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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:51 PM
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Posted By mariusgmioc
The marking appears to be a Katar, albeit somehow...

The marking appears to be a Katar, albeit somehow different from the one in your example. However, drawing a katar is one thing and puncing/engraving one on the ricasso of a blade is something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 162
Posted By mariusgmioc
Polish it, then etch it, on a small area. If yes,...

Polish it, then etch it, on a small area. If yes, then the whole blade.

I have made a thread about this long ago.

Here:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21732
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:06 PM
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Views: 162
Posted By mariusgmioc
Judging from the photos is difficult, but from...

Judging from the photos is difficult, but from what I see there is nothing "touristy" about this blade. Generally the "touristy" stuff is characterised by heavily decorated (mainly etched) blades,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2019, 09:11 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,363
Posted By mariusgmioc
Romania

Romania
Forum: European Armoury 14th October 2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 422
Posted By mariusgmioc
The mark is neither punched, nor engraved but...

The mark is neither punched, nor engraved but crudely acid etched.

This makes me believe it is a 19th or even 20th century replica.

My two cents. :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
"Highly-decorated" was my expression....

"Highly-decorated" was my expression. To avoid any further ambiguity, I am posting herewith a photo of the last of the two pages discussing these swords. Two pages out of about 750...

I have handled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
Citing from "Arms and Armor from Iran,"...

Citing from "Arms and Armor from Iran," page 201, column 1, e

"The double-edged, straight swords with downward quillons were by no means a revival movement specific to the Qajar period. There are a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
I am familiar with the existance in Persia and...

I am familiar with the existance in Persia and India of wootz producing swordsmiths well into 19th century. However, I am not familiar with any of 19th century Persian swordsmiths signing the blades...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
Ok, ok, I can accept one thing here, one thing...

Ok, ok, I can accept one thing here, one thing there but to STOP ETCHING MY WOOTZ BLADES...!?

NEVER... unless I am running out of etchant (like I am now)!
;)

PS: Thank you for the bibliogrphy! ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
Well... nope! This is actually a confirmation...

Well... nope! This is actually a confirmation that you have an older blade that was re-hilted.

Then...

1. How do you know the signature is of a 19 century swordsmith;
2. How do you know that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
Every rule has some exceptions, and yes, there...

Every rule has some exceptions, and yes, there might be very rare examples of functional Qajar revival blades.

And yes, a wootz blade would definitely qualify for being such an exception but...

......
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
I think, I may not have expressed clear enough...

I think, I may not have expressed clear enough what I wanted to say.

Unless YOU test the sword in similar conditions to those of real battle (or very close to those conditions) YOU cannot know if...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 705
Posted By mariusgmioc
It is as I said, bent laterally (say...

It is as I said, bent laterally (say "z" axis, where longitudinal ,direction is "x" axis, and the direction of the curvature of the blade is the "y" axis) then straightened up!

The blade has a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 829
Posted By mariusgmioc
:) :) :) Because I am a compulsive-obsessive...

:) :) :)

Because I am a compulsive-obsessive etcher! :p
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 710
Posted By mariusgmioc
How would you know?! Unless you really test the...

How would you know?!

Unless you really test the blade simulating real use conditions, you cannot get even a close guess. What may appear like a reasonably elastic blade can shatter like glass or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2019, 04:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 829
Posted By mariusgmioc
Yep, honest Tulwar. Maybe 19c. Blade needs some...

Yep, honest Tulwar. Maybe 19c.

Blade needs some cleaning. I would also check it for wootz.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 705
Posted By mariusgmioc
Hello Battara, That is a sign the blade was...

Hello Battara,

That is a sign the blade was badly bent there, then straightened up.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 705
Posted By mariusgmioc
Thumbs up Hello gentlemen, I would like to make a few...

Hello gentlemen,

I would like to make a few observations.

Blades made of layers of steel are correctly called "laminated" and by no meaning, "damascus."

Longitudinal cracks in the spine are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,173
Posted By mariusgmioc
Thumbs up Got my copy and... ... WOW!...

Got my copy and...

... WOW! 🤩🤩🤩

This is truly a Bible of Afghan weapons!
A must have for every collector!

Excellent work Mahratt!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By mariusgmioc
It is a magnificent knife! I envy you for this...

It is a magnificent knife! I envy you for this piece... among others... 😉

But I believe the blade could benefit greatly from a good etching as the wootz patterning appears to be almost...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 287
Posted By mariusgmioc
To me, this Pesh-kabz looks typical Persian....

To me, this Pesh-kabz looks typical Persian. Very, very beautiful piece. This quality od engraving is very Persian. Also the overall shape and the style of decorations are Persian.

I am not sure...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 359
Posted By mariusgmioc
Yes, rather typical 19c Spanish hunting knife....

Yes, rather typical 19c Spanish hunting knife. The dog pommel is the only atypical thing.

Very nice dagger, and because of the pommel, very original!

:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 998
Posted By mariusgmioc
1. I would test the blade for wootz. 2. Generally...

1. I would test the blade for wootz.
2. Generally camel bone is the material of choice for hilts (but also for other artifacts) because it has higher density and is much less affected by the spongy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 634
Posted By mariusgmioc
I wouldn't be surprised if the museum description...

I wouldn't be surprised if the museum description is completely wrong.
I have seen so many already...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 914
Posted By mariusgmioc
Good point! You are probably right as the...

Good point!

You are probably right as the scabbard for a shamshir would only have a slot for the blade and would not fit a hilt.
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