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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2019, 05:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 552
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Tanzania or Kenya, probably. I have a similar...

Tanzania or Kenya, probably.

I have a similar head and tail, which came with a human-figure-carved centre wood section - a fancy tourist version of the classic East African three-piece spear. Much...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2019, 03:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By Timo Nieminen
These just followed me home about a week ago. The...

These just followed me home about a week ago. The seller described them as Mongolian (and Mongolian or Chinese).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2018, 04:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 770
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The one with the spike is a beet hook. The spike...

The one with the spike is a beet hook. The spike is for spiking and pulling a beet (already pulled from the ground, rather than out of the ground), after which the green top is cut off. The spike...
Forum: European Armoury 5th August 2018, 02:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,476
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The hook is also good for standing the billhook...

The hook is also good for standing the billhook stably, point down on, e.g., a stump, for sharpening.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2018, 03:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,084
Posted By Timo Nieminen
35" is a big boomerang, but it isn't hard to...

35" is a big boomerang, but it isn't hard to find examples of old boomerangs of that size. A few examples from the British...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,084
Posted By Timo Nieminen
While the profile is similar to the Australian...

While the profile is similar to the Australian club in the drawing, the 3D shape doesn't look very Australian to me.

From the caption in Partington, club #3 looks like a boomerang-club to me, a...
Forum: European Armoury 10th February 2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,497
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Just the overall appearance. The details of the...

Just the overall appearance. The details of the construction do match what one might see on Indian replicas (but I wouldn't expect the screw), but they match the real thing (i.e., 18th/19th century...
Forum: European Armoury 10th February 2018, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,497
Posted By Timo Nieminen
My first thought from the photo was that it looks...

My first thought from the photo was that it looks like a 20th century Indian replica. On second thought, it also looks like an 18th century British sergeant's halberd.

Some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,583
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I can't tell for sure from the description...

I can't tell for sure from the description whether he gives the centre of percussion (i.e., the centre of percussion as defined by all non-sword people) or the closest-to-the-tip node of vibration...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,583
Posted By Timo Nieminen
For bats and rackets, the centre of percussion...

For bats and rackets, the centre of percussion certainly contributes to the sweet spot. For swords where the rotation is about the grip (or at least, the wrist), like sabre styles where the sword is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,953
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Yes, bellows. Having two tubes allows a...

Yes, bellows. Having two tubes allows a continuous flow of air, while still being usable by one person.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,953
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Tribal forging on...

Tribal forging on Sarawak:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sarawak;_a_native_Kalabit_smithy._Photograph._Wellcome_V0037410.jpg

Split wooden stick as tongs, stone anvil, stone hammers.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2018, 12:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,953
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Mostly. As Battara said, there was iron mining...

Mostly. As Battara said, there was iron mining and smelting in the Philippines. For some brief details, see http://intersections.anu.edu.au/monograph1/mintz_metals.html

Traditional smelting was in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,023
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks authentic to me. These are fairly common,...

Looks authentic to me. These are fairly common, as far as antique jian go. These are usually late 19th century, and the ones in the West usually went there as tourist souvenirs.

They vary enormously...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,196
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Local usage? After all, terms like this (khanda,...

Local usage? After all, terms like this (khanda, tulwar, shamshir, gladius, kilij, etc.) mean, generically, "sword" in their languages of origin. It's only in foreign languages (like English) that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2017, 10:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,444
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I can see where people might get the idea from....

I can see where people might get the idea from. I'm often impressed by the quality of the metalwork on Moro blades. Laminated construction so that a soft body supports a very hard edge and stops...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2017, 02:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,542
Posted By Timo Nieminen
"Who?" is the difficult question. As...

"Who?" is the difficult question.

As you noted, while it takes high temperatures to forge weld iron, it's otherwise low-tech:

A hole in the ground, charcoal, a blower, a rock as an anvil and a rock...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2017, 11:39 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,542
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Yes, technically not smelting. This is a...

Yes, technically not smelting. This is a traditional process for steel-making, starting with iron. It's one of the 4 ancient steel-making methods (make steel directly in a bloomery furnace during the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2017, 10:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,738
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Similar fittings also in Thailand, and in China....

Similar fittings also in Thailand, and in China. China being large and diverse, it isn't surprising to see varied range of fittings on Chinese examples. Korean ones have fittings similar to northern...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,542
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Jambon doesn't analyse the dagger; he uses the...

Jambon doesn't analyse the dagger; he uses the measurements by Comelli et al. 2016, (10.8% Ni, 0.58% Co, and also quotes the measurement given by Ströbele et al. 2016 (ref at end), 12.9% Ni.

A few...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2017, 08:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,738
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Any chance of a close-up of the symbol next to...

Any chance of a close-up of the symbol next to the hook?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2017, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,486
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I haven't seen an Afican bow with nocks/tips like...

I haven't seen an Afican bow with nocks/tips like that.

The axe looks Indian. Khond? So, the obvious next step is to look at Khond bows. Here is one in the British Museum:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2017, 11:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,486
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The arrowheads look very African to me. Strings...

The arrowheads look very African to me.

Strings like this are/were used in the Congo Basin (and West Africa too, I have read, but the examples I've seen have been Congo). Two examples of such...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2017, 12:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,610
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The bichwa hilt does appear to be deliberately...

The bichwa hilt does appear to be deliberately designed to let you keep holding the weapon while using your hand for something else. I've seen the suggestion that this would be useful for wrestling....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2017, 12:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,558
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I would have put it the other way around, that...

I would have put it the other way around, that most sub-Saharan swords are effective fighting weapons, while a few are peculiar to the point of little function.

The non-functional ones are often...
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