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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,972
Posted By ALEX
Small Uzbek Knifes

Small/mini Uzbek knifes, some are souvenirs but made just like real ones and of the same material and quality.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,977
Posted By ALEX
Very interesting! Could it be made in Ottoman...

Very interesting! Could it be made in Ottoman Syria? the brass crossguard and type of coftgari are indicative of it.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd March 2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,401
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Thank you so much for such incredible...

Kwiatek,

Thank you so much for such incredible insights and translation. This is truly amazing to be able to read the text which appears to be very unusual where a date was written in words instead...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th February 2020, 05:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,401
Posted By ALEX
Thanks, Kubur! This is how I felt when I found...

Thanks, Kubur! This is how I felt when I found it. Even though quite plain and modest, this is Central Asian qalamdan. I do not recall seeing known qalamdans from Central Asia. Does anyone know of...
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,808
Posted By ALEX
Unbelievable indeed, the blade is intact and...

Unbelievable indeed, the blade is intact and fully functioning... and it comes with the original belt!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th February 2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,401
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, hopefully these are better photos and...

Kwiatek, hopefully these are better photos and easier to read. No rush with translation, whenever you have time. Many thanks!
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,808
Posted By ALEX
Roman Dagger Restoration

Here is the ARTICLE LINK (https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-dagger-restored-germany-145411683.html) that allegedly shows before and after photos of a relic Roman dagger. The found relic looked like a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,504
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Many thanks for your help, as...

Kwiatek,
Many thanks for your help, as always!

Marius,
Here is photo of the subject set with two knifes produced by the same workshop. One is of general 'hunting/European' form and another is of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th February 2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,401
Posted By ALEX
Persian Qalamdan - Translation Request

Here is Persian(?) Papier-mâché qalamdan (pen case). Is it Persian or Arabic writing? Can someone translate it? Many thanks.
Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2020, 05:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,705
Posted By ALEX
I also find the langets and crossguard in general...

I also find the langets and crossguard in general to be too thin and fragile.
Can this even be a battle sword by design?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2020, 04:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,906
Posted By ALEX
I'd not recommend experimenting with it. It could...

I'd not recommend experimenting with it. It could work or it could damage the blade. Good wootz will react to most mild etchants like lemon juice or any household cleaning solution containing acid...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 09:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,068
Posted By ALEX
Jens, it appears to be coftgari, but you're right...

Jens, it appears to be coftgari, but you're right - it is exceptionally fine gold inlay work from 17th Century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,504
Posted By ALEX
Good point, Marius, Totally agree with...

Good point, Marius, Totally agree with you.

Here's another vintage/modern Uzbek knife produced in Shahrihon region.

Kwiatek, please correct me if I am wrong, the inscriptions on the blade and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,068
Posted By ALEX
Jens, here is the answer: there are two poppy...

Jens, here is the answer: there are two poppy plants swaying on long, slender stems emphasizing the chape's vertical form. Among them, there are bristling buds, floating clouds and 2 plumb...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,504
Posted By ALEX
Thank You, Kwiatek This confirms the scabbard was...

Thank You, Kwiatek
This confirms the scabbard was made in Uzbekistan, as I was told it was made by a local Uzbek master, who's not native Arabic speaker of course.

The knife was also made by the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,504
Posted By ALEX
I agree, this knife was made to look in Uzbek...

I agree, this knife was made to look in Uzbek style. The only blade is not of Uzbek form, and this only feature makes it non-ethnographic.

Marius, would you agree if the blade be of proper pchak...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,504
Posted By ALEX
Mahratt, Thanks! This crossed my mind also....

Mahratt, Thanks! This crossed my mind also. Mechanically, the blade does look Indian, although tiger-eye/raindrop are more common Indian patterns, and this one is more 'ladder-oriented'. The shape of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,504
Posted By ALEX
Mahratt, an excellent observation. You're right....

Mahratt, an excellent observation. You're right. I guess this is just a (hunting?) knife with the Uzbek-styled scabbard; they fit well but could be a mismatch too.
Have you seen similar? The scabbard...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,504
Posted By ALEX
New/Modern Uzbek Pchak

Here is newly made Uzbek knife (pchak). I suspect some parts being shipped from other regions, like walrus handle is most certainly from Russia, the blade could also be from elsewhere (India?), the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,906
Posted By ALEX
This is quite possible. These white spots are...

This is quite possible. These white spots are result of overheating, either during or after forging. They become permanent part of wootz structure/pattern and once they're formed there is no way to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,922
Posted By ALEX
Eftihis, What a nice complete example! I agree...

Eftihis,
What a nice complete example! I agree with your observations and assessment of this Ottoman shamshir with Persian blade. There are 3 punch marks on the scabbard next to the inscription. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,348
Posted By ALEX
Yes, a classical Ottoman Kard and 19th Century....

Yes, a classical Ottoman Kard and 19th Century. The handle is likely jade and the blade is wootz. The silver scabbard also has all elements of classical Ottoman design, the repose style, 'rings' near...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,420
Posted By ALEX
I disagree with your earlier comparison between...

I disagree with your earlier comparison between R. Elgood and K. Rivkin as well as the above comment. Both authors are experienced researchers in their field of study, and present valuable material...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,068
Posted By ALEX
Thanks Jens, Jim, Jens, you're close with one...

Thanks Jens, Jim,
Jens, you're close with one element, but not exactly. I'll post the answer if noone guesses right. I think these minor details and the messages the makers and patrons of these...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,242
Posted By ALEX
I think Tula refers to Niello technique here....

I think Tula refers to Niello technique here. Niello is called Tula in many European countries as most Niello work in Europe was produced in Russia (in Moscow and Tula) from 18 to 19 Centuries....
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