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Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2019, 08:45 PM
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Posted By ariel
My antennae are twitching.... The industry of...

My antennae are twitching....
The industry of fake antiques in general and bladed weapons in particular in Russia takes second place only to oil/gas.

The origin and the date on the spine look to me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 02:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By ariel
Both sides identical. Much more luxurious...

Both sides identical.

Much more luxurious examples are often identified as “ Hungarian magnate”. This one is too simple for that, so I downgraded it to neighboring Balkans.
I got a pm from a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 01:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
How about lowering voltage?

How about lowering voltage?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By ariel
Allow me to disagree. First, I have never seen a...

Allow me to disagree.
First, I have never seen a Syrian sword with abundant use of brass on the handle and scabbard and “stones”. Balkan and Hungarian,- yes.
Second, Syrian koftgari decoration is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
I am a bit uneasy with that approach. European...

I am a bit uneasy with that approach.
European “Yataghans” are not homogenous: one group belongs to rather faithful reproductions of the Ottoman weapon. Recall Labruna workshop in Naples, Manceaux in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 390
Posted By ariel
Balkan Kilij

Haven't shown some of my newer stuff in a while.
So, here it is.


Ottomans had their weapons seeded all over their Empire.
Here is Balkan Kilij 19 century.
Everything is brass clad. Blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
Kubur, You are correct: there are Yataghans with...

Kubur,
You are correct: there are Yataghans with blades of different length and configurations( curved, straight, recurved) and different handles. There was also a term yataghan bichaq, a short...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
I agree: dealer descriptions are notoriously...

I agree: dealer descriptions are notoriously unreliable and often frankly misleading.

Golden rule: Buy the object, not the story:-)

Could some Romanian shepherd get a Bulgarian karakulak or some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
What in particular makes you certain that this...

What in particular makes you certain that this dagger has nothing to do with a family of Yataghans?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2019, 04:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By ariel
With this quality of pictures, it looks like cow...

With this quality of pictures, it looks like cow horn
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2019, 04:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
Kubur, Here a yataghan ( bichaq) produced for a...

Kubur,
Here a yataghan ( bichaq) produced for a Greek customer in Anatolia ( Pergamos).
Taken from e-bay, auction ended.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2019, 11:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
It is an interesting and complicated question. My...

It is an interesting and complicated question. My guess it is not either/or but a combination of both .

Simplifying things a bit, one can say that all sword blades can be put into four different...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
The only problem with the “Balkan” theory is the...

The only problem with the “Balkan” theory is the complete absence of Yataghans or their depictions prior to the Ottoman invasion of that area.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2019, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 796
Posted By ariel
It’s centimeters, not inches. First, they are too...

It’s centimeters, not inches.
First, they are too tight for inches, but most importantly, Stefan is from Sweden:-)))
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
Couple of years ago, a friend of mine, Mr. Sergey...

Couple of years ago, a friend of mine, Mr. Sergey Samgin from Russia and myself were schmoozing over the Internet about the origins of Yataghan. As a result of it, we published a paper in the "...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By ariel
Kubur, Nobody in his right mind would deny that...

Kubur,
Nobody in his right mind would deny that yataghan is an inherently Ottoman weapon. You are creating a straw man and continue to beat it mercilessly.

However, the Empire was vast and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2019, 04:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By ariel
Agree.

Agree.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By ariel
How about putting it in the Classics? I...

How about putting it in the Classics?

I understand it is not a classy definitive study, but we have so little information about these swords, that every shred of info has high value that may...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By ariel
Swords from Bhutan

Found this article accidentally. It is from Journal of Bhutan Studies, vol. 5, pp.94-112, 2001.

http://www.bhutanstudies.org.bt/publicationFiles/JBS/JBS_Vol5/v5-8.pdf
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2019, 02:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By ariel
I am wondering whether it had ever had a...

I am wondering whether it had ever had a crossguard.
As to the degree of restoration, there are 2 schools: one ( Artzi Yarom or Charles, for example) believe that weapons should be returned to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,758
Posted By ariel
double

double
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st July 2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,758
Posted By ariel
Ain’t no insanity. Pure psychology. They have...

Ain’t no insanity. Pure psychology. They have your credit card and charge it + auction fee.

Having paid it, do you want to actually get it? Sure you do, otherwise you have lost a heap of money.

So,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By ariel
Yes, it is a Navaja, most likely made in France (...

Yes, it is a Navaja, most likely made in France ( Thiers was the gorilla of stamping them in huge quantities). This is described in a book by Denis Cherevichnik about the history of knife fights...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,256
Posted By ariel
Teodor, Precisely. The art of niello ,...

Teodor,
Precisely.
The art of niello , according to Circassian master Asia Eutykh, was brought to Caucasus by the Greeks. She traces her name to somebody names Eutyhios.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,256
Posted By ariel
Kubur, Yataghans, with the exception of Zeibek...

Kubur,
Yataghans, with the exception of Zeibek ones, cannot be attributed by their blades. The latter were produced en masse in unknown centers in Anatolia and the Balkans. Sarajevo is perhaps the...
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