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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 02:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By RobT
Wood Hilt, Lathe Turned

Hi All,

I am a fairly proficient woodworker and given the pattern on the hilt, I am pretty certain that the hilt is wood and a hardwood at that. I am also rather sure that the hilt has been lathe...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By RobT
bichaq=knife

Hi Battara,

Awhile ago I met a Turkish seller of arms and militaria books. He said that bichaq (or bišak) just means knife in Turkish. Google Translate appears to agree and translates "knife" in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 02:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By RobT
Funny Coincidence

Hi Kahnjar1,

I just happened to pick up one of these just last week. Kubur is correct. These knives are typical of Bosnia/Sarajevo. The knives vary greatly in size. The one I just got has a 5" blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 03:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By RobT
Skill is Necessary

Ariel,

I agree with you completely. Forging the old wootz blades was a matter of learned skill. I am a fairly good finish carpenter but even if I were given exhaustively complete plans plus the best...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 03:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,168
Posted By RobT
Glass in the Crucible

Ariel,
According to F÷ll, all true crucible steel has a high carbon content because the alloy must be at least eutectoid in order to become liquid at the furnace temperatures of the time. If it had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 03:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,168
Posted By RobT
Dr Helmut F÷ll Disagrees

Ariel,

In his online monograph (Iron, Steel and Swords [https://www.tf.uni-kiel.de/matwis/amat/iss/index.html]), Dr Helmut F÷ll (materials scientist) says that crucible damascus steel swords contain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 02:36 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 53,255
Posted By RobT
Tonsure Search

Martin,
Thanks for the response. I did two searches. In the first search (Chinese tonsure knife), everything I saw was pretty straight or electric. With the second search (antique tonsure knife) I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 11:57 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 53,255
Posted By RobT
Unknown Folder Origin

Hi All,

Would anyone like to hazard a guess as to the origin of this little folding knife. Overall the knife measures about 5.625" (about 14.25cm). There is no lock. The knife is opened and held...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By RobT
Rich, I'm sorry for being unclear. I didn't mean...

Rich,

I'm sorry for being unclear. I didn't mean to imply that the sword was in any way Japanese but rather that the part may have come from a Japanese model 95 or may have been copied from same. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 02:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By RobT
broken tip?

The picture is small but from what I can see, the metal tassel ring looks like the one on my NCO shin gunto. Considering the length of the sheath, could the tip of the sword have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,086
Posted By RobT
My Circuit Is Incorrect

Hi Kai,

I knew it after I posted so I double checked myself online. My circuit instructions are incorrect (it has been a long while since I built a homemade continuity tester). The battery has to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 03:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,086
Posted By RobT
Check for Continuity

Hi kai,
Before resorting to an x-ray as kronckew suggested, you might want to check for continuity first. Attach a wire lead to the blade and to one of the poles of a D cell. Attach another lead to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,546
Posted By RobT
Philippine Yataghans?

Hi All,

Would these two Philippine short swords qualify as having yataghan blades?

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,817
Posted By RobT
I was wondering the same thing

Hi All,

The dagger I bought last year is very similar to the one shown by G Mansfield and, when I had bought it, I had wondered where it fit within the flyssa/wedding flyssa scheme of things. Given...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2018, 01:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,573
Posted By RobT
Excellent Points

Kronckew,

You make excellent points. I wondered what would happen with the alternate cutting if one of the combatants refused to cooperate and struck a second time on the same side. Talk about being...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2018, 02:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,573
Posted By RobT
Three Interesting Things Noted

Hi All,

Thank you Kronckew for posting this weapon. I had never heard of it before but now I want one. I noticed immediately how similar to a panabas the chamtun looks. The second thing that got my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2018, 02:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,477
Posted By RobT
Hi Ian, Thanks for the info. If I manage to get...

Hi Ian,

Thanks for the info. If I manage to get a translation, I will post what I am told.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2018, 12:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,477
Posted By RobT
Possibly Military?

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your response. Is there any possibility that the swords were military issue?

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,477
Posted By RobT
Twin Dha Translation Requested

Hi All,

I picked up these two dha a few months ago. The seller described them as "plain Jane" but I think that they are quite nice. The longer sword has a 20.75" blade and an 8.25" hilt. The shorter...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2018, 01:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,407
Posted By RobT
Shona Bakatwa

Hi All,

I believe the African knife is a bakatwa of the Shona people. See Spring's African Arms and Armor pg 134.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,115
Posted By RobT
Fighting Edge

Hi Chris,

The edge isn't very sharp. It cut some paper drawn across it but didn't cut a piece of twine. I imagine that it is sharp enough if the blade was intended primarily as a point...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2018, 01:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,115
Posted By RobT
Sharpening

Hi Chris,

From the striations on the edge, it would appear that the blade has been sharpened with a stone.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2018, 02:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,115
Posted By RobT
Abel Domenech Has Responded

Hi All,
Mr Domenech has responded. With his permission (given in a subsequent email), I have posted his response. In the email I sent to him asking for his permission to share his information, I also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2018, 02:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,103
Posted By RobT
Philippine & Indian

Hi Harry,

The first knife is indeed from the Philippines and is called a gunong (AKA pu˝al, pu˝al de kris, belt kris [but it's not a kris]). It looks like a good one. Based on what I learned in this...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 12th April 2018, 02:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,192
Posted By RobT
I Like It

Hi All,

I have never seen another keris blade like it but the pamor appears to follow the edge of the blade on both sides so I don't know how much the blade could have been reshaped. To me it...
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