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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:03 PM
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Posted By Bob A
I agree that it' "good art" as well as...

I agree that it' "good art" as well as ethnographic; however, it seems to me that there is still a quantum leap between the culture that created the kards we've seen and collected, and the current...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th February 2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 206
Posted By Bob A
Five weeks to MACA

Maryland Arms Collectors Association annual show, March 21-22.

Who will be going this year?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By Bob A
This mandau is not illustrated in Hornbill and...

This mandau is not illustrated in Hornbill and Dragon. That book has only a few pages of mandau illustrations, being more of an overview of the decorative artifacts of Borneo.

I also examined van...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2019, 05:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By Bob A
Thanks for the compliment, Rob, even though it...

Thanks for the compliment, Rob, even though it rightfully belongs to the knife and its maker.

Close observation of the symbols you mention lead me to believe that they were probably made with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By Bob A
Thank you for your reply and ID. I seem to have...

Thank you for your reply and ID.

I seem to have failed to post a photo of what seems to be a date; however, some of the numerals confuse me.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By Bob A
N.African knife for comment

Picked this up at the monthly MACA meeting. GI bringback from WWII, North African theater, by a soldier in 1st Infantry Division. (Resonated with me as my father was also in NA, 5th Army)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th December 2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,485
Posted By Bob A
When I saw the collar above, it occurred to me...

When I saw the collar above, it occurred to me that it might actually be reversable. It's not unknown to use a collar like the one I've pictured to restrain dogs from pulling against a lead....
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 1st December 2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,485
Posted By Bob A
I've been known to carry a .44 cal from Smith...

I've been known to carry a .44 cal from Smith & Wesson for bear. Does that count?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 02:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 915
Posted By Bob A
Bone density - that's why humans can't...

Bone density - that's why humans can't fly!



Well, one of the reasons.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 01:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By Bob A
I think Burma or Shan also. I have something...

I think Burma or Shan also. I have something similar with a tiger canine as handle. Ritual or talismanic.

I wouldn't mess with the blade.

Close up picture of sheath would be pleasant to see. Photo...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 915
Posted By Bob A
I've never before seen, in person or in a...

I've never before seen, in person or in a picture, a bone dagger of this description.

Having become somewhat cynical regarding nondescript-seeming rarities, I've tended lately to shy away from such...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,593
Posted By Bob A
Indeed, so am I. It is a wonderful book,...

Indeed, so am I.

It is a wonderful book, beautifully illustrated, with an astounding array of weaponry, and a treasure trove of early photos and line drawings from the publications of the time. I'm...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By Bob A
To all those who have been sitting on the edge of...

To all those who have been sitting on the edge of their chairs wondering if I'd ever see this book, you can relax now.

It arrived in Customs October 10, was released to the USPS on November 15, was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 840
Posted By Bob A
Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 12:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 840
Posted By Bob A
Please bear in mind my lack of qualifications to...

Please bear in mind my lack of qualifications to comment meaningfully on your mandau. Despite that, I'm pleased to say that I find the sword rather attractive; the carving is interesting, the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 12:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By Bob A
We unquestionably have big problems in the...

We unquestionably have big problems in the world.

That said, I suspect ineptitude rather than socio-political interference. As someone mentioned to me elsewhere today, "Half the people you saw today...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,509
Posted By Bob A
US Customs ate my package

Good day, all.

I ordered Dmitry's book in September, and it was shipped around the beginning of October from Moscow. It entered US Customs on 10 October, and has not been seen or heard from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,549
Posted By Bob A
In a discussion on another forum regarding...

In a discussion on another forum regarding Damascus steel, someone posted a youtube video in which Alfred Pendray was able to produce wootz steel. While the samples produced at that time were not to...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 725
Posted By Bob A
"Italy" is a modern construct. The area...

"Italy" is a modern construct. The area we now know as Italy was a patchwork defined by a number of foreign influences; Austria, Spain, France, and their agents and vassals. Lots of push/pull with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,977
Posted By Bob A
Well, "oxblood" shoes were once colored...

Well, "oxblood" shoes were once colored with, yes, ox blood.

I see no reason why any sort of blood couldn't be used to impart a sort of brownish-red tint to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By Bob A
Registering a guess - Balkan?

Registering a guess - Balkan?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,549
Posted By Bob A
I thought this information on production of...

I thought this information on production of silicon carbide was of interest.

The simplest process to manufacture silicon carbide is to combine silica sand and carbon in an Acheson graphite electric...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,069
Posted By Bob A
I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That...

I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That said, there's a gap between objective truth - if such a thing exists outside the realm of hard science - and opinion.

I've encountered some blunt...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,042
Posted By Bob A
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,593
Posted By Bob A
Yes, we eagerly await . . .

Yes, we eagerly await . . .
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