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Forum: Keris Warung Kopi Today, 01:16 AM
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Posted By ariel
Alan, This is a splendid story and what is even...

Alan,
This is a splendid story and what is even better, - it was beautifully told. The punchline was impeccable!!!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 233
Posted By ariel
Oh no! We agree on MANY things, just your...

Oh no! We agree on MANY things, just your antennae twitch 10 times more frequently than mine. I bet you correctly identify fakes more often than I do.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 233
Posted By ariel
Eric, Egg-zactly my feeling! I do not think...

Eric,
Egg-zactly my feeling!

I do not think pics are good enough to be certain it is not wootz, but Roland is likely be correct: some kind of mechanical damascus.


It is dated 1197...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2016, 11:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,881
Posted By ariel
I have to agree with Jens. Nothing in common,...

I have to agree with Jens.

Nothing in common, except for the use of words with a Sanskrit root " kut, kat" relating to cutting, slashing, slicing etc. Omani Kattara, a long-bladed weapon,...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 27th July 2016, 11:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 220
Posted By ariel
#2

#2
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 27th July 2016, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 220
Posted By ariel
Minangkabau(?) keris

My main interest is Islamic bladed weapons: from Caucasus and the Ottomans to India. Because I know next to nothing about keris, I humbly beg your forbearance and forgiveness: you are dealing with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2016, 12:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
Well, boys, if you have a chance to get a bottle...

Well, boys, if you have a chance to get a bottle of "Two-hearted ale" from Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, you will get addicted to the best IPA you will ever taste....

Sorry, just had to spread the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2016, 12:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 383
Posted By ariel
Indisputable Aravian Shafra ( AKA Kusha) Well,...

Indisputable Aravian Shafra ( AKA Kusha)

Well, even Met is not infallible......
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2016, 11:25 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
There are as many ways to skin a cat just as to...

There are as many ways to skin a cat just as to become a true academic researcher:-)


Education in a particular discipline is important and necessary only in certain cases requiring...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2016, 01:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By ariel
Always wondering: are they fighting or...

Always wondering: are they fighting or utility/kitchen knives?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 11:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,475
Posted By ariel
Wow!!! Up until now, all examples were very...

Wow!!!

Up until now, all examples were very modest, kinda " village-like".
This one is high class.
Man, this pattern was not only for "unwashed masses":-)
Fascinating.
Many thanks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
Ibrahiim, Interesting observation. If this is...

Ibrahiim,
Interesting observation. If this is correct, it might help in pinpointing " pseudoshashkas" to North India/Afghanistan and date them around the same time, ie second half of 19th...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 10:43 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
Jim, I also feel in part responsible: at...

Jim,
I also feel in part responsible: at Mahratt's request I translated this essay into English. I also did not provide my comments about its fatal logical error. Sorry.
There is a lesson for both...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
The variety of Afghani short sabers was very...

The variety of Afghani short sabers was very wide: the blades, the handles, the manner of carrying.
They were no more "regulation" than khybers of different varieties, and the name of those was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 08:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
Exactly my point. The article was carefully...

Exactly my point. The article was carefully researched and the description of the actual objects was exemplary. However, it was based on a wrong premise, tried to forcibly prove an incorrect ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 08:20 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
Well, I just have to draw attention of any...

Well, I just have to draw attention of any interested Forumite to :


http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=17522&highlight=regular+khyber

Posts ##11 and 12.


In the first one, the author...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 04:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,475
Posted By ariel
Ibrahiim, I think you are veering too much off...

Ibrahiim,
I think you are veering too much off into the fantasy land.
We have only recently realized that there is an Indian sword pattern we had no idea about. We still have divergent opinions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 01:35 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
This is true Jim: Afghanis were trying to mass...

This is true Jim: Afghanis were trying to mass produce their traditional Khybers at the Mashin Khana and to give them some European look( D guard). The upper one you have shown is an example. At the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2016, 01:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,475
Posted By ariel
Tunkou was created for a particular function...

Tunkou was created for a particular function explained above.
Subsequently, it became a purely decorative element, largely presenting as just a decorated triangular (mostly) part of the root of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2016, 04:55 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
I remember a treatise on the origins of the...

I remember a treatise on the origins of the Afghani " regulation khyber", where this and similar examples were presented as the very last step in the purported "evolution" and attributed to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2016, 12:08 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
Here is one of my pulouars. The other one is...

Here is one of my pulouars.
The other one is wootz, but the blade is flat, with no grooves.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
Marius, Many old Afghan blades have grooves ...

Marius,

Many old Afghan blades have grooves exactly like that.
I am at work now, but will check my collection.

Grooves like that were cut with very hard chisels all over the world. The round...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2016, 06:16 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,315
Posted By ariel
It IS old :-)))))))

It IS old :-)))))))
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2016, 01:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,540
Posted By ariel
Good old days..... When the water was wetter and...

Good old days.....
When the water was wetter and the girls prettier....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2016, 12:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 495
Posted By ariel
You mean the Baloch or Sindhi ones we have...

You mean the Baloch or Sindhi ones we have discussed recently?
That was exactly what I thought the moment I saw the very first pic:-)))))
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