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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 04:39 AM
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Posted By Philip
Origins of habaki in Japan

Per Leon Kapp, The Craft of the Japanese Sword, 1988: The chapter on habaki contains this historical background,

"Exactly how the habaki developed in Japan is not known. Like much of sword...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 124
Posted By Philip
Lucky you!

You grabbed a nice one. Complete, clean, en suite, and it doesn't look like it's been monkeyed with.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,360
Posted By Philip
tunkous, from Eastern and Western territorial limits

You might want to see how the concept survived the post-medieval period, here illustrated by examples from the Mamluk and Chinese culture-spheres. To keep things more evenly comparable, these are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,360
Posted By Philip
Ariel, you raise some very interesting...

Ariel, you raise some very interesting issues.

The matter of specific shapes, especially whether the long side is on the edge or dorsal side of the blade, is interesting. I tend to put more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,360
Posted By Philip
the tunkou concept, carried forward

Ariel,
'Thought you might like to compare the tunkou (sleeve at the forte of the blade) on your Qipchaq saber with a couple examples from later in history. The concept had a long shelf-life. ...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By Philip
example of fullering concept

Here's a pic to show what I'm talking about. Here are 3 Chinese saber blades of "willow leaf" type, narrow and with curvature through most of length. The important thing is where the fullering ends....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,360
Posted By Philip
Just thought you'd like to see a polished section...

Just thought you'd like to see a polished section of a very similar blade in my collection, was fortuitously preserved with some surfaces including the crisply-defined ridges with virtually no...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By Philip
The only things remotely Japanese-looking about...

The only things remotely Japanese-looking about this saber are the disc-shaped guard, and the blade with the facets and ridges on the sides. The blade form is encountered in Korea and Vietnam as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 528
Posted By Philip
The piece could also be Vietnamese; in that...

The piece could also be Vietnamese; in that country knives and sabers were often hilted without an expanded metal pommel as was typical in China. The decoration is also typical of Vietnam as well as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By Philip
Thanks Lenny, would love to see more pics of...

Thanks Lenny, would love to see more pics of various aspects of the piece, including an overall view. Would it be too much trouble to take the lock off to photograph the internal mechanism?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2018, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 576
Posted By Philip
I wonder if the hole is a provision for a...

I wonder if the hole is a provision for a rudimentary safety -- will a transverse pin effectively block the serpentine from fully descending towards the pan? Come to think of it, the touchhole...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By Philip
question re the guard

Is the guard made "in the solid" or is there an elliptical mouth or opening where the blade comes out, to reveal a hollow center? Typically, a jian guard on a Qing-era hilt is hollow, to accept the...
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By Philip
The decoration on the hilt is nowhere near any...

The decoration on the hilt is nowhere near any ornamental motif I've seen on either a Chinese or Vietnamese weapon.
Forum: European Armoury 20th October 2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By Philip
The blade doesn't look Chinese at all to me. The...

The blade doesn't look Chinese at all to me. The almost universal characteristic of the fullering on Chinese curved single-edged blades (sabers and the like) is that they begin a short distance...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2018, 05:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,631
Posted By Philip
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,038
Posted By Philip
Muchas gracias, Carlos! Nice quality material,...

Muchas gracias, Carlos! Nice quality material, well-displayed. Has the museum published a comprehensive catalog?

Hope you took pics of the best of the Spanish and European arms and armor too. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By Philip
It may be in groady-toady condition but if the...

It may be in groady-toady condition but if the barrel is structurally sound with a tight breechplug and good bore (from the outside it looks in better shape than the lock) it might be fun to carve a...
Forum: European Armoury 15th July 2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 810
Posted By Philip
A beaut with interesting transitional features

Dana, I can sense that you were reluctant to pack and send this one off!

Bernal Calafell is listed in Der Neue Stöckel as being active ca. 1692-1703. His career coincided with the point at which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,951
Posted By Philip
Smile something to crow about

CONGRATS, RICK !! This is as close to being an out-and-out "screamer" as they come. I like the exceptional work on the lock, and the precision of decoration on substantial fittings. Welcome relief...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,321
Posted By Philip
I had a conversation about these years ago with...

I had a conversation about these years ago with Thom Richardson of the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. When I pointed out that I have encountered a great number of these over the years in sets...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,127
Posted By Philip
Obrigado, Nando, pelas fotos! This is all news...

Obrigado, Nando, pelas fotos! This is all news to me -- I am familiar with the details of this tragic expedition but the books I read do not mention the "talismanic" role of royal swords! Where...
Forum: European Armoury 12th February 2018, 04:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,127
Posted By Philip
So he's Denmark's counterpart to Friedrich...

So he's Denmark's counterpart to Friedrich Barbarossa? Or perhaps to Portugal's King Sebastião, whom it is believed did not actually die on the battlefield fighting the Moors in Morocco in 1578,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,988
Posted By Philip
Air space in a chamber or barrel can created...

Air space in a chamber or barrel can created dangerous pressures no matter what the breech configuration or powder requirements of a firearm are. I've had a lot of experience handloading cartridges...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,549
Posted By Philip
so what's work?

So true, Bob. Profound thinkers have said it so eloquently:

"Work is the curse of the drinking classes"

"The worst day fishing beats the best day at work"
Forum: European Armoury 28th January 2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,448
Posted By Philip
Thanks, Fernando, for clarifying with the...

Thanks, Fernando, for clarifying with the complete phrase.
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