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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2010, 04:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,584
Posted By Vaarok
Not United Cutlery, Utica Cutlery. I drive past...

Not United Cutlery, Utica Cutlery. I drive past the factory at least once a week, the Mohawk Valley of Central NY state was ground zero for production of pointy stuff in WW2.

The other major...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2010, 03:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,201
Posted By Vaarok
I agree it's 12 4 numerals, but I don't think...

I agree it's 12 4 numerals, but I don't think it's a date... 124 years past 0 on the Islamic Calendar is 741 CE, and I've just spent twenty minutes trying to puzzle out what else it could be. I'd...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2010, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,328
Posted By Vaarok
I'm glad you like it, and sorry- I did what I...

I'm glad you like it, and sorry- I did what I could for pictures. Figured someone on here would probably get it, and glad to see I was right. I personally picked it out of an estate auction I was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2010, 03:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,361
Posted By Vaarok
I'd be very curious to see, more clearly, what...

I'd be very curious to see, more clearly, what look like inscriptions on the blade. I get a Thai vibe from it, but I've got a friend who's deeply into collecting Thai weapons, so I might just be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2010, 04:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,124
Posted By Vaarok
A cow's worth about a thousand dollars, and it's...

A cow's worth about a thousand dollars, and it's a pretty stable market value compared to inflation too. Pigs and chickens, however, are dirt cheap, and horses lost their market to the automobile....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2010, 10:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 969
Posted By Vaarok
VP is an Austrian cutlery-maker marking on...

VP is an Austrian cutlery-maker marking on bayonets, but the name of the company escapes me. I think it might be Ferlach, but I'm not certain that's right.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,092
Posted By Vaarok
It's a Najava, as freebooter said. Distantly...

It's a Najava, as freebooter said. Distantly related to knives like the Laguiole. I think the seller just threw "SWORD" into the title as a searchterm hook to try to get more exposure. Worked,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,009
Posted By Vaarok
As a collector more of fairly modern projectile...

As a collector more of fairly modern projectile weapons versus blades, I must enthusiastically concur on the cutout appearing to be a cannon firing. A very nice blade and an ingenious decoration.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2010, 05:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,770
Posted By Vaarok
If I might, whatthehell, that barrel band and...

If I might, whatthehell, that barrel band and bipod sure looks like it's adapted from a Japanese Type 99. Definite, impressive migration of parts and recycling or improvisation if that's the case.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2010, 10:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,142
Posted By Vaarok
Just to be fussy, the photos posted of Turk...

Just to be fussy, the photos posted of Turk bayonets are of the 1935 reworked, ten-inch blades. The original Turkish 1903 blades were "quillback" like the German S98, and featured a stiffening rib...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2010, 02:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,142
Posted By Vaarok
Actually, the ball-tipped crossguard on the...

Actually, the ball-tipped crossguard on the second (white handled) blade more closely resembles the Turkish 1903 quillback bayonet, but I agree the longer one appears a native blade in the style of a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2010, 06:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By Vaarok
I'm just used to ornate toughras and the style...

I'm just used to ornate toughras and the style seemed not implausible. I tend to stick with the mass-produced martial blades for the simple reason that I can't for the life of me tell trash from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2010, 03:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By Vaarok
Tourist or treasure?

This is coming up for auction in a few days locally, and while my instincts say "Good, spend lots of money!", I figured I should enquire of you guys first. Looks to me to probably be Ottoman and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,980
Posted By Vaarok
Well, two things of note. One, as was mentioned,...

Well, two things of note. One, as was mentioned, a .38 caliber blackpowder or primitive smokeless cartridge like .38 Long Colt is far and away from a certain killer. It barely delivers 270J of energy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2010, 03:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,253
Posted By Vaarok
Nope, sorry, no discernible arsenal markings...

Nope, sorry, no discernible arsenal markings anywhere on the blade or tang.

Somebody else who looked at this on another forum said it maybe read Mitsusabu or Mitsuzo as the maker.

Here's another...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th March 2010, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,253
Posted By Vaarok
Katana blade

I'm fairly sure this is a WW2 vintage Japanese officer swordblade, rather than a rarer or earlier example, but I'm still curious as to maker and provenance.

I picked it up at an auction for a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2010, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,170
Posted By Vaarok
Siamese? Sword pair

Dunno, the motif seems Thai, but I'm guessing based on limited experience. Owner said they thought they were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2009, 02:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,553
Posted By Vaarok
I can't offer help with the markings, but I...

I can't offer help with the markings, but I cannot resist offering a complement. That is an absolutely gorgeous blade, and definitely something to be quite proud of.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2009, 02:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,486
Posted By Vaarok
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v709/Vaarok/harkirkatana.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v709/Vaarok/5cherry.jpg

I bought this some time ago, rough shape but cheap. It was identified by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2009, 12:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 15,246
Posted By Vaarok
Slam fire means that the firing pin is fixed and...

Slam fire means that the firing pin is fixed and the cartridge is held clear of it, to discharge it's jerked back so the pin strikes the primer, and ignites the powder charge and fires it, the recoil...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2009, 11:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,512
Posted By Vaarok
A rough guesstimate on those dimensions is the...

A rough guesstimate on those dimensions is the best I can do without going back to check. I'd say based on when I held it, thirty-four inches overall, about twenty-five less the hilt, by four inches...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2009, 03:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,512
Posted By Vaarok
A Barong and a whazit?

Friend got these at an estate sale, and wasn't even sure they weren't tourista. I thought they were neat, and spotted the faint inking on the scabbard of the second that appeared to read 2-03-1945. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th September 2009, 01:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,497
Posted By Vaarok
You guys are uncannily good at this. Thanks again.

You guys are uncannily good at this. Thanks again.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th September 2009, 12:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,497
Posted By Vaarok
Bah, thought they uploaded right... Sorry.

Bah, thought they uploaded right... Sorry.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2009, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,497
Posted By Vaarok
Barong-ish machete-ish dunno-what

I've gotten a first option on a small collection of bladed weapons from an estate, and while I can identify all the bayonets (whee, hunnret dollar Ross rifle bayonet!!!!111one) , I'm always curious...
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