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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th January 2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 21,664
Posted By Rafngard
Hello all, Does anyone know if the article VVV...

Hello all,

Does anyone know if the article VVV mentions in this post ever got published?

Thanks,
Leif
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 28th December 2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,104
Posted By Rafngard
Alan, Thank you for this. I think there's an...

Alan,

Thank you for this.
I think there's an important lesson here.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,466
Posted By Rafngard
Everything about this keris is stunning!

Everything about this keris is stunning!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,466
Posted By Rafngard
Merry K(e)rismas!

Here's my K(e)rismas photo from last year, featuring three of my favorite pieces.

Season's greetings,
Leif
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,465
Posted By Rafngard
This is mostly pedantic, but I can hear my Somali...

This is mostly pedantic, but I can hear my Somali teacher yelling when I read this. The Issa are a clan ("qabil" is the Somali word), not a tribe. There is only one Somali tribe.

...that said a lot...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,465
Posted By Rafngard
Fantastic research. For what it's worth, I've...

Fantastic research.

For what it's worth, I've met at least one person who was half Afar and half Somali. So at least presently, there is some intermixing. I can't remember which parent was which,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,738
Posted By Rafngard
I don't have a whole lot of experience with...

I don't have a whole lot of experience with international shipping, but I did recently successfully send an old garab to the Philippines labeled as "antique farming equipment."

Have fun,
Leif
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,790
Posted By Rafngard
"Cabang" is the term used in pencak...

"Cabang" is the term used in pencak silat, right?

I'm asking in part, because I've been participating in an online silat class presently with a Bruneian (and thus Malay) teacher who calls this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,790
Posted By Rafngard
This is perhaps both on and off topic, but I was...

This is perhaps both on and off topic, but I was recently struck by how Stormbringer and Mournblade bare some resemblance to Keris and/or other Tosan aji, and wondered if Moorcock might have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,536
Posted By Rafngard
Hello Detlef, I know you've seen one of these...

Hello Detlef,

I know you've seen one of these before, but I have near twins of your two examples in my collection.

Have fun,
Leif
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2020, 03:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,589
Posted By Rafngard
That is a really interesting piece. I don't think...

That is a really interesting piece. I don't think I've ever seen anything like it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2020, 03:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,589
Posted By Rafngard
You should definitely take Sajen's word over mine...

You should definitely take Sajen's word over mine on everything!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2020, 03:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,589
Posted By Rafngard
I'm sure members with more experience than I will...

I'm sure members with more experience than I will chime in, but to my eye it looks like elephant ivory, and overall, a really beautiful specimen.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2020, 04:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,967
Posted By Rafngard
I am far from an expert, but my first impression...

I am far from an expert, but my first impression is definitely that this is recent, made in Tugaya, and made for those who travel.

Have fun,
Leif
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,987
Posted By Rafngard
Hello Ian, the pictures don't convey it well, but...

Hello Ian, the pictures don't convey it well, but the hilt is made entirely of a very tarnished, non-magnetic metal. I assume brass.



yes, via the surprisingly large circular structure near the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,987
Posted By Rafngard
I haven't had a chance to clean it up yet, or get...

I haven't had a chance to clean it up yet, or get better photos (these are from the seller), but here's a similar piece that I recently picked. Aside from the string/fiber in the "gaps", the hilt is...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 12th September 2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,001
Posted By Rafngard
Something I know from the martial arts world...

Something I know from the martial arts world feels relevant here.

"We're all beginners here; some of us have just been beginners longer."

Have fun,
Leif
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,599
Posted By Rafngard
I know a few people in the American FMA community...

I know a few people in the American FMA community that just LOVE TFW swords. I've handled a couple, and yeah, they seem good quality, but they really just don't look right, and in the hand, they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,097
Posted By Rafngard
I am very grateful for all the marvelous American...

I am very grateful for all the marvelous American FMA teachers I have learned from.

I also really want to make them all watch this video. Maybe 3 times.

Thanks for making it sir!

Have fun,
Leif
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th August 2020, 03:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,161
Posted By Rafngard
I'll leave a definitive argument to the experts,...

I'll leave a definitive argument to the experts, but I'm pretty sure these are all from Bali and all fairly recent.

Thanks,
Leif
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th May 2020, 05:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,165
Posted By Rafngard
Thank you (paljon kiitoksia, suomeksi) to Mickey...

Thank you (paljon kiitoksia, suomeksi) to Mickey for asking this question. And many thanks also to David and Alan for their thoughtful, salient responses.

You've all explicated a number of things...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2020, 11:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,520
Posted By Rafngard
Hello all, Take it with a grain of salt, but one...

Hello all,

Take it with a grain of salt, but one of the styles of Silat that I study (Silat Suffian Bela Diri, from Brunei, so ethnically Malay), uses a weapon with a near identical blade profile,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2020, 03:23 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 29,020
Posted By Rafngard
Everytime I see one of your cutting videos, I...

Everytime I see one of your cutting videos, I feel inspired.
Once this pandemic is all over, and bottled water is normal price again, I'm going to buy a flat of them, get a couple of my old ones...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2020, 04:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 18,535
Posted By Rafngard
Hello Detlef, Yes, as I go through the posts on...

Hello Detlef,

Yes, as I go through the posts on the forum for this type, I see the questions around the name. I will keep this in mind.

Thanks!
Leif
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 29,020
Posted By Rafngard
When I first joined this forum 3.5 or so years...

When I first joined this forum 3.5 or so years ago, I meant to post here, but I never got around to it.

39 here, looking at forty later this year. Hopefully the world opens back up before then....
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