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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:12 AM
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Posted By ariel
Kahnjar1: What is a “bitser” ( allegedly correct...

Kahnjar1:
What is a “bitser” ( allegedly correct identification of a scabbard)?
I am unaware of this word.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 01:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By ariel
I could not find anything similar in any of...

I could not find anything similar in any of Rivkin’s books, in any edition of Astvatsaturyan’s book, or in a book ( album, essentially) of the Russian Ethnographic Museum.
It is possible that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2020, 04:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By ariel
The “edge down” is not characteristic of...

The “edge down” is not characteristic of Caucasian origin, more like Turkish.
The decoration of the handle is not something I have seen on Caucasian either. Moreover, the handle and the details of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 242
Posted By ariel
Because I do not know Chinese, I am forced to...

Because I do not know Chinese, I am forced to limit my defences to NYT mini crosswords:-(((

Dementia looms....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 242
Posted By ariel
Impressed even more.

Impressed even more.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2020, 05:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 242
Posted By ariel
I am impressed.

I am impressed.
Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2020, 06:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 629
Posted By ariel
Well, it is outside my interests. Otherwise, my...

Well, it is outside my interests. Otherwise, my wife would have bought it for me : it’s Valentines Day tomorrow.
She does not know it yet, but she gets a fully grown white elephant.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
Yes, these are traditional locally-made...

Yes, these are traditional locally-made blades.

However, I would not discard Alex’s hunting knife. It is emphatically not a fake : the blade is far too obvious to suspect bad intentions of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
E-bay is full of them: finished one, with or...

E-bay is full of them: finished one, with or without scabbards, or just bare lades. Asking price from $7.99 to $10.99, or $92 for eight of them. Most are made in Pakistan, some are sold from the US,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2020, 02:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 458
Posted By ariel
I am confused: your kindjal is not the same as...

I am confused: your kindjal is not the same as the one you are referring to.

Yours is unquestionably authentic, end of 19- beginning of 20 century. Likely Chechen or Daghestani. Simple working...
Forum: Swap Forum 7th February 2020, 12:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 401
Posted By ariel
New book: weapons of Algiers and Morocco

On the Russian Forum, Mahratt announced availability of a new book by Eric Claude about bladed weapons of Algiers and Morocco. He offered providing info for buying this book through personal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,221
Posted By ariel
Here are papers by Kiziria and Sheremetjev I...

Here are papers by Kiziria and Sheremetjev I mentioned earlier.. I guess you can read...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,221
Posted By ariel
Yes, the motives of decoration are Circassian but...

Yes, the motives of decoration are Circassian but this is expected: Meghrelians belonged to the Circassian “group” in the esthetic sense. Please see Rivkin’s book with multiple examples of it. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
Kubur, Fact is something supported by an...

Kubur,
Fact is something supported by an irrefutable evidence.
May I see it, please?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
Marius, As you can see, there are good and old...

Marius,
As you can see, there are good and old examples of Katars with very short side projections. One could argue that the long ones might have served as minimalistic gauntlets, but you would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th January 2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
Imagine that its horizontal bar is wrapped with ...

Imagine that its horizontal bar is wrapped with thick strips of leather or fabric. Would you change your verdict?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th January 2020, 12:56 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
I have several excavated nomadic sabers 8-11...

I have several excavated nomadic sabers 8-11 century. Same appearance.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
Certamente! I had a sadistic impulse to respond...

Certamente!

I had a sadistic impulse to respond in Chinese, but was concerned with the reaction of our moderators.
Oh, what the hell!
当然
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
I found a portrait of Anup Singh, but to my...

I found a portrait of Anup Singh, but to my disappointment he exhibited no signs of acromegaly/gigantism.

I shall console myself with a thought that his court painters presented him as a handsome...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
Fernando, אָמֵן ...

Fernando,

אָמֵן :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
If its blade looks like a Katar, the handle looks...

If its blade looks like a Katar, the handle looks like a Katar, and functionally it can be used like a Katar, why should we think that it is something other than just a Katar? :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
Don’t think so. The very size of the whale and...

Don’t think so. The very size of the whale and the thickness of the blubber required much longer blades. There also was no need in diamond profile and the function was to flense, not to stab.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,550
Posted By ariel
As per pics, I do think it is wootz, but a very...

As per pics, I do think it is wootz, but a very simple and quite crude one. Not Persian for sure, but Ottoman, one of the many Middle Eastern “Turkish” varieties of Sham that are remembered only by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,482
Posted By ariel
I also would not dismiss the idea of it being a...

I also would not dismiss the idea of it being a fighting weapon simply on the basis of a “single bar” argument.
Jens was kind enough to provide a link to his paper. Go there and look at the pics....
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