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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 90
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Despite probable modern mounting and assembly,...

Despite probable modern mounting and assembly, many composite swords offer great opportunities in evaluating the components used, often having their own genuine antiquity. The remounting of old and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 559
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ed, this is a fantastic insight! I had never...

Ed, this is a fantastic insight! I had never thought of the similarity of this Ottoman hilt crossguard in comparison to that of the kaskara. Clearly the proximity would offer such influence for the...
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,457
Posted By Jim McDougall
Reventlov, .As I noted, I was very grateful for...

Reventlov,
.As I noted, I was very grateful for Lee sharing his sword here, and the analysis by Tomas was fascinating and thorough, however the points you made last year were extremely pertinent and...
Forum: European Armoury 8th November 2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,457
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is a fascinating analysis of this sword as...

This is a fascinating analysis of this sword as pointed out, and while I am totally a novice at this field of study in swords of this antiquity, my interest was piqued in some of the elements of this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting rebuttal, so I think at this impasse...

Interesting rebuttal, so I think at this impasse the discussion has reached its level of useful exchange. I have very much enjoyed the information which has been exchanged since reopening this old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
To move beyond the developing nonsense of the...

To move beyond the developing nonsense of the last posts, I would like to join Ariel in sensibly evaluating the topic material.
In reference to stabbing potential of a weapon, in this case...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2018, 04:09 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well! Alrighty then!!!! :)

Well! Alrighty then!!!! :)
Forum: European Armoury 4th November 2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By Jim McDougall
My pleasure Francantolin! Im glad I could add...

My pleasure Francantolin! Im glad I could add some helpful info, and thanks for sharing this sword here! :)
Forum: European Armoury 4th November 2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 499
Posted By Jim McDougall
Wayne, brilliantly summarized notes on the Indian...

Wayne, brilliantly summarized notes on the Indian cavalry swords! a field of study which still often remains extremely arcane in the scope of military swords.
Which brings me to an even more arcane...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2018, 02:42 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
Exactly, well noted Ariel, we have digressed from...

Exactly, well noted Ariel, we have digressed from that topic enough. Back to the dynamics of the katar in use for penetration.
Forum: European Armoury 4th November 2018, 12:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 499
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is obviously a stirrup hilt of M1796 British...

This is obviously a stirrup hilt of M1796 British light cavalry form but the langets are compellingly similar to those on Indian tulwars (Indo-Persian form hilts) and may well have been for units of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2018, 12:14 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent insight. Indeed I recall the word...

Excellent insight. Indeed I recall the word talwar is pretty much generally a term for sword not otherwise specified, but perhaps you can fill us in on the proper etymology use of the word. While the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
I guess I should have qualified I thought we were...

I guess I should have qualified I thought we were talking about the period which obviously applies to these two sabres and in context with the bolstered point on katars. The katar, while of yet to be...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd November 2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually this style of engraved motif is a theme...

Actually this style of engraved motif is a theme termed 'Caissignard' and seems to have been prevalent in Nantes, France in the mid to latter 18th c. The 'Pandour' units of Austria were disbanded c....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
That is true, in true Indian combat techniques,...

That is true, in true Indian combat techniques, it was considered that the dhal shield was for the parry, and of course the sabre (tulwar) was used for cutting and slashing attack. However, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2018, 03:12 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
This 'reinforced' look at the point, now that I...

This 'reinforced' look at the point, now that I look at it more, is very much like British cavalry sabres of M1821 and later. The general idea of these was that they were functional for both cut and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
With the forbearance of Jens and the mods, the...

With the forbearance of Jens and the mods, the 'stabbing'capacity of the 'needle pointed' swords including the Tatar sabres and flyssa is being considered with regard to that of bolstered blades on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
I guess the point was that influences in weapons...

I guess the point was that influences in weapons diffuse and transcend all boundaries (much as digressions as seen here).....and I too recall the many discussions where it was largely agreed that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 969
Posted By Jim McDougall
Nice of you to say, but for some reason...

Nice of you to say, but for some reason scientific stuff just doesnt stick in my comprehension.....its a right brain, left brain thing " :)
Forum: European Armoury 2nd November 2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 462
Posted By Jim McDougall
I love the opening line in this...

I love the opening line in this thread...."Its Bilbo Time'!!! and this great analogy of the 'champagne cork' pommel :)

Just fun in looking at these intriguing swords, great input and examples, and...
Forum: European Armoury 2nd November 2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 981
Posted By Jim McDougall
LOL! Mark.....'beat to Hades'!!! Only a novelist...

LOL! Mark.....'beat to Hades'!!! Only a novelist could bring such a perfect phrase into a discussion like this!! perfect!!
That is EXACTLY what many of not most of these colonial pieces are like....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
These Tatar sabres with their distinctive needle...

These Tatar sabres with their distinctive needle points( by the hilts termed 'ordynka' ) are fascinating, and I always marveled at how these ultra thin points could be used without snapping off....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 969
Posted By Jim McDougall
Mahratt and Ariel, thank you both so much for...

Mahratt and Ariel, thank you both so much for these excellent explanations and descriptions on wootz and mechanical Damascus!

Ibrahiim, thank you as always for the historical and geographical...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 14,832
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think that while philosophical debate is often...

I think that while philosophical debate is often in degree entertaining as it is largely often speculative in use of analogy and comparative circumstance, in the analysis of weaponry used in earlier...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,709
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually the concerns over whether this blade is...

Actually the concerns over whether this blade is European....and by the presumed inscription being Portuguese or Spanish seem entirely moot at this point, as has been well pointed out......the...
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