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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 02:03 AM
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Posted By ariel
I have seen a couple of tulwars with misaligned...

I have seen a couple of tulwars with misaligned hilt and blade combination. I think there is one for sale on e-bay right now.

Originally, I thought it was done on purpose, to increase the cutting ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 220
Posted By ariel
Were there in the Museum truly fighting swords or...

Were there in the Museum truly fighting swords or just the kastanes?
And, BTW, any Urumis?

Sri Lanka was a relatively peaceful society, but the absense of fighting implements in a major museum is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,766
Posted By ariel
Some time ago I asked a question whether tulwars...

Some time ago I asked a question whether tulwars with classical indo-persian handles continued to be manufactured in the 20th century as regulation swords for Indian military. The answer was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2017, 01:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 534
Posted By ariel
Usually, such blades with 3 rather narrow fullers...

Usually, such blades with 3 rather narrow fullers are of local manufacture.
It also seems to me that just at the level of stamps the fullers become somewhat curved: heated for stamping?
Kind of too...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2017, 11:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,145
Posted By ariel
Drawing it out may now present a bit of a...

Drawing it out may now present a bit of a problem:-)
Poor Shashka... who might have had a crazy idea to mutilate her like that? KGB goons? “Midnight Express” jailers?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 969
Posted By ariel
Roland, Not being even an amateur Nihonto...

Roland,
Not being even an amateur Nihonto collector I accept your dating this naginata to the Koto era.

Otherwise, we are in complete agreement.
See my post #9.

I think that with heavy rust and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 623
Posted By ariel
I would do exactly what Tim suggested with one...

I would do exactly what Tim suggested with one exception: WD40 instead of oil.

I think it has a better chance of breaking the rust.

But again, if you think that oil alone might be more benign, use...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 969
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 17th October 2017, 09:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 969
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, 08:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 969
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, 04:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,139
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, 03:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,139
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, 07:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 969
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, 05:33 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 7,834
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, 05:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,580
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, 03:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,580
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, 11:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,580
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, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
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, 09:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,426
Posted By ariel
Can you show them?

Can you show them?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 03:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,426
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, 10:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,426
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, 11:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 877
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, 02:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,027
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, 10:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,062
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, 10:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,062
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...
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