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Forum: European Armoury 2nd December 2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By Bob A
Impressive, but I'd not care to wear it; that...

Impressive, but I'd not care to wear it; that wing-nut would definitely make an impression on the wearer. Far outside my area of expertise, though. While corrosion is worrisome, addressing it is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2021, 12:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 676
Posted By Bob A
Would there be any reason to think that the...

Would there be any reason to think that the "blackening" of the blade was intended to function as a rust preventive, similar to the bluing or browning of Western firearms?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2021, 02:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 972
Posted By Bob A
As you've indicated you desire comment, I'm...

As you've indicated you desire comment, I'm pleased to oblige.

I like everything about the mandau very much, except the blade, which is of course the absolute heart of the thing.

While the...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 18th October 2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,440
Posted By Bob A
Re: little ham, perhaps you're thinking of Mickey...

Re: little ham, perhaps you're thinking of Mickey Rooney? Actors are the only little hams with speaking parts.

Hamlets are little villages; while they are said to speak with one voice regarding...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,356
Posted By Bob A
I absolutely agree, Alan. I might not have...

I absolutely agree, Alan.

I might not have made myself entirely clear, but I attempted to indicate that the more global or oceanic examination, which would correspond to Ian's well-stated concept...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,356
Posted By Bob A
The question of the value and nature of research,...

The question of the value and nature of research, as applied to representative depictions of weapons for example, is more complex than it might appear.

Research, embodying observation leading to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,356
Posted By Bob A
Personally, I like pictures. Worth a thousand...

Personally, I like pictures. Worth a thousand words, or so I was told.

Being able to make a mental tie-in between an antique weapon and the person or persons who might have utilised it adds a...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 17th September 2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,486
Posted By Bob A
The book appears to have been reprinted in soft...

The book appears to have been reprinted in soft covers; that would account for the lower price. The earlier printing in hard covers should see a reduction in price as scarcity no longer drives the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2021, 02:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,796
Posted By Bob A
The blade profile is similar to the...

The blade profile is similar to the Applegate-Fairbairn fighting knife developed in WWII, though the hilt is different.

If I had to choose between American, European and Philippine origin, I'd...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,796
Posted By Bob A
I've noticed that people in North America wear...

I've noticed that people in North America wear articles of clothing impregnated with copper wire, and copper bracelets, to rid themselves of pain demons in their joints, or to ward off same.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd August 2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,354
Posted By Bob A
The hilt is brittle, as seen by the crack; mother...

The hilt is brittle, as seen by the crack; mother of pearl is notorious for this sort of fragility. I don't think you could achieve the iridescent luster of the surface on horn.
Forum: European Armoury 22nd August 2021, 01:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,802
Posted By Bob A
While, sadly, I can't help with your question, it...

While, sadly, I can't help with your question, it would be of interest to see photos of the other side of the pistol, and a top, bottom and front view as well. (That might also be of some use to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,985
Posted By Bob A
I must have missed the original post, apologies. ...

I must have missed the original post, apologies.

I'd been given to understand that the ayda katti was rare, but I've seen a half-dozen for sale over the last several years. Most of those had more...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th July 2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,440
Posted By Bob A
Newly arrived. Supposedly from Bali, late...

Newly arrived. Supposedly from Bali, late 19th-early 20th century?. Very sharp.

These seem hard to come by in these seemingly decadent times/places.
Forum: European Armoury 13th July 2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,943
Posted By Bob A
Might the split in the skirt involve leg...

Might the split in the skirt involve leg protection on some fashion? Cavalry was mentioned; however, it seems like it might be pretty uncomfortable to wear on horseback, at least without some padding...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,585
Posted By Bob A
Not everyone can afford top of the line knives. I...

Not everyone can afford top of the line knives. I don't know the extent of the tourist trade in Kurdistan, but you didn't over-pay.

Since the knife displeases you, by all means pass it along.
Forum: European Armoury 19th May 2021, 01:39 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,258
Posted By Bob A
Doubtless you've all heard the story about the...

Doubtless you've all heard the story about the naval captain and his red shirt?
Forum: European Armoury 18th May 2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,980
Posted By Bob A
I would hazard a guess that chain and bar shot...

I would hazard a guess that chain and bar shot would have been used to incapacitate an opponents vessel through wrecking the rigging; loading grape would make sense as the boarding vessel approached,...
Forum: European Armoury 17th May 2021, 02:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,980
Posted By Bob A
Sharpshooters in crow's nests did for Admiral...

Sharpshooters in crow's nests did for Admiral Nelson, and many others as well. Deck cannons loaded with grapeshot did great slaughter to boarding parties.

In addition to the desperate fight to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,665
Posted By Bob A
While the arrows have an overall appearance of...

While the arrows have an overall appearance of age, the nocks don't look as though the arrows have ever been used - no wear from a bowstring.

But I'm no archer, so I could be wrong.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,990
Posted By Bob A
That's a remarkable axe. The last photo is...

That's a remarkable axe. The last photo is eye-opening; I'd never have expected that it would be such a thick section. Attractive wood as well. The effort put into forging and engraving the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,296
Posted By Bob A
Thank you for the 1921 Sudan document. I'd...

Thank you for the 1921 Sudan document.

I'd mention that the Sufic influence came from as far West as Spain in the form of Ibn Arabi who dates to the late 1100s, and whose travels took him across...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
Posted By Bob A
That's a very interesting and thought-provoking...

That's a very interesting and thought-provoking question.

While steel hones are not regularly encountered, rocks are readily available. Steel of the same hardness as the blade would not have a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 01:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,381
Posted By Bob A
Yes, the shift/reload worked for me, per a...

Yes, the shift/reload worked for me, per a suggestion from Alan Maisey.

Many thanks to those who contribute to the site and solve irs problems!
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,829
Posted By Bob A
To my untrained and increasingly elderly eyes,...

To my untrained and increasingly elderly eyes, some of the markings - the "floral" set specifically - look unusually crisp, given the erosion of the surface of the sword. I'd have thought they'd have...
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