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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2020, 02:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 861
Posted By RobT
Possible Devnagiri Numbers

Hi RSWORD,

The first digit appears to be a Devnagiri 2 and the second digit may be a 5 (although the curlicue at the bottom is atypical. You can look up Devnagiri numerals on line and see what you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,306
Posted By RobT
Sheath May Help

Ian,

I have a dagger just like yours and, like yours, mine is missing the hilt wrap. I have seen a few of these daggers over the years, so I guess that they are popular but I don't ever recall...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,306
Posted By RobT
Philippine Dagger For Consideration

Hi All,

Here is a dagger from my collection which also features dual concave rebates at the forte. The sides of the blade at the concavities are flat (about 1/8" [3.175mm] thick). Given the style of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2020, 12:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,373
Posted By RobT
Translation

Hi All,

As bhushan_lawate noted, the inscription is upside down. The inscription is in two parts. One part is military info and the other part is a phrase of praise. The translation I propose for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,918
Posted By RobT
Thanks Sajen & Tanaruz

Sajen, thanks for the correction. It has been duly noted in my records.

Tanaruz, thanks for the new info and special thanks for your diligent effort to confirm same. If pehlet is confirmed as the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2020, 12:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,918
Posted By RobT
Hi All, I read somewhere on this forum that the...

Hi All,

I read somewhere on this forum that the bolo posted by Tanaruz is called an outtiwon by the Batad Ifugao and a Kotiwong by the Kiangan Ifugao. It was also noted that thread that the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2020, 01:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,905
Posted By RobT
Thanks For The Explanation

Battara,

Thanks for the clarification. I rather suspected that the tight ganja was a structural improvement over the earlier style. For the dagger sized Indonesian keris which was a point weapon,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2020, 12:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,905
Posted By RobT
Kris Blade & Baca Baca Questions

Hi All,

I have a number of kris with a one piece baca baca (or asing asing as the case may be). On all of these kris, the ganja (to use the Indonesian term) is either part of the blade proper (ganja...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,680
Posted By RobT
Thanks For The Complement

Henk,

Glad you like it. I know that they are a bit rare so I never thought that I would get one, let alone such a classic example with a sheath no less.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,680
Posted By RobT
Thank You

Henk,

Thanks for the info.

Sincerely,
RobT
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,680
Posted By RobT
Indonesian Sword ID Requested

Hi All,

I know that this type of sword has been covered in the forum but, because I never thought I would get one, I wasn't paying attention. I would like to know the names for the sword and for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,541
Posted By RobT
Symbol ID

Hi All,

I have a number of khodmi with the symbol shown in the first blade close-up. The symbol looks like a pair of fish aligned tail to tail. Does anyone have any idea what the symbol means? By...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,271
Posted By RobT
Corrosion X

Hi All,

I recently met a gun collector at an antique show and he said that he swears by Corrosion X to keep his old guns rust free. I had never heard of it so I went online for more info. From what...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2019, 01:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,274
Posted By RobT
Wood Hilt, Lathe Turned

Hi All,

I am a fairly proficient woodworker and given the pattern on the hilt, I am pretty certain that the hilt is wood and a hardwood at that. I am also rather sure that the hilt has been lathe...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,392
Posted By RobT
bichaq=knife

Hi Battara,

Awhile ago I met a Turkish seller of arms and militaria books. He said that bichaq (or biçak) just means knife in Turkish. Google Translate appears to agree and translates "knife" in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 01:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,392
Posted By RobT
Funny Coincidence

Hi Kahnjar1,

I just happened to pick up one of these just last week. Kubur is correct. These knives are typical of Bosnia/Sarajevo. The knives vary greatly in size. The one I just got has a 5" blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 02:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,293
Posted By RobT
Skill is Necessary

Ariel,

I agree with you completely. Forging the old wootz blades was a matter of learned skill. I am a fairly good finish carpenter but even if I were given exhaustively complete plans plus the best...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 02:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,449
Posted By RobT
Glass in the Crucible

Ariel,
According to Föll, all true crucible steel has a high carbon content because the alloy must be at least eutectoid in order to become liquid at the furnace temperatures of the time. If it had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 02:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,449
Posted By RobT
Dr Helmut Föll Disagrees

Ariel,

In his online monograph (Iron, Steel and Swords [https://www.tf.uni-kiel.de/matwis/amat/iss/index.html]), Dr Helmut Föll (materials scientist) says that crucible damascus steel swords contain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 01:36 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 64,693
Posted By RobT
Tonsure Search

Martin,
Thanks for the response. I did two searches. In the first search (Chinese tonsure knife), everything I saw was pretty straight or electric. With the second search (antique tonsure knife) I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 10:57 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 64,693
Posted By RobT
Unknown Folder Origin

Hi All,

Would anyone like to hazard a guess as to the origin of this little folding knife. Overall the knife measures about 5.625" (about 14.25cm). There is no lock. The knife is opened and held...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 03:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
Posted By RobT
Rich, I'm sorry for being unclear. I didn't mean...

Rich,

I'm sorry for being unclear. I didn't mean to imply that the sword was in any way Japanese but rather that the part may have come from a Japanese model 95 or may have been copied from same. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 01:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,748
Posted By RobT
broken tip?

The picture is small but from what I can see, the metal tassel ring looks like the one on my NCO shin gunto. Considering the length of the sheath, could the tip of the sword have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2019, 09:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,039
Posted By RobT
My Circuit Is Incorrect

Hi Kai,

I knew it after I posted so I double checked myself online. My circuit instructions are incorrect (it has been a long while since I built a homemade continuity tester). The battery has to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 02:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,039
Posted By RobT
Check for Continuity

Hi kai,
Before resorting to an x-ray as kronckew suggested, you might want to check for continuity first. Attach a wire lead to the blade and to one of the poles of a D cell. Attach another lead to...
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