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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,510
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello Ariel, As I am not a native speaker, I may...

Hello Ariel,

As I am not a native speaker, I may have misunderstood your message.

However, absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence.

I will illustrate my argument with a single example...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By mariusgmioc
After spending about one year in Korea and...

After spending about one year in Korea and visiting most of their museums, I can say with a sufficient level of certainty this is NOT a Korean sword, but a SE Asian Dha. Where exactly is it from, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By mariusgmioc
This is the best Dao I have seen. And when I say...

This is the best Dao I have seen. And when I say best, I mean type, decoration, condition, etc.
Most daos on the market today are fake or very simple and in poor condition.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By mariusgmioc
Entirely diferent story! Yet, I suspect the grip...

Entirely diferent story! Yet, I suspect the grip is a later replacement but still atique.
:shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By mariusgmioc
Fake, decorative sword "antiquated."...

Fake, decorative sword "antiquated." Square grip almost identical with scabbard. No traces of handling.
:cool:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By mariusgmioc
Exactly! All European and Japanese swords I have...

Exactly!

All European and Japanese swords I have with rayskin hilts are unpolished.

I have seen polished rayskin grips on some Chinese swords but I have serious doubts about them.

Genuine antique...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By mariusgmioc
A big question mark is the blade. Low carbon...

A big question mark is the blade.
Low carbon (almost iron) pattern welded that can hardly be even sharpened, not to mention holding an edge?!
Sharkskin/whatever grip so that it can easily slip and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 891
Posted By mariusgmioc
Some very beautiful pieces! Thank you for showing...

Some very beautiful pieces! Thank you for showing them to us! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 956
Posted By mariusgmioc
I mentioned it because I remember reading...

I mentioned it because I remember reading somwhere a long time ago about the use of chainmail in N Africa in 19th century. Cannot point the source. Will check some of my books later today. It is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 956
Posted By mariusgmioc
Yes, it was. To my knowledge, like the Ottoman...

Yes, it was. To my knowledge, like the Ottoman Janissaries, the Berbers also used chainmail till quite late in the 19th century so they developped sharp pointed Flyssas to penetrate chainmail.

My...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 956
Posted By mariusgmioc
In my opinion it is clearly a small Balkan...

In my opinion it is clearly a small Balkan yataghan. :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By mariusgmioc
Regarding cleaning the knife, I fully agree with...

Regarding cleaning the knife, I fully agree with Detlef.

What you think is patina, is actually rust. While black rust is less active (but still active) and may contribute to the character of a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2019, 10:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 505
Posted By mariusgmioc
Very interesting. Thank you!

Very interesting. Thank you!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By mariusgmioc
There is no way to tell whether it is wootz or...

There is no way to tell whether it is wootz or not unless you clean it and polish it.
I have seen this type of knives with both wootz blades and ordinary steel. :shrug:
Fingers crossed! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2019, 09:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By mariusgmioc
Yep.. Indian Zirah Bouk, and about 10 years old....

Yep.. Indian Zirah Bouk, and about 10 years old. As Battara said, they are still made today for tourist market. Can get them in India for 10 bucks.

PS: This knife has nothing to do with Wootz. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By mariusgmioc
Brilliant!

Thank you Ariel! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 687
Posted By mariusgmioc
In my oppinion this would be a classic example of...

In my oppinion this would be a classic example of a tourist Indian dagger...
Sorry!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By mariusgmioc
Thank you Oliver very much! I like this blade a...

Thank you Oliver very much!
I like this blade a lot and I am quite relieved to hear it is not European.
:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By mariusgmioc
Thank you Ariel very much! :) I hope Oliver sees...

Thank you Ariel very much! :)

I hope Oliver sees my posting and replies. If not, I will contact him directly.

Do you know how can I contact Kiril Rivkin? Is he a member of this or any other forum?...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By mariusgmioc
Georgian Shashka

Hello,

I just got this Georgian Shashka and would like to know more about its blade. Is it European? Is it Daghestani? Is it Russian? Or is it maybe Georgian? :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 12:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,877
Posted By mariusgmioc
The blade is almost certainly Indian, and and of...

The blade is almost certainly Indian, and and of fairly recent production (last 50 years).

However, is neither wootz, nor "fake" wootz, but plain pattern welded.

We can talk about "fake wootz" when...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,168
Posted By mariusgmioc
It is possible but in my oppinion unlikely....

It is possible but in my oppinion unlikely.

Antique wootz, reworked, will retain the watering pattern, or loose it but will not transform into crystalline wootz. And from what I can discern in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th October 2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,168
Posted By mariusgmioc
Nothing "balkan" in this kard. 100%...

Nothing "balkan" in this kard.

100% Indian, of recent production. Albeit of high quality showing crystalline wootz pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,077
Posted By mariusgmioc
So it seems. Interesting observation.

So it seems. Interesting observation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,077
Posted By mariusgmioc
In the photo of the tip of the pommel you can see...

In the photo of the tip of the pommel you can see a very fine & subtle criss-cross structure. Those are the "Schreger Lines" and are characteristic only to elephant and mammouth ivory.

:)
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