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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By ariel
Elgood mentions ritual beheading of a buffalo at...

Elgood mentions ritual beheading of a buffalo at weddings: groom’s responsibility. His friends did their best to fail him, to the point of inserting iron rods under the buffalo’s skin: a local...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,285
Posted By ariel
Unless his and mine understanding of what “...

Unless his and mine understanding of what “ Birdseye Damascus” signifies, I would worry: that pattern is frequently seen on modern Indian replicas . I am always leery about intact etched or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By ariel
Some time ago, an almost identical one was on...

Some time ago, an almost identical one was on ebay, previously bought at one of internet auctions. It was advertised as Caucasian shashka. Can't find pics.
Should we call it Mandinka pseudo-shashka...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 466
Posted By ariel
I have a similar gurade with Zlatoust dated...

I have a similar gurade with Zlatoust dated 1853.
Russians supplied old blades to Ethiopia.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2018, 01:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,408
Posted By ariel
Smile In Turkey these "estocs" are called...

In Turkey these "estocs" are called "meç" or "Meç -Kiliç": pronounced as mech ( "ch" as in cheese).

The word "mech" or "mach" comes from slavic group of languages, and means just " sword".

One...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 655
Posted By ariel
OK, I am digging myself in deeper and deeper:-) ...

OK, I am digging myself in deeper and deeper:-)

What will happen if we oxidize ( essentially rust) the iron layers of the pamor with Nital, and then go over it with blueing fluid that makes iron...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,408
Posted By ariel
Energy is a product of mass times speed squared. ...

Energy is a product of mass times speed squared.
Energy of a thrust by an experienced cavalryman is a mass times the sum squared of speed of the thrust+ speed of the horse.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2018, 01:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 655
Posted By ariel
A very naive question: Since etching/staining is...

A very naive question:

Since etching/staining is a controlled rusting, couldn’t one instead of a very toxic arsenic with lime juice use good old Nital?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,223
Posted By ariel
I have several dated islamic blades from 17-18th...

I have several dated islamic blades from 17-18th centuries, and all dates are read left-to-right.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,408
Posted By ariel
Roland, French armored knights at Cressy and...

Roland,

French armored knights at Cressy and Agincourt would glumly disagree with your opinion.....:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,408
Posted By ariel
Interesting.... Many authors assert that...

Interesting....

Many authors assert that stabbing with swords was not a part of fencing techniques used in India. This one seems to contradict their statements. One possible explanation might be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,667
Posted By ariel
And I thought that the fight for the name “Karud”...

And I thought that the fight for the name “Karud” was diabolically intense:-))))))
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 599
Posted By ariel
IMHO, the handle is much, much newer than the...

IMHO, the handle is much, much newer than the blade. The latter is far too damaged by deep rust to see the details.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By ariel
Kubur is correct: turn it upside down. The only...

Kubur is correct: turn it upside down.
The only letter I can be reasonably certain about is the first one: F.
Ferrara? Fringia ? But the rest makes no sense to me.

Somehow I do not think the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 775
Posted By ariel
Saif is an Arabic word, meaning a generic sword....

Saif is an Arabic word, meaning a generic sword. So, if the original owner was an Arab, that’s how he would call it.
Firangi is a word meaning “ foreigner, European” ( Franks). Originally it was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,515
Posted By ariel
In a multiethnic ( foreign and domestic) and...

In a multiethnic ( foreign and domestic) and multilingual society like India it is inavoidable that same objects would carry different names and different objects would carry same name.
Ideally,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By ariel
Thanks to all. Now I understand: a sword...

Thanks to all. Now I understand: a sword published in a major book.
Good reason to admire a new addition to personal collection.
Congratulations!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2018, 04:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By ariel
Please do not get offended: I was not being...

Please do not get offended: I was not being ironic, I am just not into Indonesian/ Philippine things and would like to learn.
Perhaps, Albert may explain to me what are the features that prompted him...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2018, 02:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 760
Posted By ariel
Can you please explain to me what is so special...

Can you please explain to me what is so special about it?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2018, 02:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By ariel
I agree: it is most likely Rajasthani. Marwar is...

I agree: it is most likely Rajasthani. Marwar is a part of Rajasthan and historically it included Jodhpur. No arguments here. Jaipur is not a part of Marwar.

But, as Jens is saying, why is this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2018, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By ariel
Ian and Mel, What are the lengths of the...

Ian and Mel,
What are the lengths of the straight parts of the blades of your convos?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By ariel
Thanks! Of course! Indiana Jones almost died in...

Thanks!
Of course!
Indiana Jones almost died in the “Last Crusade” misspelling Iehova as Jehova:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By ariel
He-he-he.... That's why I am asking:-) Yes, I...

He-he-he....

That's why I am asking:-)

Yes, I know your Rajput one. Still, can we further pinpoint this pattern to Marwar?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By ariel
Marwar(???) hilt and a Gill's blade

Hi everybody!
Need your expertise and advice.

In his book on Indian weapons , Pant shows a hilt he specifically attributes to Marwar based on the " kissing swans) on the D-guard.

I have 2...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By ariel
Great!!! Many thanks! This is a wonderful...

Great!!!
Many thanks!
This is a wonderful reference for this and future discussions.
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