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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2014, 02:09 AM
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Posted By ariel
Thanks Sancar!

Thanks Sancar!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,069
Posted By ariel
Sancar, What evidence do we have that this (...

Sancar,
What evidence do we have that this ( and, potentilly, other) yataghan were made specifically by Ahmet Tekelu, the enigmatic master? Any signatures on the yataghans? Any mention of this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 621
Posted By ariel
I would guess that the wootz blade on this...

I would guess that the wootz blade on this kaskara comes from Persia: a ( much) better-than-average Qajar "Revival sword".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By ariel
I do not think it is "CV": rather it is...

I do not think it is "CV": rather it is arabic 27. Will make in total 1927.
Gregorian date written with arabic numerals.

I have a whiff of something Syrian :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 621
Posted By ariel
Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means ...

Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means "Persian Weapons" in Polish.
The chief editor of this book was Antoni Romuald Chodynski.

The lay-out of the cover page confused many people, who used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By ariel
Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left...

Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left hip.
I knew of the bronze art of Benin, but this is the first time I see such an organized Damascus pattern on the African sword.

I did find the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By ariel
A colleague from another forum found this picture...

A colleague from another forum found this picture of Dahomean amazons: notice the handle of an identical form under the belt of the woman on the right.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By ariel
Top guns, my foot :-) To join the...

Top guns, my foot :-)
To join the "mis-attribution company" with Oldman is a badge of honor!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By ariel
Jim, Your memory is truly phenomenal! Not for...

Jim,
Your memory is truly phenomenal!
Not for nothing you are known as Google McDougall:-)


Here is another one just like that, posted millennia ago.
Dahomey, no doubt.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By ariel
Wow! Jim, many thanks. Totally unexpected...

Wow!
Jim, many thanks. Totally unexpected attribution!
King Gezo was always my role model :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By ariel
#2

Final batch
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By ariel
Help with a sword: Tibet??? NOT TRUE: DAHOMEY!!!

Dear Colleagues,
This sword came to my humble abode quite some time ago and I still do not know where is it from.
Start simple: dimensions. Total length 21". Width at the handle 13/8". Then there...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 13th June 2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 677
Posted By ariel
Does he have diabetes? This is a serious question.

Does he have diabetes? This is a serious question.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By ariel
Currently it cannot be called a fake, because...

Currently it cannot be called a fake, because after 100 years anything becomes antique:-)

But it is certainly not a fighting example and never was. Any fighting axe has a wedge-like profile. This...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By ariel
"The design of the jerz is not a copy of any...

"The design of the jerz is not a copy of any other hatchet from any part of the world or from any period in history"



Well, it is far from being unique:-)

It is remarkably similar to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2014, 02:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 566
Posted By ariel
It's a Russian equivalent of the...

It's a Russian equivalent of the politically-incorrect "finger".
Every time I see yet another dagger with a three-finger combination, I cannot help but chuckle :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th May 2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By ariel
Well, to each his own. People collect even...

Well, to each his own.
People collect even stranger things: stamps, Lalique, oils by Rembrandt :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 815
Posted By ariel
If it is from whale, one sperm would be enough :-)

If it is from whale, one sperm would be enough :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2014, 03:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By ariel
What difference would it make if the bladesmith...

What difference would it make if the bladesmith was "pure" Tlingit, "half" Tlingit or no Tlingit at all? In any case the knife would remain a contemporary replica, unrelated to Tlingit history and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By ariel
Both are likely to be Zeibek ones, from W....

Both are likely to be Zeibek ones, from W. Anatolia, around Bursa. The first one has typical T-handle, the second one likely had them broken off, with only stumps remaining.
The second blade is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By ariel
Hi Lotfy, Look at pages 66, 84,120,122 ( a good...

Hi Lotfy,
Look at pages 66, 84,120,122 ( a good one!), 130 ( tied, not stapled),135, 189 ( riveted).
I might have missed some and erred here and there looking at the pics and not at real...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By ariel
So, do you think I was right in my suspicion re....

So, do you think I was right in my suspicion re. staples/rivets attaching the scabbard of the Yemeni jambiya to its belt?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By ariel
I looked again at Gracie's book. And... I...

I looked again at Gracie's book. And... I think I might have found the answer:-)


If one looks very,very carefully, many jambiyas worn behind the belt seem to have a set of sturdy staples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By ariel
Thanks. But I am still confused: all jambiyas...

Thanks.
But I am still confused: all jambiyas shown in the S. Gracie's book are tucked behind the belt and there are no visible retaining cords/ straps.
Furthermore, most jambiyas on Artzi's site...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By ariel
Rings on Yemeni jambiya: what for?

AFAIK, Yemeni jambiyas are worn under the belt, kind of "tucked in"
However, many scabbards have little rings at the back of the scabbard? What are they for? Are Yemeni scabbards sewn to the belt ...
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