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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 09:11 AM
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Posted By ariel
The first pic shows clearly that the blades were...

The first pic shows clearly that the blades were indeed cut from sheet metal and then “swallow- tailed” into the massive tube. Likely, welded after that.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 03:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By ariel
Richard, What sale are you talking about?...

Richard,
What sale are you talking about? :-)
Send me your address and you will get it for free. I shall only be delighted to contribute something useful to the community of wootz-smiths.
One...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By ariel
My axe " Bible" is James Gamble "...

My axe " Bible" is James Gamble " Axes of war and power"
P. 14: virtually identical Persian axe defined as " parade" and dated to 1875.
His sine qua non definition of a "war axe" is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 357
Posted By ariel
It is virtually identical to mine that was...

It is virtually identical to mine that was discussed 3 months ago:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/search.php?searchid=1618625

Funny, but I have already mentioned at that time what appears to be the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,143
Posted By ariel
Sorry. Wrong thread.

Sorry. Wrong thread.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 221
Posted By ariel
I think it is ceremonial/parade example. Fighting...

I think it is ceremonial/parade example.
Fighting axes have wedge-like blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By ariel
The break area on my example was not polished and...

The break area on my example was not polished and etched.
There is a similar example ( polished and etched) in a Russian book by Kamil Khaidakov: much better resolution of the junky area.
Folding...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 10:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By ariel
J

Kirk narduban and “Rose” are easy: they are just superficial embellishments. The blade is notched either across its width or as a rounded point, then forged, polished and etched. Notching disturbs...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By ariel
Modern knives made out of crucible steel do not...

Modern knives made out of crucible steel do not even approach the old wootz-y pattern and nobody except for Nonikashvili succeeded in forging a modern long wootz blade.
The metallurgical secret of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By ariel
Ian, You are correct: my diagram does not touch...

Ian,
You are correct: my diagram does not touch on the composition of wootz, it only shows what the smith did with the already manufactured ingot.
Nonikashvili’s method is unique and I am not smart...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 03:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By ariel
That is fully consistent with my “ scheme” that...

That is fully consistent with my “ scheme” that shows the final structure of the cooled down ingot: wootz at the bottom, junk on top.

I thought that seeing the internal structure of a wootz blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,765
Posted By ariel
Rephrasing my conclusion: the use of Farsi...

Rephrasing my conclusion: the use of Farsi defines the etcher and/ or the owner as belonging to Persianized Afghani tribe.

Marius: is that better?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2019, 02:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By ariel
How wootz blades were forged?

It so happened that I bought a wootz Pulwar about a year ago. It came ... broken in half. Insurance paid me back, but I'd rather have the sword:-((((

But there was an interesting feature : the break...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By ariel
Kubur one defined in 2 words the reason why...

Kubur one defined in 2 words the reason why certain people behave in a snarky manner : ignorance and arrogance. I just cannot add anything to this pithy summary.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,765
Posted By ariel
Update: One of the " translators" sent...

Update:
One of the " translators" sent me a message: this is written in ancient variant of Farsi, but the quality of deep etching is very poor, the letters flow into each other.
She could translate...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,647
Posted By ariel
The last person to make wootz blades was...

The last person to make wootz blades was Elizarov, and that was long before NII:-) Virtually all shashka blades are plain steel ( too expensive to make mechanical damascus, as per local masters)....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2019, 02:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,647
Posted By ariel
Eric, I understand you are upset. But nobody...

Eric,
I understand you are upset. But nobody criticizes you personally: it is about the sword.
All of us sooner or later find ourselves in your shoes. Collectors much more knowledgeable than all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2019, 01:42 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,647
Posted By ariel
We have. Go to post #1, there is an address,...

We have.
Go to post #1, there is an address, left column, 2nd pic from the top.

The view is not great, but this is the whole caboodle.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,647
Posted By ariel
Marius, To summarize your perfectly accurate...

Marius,
To summarize your perfectly accurate post, there is a sharp line between "fake" and " reproduction": intent to deceive.
From there on, dividing lines become more and more blurry: ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,647
Posted By ariel
Getting provenance data from a seller may be...

Getting provenance data from a seller may be intriguing: any self-respecting dealer in forgeries has at least 3 versions ready. At least two will include personal friendship with Ivan the Terrible...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,647
Posted By ariel
On that we are in full agreement:-) And, just as...

On that we are in full agreement:-)

And, just as Sfenoid13, I am also interested how much the Russian collector will offer.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 11:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,647
Posted By ariel
All of us here are called to express their...

All of us here are called to express their opinion based on photographic images. This is a big limitation, no doubt.
And you are correct: the urge to defend their choice is inherent in human...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,765
Posted By ariel
The beautiful one on the front cover of the “...

The beautiful one on the front cover of the “ Afghani edged weapons” book is Indian. Fiegels’ sale catalogue has a couple of Persian. I have one with deep old Indian chiseling ( thanks, Jens) and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,765
Posted By ariel
Jim, Forgot to mention: The so-called “ Khybers”...

Jim,
Forgot to mention:
The so-called “ Khybers” were not limited to the Khyber Pass area. The best evidence is the variability of their handles: beak-y in the majority of cases, Karabela-like in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,765
Posted By ariel
Jim, I am waiting for a word from two Iranian...

Jim,
I am waiting for a word from two Iranian colleagues re. inscription.
Then I shall be able to answer your questions.

Fair enough?
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