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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 210
Posted By Bob A
I'd agree with "recent" as well as with...

I'd agree with "recent" as well as with its being a very handsome piece of work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Posted By Bob A
Pictures would be useful if you can upload them.

Pictures would be useful if you can upload them.
Forum: European Armoury 17th December 2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 767
Posted By Bob A
I wonder whether it might get pretty hot to hold?...

I wonder whether it might get pretty hot to hold? Aside from considerations of weight, wooden furniture has insulating value.

I'm not familiar with operating muzzle-loading firearms, so I don't know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,308
Posted By Bob A
Truly remarkable, meticulous and authentic piece...

Truly remarkable, meticulous and authentic piece of work. One could say that the learning experience was its own reward, but obviously the real reward is the yataghan, restored to former glory. Well...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th November 2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By Bob A
Not Balinese, but wondering a bit over the...

Not Balinese, but wondering a bit over the symbolism of three.

I get Lt ear, Rt ear, both ears. Would it occur to the Balinese that there is a fourth possibility, namely no flower? Three is a magic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,359
Posted By Bob A
An odd duck indeed. Based on zero experience with...

An odd duck indeed. Based on zero experience with a dagger of this appearance - so merely a wild guess - I'd think N.Africa myself, but I'm probably wrong.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 933
Posted By Bob A
I don't think it's been stripped; looks to be...

I don't think it's been stripped; looks to be complete, just very basic village work. Everyone needs a knife, but not everyone has the funds for fancy ornamentation.

Most of the Kurdish daggers I've...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th October 2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,197
Posted By Bob A
I've never seen anything like that from...

I've never seen anything like that from Africa.

Certainly looks SE Asian to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 15th October 2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 958
Posted By Bob A
I can't help with the use of this piece, but it...

I can't help with the use of this piece, but it looks as though the elephant is rather more recent than the shaft.

Of course, appearances can be deceiving.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,373
Posted By Bob A
I have at present eight of these knives. The only...

I have at present eight of these knives. The only two with pamor style blades are modern.

I've not seen pictures of any older ones with pamor/damascus blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,124
Posted By Bob A
I've used Obenauf's leather preservative with...

I've used Obenauf's leather preservative with some success. It restores the dried-out leather but doesn't render it soft and mushy.

Here's a link to part of their site, dealing with horse...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 10:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,495
Posted By Bob A
Yes, I like it.

Yes, I like it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,372
Posted By Bob A
Quite attractive silver work on the hilt and top...

Quite attractive silver work on the hilt and top of scabbard. The square piece with the carved carnelian is very reminiscent of some Central Asian jewelry pieces we have. While carnelian is common in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,454
Posted By Bob A
A couple makers of khukris by traditional...

A couple makers of khukris by traditional methods:

https://kailashblades.com/traditional/ (http://)

https://www.thekhukurihouse.com/ (http://)

No personal experience, but people of my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,094
Posted By Bob A
I'd agree with Lee. Perhaps the craftsmanship of...

I'd agree with Lee.

Perhaps the craftsmanship of the silver work is not extremely fine, but it makes up for that with bold and handsome design. Guessing mid-20th century.

I wouldn't mind at all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,933
Posted By Bob A
Looks like a scarf weld from an earlier breakage....

Looks like a scarf weld from an earlier breakage. I assume this occurred well before it came into your possession. If it's recent, I have no explanation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,140
Posted By Bob A
I'd be slightly inclined toward India as the...

I'd be slightly inclined toward India as the origin, based entirely on the vegetal ornamentation - Persian blades are often seen with animal representation. Steel scabbard also seems Indian to me....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,137
Posted By Bob A
Looks very North African to me....

Looks very North African to me. Morocco/Algeria/Tunisia. 20th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 01:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,674
Posted By Bob A
It does have a sort of Turkish/Caucasian vibe.

It does have a sort of Turkish/Caucasian vibe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,317
Posted By Bob A
The opening in the scabbard seems most useful for...

The opening in the scabbard seems most useful for weapons that need to be withdrawn in a hurry.

Aside from "somewhere in the Malay Archepelago" that's all Ive got.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2020, 10:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,292
Posted By Bob A
I'm unable to speculate regarging the hilt...

I'm unable to speculate regarging the hilt materiel, but the silver work is attractive.

The blade has an odd look, to me, making me wonder if it is solid, or a welded-together molded 2-piece...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,212
Posted By Bob A
I'm generally ignorant regarding shibrya, but the...

I'm generally ignorant regarding shibrya, but the blade looks good to me. If the in-hand qualities of the knife indicate its suitability for actual tasks, I'd say it makes no difference whether it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,068
Posted By Bob A
I'll readily grant the "personal"...

I'll readily grant the "personal" aspect of markings such as these, but "secret" doesn't fill the cognitive bill. After all, they're readily visible.

I could go with "occult" insofar as the actual...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,058
Posted By Bob A
I have a vague recollection of this design being...

I have a vague recollection of this design being associated with Timur (1335-1405), making it somewhat more ancient than otherwise noted. Sadly, I have no idea of the actual source of that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,435
Posted By Bob A
Being at least equally ignorant of the subject,...

Being at least equally ignorant of the subject, I'd say the purpose was twofold: first, it would be suitable for thrusting, in a situation where a swing would be difficult or too time-consuming; and...
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