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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:38 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
EXCELLENT TOPIC!!!

This is an excellent topic Alex, and a perfectly well placed and dynamic response to Jens' 'call to arms' on the study of Indian weaponry.

I know that while I have been fascinated by these arms for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By Jim McDougall
While the weapon in discussion is of course in my...

While the weapon in discussion is of course in my view, entirely specious and comprised of elements intended to convey exotic character, it does bring the observations on the Sinhalese 'kastane' to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 961
Posted By Jim McDougall
I join you in that Cthulhu!!! I have seen many...

I join you in that Cthulhu!!! I have seen many koras, but never with watered steel blade (I use that term as I never grasp the world of metallurgical tereminology!).
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd December 2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 416
Posted By Jim McDougall
You have a good point there Julien, we should not...

You have a good point there Julien, we should not be judgemental of the beliefs, traditions and conventions of cultures other than our own. I had no idea that blades used in cock fighting were so...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 701
Posted By Jim McDougall
Very nicely posted Cthulthu (nice Lovecraftian...

Very nicely posted Cthulthu (nice Lovecraftian handle there!), and while you say you hesitate to enter for 'lack of knowledge' , I would say that first of all, we are all students here and we learn...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd December 2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 416
Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree with Wayne, an occasion digression to...

I agree with Wayne, an occasion digression to unusual use of a specific weapon or type where it brings animals in, such as the exemplars of armor, or the elephant swords is tolerable as long as...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 1st December 2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 416
Posted By Jim McDougall
Julien, this is I agree, a most interesting slant...

Julien, this is I agree, a most interesting slant on the study of arms, but it is I'm afraid a bit of a strain in the scope of discussions here, as seen in the somewhat bizarre entries entertained in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 585
Posted By Jim McDougall
Rich, I would heartily dispute your self...

Rich,
I would heartily dispute your self description! and note that the understanding of Nihonto in itself is a paramount achievement which frankly reaches the complicated level of a science. With...
Forum: European Armoury 1st December 2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Victrix. It seems that Ostrowski in his...

Thank you Victrix. It seems that Ostrowski in his 1979 treatise "Origins of the Polish Saber", noted regarding Hungarian swords, that there was no apparent sword making industry there, and that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well said in your inimitable and intriguing...

Well said in your inimitable and intriguing manner Fernando!!! The 'spicing' of these accounts and the artwork which evolved in the same themes by imaginative and creative writers and artists have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Now thats amazing! Who says history is not alive...

Now thats amazing! Who says history is not alive and kickin.
Great share Wayne, and truly interesting ......I hope they dont outlaw narwhals now. After all, they have outlawed guns here in many...
Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By Jim McDougall
You bet Evgeny! Actually I have been working on...

You bet Evgeny! Actually I have been working on this all day, and dragged out every resource I have on hand.

While I could not find an exact match, I not reluctant to express my thoughts based on...
Forum: European Armoury 29th November 2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Evgeny, that is most helpful, and my...

Thank you Evgeny, that is most helpful, and my thoughts are as I noted, East Europe in initial impression, so that region would of course correspond. My resources on weapons from these areas are not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 742
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted Ariel, this does well illustrate a...

Well noted Ariel, this does well illustrate a kind of syncretic transition from south to north reflected in the combining of these elements. The koftgari designs in the hilt are mindful of...
Forum: European Armoury 29th November 2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By Jim McDougall
Evgeny, this truly is a beauty! and while I...

Evgeny, this truly is a beauty! and while I cannot place the deeply stamped mark as yet, I am inclined toward an Eastern European origin for the sword. I have seen the pommel type but need to check...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent Ariel!!! Indeed it does, and the best...

Excellent Ariel!!! Indeed it does, and the best part of our discussions here are the ratiocination well applied in examining the evidence shared in thread entries. That is the greatness of a good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 02:41 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Yeah!!!! How bout them trunk swords!!!!! :)

Yeah!!!! How bout them trunk swords!!!!! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well, there you go Ariel, being rational!!! ...

Well, there you go Ariel, being rational!!! :)
As far as is known, there are no elephant fencing manuals, and my questioning the attaching of blades (even if termed swords) to elephant trunks was in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ariel, thank you so much for the very kind...

Ariel, thank you so much for the very kind recognition, and agree that the physical absence of these in museums makes their actual existence somewhat suspect. However, you are right in that cross...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
There is absolutely no dispute that elephants...

There is absolutely no dispute that elephants have been used in warfare for a VERY long time (great Latin phrase there tot saecula! love to learn). The only point I was trying to make is that there...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
On a lighter note:

This is a great discussion, and while not wishing to digress, often when involved in heavy research or discussion, I wander a bit for comic relief, I think much as Wayne does with his brilliant...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Very well responded gentlemen, as well as great...

Very well responded gentlemen, as well as great descriptions and explanations. I will say that for me personally, my understanding of these factors in elephants as well as 'tusked' mammals has been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
I think if I were applying for a job as a mahout,...

I think if I were applying for a job as a mahout, I would have failed the entry application :)


With that, may I ask, are the rest of the elephants teeth also of ivory? or are teeth and tusks made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ahah!! Now that reveals my total lack of specific...

Ahah!! Now that reveals my total lack of specific knowledge of mammal dental conditions Dr. Kronckew!!! :) I think this would constitute a 'fox paws (faux pas) on my part, and my pun was actually...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th November 2019, 12:40 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 7,984
Posted By Jim McDougall
Just wanted to bump this entry back up rather...

Just wanted to bump this entry back up rather than to try to reiterate what I said before.
It seems to me the TUSK swords were in place in some degree, possibly more of a parade element, and not...
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