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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2019, 04:52 AM
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Posted By Bob A
Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 12:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By Bob A
Please bear in mind my lack of qualifications to...

Please bear in mind my lack of qualifications to comment meaningfully on your mandau. Despite that, I'm pleased to say that I find the sword rather attractive; the carving is interesting, the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 12:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By Bob A
We unquestionably have big problems in the...

We unquestionably have big problems in the world.

That said, I suspect ineptitude rather than socio-political interference. As someone mentioned to me elsewhere today, "Half the people you saw today...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By Bob A
US Customs ate my package

Good day, all.

I ordered Dmitry's book in September, and it was shipped around the beginning of October from Moscow. It entered US Customs on 10 October, and has not been seen or heard from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,143
Posted By Bob A
In a discussion on another forum regarding...

In a discussion on another forum regarding Damascus steel, someone posted a youtube video in which Alfred Pendray was able to produce wootz steel. While the samples produced at that time were not to...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 555
Posted By Bob A
"Italy" is a modern construct. The area...

"Italy" is a modern construct. The area we now know as Italy was a patchwork defined by a number of foreign influences; Austria, Spain, France, and their agents and vassals. Lots of push/pull with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,644
Posted By Bob A
Well, "oxblood" shoes were once colored...

Well, "oxblood" shoes were once colored with, yes, ox blood.

I see no reason why any sort of blood couldn't be used to impart a sort of brownish-red tint to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 565
Posted By Bob A
Registering a guess - Balkan?

Registering a guess - Balkan?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,143
Posted By Bob A
I thought this information on production of...

I thought this information on production of silicon carbide was of interest.

The simplest process to manufacture silicon carbide is to combine silica sand and carbon in an Acheson graphite electric...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 814
Posted By Bob A
I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That...

I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That said, there's a gap between objective truth - if such a thing exists outside the realm of hard science - and opinion.

I've encountered some blunt...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,571
Posted By Bob A
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,580
Posted By Bob A
Yes, we eagerly await . . .

Yes, we eagerly await . . .
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2019, 05:12 PM
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Views: 3,137
Posted By Bob A
Given that I have never seen a Khyber blade with...

Given that I have never seen a Khyber blade with etching of this nature, I too would incline steeply toward an old blade, augmented later.

I've grown suspicious of weapons that suddenly appear...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th August 2019, 12:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,478
Posted By Bob A
No expertise here either, but it has the look of...

No expertise here either, but it has the look of bone to me.

Aside from the appearance of bone, the dagger has a utilitarian look, on which I doubt ivory would be used.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By Bob A
I like nearly everything about this dagger very...

I like nearly everything about this dagger very much. Actually, the filigree/stone on the pommel is the only part that jars my appreciation - and forgive me for imposing my own aesthetic standards on...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th August 2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 908
Posted By Bob A
Buzkashi whip. Collected circa 1980.

Buzkashi whip. Collected circa 1980.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd August 2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,262
Posted By Bob A
Sadly true, Alan. Above and beyond the above,...

Sadly true, Alan.

Above and beyond the above, the fees tacked on to the hammer prices, and the taxes, shipping and so forth can amount to a considerable overage. Depending on the cost and size of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd August 2019, 05:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 908
Posted By Bob A
Yes, certainly Buzkashi, and a wonderful...

Yes, certainly Buzkashi, and a wonderful depiction of the sport. I'm guessing the scale depicted below the picture is in inches?

It's delightful - where did you encounter it?

I'm away from home at...
Forum: European Armoury 14th July 2019, 05:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By Bob A
Yes, looks right. The tines extend down the...

Yes, looks right. The tines extend down the shaft, covering about half the shaft on opposing sides.

The pikes that were displayed had no crossbars, however, as they would get tangled in the rope...
Forum: European Armoury 13th July 2019, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By Bob A
Those illustrated above capture the idea, but not...

Those illustrated above capture the idea, but not the actuality.

The one I saw had no elegance, nor any attempt to beautify. It was of a piece with the boarding pikes: one-piece, with the socket...
Forum: European Armoury 13th July 2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By Bob A
US-marked halberd

Seen at last night's MACA (Maryland Arms Collectors Assn) meeting, within a presentation about naval boarding pikes, was a halberd, consisting of a convex blade, backed by a curved spike, and topped...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th July 2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,296
Posted By Bob A
"Everything should be made as simple as...

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Not a simple task.

I find it simple to get wrapped in complexity. But the ideal, for me, is to achieve that quality that...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th July 2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,296
Posted By Bob A
Why not the edge, then? In use, the edge...

Why not the edge, then? In use, the edge delineates the first part of the blade to perform the actual function of the blade; since the function may be to cut or to puncture, the tip must be...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th July 2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,296
Posted By Bob A
No philosphers in my cupboard, Alan; I even...

No philosphers in my cupboard, Alan; I even looked for a Philosopher's Stone, but no luck. My dross will have to remain, ungilded.

OK looking at a keris. If it's sheathed, very little of the actual...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th July 2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,296
Posted By Bob A
Taking the blade as a whole, one way of...

Taking the blade as a whole, one way of approaching the question is to consider that the surface of the blade, in its entirety, is the beginning.

That's the part that interacts with the rest of the...
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