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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2015, 01:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,366
Posted By fearn
Off-topic, but as I found with my reproduction...

Off-topic, but as I found with my reproduction bronze-age sword with the mushroom hilt, the disk forcing you to hold your wrist straight is an ancient design. Those old leaf-bladed bronze swords...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 28th July 2015, 12:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,394
Posted By fearn
I'm sure everyone here is familiar with the...

I'm sure everyone here is familiar with the "grandfather's ax" paradox (aka the Ship of Theseus paradox). If grandfather's ax has had it's handle changed three times and its head twice, is it still...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2015, 03:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,762
Posted By fearn
I thought Amazon when I first saw it. Then I...

I thought Amazon when I first saw it.

Then I misinterpreted it as a baby paddle club, which is quite common in the South Pacific, as Vandoo noted. They seem to be the equivalent of a short sword,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2015, 03:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,527
Posted By fearn
Is this an old spear-format version of what some...

Is this an old spear-format version of what some call "the self-cleaning bayonet?" :D
Forum: Swap Forum 28th May 2015, 01:20 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,153
Posted By fearn
sennit for sale

Hi All,

I just spent some time in Honolulu, and found that a bookstore/community center called Na Mea Hawai'i (http://www.nameahawaii.com/) carries supplies for native Hawaiian crafts, as well as a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2015, 03:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,988
Posted By fearn
How did the break happen? It's not like the Inka...

How did the break happen? It's not like the Inka or their predecessors had saws, and there's no sign of crystallization. They weren't clumsy metal-smiths, so I doubt it was a bad casting. Was it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,988
Posted By fearn
The bronze isn't a problem, because the Andes had...

The bronze isn't a problem, because the Andes had bronze since around the 10th century IIRC. I'd be more concerned about things like the relative lack of patina and the clean break on one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2015, 03:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,135
Posted By fearn
Sure that it's not student work from Hawai'i? ...

Sure that it's not student work from Hawai'i? I've seen some interesting modern art pieces in the stores around there selling native artwork. I asked, and while it's made for tourists, it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st April 2015, 10:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,470
Posted By fearn
I don't know about parallel cultural development,...

I don't know about parallel cultural development, but I do know that there are machine lathe tools that can produce that knurled handle pattern. I'd suggest common tool use, not some sort of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,956
Posted By fearn
As an aside, in the Nova documentary episode...

As an aside, in the Nova documentary episode "Rat Attack" (about how bamboo flowering leads to a rat plague that devours nearby crops and produces famine) (link to video on YouTube...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,264
Posted By fearn
I'm currently rereading James C Scott's The Art...

I'm currently rereading James C Scott's The Art of Not Being Governed, which is a great history of "Upland Southeast Asia" and helps explain the origin of the great diversity of peoples in the area....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,986
Posted By fearn
One thing that's bugging me is that the carvings...

One thing that's bugging me is that the carvings on the club look fairly crude, perhaps copies rather than the real thing. While I don't think it's a fake as such, I wouldn't be surprised if a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,073
Posted By fearn
Wow, that's about as simple as a sword can get. ...

Wow, that's about as simple as a sword can get. Interesting design!

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Forum: European Armoury 30th December 2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,900
Posted By fearn
Sure it's not a modified scythe blade? That...

Sure it's not a modified scythe blade? That "hilt" certainly looks like the curve on a scythe, and it's about the right length.

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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2014, 05:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,081
Posted By fearn
I'm a bit troubled by this one. Hatchets and...

I'm a bit troubled by this one. Hatchets and tomahawks were a trade item from very early on (like 16th Century, IIRC), so I'm trying to get my head around how you get a stone head with brass tacks...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th July 2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,348
Posted By fearn
Probably, there's even a Kindle version of Arts...

Probably, there's even a Kindle version of Arts and Crafts of Hawaii out there now.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2013, 12:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,442
Posted By fearn
Tiv loop daggers were used by archers as part of...

Tiv loop daggers were used by archers as part of their way to draw their bows (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=16932&page=2).

It's kind of a unique draw, but the reason given for it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2013, 03:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,723
Posted By fearn
Probably the simplest way to get Cornus sanguinea...

Probably the simplest way to get Cornus sanguinea is to go where it lives, hire someone to legally cut the wood, and repair the gun on location. Then it will be genuine. The second choice is to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2013, 01:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,191
Posted By fearn
Pineapple? Or Pandanus? I can't tell, but they...

Pineapple? Or Pandanus? I can't tell, but they have similar fruits, at least when it comes to engraving at this level of complexity. In any event, the only thing a pineapple would tell was that it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2013, 03:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,906
Posted By fearn
A gentlemens' disagreement, perhaps?...

A gentlemens' disagreement, perhaps? :D

Actually, there is a good point here about human hair. We tend to uncritically use its presence as a guide to authenticity, but it wouldn't be at all hard to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,906
Posted By fearn
There are a lot of ways to make hair brittle...

There are a lot of ways to make hair brittle (it's worth asking a woman about this, as things as simple as sun, dyeing, and blowdrying make hair very brittle), and I've got some tiger shark teeth I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2013, 06:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,906
Posted By fearn
I've seen some lovely modern shark-tooth weapons...

I've seen some lovely modern shark-tooth weapons made from koa wood in shops in Maui and Hilo. Gorgeous things, impeccably crafted by native Hawaiians, but very modern. I'm with those who think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,929
Posted By fearn
It's more than WW2. Japan colonized Korea from...

It's more than WW2. Japan colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945, and Manchuria from 1932-1945. The Japanese police were quite active in these times, and their retreat in 1945 was rather precipitous. In...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2013, 03:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,030
Posted By fearn
Great that you're not in tornado or earthquake...

Great that you're not in tornado or earthquake country!

:D

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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2013, 04:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,756
Posted By fearn
I was guessing Hanuman.

I was guessing Hanuman.
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