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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:03 PM
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Posted By ariel
Theodor, I agree with you that the blade is very...

Theodor,

I agree with you that the blade is very simple and could have been made anywhere in the Balkans. That is exactly the reason why I ignored it in my original discussion.

And yes, the handle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By ariel
I do not think so. Shashka's ears are separated...

I do not think so. Shashka's ears are separated by very narrow slits, with no defined flat base at the bottom. Same is true ( to a lesser degree) in the case of yataghans..
I do suspect ( not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By ariel
Estradiot Yataghan

Here is a medium size yataghan I bought strictly because of its handle.
It is simple, wooden, and its only embellishment are 3 round silver-niello bosses situated in places that did not require them...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By ariel
No, 7 on each side. All very straight and in the...

No, 7 on each side. All very straight and in the same order.
As to the "travel" from an ingot to the final place of sale, - anything is possible.

Just all my Indian and especially Arabian blades...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By ariel
Indian and especially Arabian are of a uniform...

Indian and especially Arabian are of a uniform width. Mine are more complex: wide-narrow etc. That , together with a well formed false edge, was the feature to tilt me toward a European source....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By ariel
The saber you refer to is a regulation European ...

The saber you refer to is a regulation European weapon. This is totally outside my interests and knowledge. Sorry for not being able to add even 5 cents worth...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2018, 03:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By ariel
“Boxed” fullering looks Afghani. They had...

“Boxed” fullering looks Afghani. They had Persian blades, NW Indian Persianised ones, local ones with Persian inscriptions. Persian was the Lingua Franca of that realm. The so-called Pulwar is ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2018, 03:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 401
Posted By ariel
Very true! Or in different localities/ languages....

Very true!
Or in different localities/ languages. Marathi Vinchu will be Baku in Kannada or Bicchwa in Mysore or Hyderabad. Chhuri is used in Hindi and Bengali,in Tamil it is a Katti, in Punjab it is...
Forum: European Armoury 13th April 2018, 03:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 443
Posted By ariel
Well, whether it is a copy, a replica or a fake,...

Well, whether it is a copy, a replica or a fake, it is still “not genuine”.
The distinction lies in the intent of the seller, and we have no way of guessing it.
So, just not to be rude, we may...
Forum: European Armoury 9th April 2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By ariel
Thanks for connecting my query to the European...

Thanks for connecting my query to the European Forum.

So, my question to the European specialists: any examples of similar blades in the European arsenal?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By ariel
Yes, I do. I even have an identical one:-) But...

Yes, I do. I even have an identical one:-)
But this is a Tanjore katar commonly attributable to 16 century with a triangular form. One cannot have any other fullering.
We are talking about later...
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By ariel
Yes, I do. I even have an identical one:-) But...

Yes, I do. I even have an identical one:-)
But this is a Tanjore katar commonly attributable to 16 century with a triangular form. One cannot have any other fullering.
We are talking about later...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By ariel
Kubur, No worry here about recent manipulations....

Kubur,
No worry here about recent manipulations. It is all as original, as the moment it was created.

But I share your doubt about the Indian origin of the blade. I tend to think it is one of the...
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By ariel
Kubur, No worry here about recent manipulations....

Kubur,
No worry here about recent manipulations. It is all as original, as the moment it was created.

But I share your doubt about the Indian origin of the blade. I tend to think it is one of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By ariel
Guys, Ricasso serves as a differentiating sign...

Guys,
Ricasso serves as a differentiating sign only between Indian and Persian Shamshir blades. Many European blades had ricasso and I wonder whether Indians not borrowed the idea of a ricasso...
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By ariel
Guys, Ricasso serves as a differentiating sign...

Guys,
Ricasso serves as a differentiating sign only between Indian and Persian Shamshir blades. Many European blades had ricasso and I wonder whether Indians not borrowed the idea of a ricasso...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2018, 12:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By ariel
Here is the distal part of the blade with...

Here is the distal part of the blade with converging fullers.
I checked all my Arabian swords, including 2 Nimchas from Morocco: none of them have a ricasso, including trade European blades.
Forum: European Armoury 8th April 2018, 12:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By ariel
Here is the distal part of the blade with...

Here is the distal part of the blade with converging fullers.
I checked all my Arabian swords, including 2 Nimchas from Morocco: none of them have a ricasso, including trade European blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 329
Posted By ariel
My guess, it is one of the innumerable examples ...

My guess, it is one of the innumerable examples of Indian artistry.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 574
Posted By ariel
Unusual nimcha blade: need help

Here is a run-of-the-mill Moroccan Nimcha.
One unusual thing about it is its blade.
As a rule, Nimchas carry curved saber blade, and the majority I have encountered thus far are European trade...
Forum: European Armoury 7th April 2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 539
Posted By ariel
Unusual nimcha blade: need help

Here is a run-of-the-mill Moroccan Nimcha.
One unusual thing about it is its blade.
As a rule, Nimchas carry curved saber blade, and the majority I have encountered thus far are European trade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By ariel
Very nice! Wootz blade is rare on Khybers. Let me...

Very nice! Wootz blade is rare on Khybers.
Let me know if you are tired of it. I shall hug it , and kiss it, and I shall call it George:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By ariel
I think Kubur may have a point here about the...

I think Kubur may have a point here about the scabbards.
They look awfully African.
Similar scabbards were used in Ethiopia ( see Spring “African arms and armor”, plate 24). I am not familiar with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 787
Posted By ariel
Isn't Andrew still a moderator?

Isn't Andrew still a moderator?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 803
Posted By ariel
Very possible. The leather is in a bad shape,...

Very possible.

The leather is in a bad shape, but may be original 18th century.
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