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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,128
Posted By MForde
As a note for members, if anyone wins anything at...

As a note for members, if anyone wins anything at auction near me (Wokingham, Berkshire, UK) I'd be happy to send it overseas to you. It's a long shot but thought I'd offer!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,200
Posted By MForde
I admit to some employing degree of presumption...

I admit to some employing degree of presumption but I feel it's justified. The sword I have here feels robust and flexible and similar in the hand to those of proven fighting sword patterns. Of...
Forum: European Armoury 8th October 2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,494
Posted By MForde
An excellent resource, thank you!

An excellent resource, thank you!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,200
Posted By MForde
I have one of these next to my desk as I type as...

I have one of these next to my desk as I type as I'm selling it for a friend and I must agree - there's no reason why the blade wouldn't be acceptable in combat, given the correct sharpening.
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,850
Posted By MForde
It would be my pleasure.

It would be my pleasure.
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By MForde
I think suppression by the Austrians is a most...

I think suppression by the Austrians is a most valid point and one that I hadn't considered.

The reason I ask this is because I'm cataloging the Italian regulation swords in the 1800s and there...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,850
Posted By MForde
I have Marcello Terenzi's Stiletto da...

I have Marcello Terenzi's Stiletto da Bombardiere, 1962, if anyone ever needs information from it. It's a short work but I suspect it's not particularly common so thought I'd mention it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,025
Posted By MForde
Another title for my (already lengthy) must-buy...

Another title for my (already lengthy) must-buy list!
Forum: Swap Forum 1st October 2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 442
Posted By MForde
A Qajar 'Revival' Sword

The iron hilt still shows traces of silver wire inlaid to show lines and swirls and it holds a sweeping blade tightly. This blade is light and flexible—yet sturdy—and almost every part of it has been...
Forum: European Armoury 1st October 2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By MForde
Thank you, gentlemen. It's certainly true that...

Thank you, gentlemen. It's certainly true that Italy was a patchwork in the 1800s and many states lacked significant funds to dedicate to establishing industrialised weapons production.

Philip,...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By MForde
Why Did Italian Sword Makers Die Out?

Hello all. A recent thread on here got me thinking: with the Italian blade makers being much-vaunted from something like the Middle Ages until the 1700s, why did the factories die out almost entirely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By MForde
Thank you all for your replies. I think I need to...

Thank you all for your replies. I think I need to see more examples as the antique wootz I've seen varies greatly in pattern and so I'd love to see some visual comparisons between old and new wootz...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By MForde
Identifying Modern Wootz

Hello all,

With modern-made wootz steel (or, as this is such a complex subject, a better term might be modern-made wootz-looking steel) now being made in the West and India how is everyone...
Forum: Swap Forum 20th September 2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 650
Posted By MForde
And sold, thank you very much.

And sold, thank you very much.
Forum: Swap Forum 16th September 2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 650
Posted By MForde
A Wootz Katar for Sale

As can be seen, at one point, this entire piece was heavily rusted and pitted but this has been ground back by someone to show fresh steel in places. The blade is in better condition and swirling,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,409
Posted By MForde
Some collectors see a scabbard as vital but I...

Some collectors see a scabbard as vital but I have never cared that much for their presence, viewing them as a bonus only. Perhaps this is because I've always liked to display my swords with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,848
Posted By MForde
What a delightful object - rather reminds me of...

What a delightful object - rather reminds me of the European lantern shield.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th August 2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,358
Posted By MForde
With the advent of the big online auction...

With the advent of the big online auction platforms of recent years it makes sense that fees have gone up as the houses have found a greater audience and with this connectivity has come greater...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 4th August 2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,358
Posted By MForde
Auction houses are notorious for poor accuracy....

Auction houses are notorious for poor accuracy. While I am firmly in the don't look for malice where ignorance is enough camp (they have a bewildering array of items to know, after all), I do believe...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,128
Posted By MForde
Hi Philip, I'm not sure but it's certainly...

Hi Philip, I'm not sure but it's certainly possible. I generally use the same cardboard box to ship swords and it's 125cm long.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,128
Posted By MForde
Was it a larger item than usual? I've sent many...

Was it a larger item than usual? I've sent many swords from the UK to Canada and the US and the average cost for, say, an 1845 Pattern is £40. Parcelforce have been excellent for me and I describe...
Forum: European Armoury 9th July 2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 823
Posted By MForde
Thanks for pointing it out! I thought I'd already...

Thanks for pointing it out! I thought I'd already browsed all the historical programmes on Netflix.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By MForde
Thank you for that, Mr McDougall - a most...

Thank you for that, Mr McDougall - a most interesting read.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By MForde
I've read that handles that look fairly long and...

I've read that handles that look fairly long and spacious like this one are associated with Scinde - or is that a bit of a myth?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,750
Posted By MForde
Regarding guard additions and perforations I...

Regarding guard additions and perforations I share two I've had with those features (hopefully I can attach the photos correctly):
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