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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2016, 01:30 PM
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Posted By josh stout
Thanks for the info Gavin! This is certainly a...

Thanks for the info Gavin! This is certainly a strange one. It certainly seems too well made and too solid to be anything other than a weapon, but I have seen laminated heat-treated scissors. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2016, 01:20 PM
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Views: 437
Posted By josh stout
The first set of shuang jian do no appear to be...

The first set of shuang jian do no appear to be ritual swords, though, as stated, they were most probably owned by a scholar. Most of the later jian were indeed never intended to be used, but the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 58
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Posted By josh stout
Does it have a hairpin lamination? It looks like...

Does it have a hairpin lamination? It looks like it has something. How thick is it? It certainly looks like it could be a weapon but I have not seen anything like it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2016, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By josh stout
I bought a couple of small knives (badik?) in...

I bought a couple of small knives (badik?) in Sulawesi from a Bugi market in 1993. They looked almost exactly like these and were definitely made by Bugis. The right angle on the hilt was quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 771
Posted By josh stout
I see the resemblance to what are sometimes...

I see the resemblance to what are sometimes called "Chinese Bowie knives" but it is not one of them.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 577
Posted By josh stout
I saw one like that recently that was firmly...

I saw one like that recently that was firmly atributed as Thai. The regional lantaka design is a bit simpler than others, with a lotus flower muzzle. Unfortunately I don't know enough to describe...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 610
Posted By josh stout
The business can be very strange. There was a...

The business can be very strange. There was a time in the early 2000s when I bought a few antiques from China and then sold them back at twice the price. At the time I assumed that the price...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2016, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 546
Posted By josh stout
Nice! It sure looks like jade to me.

Nice! It sure looks like jade to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2016, 03:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 546
Posted By josh stout
The book is on its way. Thanks! It can be...

The book is on its way. Thanks!

It can be difficult to impossible to tell rocks apart just by looking at them. If I had to guess I would say yours are diorite, the hard often black or grainy rock...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2016, 05:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 546
Posted By josh stout
Thank you for the replies. The darker stone is...

Thank you for the replies. The darker stone is 20.5cm *3.8cm while the lighter colored one is 20.4cm*3.4cm. Geology is not my field, and I know nothing of New Guinea’s rocks but I don’t think most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2016, 01:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 546
Posted By josh stout
New Guinea Jade Axes

I found these two jade axes but know very little about them. They seem to be known as "bride price" axes and were used as currency and perhaps still are. These two have small chips in the edges...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2016, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,500
Posted By josh stout
The tongue idea may be speculation, but it is...

The tongue idea may be speculation, but it is interesting. It is certainly not uncommon to see Chinese and other steel weapons with the blade coming out of the open mouthed head forming the guard. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By josh stout
Very nice and greatly appreciated. I am...

Very nice and greatly appreciated. I am skeptical about the "Ming" attribution for meany of the village jian. People have been debating their age for a while, and the general consensus is there is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 710
Posted By josh stout
Also, there is a good chance the whole thing is...

Also, there is a good chance the whole thing is plastic.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 710
Posted By josh stout
It is definately a tourist item meant as a letter...

It is definately a tourist item meant as a letter opener, but it is hard to tell the age. Most were made in the last ten years, and if ivory, out of extremely unethical poached material. There is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,579
Posted By josh stout
Thanks for explaining the "hamon" in...

Thanks for explaining the "hamon" in the horse tooth inserted edge. Now that it is pointed out, the "milky", "cloudy" look is obvious along the edge. Some of the "teeth" are whiter than others, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,579
Posted By josh stout
I think the confusion is from the phrase...

I think the confusion is from the phrase "horse tooth hamon". As far as I know, the horse tooth pattern in Chinese swords is "jia gang" or inserted edge construction, while a similar wavy edge...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By josh stout
Here is a large biface that I would call a...

Here is a large biface that I would call a neolithic handaxe. Found in Mali, it shows a nice patina, and has nice color.

The example is more or less symmetrical, and to me, seems distinctly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2015, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By josh stout
The Mahogany obsidian was found near Fern Cave in...

The Mahogany obsidian was found near Fern Cave in the Lava Beds National Monument circa 1890. It is by far the best in my collection.

I certainly agree that they are quite widespread. I think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By josh stout
Very true, which is why I look for signs of...

Very true, which is why I look for signs of patina just as I do for swords. Look near where the fingers are gripping on the top photo to see the black "desert varnish". That is several thousand...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2015, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By josh stout
oldest ethnographic weapons handaxes

Good Chinese swords have left my price range, so I have been looking into a much older weapon/tool form, the stone hand axe. They were produced for well over a million years in the Lower...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th January 2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,576
Posted By josh stout
Yes, I agree. While the handle is in a style...

Yes, I agree. While the handle is in a style that would be consistent with the Qianlong period, the blade appears mid to late 19th c.. I have a large knife with a very similar handle that I always...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,164
Posted By josh stout
Nice photo collection. I am suspicious of the...

Nice photo collection. I am suspicious of the iron whips with dragon guards (Yazi) and round nodes along the length. I see what are likely fakes of these on eBay frequently, and even from a few...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,212
Posted By josh stout
Number eight appears to be a Chinese lance. ...

Number eight appears to be a Chinese lance. Similar examples are not too uncommon. Number nine could be from anywhere with Chinese influence and a dramatic flair. South East Asia is quite likely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,581
Posted By josh stout
Thanks for posting the very interesting handgun. ...

Thanks for posting the very interesting handgun. I am fascinated for a number of reasons, but I am worried that this will get us off the more general thread on "fighting irons" or "sword-breakers". ...
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