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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2014, 04:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 717
Posted By ariel
Roland, Andrew asked a very good question. In...

Roland,
Andrew asked a very good question.

In general, the so-caled "eastern" swords were very often of a saber pattern: curved and with the edge on the convex side.

Some had the so-called...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 717
Posted By ariel
I am with you. IMHO, too, this is a modern hybrid...

I am with you. IMHO, too, this is a modern hybrid of a 19th century N. Indian blade and recently made handle/crossguard.
A close look at the handle is very important.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2014, 02:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 433
Posted By ariel
Not bored: depressed. This oosik is bigger than...

Not bored: depressed.
This oosik is bigger than his....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 502
Posted By ariel
Very nice! Hope I am not going to be lectured...

Very nice!

Hope I am not going to be lectured that it was destined for a mass dance party :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2014, 12:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By ariel
Shafra or Kusha.

Shafra or Kusha.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By ariel
As a woman of my acquaintance once said "I...

As a woman of my acquaintance once said "I do not buy books, I already have one" :-)

I am still waiting for the two Elgood's books. They must be about North Indian weapons. Time to learn something...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th September 2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 787
Posted By ariel
You are welcome! Enjoy the...

You are welcome!
Enjoy the original:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPT3RFTpSUw
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By ariel
Both of you should come to Michigan: I'll take...

Both of you should come to Michigan: I'll take you on a tour of microbreweries
around Ann Arbor. Only then you will understand why Ben Franklin considered beer to be the ultimate proof of God's...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th September 2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 787
Posted By ariel
David, I am so glad to see you lightening up. ...

David,
I am so glad to see you lightening up.
Thank you, Alan, for allowing David to free his inner child:-)
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th September 2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 787
Posted By ariel
Nothing beats good old WD-40: "I love the...

Nothing beats good old WD-40: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd September 2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,659
Posted By ariel
A word of caution: please do not do it with even ...

A word of caution: please do not do it with even presumably valuable blades:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 27th August 2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,431
Posted By ariel
Going to the extreme, which one would you buy:...

Going to the extreme, which one would you buy: old, beat up khanda with nick-ed edges and simple Old Indian hilt or a modern Rajastani replica with modern damascus blade and a hilt covered in golden...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,468
Posted By ariel
Oliver, I was not even mentioning South Asia:-) ...

Oliver,
I was not even mentioning South Asia:-)
Central, -yes.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By ariel
Solingen did damaskus.

Solingen did damaskus.
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 479
Posted By ariel
Solingen did damaskus.

Solingen did damaskus.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,468
Posted By ariel
Oliver, No argument here: Central-Asian origins,...

Oliver,
No argument here: Central-Asian origins, actual manufacture 14-16 century Persia or Mughal India. My only hesitation is with your mention of its potential Mamluk origin. Perhaps, we did not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,468
Posted By ariel
And then, there is this enigmatic knife of Prince...

And then, there is this enigmatic knife of Prince Andrey Staricki of the early 16th century, the origins of which are still hotly debated in Russian sources, although, IMHO, they are fairly obvious:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,468
Posted By ariel
Oliver, Wouldn't you agree that the distinction...

Oliver,
Wouldn't you agree that the distinction between what we know as "present-day Afghanistan" and "present -day Central Asia" is rather artificial? Even now, Tajiks, Turkmen and Uzbeks (...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,468
Posted By ariel
I would just want to draw your attention to 3...

I would just want to draw your attention to 3 daggers from the book of Bashir Mohammed, - Furussiya Collection. All identified as Timurid Afghani, 11-12th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,571
Posted By ariel
Thanks Sancar!

Thanks Sancar!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,571
Posted By ariel
Sancar, What evidence do we have that this (...

Sancar,
What evidence do we have that this ( and, potentilly, other) yataghan were made specifically by Ahmet Tekelu, the enigmatic master? Any signatures on the yataghans? Any mention of this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 747
Posted By ariel
I would guess that the wootz blade on this...

I would guess that the wootz blade on this kaskara comes from Persia: a ( much) better-than-average Qajar "Revival sword".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 581
Posted By ariel
I do not think it is "CV": rather it is...

I do not think it is "CV": rather it is arabic 27. Will make in total 1927.
Gregorian date written with arabic numerals.

I have a whiff of something Syrian :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 747
Posted By ariel
Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means ...

Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means "Persian Weapons" in Polish.
The chief editor of this book was Antoni Romuald Chodynski.

The lay-out of the cover page confused many people, who used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By ariel
Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left...

Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left hip.
I knew of the bronze art of Benin, but this is the first time I see such an organized Damascus pattern on the African sword.

I did find the...
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