central Asia: production, use and origins. Doctoral thesis, University of London.
http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1317704/ (71Mb)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 753
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Indian. The bidents look very Indian, and the...

Indian. The bidents look very Indian, and the only threaded spears I've seen have been Indian or modern Western. The singles don't look non-Indian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It's Chinese. But it's a modern Chinese fantasy...

It's Chinese. But it's a modern Chinese fantasy sword/knife, not a fake/repro historical sword (nor an actual antique).

I've seen similar being advertised as Mongolian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th March 2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 996
Posted By Timo Nieminen
What are the signs that tell you this? To me, it...

What are the signs that tell you this?

To me, it looks normal for a German-made blade, 17th/18th century. True, these tend to be marked, but often enough at the base of the blade where it might be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 407
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Forged and cast zaghnal

Inspired by http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19668 I thought I'd photograph my zaghnals. Both have modern hafts. One is cast, and I have no reason to think it anything other than a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th February 2015, 03:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By Timo Nieminen
To simplify, we could say that until mid-Heian,...

To simplify, we could say that until mid-Heian, spears (hoko) were the most popular polearms, mid-Heian to early Muromachi naginata, and mid-Muromachi onwards, spears (yari). Possibly accompanied by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th February 2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I don't know of any yari with oval hafts. Round,...

I don't know of any yari with oval hafts. Round, round with small ridge (Knutsen, "Japanese Polearms", calls this "pear shaped"), and polygonal.

The "flat area", I guess, refers to having one side...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th February 2015, 12:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Naginata hafts were oval-section, not round. That...

Naginata hafts were oval-section, not round. That gives the edge alignment (also stronger with less weight in the direction needed when a cut hits something more solid than expected).

I don't know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By Timo Nieminen
命 = life...

命 = life http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E5%91%BD

The other character might be 本 = source, root, origin http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%9C%AC
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 451
Posted By Timo Nieminen
王 wang (Mandarin, Korean), wong...

王 wang (Mandarin, Korean), wong (Cantonese), vu'o'ng (Vietnamese) = king. In Chinese and Korean, as an adjective, "big", "great", "best", "champion". In Vietnamese, also used as a title for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2015, 10:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 905
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Blade doesn't look especially Chinese to me. Some...

Blade doesn't look especially Chinese to me. Some Chinese influence, sure, but is there any reason to think that it isn't a SE Asian ceremonial blade (whether originally polearm or made-as-sword)?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Yours looks like the usual ebay fakes. Compare...

Yours looks like the usual ebay fakes. Compare the guard with the ones in the picture of the Chinese troops (or, http://mandarinmansion.com/republican-dadao ). I've seen these both in cast brass and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The most common are: (a) Tang through grip and...

The most common are:

(a) Tang through grip and peened at end of pommel, often with a hole through grip or tang which might have a rivet/pin or tubular rivet through it (or just a lanyard, but note...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th January 2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Don't know about most repros. The cheap ones (and...

Don't know about most repros. The cheap ones (and there are lots of those) often use zinc-aluminium alloy (even easier to cast - lower melting point, flows well). Possibly brass is still more common....
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