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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:50 PM
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Posted By ALEX
In addition to what Jim and Ariel said, I too...

In addition to what Jim and Ariel said, I too disagree with the idea of comparing different authors, especially well-known and respected ones, and separating them into researcher/dealer category. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2016, 10:31 PM
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Posted By ALEX
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2016, 05:14 PM
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Posted By ALEX
Estcrh, nice example and fotos. Does scarf weld...

Estcrh, nice example and fotos. Does scarf weld usually placed closer to the middle of the blade to serve the purpose of making it less likely to snap on impact (I think this is what it was intended...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2016, 02:22 PM
Replies: 37
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Posted By ALEX
Roland, in theory you're right. In practice,...

Roland, in theory you're right. In practice, forging new wootz and repairing old is not the same. Once formed, wootz can be affected and even completely diminished by temperatures much lower than...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2016, 02:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,079
Posted By ALEX
I think the mend is too good to be modern. I do...

I think the mend is too good to be modern. I do not know of anyone who can make anything like this, unless someone is willing to give 10 tulwars to repair one:) Also, what's interesting is that there...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,079
Posted By ALEX
knew about the glasses, Ariel ;)

knew about the glasses, Ariel ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2016, 11:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,079
Posted By ALEX
Unlike reinforced point on Ariel's tulwar, this...

Unlike reinforced point on Ariel's tulwar, this one is not designed as such. The blade was broken and the tip was welded as in scarf-welding technique. it is good quality repair and likely an old one.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By ALEX
I also thought this, although so masked it could...

I also thought this, although so masked it could be anything) the "patina" looks unnatural too.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2016, 07:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,595
Posted By ALEX
Another Zul-Faqar Sword

Here is another zul-faqar sword. Late Qajar blade in Ottoman mounts, and similar in Higgins Collection HERE (http://www.higgins-collection.org/artifacts/321.a)
Any comments on sword below?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2016, 05:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 998
Posted By ALEX
You got it, Jens! And there are more gods with...

You got it, Jens!
And there are more gods with trinity aspect: in Babylon, Sumeria, Ancient Egypt, Greece, etc. and India of course) "Triratna" is a holy Buddist belief, there are also "three jewels"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2016, 02:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 998
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, you're right. And I am sorry, I was...

Ariel, you're right. And I am sorry, I was referring to my tulwar with early chiseling, was not clear enough and appeared as I referred to the one with etched script. My tulwar has eyelashes mark...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2016, 07:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 998
Posted By ALEX
I agree the blade is etched. For comparison, here...

I agree the blade is etched.
For comparison, here is another tulwar with chiseled script. The script is similar to "aṣḥab al kahf "(seven sleepers) inscription common on Islamic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2016, 03:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 419
Posted By ALEX
Harry, I agree - no surprises from Oriental-Arms,...

Harry, I agree - no surprises from Oriental-Arms, they're among few who do not disappoint.
Does this Jambiya called Gusbi?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2016, 09:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By ALEX
Estcrh, good observation and comments. Your...

Estcrh, good observation and comments. Your feelings are well merited. most of the items coming from the same source as this one are enhanced, modified or at least questionable. The seller does not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,026
Posted By ALEX
The new Italian tourism minister changed the long...

The new Italian tourism minister changed the long standing rule last year, and most museums allow picture taking now, with exception of some private exhibitions.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2016, 01:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By ALEX
Kubur, I see. The first one is tough as the...

Kubur, I see. The first one is tough as the cartouche is of different quality than others, visually it looks right, but there are giveaways I'd not go about here. All I can tell is I saw old wootz...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By ALEX
see the second and third, they have identical...

see the second and third, they have identical cartouches:) the blades are completely new, as the handles and crosses... everything is new. they are acid aged just as the subject kilij. As per Ariel's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2016, 12:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By ALEX
Arsen, you are most welcome! I am glad you posted...

Arsen, you are most welcome! I am glad you posted this sword and got the facts about it. This is part of collecting, and I think safe to say every one of us made some miscalculations at some point,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2016, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By ALEX
Thanks Arsen, and Ariel, Arsen, good comment...

Thanks Arsen, and Ariel,
Arsen, good comment about the "flaw", this was the reason I thought both are from India, made in different qualities. Syria could be an option, but the steel type points more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2016, 12:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By ALEX
just a few tidbits about these swords, they...

just a few tidbits about these swords, they appeared in about 2010, made in Syria and/or Turkey. The blade looks gold inlaid, as initially thought, but it is neither gold nor inlay, it is surface...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2016, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 614
Posted By ALEX
Agree with Eftihis, this is newly made sword,...

Agree with Eftihis, this is newly made sword, including the blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2016, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By ALEX
Good to know, Ariel. Thanks! Is coftgari...

Good to know, Ariel. Thanks!
Is coftgari practiced in Georgia nowadays, how common and (visually) similar it is to Indian work?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By ALEX
Newly made Kindjal?

I am at it again, noticing more "genuine antique" items:) Here is Caucasian Kindjal with silver cogtgari. Next to it similar, although better quality in gold coftgari. Is it safe to assume both are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2016, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By ALEX
CAREFUL - ANTIQUE SHAMSHIR MAMELUKE OFFICER'S SWORD FRENCH NAPOLEONIC

There was eBay listing recently titled: "FAKE ANTIQUE SHAMSHIR MAMELUKE OFFICER'S SWORD FRENCH NAPOLEONIC Careful!!!!!"

It said the following in the text: "Not selling. just warning that there is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2016, 10:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,186
Posted By ALEX
These images, like many other early ones are...

These images, like many other early ones are stylized, so the only prove is that these early rulers had swords:), which were also always symbols of power and authority.
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