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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2019, 07:04 PM
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Posted By Edster
I can't comment on the meaning of the marks nor...

I can't comment on the meaning of the marks nor their specific origin, but I've looked at some blade forum conversations, and experienced bladesmiths always recommend to apply stamped maker's marks...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 374
Posted By Edster
Iain, on a second look I agree. The angle of the...

Iain, on a second look I agree. The angle of the shot makes the blade appear much more tapered. Pics on the original post looks straighter. Still need better pic on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 374
Posted By Edster
Iain, on a second look I agree. The angle of the...

Iain, on a second look I agree. The angle of the shot makes the blade appear much more tapered. Pics on the original post looks straighter. Still need better pic on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 374
Posted By Edster
Interesting kaskara. Looks like an old takouba...

Interesting kaskara. Looks like an old takouba blade remounted as a kaskara. Iain will be able to better assess. Bigger images, especially of the hilt area, would help. Also your flash overpowers the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By Edster
I have two kaskara with leather covered pommels....

I have two kaskara with leather covered pommels. The lighter colored one is virtually "new-old-stock". The finished size of the top disk is 41 mm dia. & 12 mm thick. The top disk is hard and firm and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 584
Posted By Edster
Jim, I finally found my Pallme (1837-39) notes....

Jim,

I finally found my Pallme (1837-39) notes. He mentions (p.298) the two-edge swords of Austrian manufacture with, as you observe, lion and cross & orb. Locals prefer blades with a death's head...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 584
Posted By Edster
Iain, I concur with the Kull blade attribution,...

Iain,

I concur with the Kull blade attribution, but can't agree on the notion that the guard may have been imported from Europe. Here's why.

We have only two references to imported guards; your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 584
Posted By Edster
I think in the included link the copper was pored...

I think in the included link the copper was pored rather than inlayed cold. Also, we have at least three kaskara with the same copper treatment into Kull swords, plus the takubas previously noted....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 584
Posted By Edster
Mross, I'm glad the kaskara essays were useful....

Mross,

I'm glad the kaskara essays were useful. I agree with both Iain and Jim. Well done. I would differ with the seller as to age. R. Cronau's book attributes all three marks to Peter Kull in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 03:02 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,295
Posted By Edster
The blade scratchings shown in #6 as well as #30...

The blade scratchings shown in #6 as well as #30 attributed to c. 1550 Solingen are remindful to the somewhat tacky marks of Sudanese kaskara intended to invoke German quality or Islamic spiritual...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,545
Posted By Edster
I agree with Kubar that the image is in a...

I agree with Kubar that the image is in a pictograph-style and Jim"s suggestion that the pictogram has a representable meaning.

How's this for an interesting if fanciful tale? Suppose a traveler...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,545
Posted By Edster
Great discussion. Perhaps it is time to take a...

Great discussion. Perhaps it is time to take a break, but apparently no one has considered the extensive text also etched on the blade. I suspect that there is a revealing story contained...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 118,225
Posted By Edster
Thanks for the thoughtful answers. They round out...

Thanks for the thoughtful answers. They round out the khanjar's role within its social context.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th September 2019, 10:19 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 118,225
Posted By Edster
Ibrahiim, Thank you so much for sharing these...

Ibrahiim,

Thank you so much for sharing these magnificent khanjars. They are truly works of art not just ethnographic weapons. It seems that their quality has increased over time. I have a few...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th September 2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,494
Posted By Edster
I collected this utility axe in Eastern Sudan,...

I collected this utility axe in Eastern Sudan, likely at El Fao, in 1985. The type is used by herders to hinge acacia tree limbs so their camels can feed on the leaves. It looks remarkably like the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,036
Posted By Edster
It does sort of look like iron, nice patina.

It does sort of look like iron, nice patina.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,036
Posted By Edster
Stefan, If the grip is ebony or African Black...

Stefan,

If the grip is ebony or African Black Wood I would offer that it is perhaps of Sudanese Rashaida Arab origin. The Rashaida came to Sudan in the early 19thC and now live including around...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 616
Posted By Edster
I can't really add much to Jim's discussions, but...

I can't really add much to Jim's discussions, but there a couple of observations.

The short sword has fuller styles common to those made in Kassaka, but poorly done. The maker's mark uses the same...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Posted By Edster
I like the palm wood handle, but it looks too...

I like the palm wood handle, but it looks too short for the apparent weight of the stone. Wrap looks like rattan common in Indonesia area. Stone, somewhat sculpted, looks more like a basher than a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2019, 03:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 674
Posted By Edster
Hello MHLDRW, Welcome to the Forum, and thanks...

Hello MHLDRW,

Welcome to the Forum, and thanks for submitting such an interesting kaskara.

The blade looks old. I'd say locally made due to the rather crude forging of the central fuller. The blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 739
Posted By Edster
You're very welcome, mross. I wrote the articles...

You're very welcome, mross. I wrote the articles for the benefit of the Forum. Also, they were largely informed by other members' posts and swords. Your kaskara contributes to our database of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 739
Posted By Edster
mross, Your kaskara blade is called the Sulimani...

mross,

Your kaskara blade is called the Sulimani Daud style variation in Sudan. The true SD style, the central fuller extends to the end of the blade. Your's is shorter, but still a common...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,321
Posted By Edster
Hello All, A revised and printable pdf version...

Hello All,

A revised and printable pdf version of the initial thread has been posted on the Ethnographic Arms & Armour Geographical Index, Africa along with similar enhanced versions of the Fullers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By Edster
Don't forget the first publication on the...

Don't forget the first publication on the subject. It is the seminal piece and includes several examples of kaskara even though he calls them of Hausa origin.

Briggs, Lloyd Cabot. "European Blades...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By Edster
Hello Shansy, Welcome to the World of the...

Hello Shansy,

Welcome to the World of the Kaskara. The best way to learn about the type is to read forum entries and discussions on the subject by searching on the EAA forum. Over the years the...
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