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Forum: European Armoury Today, 04:03 PM
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Posted By ariel
Ain't no V&A, or the Hermitage....:-) The...

Ain't no V&A, or the Hermitage....:-)
The D-guard looks German , one of the WWs, the handle is newly-fashioned, crudely carved out of wood.
But the only thing that interests me is the mark. Can't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 03:43 PM
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Posted By ariel
Jens, That would suggest that Rajput "...

Jens,
That would suggest that Rajput " kings" who moved to Himachal Pradesh just made their swords look more local and the term " Indo-Afghani swords" might be a misnomer. This is supported (...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 02:10 PM
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Posted By ariel
I am with Fernando. Elephant tusk swords are...

I am with Fernando.
Elephant tusk swords are well documented. But I have never seen an authenticated trunk sword.
Functionally, it makes sense: attaching a blade to a solid and immovable tusk...
Forum: European Armoury Today, 01:59 PM
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Posted By ariel
Sorry. But nothing to admire... Just curious.

Sorry. But nothing to admire... Just curious.
Forum: European Armoury Today, 11:17 AM
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Posted By ariel
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:12 PM
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Posted By ariel
The so-called " cobra swords"

On pp. 109-10 and 121, 123 Elgood shows peculiar S. Indian swords with disk-like widening of the blade by the handle.
They are popularly called " cobra swords" by the Westerners, even though they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By ariel
Jens, It is only natural. We all have our areas...

Jens,
It is only natural. We all have our areas of interest and knowledge and actively participate in the discussions of our competence ( sometimes limited, but at least sufficient to ask a cogent...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 124
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Posted By ariel
Well, no real sword is an ideal rectangle. It...

Well, no real sword is an ideal rectangle. It might have been curved and narrowing toward the tip, might have had fullers, the “thickness” likely reflects the back and could have had narrowed down...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 05:42 PM
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Views: 6,708
Posted By ariel
Yup, you guessed it:-) And do not short-change ...

Yup, you guessed it:-)
And do not short-change Mozambique’s Piri-Piri!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,708
Posted By ariel
Fernando, Your info re. Braccia as cubit just...

Fernando,
Your info re. Braccia as cubit just validates Fermi’s approach:-)
15-20 kg is a realistic number.

Personally, I like freewheeling entries. They relax the atmosphere and add some human...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 05:04 PM
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Posted By ariel
Russian kentar was equivalent to 2.5 POODS , not...

Russian kentar was equivalent to 2.5 POODS , not pounds. Pound is 0.45 kg, ; Russian pood is 16 kg.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 04:37 PM
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Posted By ariel
Fernando, It’s never too soon for good wishes!...

Fernando,
It’s never too soon for good wishes! Same to you and yours!

But... we have Thanksgiving coming next Thursday and are sentenced to chew on a mass of semidigested cardboard popularly known...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 03:21 PM
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Posted By ariel
Now, with these data ( and hints) we can...

Now, with these data ( and hints) we can approximate the weight of an “ elephant sword”.
Using Enrico Fermi’s approach ( guesses will correct each other), let’s assume that the average length of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
Paul writes in his book that the pommel disk was...

Paul writes in his book that the pommel disk was there for a purpose: it created a very tight grip, and this tightness resulted in the emotion of “josh”, something that can be loosely explained as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By ariel
That was Tirri’s idea. Yes, from time to time...

That was Tirri’s idea.
Yes, from time to time we do see Tulwars with no pommel disk. But we see many, many more with semi-attached wobbly disks, some even with signs of attempted brazing. There...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2019, 01:35 PM
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Posted By ariel
I also took several of my pieces to the jeweler...

I also took several of my pieces to the jeweler store.
They have an armed guard on duty, but I was never stopped. Every time I bring some sharpie to the store, the staff is excited and there are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2019, 02:36 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
The "hunting scene" on this katar is...

The "hunting scene" on this katar is interesting: apparently it was not " deep etched", but rather carved. If the blade is indeed wootz, that would support the notion that wootz was not hardened...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2019, 02:08 AM
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Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
Jens, I appreciate and respect your wish to...

Jens,
I appreciate and respect your wish to concentrate on decorative elements of Indian weapons, but just want to show 2 South Indian swords of interest. Seems to me, that spear-like construction...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
Mahratt, Please relax: I like my sword. You may...

Mahratt,
Please relax: I like my sword. You may think it is a newly-made souvenir, but I think otherwise and do not wish to spend my breath arguing with you.

Also, please stop bombarding me with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
Kubur, So many Indian weapons do not look...

Kubur,
So many Indian weapons do not look "practical" to us: pata, aradam/arapusta, bank, all those snake-like swords, supermassive teghas, old South Indian swords ( see Rawson), Nayar swords etc,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
Good for me! As to when: see my earlier post:...

Good for me!
As to when: see my earlier post: “When, - is another question :-), but historically they might have been married 300-400 years ago. And still holding strong:-)”
Thanks Kubur!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2019, 01:47 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
Marius, See Rawson’s pics of Madras swords in...

Marius,
See Rawson’s pics of Madras swords in the V&A museum. Also, chapter 8 in Elgood. They do look “spear-y”, but they are constructed in a manner of Tatar-Circassian sabers: bayonnet-like tip...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 678
Posted By ariel
Ren Ren’s illustration may be quite revealing:...

Ren Ren’s illustration may be quite revealing: European artists might have used their own falchions/stortas as a model for exotic Turkish swords.
Didn’t even have to spend money for a trip to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,911
Posted By ariel
Yup. See post #6.

Yup. See post #6.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2019, 12:45 AM
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Posted By ariel
I have several Indian swords/daggers with riveted...

I have several Indian swords/daggers with riveted blades and the assemblage is very strong and reliable.

Earlier, I have mentioned a composite Indian sword I have: S. Indian blade of a very ancient...
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