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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 653
Posted By ariel
As a woman of my acquaintance once said "I...

As a woman of my acquaintance once said "I do not buy books, I already have one" :-)

I am still waiting for the two Elgood's books. They must be about North Indian weapons. Time to learn something...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th September 2014, 09:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 506
Posted By ariel
You are welcome! Enjoy the...

You are welcome!
Enjoy the original:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPT3RFTpSUw
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2014, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 360
Posted By ariel
Both of you should come to Michigan: I'll take...

Both of you should come to Michigan: I'll take you on a tour of microbreweries
around Ann Arbor. Only then you will understand why Ben Franklin considered beer to be the ultimate proof of God's...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th September 2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 506
Posted By ariel
David, I am so glad to see you lightening up. ...

David,
I am so glad to see you lightening up.
Thank you, Alan, for allowing David to free his inner child:-)
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th September 2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 506
Posted By ariel
Nothing beats good old WD-40: "I love the...

Nothing beats good old WD-40: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd September 2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,219
Posted By ariel
A word of caution: please do not do it with even ...

A word of caution: please do not do it with even presumably valuable blades:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 27th August 2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,269
Posted By ariel
Going to the extreme, which one would you buy:...

Going to the extreme, which one would you buy: old, beat up khanda with nick-ed edges and simple Old Indian hilt or a modern Rajastani replica with modern damascus blade and a hilt covered in golden...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,178
Posted By ariel
Oliver, I was not even mentioning South Asia:-) ...

Oliver,
I was not even mentioning South Asia:-)
Central, -yes.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 663
Posted By ariel
Solingen did damaskus.

Solingen did damaskus.
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 441
Posted By ariel
Solingen did damaskus.

Solingen did damaskus.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,178
Posted By ariel
Oliver, No argument here: Central-Asian origins,...

Oliver,
No argument here: Central-Asian origins, actual manufacture 14-16 century Persia or Mughal India. My only hesitation is with your mention of its potential Mamluk origin. Perhaps, we did not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,178
Posted By ariel
And then, there is this enigmatic knife of Prince...

And then, there is this enigmatic knife of Prince Andrey Staricki of the early 16th century, the origins of which are still hotly debated in Russian sources, although, IMHO, they are fairly obvious:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,178
Posted By ariel
Oliver, Wouldn't you agree that the distinction...

Oliver,
Wouldn't you agree that the distinction between what we know as "present-day Afghanistan" and "present -day Central Asia" is rather artificial? Even now, Tajiks, Turkmen and Uzbeks (...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,178
Posted By ariel
I would just want to draw your attention to 3...

I would just want to draw your attention to 3 daggers from the book of Bashir Mohammed, - Furussiya Collection. All identified as Timurid Afghani, 11-12th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,440
Posted By ariel
Thanks Sancar!

Thanks Sancar!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,440
Posted By ariel
Sancar, What evidence do we have that this (...

Sancar,
What evidence do we have that this ( and, potentilly, other) yataghan were made specifically by Ahmet Tekelu, the enigmatic master? Any signatures on the yataghans? Any mention of this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 718
Posted By ariel
I would guess that the wootz blade on this...

I would guess that the wootz blade on this kaskara comes from Persia: a ( much) better-than-average Qajar "Revival sword".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 555
Posted By ariel
I do not think it is "CV": rather it is...

I do not think it is "CV": rather it is arabic 27. Will make in total 1927.
Gregorian date written with arabic numerals.

I have a whiff of something Syrian :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 718
Posted By ariel
Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means ...

Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means "Persian Weapons" in Polish.
The chief editor of this book was Antoni Romuald Chodynski.

The lay-out of the cover page confused many people, who used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left...

Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left hip.
I knew of the bronze art of Benin, but this is the first time I see such an organized Damascus pattern on the African sword.

I did find the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
A colleague from another forum found this picture...

A colleague from another forum found this picture of Dahomean amazons: notice the handle of an identical form under the belt of the woman on the right.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
Top guns, my foot :-) To join the...

Top guns, my foot :-)
To join the "mis-attribution company" with Oldman is a badge of honor!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
Jim, Your memory is truly phenomenal! Not for...

Jim,
Your memory is truly phenomenal!
Not for nothing you are known as Google McDougall:-)


Here is another one just like that, posted millennia ago.
Dahomey, no doubt.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
Wow! Jim, many thanks. Totally unexpected...

Wow!
Jim, many thanks. Totally unexpected attribution!
King Gezo was always my role model :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
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