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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:49 PM
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Posted By ariel
Kubur, You might have been better off rafting to...

Kubur,
You might have been better off rafting to Italy from Turkey and back:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By ariel
Jens and Lee, Thanks to both of you. You just...

Jens and Lee,
Thanks to both of you.
You just saved me a minimum of ~$250-300 ( Czernys auction).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By ariel
Need advice about a book

Does anybody here have “ Islamic arms and Armour of Muslim India” by Syed Zafar Haider?

It it quite expensive and I am wondering whether it provides accurate and unique info beyond Stone,Egerton,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,547
Posted By ariel
Thanks for the examples. Indeed, they are very...

Thanks for the examples. Indeed, they are very similar: simple examples of bosses with economical decorations.
IMHO, it would not be likely for a Balkan weapon to use details of Caucasian objects: I...
Forum: European Armoury 12th November 2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 327
Posted By ariel
Perhaps, in retrospect, it was the most...

Perhaps, in retrospect, it was the most consequential war: millions of dead for no good reason except for the German wish to become an European hegemon and the unwillingness of Britain and France to...
Forum: European Armoury 12th November 2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 570
Posted By ariel
Berdyshes have a " cherry on top": they...

Berdyshes have a " cherry on top": they could be used as an axe or glaive, but in close quarters the weapon could be gripped within the space bordered by the concave rear end of the blade and the...
Forum: European Armoury 11th November 2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 327
Posted By ariel
Wars are not made by manufacturers of weapons. ...

Wars are not made by manufacturers of weapons.
They are made by politicians, wounded national/religious ambitions and pure greed. To eliminate wars one would have to transform the entire mankind ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
This is not yet another focused note on katars,...

This is not yet another focused note on katars, Zirah Bouks and the armor.
Just some musings on the origins of some terminology mentioned in this thread.

Let’s trace the word “ ordynka”, a Tatar/...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,884
Posted By ariel
To my eyes this hexagonal blade looks like a...

To my eyes this hexagonal blade looks like a worn out and modified example of a Spanish cavalry blade 1728 pattern. They produced it in different sizes till the end of 18 century when they switched...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
Ed, I have no idea how Mamluk and Ottoman guards...

Ed,

I have no idea how Mamluk and Ottoman guards were secured. I looked at mine and could not find any mastique or rivets. Sudanese and Syrians used wrappings of different materials and degree of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2018, 10:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
As a matter of fact, Sudanese crossguards...

As a matter of fact, Sudanese crossguards resemble not the Ottoman , but rather old Mamluk guards.
One only has to check the book by Yucel to see that they are virtually identical twins, only the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2018, 04:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
Well, sure, and after that face reassembly of the...

Well, sure, and after that face reassembly of the hilt, fashioning contemporaneous mastique, reattaching the tang band, and then go back to square one: how to re-attach the crossguard. Looks to me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
The only way to remove epoxy is to use Dremel....

The only way to remove epoxy is to use Dremel. From time to time I see silver Ottoman crossguards on eBay. But yours has langets that fit the slots on the handle, and a new one will likely not. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2018, 10:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
I do not think it is welding: one cannot weld...

I do not think it is welding: one cannot weld anything to the cowhorn.
Modern adhesives ? Epoxy?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
Do not despair. It is in the Glossary in the...

Do not despair. It is in the Glossary in the Jaipur book by Elgood. Since his academic credentials are not too shabby, I tend to rely on him more than I would on Russian policemen. I agree it is a an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2018, 08:50 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
Kinda bad taste to toot one’s own horn, but I...

Kinda bad taste to toot one’s own horn, but I shall do it anyway. One of the points in my post #73 closed the discussion: a dagger with reinforced point was called Zirah Bouk, mail piercer.

Here...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th November 2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 566
Posted By ariel
I often catch myself underestimating the...

I often catch myself underestimating the magnitude of wars on the Indian subcontinent. It takes me some time to recall the size of their armies and the sheer number of conflicts here and there. And...
Forum: European Armoury 4th November 2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 544
Posted By ariel
Fernando, Is it the photograph, or is this...

Fernando,
Is it the photograph, or is this Portuguese blade sharpened only at its distal half?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2018, 01:45 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
As far as I remember, stories about Indian...

As far as I remember, stories about Indian swordplay ( no parrying, just shield and jumping) came from the Brits as well.
But I am not sure it has any relations to the topic of this discussion....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2018, 04:01 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
Very interesting. As I recall, there are...

Very interesting.
As I recall, there are descriptions of Indian swordplay by the Brits: according to them , Indians did not parry and did not use the thrust.
And here are two quintessential Indian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
If we went so far in our digressions, any...

If we went so far in our digressions, any documented evidence in favor ( or against) flissa being a stabbing weapon? Or slashing?
Maghribean cavalry ( just like Aravian) was riding camels and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
Well, Jim, first we do not have to invike the...

Well, Jim, first we do not have to invike the Ottomans as stand-up for Golden Horde nomads ( see the Mongol saber ). Second, I have no recollection where I read it, but really old flissas were very...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,984
Posted By ariel
Bladed weapons with reinforced points are seen in...

Bladed weapons with reinforced points are seen in multiple cultures.
During their attack Circassians, it was said, "first stabbed and then slashed". Their sabers with bayonet points are well known ....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,026
Posted By ariel
Jim, Please see ##6,7 and 11. The blade of this...

Jim,
Please see ##6,7 and 11.
The blade of this khanjar is made of a real pattern-welded steel ( also called “mechanical Damascus”).
Wootz is a crucible steel.
Wax resist is a technique aimed at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 02:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,026
Posted By ariel
Wax resist is a technique “painting” a Damascus...

Wax resist is a technique “painting” a Damascus pattern on plain steel.

The blade is covered with a layer of wax and then a comb-like instrument removes lines of the wax coverage creating a...
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