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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:02 PM
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Posted By ariel
Well, you are entitled to your opinion, just as ...

Well, you are entitled to your opinion, just as I am to mine.
I am a subscriber to Sir Isaiah Berlin’s fox and hedgehog theory.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 348
Posted By ariel
No, but just by the breadth of the examples from...

No, but just by the breadth of the examples from your collection and your comments on a wide range of bladed weapons from all over the world I think you are not a “serious Nihonto collector”.

I have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2017, 07:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 348
Posted By ariel
Eric, Please notice multiple pittings, some of...

Eric,

Please notice multiple pittings, some of which are quite deep . Thus, perfect polish will remove at least 1-2, maybe more, mm from each side of the entire blade. Whatever “damascus” picture...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2017, 03:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 579
Posted By ariel
The velvet looks far too new to be of any...

The velvet looks far too new to be of any historical value. To me, it is an eyesore, a clumsy attempt of the seller to hide the damage to the handle.
I would not hesitate to remove it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2017, 02:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 579
Posted By ariel
What you see is not a Genoese “ jaws” or...

What you see is not a Genoese “ jaws” or “eyelashes” and not a Caucasian “ gurda”. Besides their very specific form, they are always oriented along the blade.
Yours is a mirrored image of two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2017, 06:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 348
Posted By ariel
One of the most frustrating things about Japanese...

One of the most frustrating things about Japanese blades is that they are either perfect or worthless.
Professional polish of this one will cost you several thousands of dollars. It will remove a lot...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2017, 04:33 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 6,964
Posted By ariel
Vakhtang, Glad to finally see you here. This...

Vakhtang,
Glad to finally see you here.
This forum definitely needs people of your expertise.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2017, 04:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,173
Posted By ariel
To the best of my knowledge these are Sumatran.

To the best of my knowledge these are Sumatran.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2017, 02:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,173
Posted By ariel
Thanks Charles! Can you show Piso with iron...

Thanks Charles!

Can you show Piso with iron handle that is verifiably “Malay”? After all, the cup-like pommel is old Indian: Jens showed a pic from Hamza-Nameh and Elgood
showed one from Brian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,173
Posted By ariel
Resurrecting it after 11 years:-) I see that all...

Resurrecting it after 11 years:-)

I see that all Piso Podangs have trilobate endings of quillons.


Does it mean that ALL swords with trilobate quillons tips hail from Sumatra/Borneo/Malaysia? Do...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By ariel
Well, Charles, you ARE high maintenance! Is...

Well, Charles, you ARE high maintenance!

Is Kate Upton just “OK” on your scale?

Motan, I am with you: this is a charming “dog’s breakfast”. I like it. I would still call it a nimcha: if Karud is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 994
Posted By ariel
Can you show them?

Can you show them?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 02:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 994
Posted By ariel
The book mentioned by Kubur is indeed relevant:...

The book mentioned by Kubur is indeed relevant: it mentions Yemeni "wootz" repeatedly. Whether true or not, the possibility of local manufacture still exists.

Wootz blades were highly valued, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 994
Posted By ariel
The handle sports new rivets. The implications...

The handle sports new rivets. The implications are obvious.

Re- use of parts is virtually expected in case of old “Oriental” swords: they utilized parts of organic nature. But wood shrinks or rots,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By ariel
Looks Daghestani or Chechen to me, much later...

Looks Daghestani or Chechen to me, much later than 1850: end of 19- beginning of 20 century.
But an honest working example. Enjoy it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 01:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 749
Posted By ariel
Precisely my impression: like clay. It’s lines...

Precisely my impression: like clay.

It’s lines just flow..

One of the most beautiful examples of metalwork I’ve seen.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,603
Posted By ariel
With 12 years delay :-))) my comment on Tom...

With 12 years delay :-))) my comment on Tom Hyle's doubts re. color photography in 1912: yes, it existed. Google " "Prokudin-Gorsky".

He was a Russian photographer and made color pictures of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 09:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,603
Posted By ariel
I have the 1923 and 1955 editions. The 1912 was...

I have the 1923 and 1955 editions. The 1912 was well above my pay grade: marital bliss is more important.

But, BTW, I just caught my better half reading ( not leafing through!) Kirill Rivkin's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By ariel
Thanks Rick! Your position is noted and it...

Thanks Rick!

Your position is noted and it clarifies a lot . End justifies the means, in a positive sense.

Again, thanks for the lesson.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By ariel
Not knowing diddly-squat about guns, I am asking...

Not knowing diddly-squat about guns, I am asking about the tenons: any evidence that this gun was originally made for service? How good ( or bad) was the original repair? Is it serviceable now?

I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 01:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By ariel
I definitely agree: restorations can be...

I definitely agree: restorations can be expensive. But it is the goal of restoration that is important: what does the new owner try to end up with?

A patinated katana with battle scars and absent or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 02:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By ariel
The next one: sold at an Internet auction for a...

The next one: sold at an Internet auction for a total of almost $5K. I am still smarting.....
It is an Ottoman kilij presented to one W. B. Barham on 9/14/1833 by Mehmet Ali, Wali of Egypt.

Mehmet...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 01:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By ariel
Eric, That was not my question. I do not doubt...

Eric,
That was not my question. I do not doubt the rarity of this gun and do not question your decision to buy it.
I just wanted to learn and understand the criteria by which firearms are judged...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2017, 09:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 859
Posted By ariel
I know nothing about firearms and do not even...

I know nothing about firearms and do not even search for them. I am into swords.
From what I see here, there might be different criteria for desireability between bladed and firearms.

This gun is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 364
Posted By ariel
Swords of "(hi) story"

OK folks, it was my idea to start this thread and Marius seemed to like it.
Thus, it is my duty to "put my cock on the block" so to speak and be the first.
If the title is not to your liking, feel...
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