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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,173
Posted By fspic
Ha! We should expect nothing less than an...

Ha! We should expect nothing less than an Englishman of all people to know his New Guinea cannibals! And there's no telling what loathsome disgusting things decorate his shelves and hang from the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2012, 05:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,173
Posted By fspic
I will dig through my books. The ones that...

I will dig through my books. The ones that happened to be on one shelf include the classic by C.A.W. Moncton, The Taming of New Guinea,Wanderings Among the South Sea Savagesby H.W. Walker, and one of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2012, 11:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,059
Posted By fspic
The fluting (or whatever) suggests this is...

The fluting (or whatever) suggests this is Italian (or maybe French) as they are the main ones who heavily used that sort of decoration - it is also found in furniture. It doth have a Baroque-ish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,173
Posted By fspic
That's what the New Guinea book said and for the...

That's what the New Guinea book said and for the time being I'll accept the on-scene account. Sharks do poke their heads out of water to be hand fed as shown on some of the Great white specials on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2012, 01:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,173
Posted By fspic
The shape of these clubs reminds me of the...

The shape of these clubs reminds me of the alternate use of the pointy style new Guinea canoe paddles. My old books indicate a few which are made quite long for the purpose of standing while...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2012, 03:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 35,071
Posted By fspic
I have two sabers which fall into the design type...

I have two sabers which fall into the design type discussed here. One is a longer classic Polish/Hungarian/Turkish type with multiple fullers and a Polish wooden bird's head grip. The tip is more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2012, 02:29 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 35,071
Posted By fspic
Yes, but what if he invites you over to see his...

Yes, but what if he invites you over to see his swords and bites you on the neck?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,649
Posted By fspic
Pesh-kahbz and/or Choora

These are quick shots of the edged weapons in the pesh kahbz. One is relatively new and in excellent condition but with a rather soft blade. The one with the horn fluted grips is the real thing with...
Forum: European Armoury 6th February 2012, 02:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,529
Posted By fspic
Find old books showing common furniture of the...

Find old books showing common furniture of the place where you think this originated. That will often have similar markings. A lot of American furniture was chip carved by traveling carvers who did...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2012, 10:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,649
Posted By fspic
He referred to the shorter knife in your...

He referred to the shorter knife in your illustration. The longer one is as we call it here, is a Khyber knife/sword. The short one does have a much longer version which is called a choora. I will...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2012, 01:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,967
Posted By fspic
There is a well established custom knife making...

There is a well established custom knife making culture in America most of which makes traditional hunting or military knives. In the last ten or twelve years custom makers mastered the process of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2012, 04:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,649
Posted By fspic
An associate who collects these things says the...

An associate who collects these things says the long bladed version of the kard in the illustration is a choora. Or at least in America and other English speaking places. Mine has a blade length of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th February 2012, 02:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,967
Posted By fspic
Well, it won't be used in reenactments of the...

Well, it won't be used in reenactments of the Siege of Vienna, that's for sure! On the other hand he probably wanted a modern custom show knife based upon that form.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2012, 03:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,723
Posted By fspic
On a non-related site I once made an extended...

On a non-related site I once made an extended cultural observation about a point of sub-interest in a post with handsome photos. All comments to date were on the order of, "that's nice" or "good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2012, 12:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 989
Posted By fspic
I have something of similar form mounted on a...

I have something of similar form mounted on a short length of bamboo. It was no doubt brought back by a soldier. The blade is a bit burned around the tip and the bamboo if I recall. This indicates...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2012, 12:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,667
Posted By fspic
You could try applying a large copper soldering...

You could try applying a large copper soldering iron against it as the heat would be lower and possibly enough would flow off to warm the resin. It would have to be applied several times but it would...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st January 2012, 02:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,177
Posted By fspic
Do a web search for scrap metal prices and you...

Do a web search for scrap metal prices and you will get its true value.

I have seen some "interesting looking" pieces with a certain amount of illustrative work which were nonetheless torch cut from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2012, 09:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,741
Posted By fspic
I saw a photograph of this type of gun being held...

I saw a photograph of this type of gun being held by a native in an old photograph. I believe the caption said it was Ceylonese. Generally a culture southeast of India's eastern seaboard if not from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,436
Posted By fspic
My interest is in duplicating the barrel...

My interest is in duplicating the barrel bands/capucines as so many were lost and replaced with simple brass bands. No doubt many such brass bands were common as original replacements. Many were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,436
Posted By fspic
Frankly, an old crotch cheapo but shootable gun...

Frankly, an old crotch cheapo but shootable gun following the form of the original and made by the same people, is still a real gun. They can be trimmed and properly re-finished. Took a look at one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2012, 03:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,436
Posted By fspic
I think I have I have about six of those things...

I think I have I have about six of those things including a couple borderline shorter Afghans without locks. Those are the garish type with heavy smaller mother of pearl work and poor workmanship on...
Forum: European Armoury 29th January 2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 18,100
Posted By fspic
Well, how restoring doing one side of the blade...

Well, how restoring doing one side of the blade so it has a representative appearance and leaving the other side as is? At least it cuts work in half. I wouldn't do that with a genuinely historical...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,967
Posted By fspic
I suppose someone could go one step further and...

I suppose someone could go one step further and coat a blade with a photo sensitive solution and expose a negative through an enlarger. Then it could be acid etched and/or hand engraved. And you...
Forum: European Armoury 29th January 2012, 04:02 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 18,100
Posted By fspic
This blade may have been a lost cause before any...

This blade may have been a lost cause before any work was done on it. The only thing that can be done is a chemical cleaning, filing smooth and then finding a way to fill in the pits with metal. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2012, 11:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,967
Posted By fspic
Casting aside the issue of weapons and looking at...

Casting aside the issue of weapons and looking at the issue of illustration, acid etching is what produced some of the world's great illustrative artwork such as that by Durer. If Durer's fifteenth...
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