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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 09:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 755
Posted By ariel
AFAIK, nobody except for Nonikashvili is...

AFAIK, nobody except for Nonikashvili is currently capable of making a long wootz blade, and his swords go for $1000's.
I have no doubts about the authenticity.
This was not just an excellent buy,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 08:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 125
Posted By ariel
Yours are decent, with maker's marks,...

Yours are decent, with maker's marks, inscriptions, niello, gilding. Those were not mentioned, and I had something else in mind:-)
Eventually, we need to see the pics.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 125
Posted By ariel
Without pics it is impossible to be sure, but I...

Without pics it is impossible to be sure, but I suspect that this kindjal may be a
fresh Georgian souvenir
Filigree is technically the simplest and cheapest decorative technique and is used widely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 03:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 125
Posted By ariel
Are the fullers narrow and positioned as short-...

Are the fullers narrow and positioned as short- longer-short? Is the blade flat? Is there numeral 3 on the back of the scabbard?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By ariel
It is eminently possible. But to prove it, you...

It is eminently possible.
But to prove it, you will need some elbow grease:-)

There are multiple entries on this site with detailed “recipes” how to do it right.
Your efforts may be richly ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By ariel
The contour of the blade and the absence of blunt...

The contour of the blade and the absence of blunt ricasso seem to point to its Persian origin. The hole in the handle was designed for a rivet, suggesting NE India/ Afghanistan, and yet another hole...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2019, 06:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 542
Posted By ariel
I agree with Jim: there were 2 main tendencies ...

I agree with Jim: there were 2 main tendencies with Indian handles: one purely local/tribal, and we indeed have major difficulties pinpointing their places of origin, and another, with merging of...
Forum: Keris Swap Forum 23rd June 2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By ariel
Price change: $375

Price change: $375
Forum: Keris Swap Forum 23rd June 2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By ariel
On hold

On hold
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 273
Posted By ariel
My guess it is a recent composition of an older...

My guess it is a recent composition of an older arsenal blade and a 20 century cheap mass produced handle with heavy repair ( see braised connection of the hilt an the upper disk).
Regretfully...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By ariel
Agree 100%

Agree 100%
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 542
Posted By ariel
That’s the one we have in our Classics.

That’s the one we have in our Classics.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 188
Posted By ariel
My guess it is buffalo, cow or some other...

My guess it is buffalo, cow or some other ruminant.
Rhino is a conglomerate of hair, not layers like buffalo.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 542
Posted By ariel
Jim, I am referring to the “Swords of Deccan”....

Jim,
I am referring to the “Swords of Deccan”. It is stored in the “Classics” collection here.
I am not sure the half- or full guards were inspired by the European examples. IMHO, these handles...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 02:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 542
Posted By ariel
I like these guards very much. Elgood in his...

I like these guards very much.
Elgood in his paper about swords from S. India shows several of those and attributes them to Deccan.
One should always remember however lthat blades and handles very,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 755
Posted By ariel
Yea, I know exactly the kind what you think. My...

Yea, I know exactly the kind what you think. My guess , they are made in Syria and sold thru Turkey: mail service in Damascus over the past several years left much to be desired.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 755
Posted By ariel
Well , if similar blades are sold in Istanbul...

Well , if similar blades are sold in Istanbul for $200 apiece, I am buying a ticket there and bring a thick wad of cash and a big trunk to fit as many of those fakes as I can find.
Our Turkish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 318
Posted By ariel
Drac, Go to Classics and check the most recent...

Drac,

Go to Classics and check the most recent entries ( the lowest): splendid topics on Kaskara .
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2019, 02:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 603
Posted By ariel
An allusion to the Egyptian Khopesh or to...

An allusion to the Egyptian Khopesh or to Babylonian Sappara has occasionally slithered into collector's /dealer's lingo and is still regularly appears in Russian books. IMHO, any connection is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,514
Posted By ariel
Fernando, You have nailed it! Jens have...

Fernando,

You have nailed it!
Jens have attributed the oldest Katar to Orissa.
Jamdhar village is in the Kendrapara district. But not far away , in the Sambalpur district there is a village...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,514
Posted By ariel
I am not so pessimistic and dismissive about the...

I am not so pessimistic and dismissive about the value of the already existing books and articles. Purely statistically, only 2.5% of all published stuff is of tangible value. The bottom line,-...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,514
Posted By ariel
Who knows? Maybe you are that man. After all, Neo...

Who knows? Maybe you are that man. After all, Neo was The One to destroy the “Matrix”.......

Godspeed!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,514
Posted By ariel
Agree wholeheartedly. None of us (and all...

Agree wholeheartedly.
None of us (and all together) know Sanskrit or any other Indian language well enough to even think about our ability to perform a linguistical analysis. In the current state...
Forum: Keris Swap Forum 14th June 2019, 12:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 292
Posted By ariel
Price change: :$325

Price change: :$325
Forum: Keris Swap Forum 14th June 2019, 12:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 175
Posted By ariel
Price change: $275

Price change: $275
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