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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2018, 09:25 PM
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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: 346
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: 548
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: 580
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: 1,301
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: 600
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: 600
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: 600
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: 531
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: 8
Views: 694
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: 531
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: 531
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: 531
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: 630
Posted By ariel
Great!!! Many thanks! This is a wonderful...

Great!!!
Many thanks!
This is a wonderful reference for this and future discussions.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2018, 02:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By ariel
Jens, Thanks a lot! It is gratifying to know...

Jens,

Thanks a lot!

It is gratifying to know there are still people valuing history above the "bling"

Can you post the pic from Hamzaname that you sent me once ( and that was regretfully lost...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th May 2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By ariel
Sorry, forgot this one

Sorry, forgot this one
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th May 2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By ariel
Indian swords with straight blade are well-known:...

Indian swords with straight blade are well-known: firangi, dhup etc.
Re . the present one:
How do we know that it is Malayan/Sumatran and not Indian with a cup-like pommel characteristic of 16-17...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
I am not a great fan of Pant either. But even...

I am not a great fan of Pant either.
But even broken watch shows perfectly correct time twice a day:-)))
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
Thanks Roland! Something to think about... ...

Thanks Roland! Something to think about...

Jens,
Complete off-top: the handle you show has " kissing cranes" ( or whatever these chicken are) on the D-guard.
Pant shows the same pattern in his...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
Jens, Many thanks! So they do exist. The...

Jens,
Many thanks!
So they do exist. The questions of attibution and age still need to be solved.

Back to the books.
And if anybody here has any ideas, I shall be grateful for any hint.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2018, 04:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
Alan, I guess you mean there was a cavity in...

Alan,
I guess you mean there was a cavity in your handle?
Of course , mine has it too. One needs to stick a tang somewhere:-)
What I mean, the entire metal is 98% silver.
Pity you do not have yours...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 592
Posted By ariel
Tulwar: solid silver handle.

New arrival: tulwar with absolutely crappy short (-ened?) blade made out of soft and rusty iron. The edge has more rolls than Africa has tse-tse flies. Out of curiosity I polished and etched a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
Jens, I do not think it is going to help much:...

Jens,
I do not think it is going to help much: blades were forged en masse and sold all over the Ottoman Empire and adjacent countries. Elgood mentions it re. Northern Balkans and Daskalov gives a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By ariel
Battara, Plenty of Arabs and old Arab...

Battara,
Plenty of Arabs and old Arab connections with NW India: Kutch, Hyderabad , Baluchstan. They came mainly from Yemen (Hadhramis) and what is now Saudi Arabia / Oman ( Hejazis), both being...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 17th May 2018, 02:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By ariel
I am intrigued by the technique of de-rusting (...

I am intrigued by the technique of de-rusting ( de - crusting:-) )the blade with vinegar.
Is it going to work on non-Indonesian blades? Say, Katars?

Can you be more specific about the strength of...
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