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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2020, 02:29 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By ariel
I am a bit confused: is it a split pommel or a...

I am a bit confused: is it a split pommel or a split chape of the scabbard? Reminds me of a pakayun.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd September 2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
I can buy ( with reservations) the unusual shape...

I can buy ( with reservations) the unusual shape of the blade and the latter addition of koftgari ( this may be perfectly correct comment).

But the handle makes no sense at all: no known analogies...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th August 2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 718
Posted By ariel
I think it is 1115.

I think it is 1115.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,255
Posted By ariel
A straight single-edged sword with the edge on...

A straight single-edged sword with the edge on the side of D-guard: strictly speaking this is a Kirach ( or Kirch).

Very nice. A good rub over WD40 will bring it back to its former glory.

Must be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2020, 01:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,375
Posted By ariel
Well, it changes a lot. A souvenir yataghan can...

Well, it changes a lot. A souvenir yataghan can carry any date the seller wishes:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2020, 01:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,508
Posted By ariel
I think it is a chape. Central Asia?

I think it is a chape. Central Asia?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th August 2020, 12:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,375
Posted By ariel
Marius. Creation and decoration of a yataghan...

Marius.

Creation and decoration of a yataghan was as a rule a private business deal between the master and the user. This is why many Yataghans carry names of both. Thus, it would be difficult to...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd August 2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,362
Posted By ariel
Fernando, Have you tried WD-40 to remove the...

Fernando,
Have you tried WD-40 to remove the grip?
Forum: European Armoury 2nd August 2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,362
Posted By ariel
Cannot remember where I read it, but one...

Cannot remember where I read it, but one explanation of the wavy contour of the blade allegedly made the blade of the opponent waver and lose direction and speed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,946
Posted By ariel
My son is the only one expressing some interest...

My son is the only one expressing some interest in my collection. In my will I leave the entire collection to him, together with my notes, prices of acquisition and suggested values.
I intend to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,763
Posted By ariel
What we call " German silver" was ...

What we call " German silver" was massively manufactured in Europe since 18 century. Prior to that, it was made in China for centuries (" paktong") and exported far and wide. It is an alloy of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd July 2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,423
Posted By ariel
Nothing better exemplifies the falsity of the...

Nothing better exemplifies the falsity of the "orientalist" presentation of the reality than the actual photographs. Here are couple of Orientalist pictures of the odalisques in a local harem and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2020, 03:20 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 17,853
Posted By ariel
It is a very interesting and informative...

It is a very interesting and informative reference that fully explains the " spur" from the Metropolitan shown by Jens in the very first post of this topic. Good job, Milogow360! Thanks!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 17th July 2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,423
Posted By ariel
On top of that, oils were not painted "on...

On top of that, oils were not painted "on the spot".
Painters made more or less detailed sketches with the live models, but painted the final drafts in their studios in Europe. It would be virtually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,673
Posted By ariel
Motan has a point about the bush. If this is...

Motan has a point about the bush.
If this is correct, Saxaul ( saksaul, Haloxylon ammodendron) might be the answer. It is a ubiquitous desert plant with gnarly and very hard wood.

The raised tip...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,673
Posted By ariel
Moreover, trees and bushes over there are largely...

Moreover, trees and bushes over there are largely unknown at the West. Try chinara, saxaul.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,016
Posted By ariel
I think both of them are European. As to...

I think both of them are European.
As to terminology: both are “ Mameluke swords” for the Europeans, both are “kilij” for the Ottomans, both are “shamshirs” for the Persians or Indo-Persians.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,141
Posted By ariel
I agree. Optimistically late 20th, realistically...

I agree. Optimistically late 20th, realistically 21st century. I remember seeing a couple of them on E-bay over the past couple of years.

Pretty risky and impractical design: one would almost...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,910
Posted By ariel
You were correct and Teodor’s comment was spot...

You were correct and Teodor’s comment was spot on.
This Yataghans are unusually long, their blades are crude-ish, relatively narrow, T-spined, curved ( not recurved), and they have integral...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2020, 02:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,007
Posted By ariel
Piso Podangs are likely to have brass handles,...

Piso Podangs are likely to have brass handles, asymmetric swelling of the grip and much more figurative endings of the quillons. Yours has none of the above.

We seem to have a difference of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,991
Posted By ariel
Do we know when these vases were created? I went...

Do we know when these vases were created? I went on the site of images from Bhaja Caves, and there are indeed some obviously old ones with curved swords. So, in my mind, their existence 2000...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,355
Posted By ariel
An ancestor of Chillanum and/or Jamdhar...

An ancestor of Chillanum and/or Jamdhar Katari?

Man, you manage to find examples that put the existing theories upside down!

Where are you located and are you a professional historian of weapons?...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,991
Posted By ariel
I am hesitant about the images in your post #1....

I am hesitant about the images in your post #1. The degree of preservation, the perfectly smooth surfaces, the sophistication of the details and the general artistic level do not seem to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,991
Posted By ariel
As to the swordsman in your post #5: because of...

As to the swordsman in your post #5: because of the state of preservation, I cannot see the curvature:-(

But what I find even more interesting, his sword seems to have a D-guard ( my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,991
Posted By ariel
Thanks a lot! Extremely interesting!

Thanks a lot!
Extremely interesting!
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