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Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 19th May 2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By ariel
Alan repeatedly mentioned high prices of old...

Alan repeatedly mentioned high prices of old mendaks.

I just asked him to elaborate on the already expressed qualitative view by adding some quantification.

Nobody here is buying or selling...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th May 2015, 11:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 363
Posted By ariel
What kind of mendak would fit a Pathani Tajong...

What kind of mendak would fit a Pathani Tajong with a Swaasa cover for the "nose"?
Are those available? How much would they cost?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 475
Posted By ariel
There were quite a few of such workshops :...

There were quite a few of such workshops : Omarov, Mudunov, Guzunov, Koshtoyanz etc. All of them capitalized on a fascination with " all things exotic" pervading Russian society after the Conquest of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2015, 02:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 906
Posted By ariel
Doesn't it smell and dirty your hands?

Doesn't it smell and dirty your hands?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 781
Posted By ariel
There was an article by Mahratt here on on this...

There was an article by Mahratt here on on this Forum postulating existence of an evolution of the Afghani khybers toward the "regulation" pattern illustrated by Jim.
I was always uneasy with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2015, 05:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 282
Posted By ariel
All real axes should by definition have massive ...

All real axes should by definition have massive blade with a wedge. It's absense here, with a flat and thin blade, unquestionably qualifies it as as a decorative object.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2015, 12:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 906
Posted By ariel
In some way, this obviously humoristic...

In some way, this obviously humoristic "glossary" was very much in tune with the currently discussed topic about Tanjore katars.

Yes, there are obviously dishonest dealers who purposefully use code...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th April 2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 781
Posted By ariel
Definitely not Pakistani: only after August 14,...

Definitely not Pakistani: only after August 14, 1948:-)

One of the late 19-20 century Afghani military sabers, with British influence.

Also: please note the handle that is definitely not of a usual...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2015, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,653
Posted By ariel
That was exactly the reason why I asked the...

That was exactly the reason why I asked the question about rust/ patina.
Having seen quite few of such katars, I would not be so categorical about calling them fake. Just low-level, worn-out , but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2015, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By ariel
Hi Vasilisnik, and welcome! What you have is a...

Hi Vasilisnik, and welcome!


What you have is a dagger from the Ottoman Empire.
It belongs to the vast group of the so-called yataghan-bichaks, and the variability of their forms was limited only...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2015, 11:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,653
Posted By ariel
What kind of technique was used to imitate their...

What kind of technique was used to imitate their heavy patination/thick black rust?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By ariel
Matchu. South Indian?

Matchu. South Indian?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 635
Posted By ariel
Interesting how the tip of the scabbard reminds...

Interesting how the tip of the scabbard reminds of the Taiwanese pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2015, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 468
Posted By ariel
I think the lockets do not belong here: they are...

I think the lockets do not belong here: they are obviously too small , and the suspension rings are integral and ovoid, Persian style. Ottomans used separate rings that were circular.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By ariel
One potential explanation for the discrepancy is...

One potential explanation for the discrepancy is that the handle is a later replacement.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2015, 03:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By ariel
Any news on the horizon?

Any news on the horizon?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 928
Posted By ariel
From the limited photos, this blade does not look...

From the limited photos, this blade does not look European to me. Likely, locally-made Sukhela or Dhup. 18th century is possible, but the first half of the 19th is also probable: 200 years old, give...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,118
Posted By ariel
Well, if you are satisfied with a simple answer,...

Well, if you are satisfied with a simple answer, if it does not bother you that the very word Pulwar might be a spelling error and that native Afghanis might not even know what Pulwar is, that's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,118
Posted By ariel
Smile As per Stone's Glossary, it is a Pulwar. As per...

As per Stone's Glossary, it is a Pulwar.

As per Elgood's Glossary ( see his book on Indian weapons), and Oliver Pinchot's book Weapons of the Paladins, Pulwar is a mis-transcribed Tulwar, so it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By ariel
Please provide close-ups of the handle and the...

Please provide close-ups of the handle and the silver parts of the scabbard.

Where do you live?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By ariel
Yes, like this one and others with different...

Yes, like this one and others with different handles but similar blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By ariel
Ottomans: jambia,hanjar or....

Middle-eastern dagger with curved blade is called hanjar in the Persian sphere of influence, and jambia in the Arab one ( yes, I am aware of shibria, koummya etc).

What is the correct name in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,001
Posted By ariel
Why do they need rhino horn when Viagra is...

Why do they need rhino horn when Viagra is available, cheaper and incomparably more effective?

The revenge of the rhinos: swallow several thousands $$ worth on congealed hair and still point...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 739
Posted By ariel
Not as lavish, but yes.

Not as lavish, but yes.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 739
Posted By ariel
Where was the auction?

Where was the auction?
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