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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By TVV
A HEMA practitioner will probably be able to give...

A HEMA practitioner will probably be able to give a better explanation, but the yataghan is a weapon optimized for chopping, and not for stabbing, with the point rarely used. Therefore, no guard is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th July 2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 224
Posted By TVV
Jim, These are questions that will probably...

Jim,

These are questions that will probably never be answered with an absolute degree of certainty, and so by reading this thread, everyone has to do it with the understanding that the vast majority...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By TVV
Oh boy, that escalated quickly. Before the...

Oh boy, that escalated quickly. Before the moderators act, I will make one more attempt to clarify my participation and position in this thread - it was in response to Khleben, not personally to you,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By TVV
I think you are confusing my and Ariel's...

I think you are confusing my and Ariel's responses.

My purpose here is not to convince anyone of anything or "win" debates. It was to answer Khelben's inquiry, based on the information I have at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By TVV
For the benefit of Khelben and anyone else who...

For the benefit of Khelben and anyone else who does not have access to Elgood's "The Arms of Greece" here is the page, which shows a yataghan of the distinct style in question, identified as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By TVV
Looking through Elgood's book, in the chapter on...

Looking through Elgood's book, in the chapter on yataghans on p. 146, figure 167 shows a yataghan with a similar bolster described by Elgood as originating from Crete or Southern Greece. He does not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By TVV
Astvatsaturian attributes these to Eastern...

Astvatsaturian attributes these to Eastern Anatolia, based on the niello and similarities to niello decoration on arms from Georgia. It is a book full of great pictures, but the conclusions are based...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By TVV
Anything is possible, and there was a lot of...

Anything is possible, and there was a lot of movement of blades and even craftsmen within the Ottoman Empire. However, decorative techniques and motives were based on regional preference, and the...
Forum: European Armoury 15th July 2019, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 533
Posted By TVV
European Renaissance swords are not something I...

European Renaissance swords are not something I can comment on, but was hoping someone else would as this is a nice looking and interesting sword.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 484
Posted By TVV
To me, based on the blade and bolster, this looks...

To me, based on the blade and bolster, this looks like a Greek yataghan that was rehilted at some point, with the hilt being inspired by bayonet brass hilts such as those on the Chassepot bayonet....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 396
Posted By TVV
It never gets old seeing these takouba with old...

It never gets old seeing these takouba with old European blades, thank you for sharing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 708
Posted By TVV
I have a similar blade from 20 years ago, when I...

I have a similar blade from 20 years ago, when I was also a beginner. I suspect other members here may also have some of these newly made khanjars and/or other items made for the souvenir industry,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By TVV
Thank you for the additional images - the blade...

Thank you for the additional images - the blade looks like it was actually reforged from curved and single edged to straight and double edged. I have a sword that started as a gurade and went through...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 762
Posted By TVV
It would be nice to get better pictures of the...

It would be nice to get better pictures of the blade. If this was originally a single edged blade, that had its back ground and sharpened to modify it into a broadsword according to the traditional...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2019, 03:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,710
Posted By TVV
Here is another typical late Khazar period sword,...

Here is another typical late Khazar period sword, 8th-9th c. AD. The double edged pointy tip is clearly visible.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By TVV
Very nice tuareg telek dagger Rockelk, with a...

Very nice tuareg telek dagger Rockelk, with a nice blade as well. The South Algeria attribution is supported by an example in the Quai Branly Museum, which Iain found sometime ago, and also by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,021
Posted By TVV
The decorative motives on the scabbard and the...

The decorative motives on the scabbard and the hilt are Balkan though, you can see the same on countless little bichaqs.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,186
Posted By TVV
The Ottoman Empire had significant presence along...

The Ottoman Empire had significant presence along the North-East Black Sea Coast so it is not improbable that a Maghreb blade from the far western reaches of the Empire in Africa would travel all the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By TVV
Congratulations, it is a very nice old blade with...

Congratulations, it is a very nice old blade with Turkish ribbon. Even though it is not dated, everything points to the second half of the 18th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd May 2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By TVV
Sometimes it can be hard to tell. The crocodile...

Sometimes it can be hard to tell. The crocodile had important symbolic meaning, and crocodile and other reptile hide was used to wrap weapon hilts within the culture. Of course, with interest in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By TVV
The grip is most definitely not horn or bone, so...

The grip is most definitely not horn or bone, so nice catch. If there is a date on the blade that would be great, but just based on blade shape I believe this could easily be from the second half of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By TVV
They do indeed.

They do indeed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,292
Posted By TVV
This looks more like late 19th/early 20th century...

This looks more like late 19th/early 20th century Kubachi (Dagestan) work to me, at least as far as the fittings go. Still, nice kindjal.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 957
Posted By TVV
Thank you Iain, always nice to see that more of...

Thank you Iain, always nice to see that more of these takoubas with old blades are out there. How would you date the blade - 15th-16th century?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
Posted By TVV
I am not familiar with the mounts - the...

I am not familiar with the mounts - the decorative motives are Ottoman, but a wooden scabbard with no leather, multiple bands holding the scabbard together and no dragon at the chape is a bit...
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