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Forum: European Armoury Today, 08:54 AM
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Posted By ariel
Fernando, Have you tried WD-40 to remove the...

Fernando,
Have you tried WD-40 to remove the grip?
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 05:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 553
Posted By ariel
Cannot remember where I read it, but one...

Cannot remember where I read it, but one explanation of the wavy contour of the blade allegedly made the blade of the opponent waver and lose direction and speed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 963
Posted By ariel
My son is the only one expressing some interest...

My son is the only one expressing some interest in my collection. In my will I leave the entire collection to him, together with my notes, prices of acquisition and suggested values.
I intend to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Posted By ariel
What we call " German silver" was ...

What we call " German silver" was massively manufactured in Europe since 18 century. Prior to that, it was made in China for centuries (" paktong") and exported far and wide. It is an alloy of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd July 2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By ariel
Nothing better exemplifies the falsity of the...

Nothing better exemplifies the falsity of the "orientalist" presentation of the reality than the actual photographs. Here are couple of Orientalist pictures of the odalisques in a local harem and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2020, 03:20 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 14,923
Posted By ariel
It is a very interesting and informative...

It is a very interesting and informative reference that fully explains the " spur" from the Metropolitan shown by Jens in the very first post of this topic. Good job, Milogow360! Thanks!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 17th July 2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 892
Posted By ariel
On top of that, oils were not painted "on...

On top of that, oils were not painted "on the spot".
Painters made more or less detailed sketches with the live models, but painted the final drafts in their studios in Europe. It would be virtually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th July 2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,685
Posted By ariel
Motan has a point about the bush. If this is...

Motan has a point about the bush.
If this is correct, Saxaul ( saksaul, Haloxylon ammodendron) might be the answer. It is a ubiquitous desert plant with gnarly and very hard wood.

The raised tip...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,685
Posted By ariel
Moreover, trees and bushes over there are largely...

Moreover, trees and bushes over there are largely unknown at the West. Try chinara, saxaul.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By ariel
I think both of them are European. As to...

I think both of them are European.
As to terminology: both are “ Mameluke swords” for the Europeans, both are “kilij” for the Ottomans, both are “shamshirs” for the Persians or Indo-Persians.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,401
Posted By ariel
I agree. Optimistically late 20th, realistically...

I agree. Optimistically late 20th, realistically 21st century. I remember seeing a couple of them on E-bay over the past couple of years.

Pretty risky and impractical design: one would almost...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,156
Posted By ariel
You were correct and Teodor’s comment was spot...

You were correct and Teodor’s comment was spot on.
This Yataghans are unusually long, their blades are crude-ish, relatively narrow, T-spined, curved ( not recurved), and they have integral...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2020, 02:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,433
Posted By ariel
Piso Podangs are likely to have brass handles,...

Piso Podangs are likely to have brass handles, asymmetric swelling of the grip and much more figurative endings of the quillons. Yours has none of the above.

We seem to have a difference of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By ariel
Do we know when these vases were created? I went...

Do we know when these vases were created? I went on the site of images from Bhaja Caves, and there are indeed some obviously old ones with curved swords. So, in my mind, their existence 2000...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 947
Posted By ariel
An ancestor of Chillanum and/or Jamdhar...

An ancestor of Chillanum and/or Jamdhar Katari?

Man, you manage to find examples that put the existing theories upside down!

Where are you located and are you a professional historian of weapons?...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By ariel
I am hesitant about the images in your post #1....

I am hesitant about the images in your post #1. The degree of preservation, the perfectly smooth surfaces, the sophistication of the details and the general artistic level do not seem to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By ariel
As to the swordsman in your post #5: because of...

As to the swordsman in your post #5: because of the state of preservation, I cannot see the curvature:-(

But what I find even more interesting, his sword seems to have a D-guard ( my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By ariel
Thanks a lot! Extremely interesting!

Thanks a lot!
Extremely interesting!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 14,923
Posted By ariel
Can you post the text and its source?

Can you post the text and its source?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 05:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By ariel
What is the source of those images?

What is the source of those images?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,059
Posted By ariel
I shall pass on your question re. images of...

I shall pass on your question re. images of flowers:
My wife had been exasperated with my ignorance in botany. She is sure that for me there are only 2 kinds of flowers: those with thorns are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,324
Posted By ariel
I am with RSWORD: khanjar, late Qajar, replaced...

I am with RSWORD: khanjar, late Qajar, replaced handle, original scabbard.
My only hesitation: some pics of the blade are suspicious for being wootz-y.
The blade is patinated and the issue can be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,059
Posted By ariel
I do. And the map looks quite deceiving. ...

I do. And the map looks quite deceiving.

Persians tried to absorb Eastern Georgia for centuries, and invaded it repeatedly, sometimes being victorious, sometimes beaten. But they never made it a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,033
Posted By ariel
Yes, that was the sad time of cheap junk. But...

Yes, that was the sad time of cheap junk.
But here is a newly made kindjal, - blade, scabbard, handle, decoration. Georgian masters made a miraculous recovery and their contemporary examples are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 01:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,059
Posted By ariel
My point is that I cannot find anything that...

My point is that I cannot find anything that would not be compatible with a 100% Georgian origin.
Can somebody point it out to me?
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