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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2014, 11:01 PM
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Posted By josh stout
I think fruit bat is a good call. I would not...

I think fruit bat is a good call. I would not have thought of it, but allowing for artistic license and the wide variety of bats, it seems a better fit than a dog.
Forum: European Armoury 24th March 2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 438
Posted By josh stout
On the topic of antiques, fakes and theft, I am...

On the topic of antiques, fakes and theft, I am trying to figure out the chain of crime and who is at fault for what parts. If the buyer paid thousands and was robbed of something with a replacement...
Forum: European Armoury 20th March 2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 438
Posted By josh stout
Not the first time this guy was robbed

A recent news article described the theft of "medieval armor and a stuffed snow leopard". European armor is outside my specialty, but I can say with 100% certainty that it is not medieval. I also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 288
Posted By josh stout
I am amazed at the skill shown in this core. ...

I am amazed at the skill shown in this core. They are not uncommon artifacts, but this is the slimmest I have seen. The original would have been a flawless, slightly tapered cylinder. Each blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 288
Posted By josh stout
obsidian core

This is an obsidian core used to produce the long thin blades found on Mesoamerican war clubs. It was collected by my grandfather who typed the label sometime in the early seventies. The goal of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By josh stout
I appreciate the work that went into the...

I appreciate the work that went into the responses. It is unfortunate that we don't have better photos of the weapons involved given the large number of truly abhorrent photos of bloody victims. As...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By josh stout
uyghur knives?

After the horrendous Chinese train station attack by what people assumed to be Uighurs, I wondered about their weapons. The attackers were described as dressed in black from head to toe with only...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,657
Posted By josh stout
So "katar" is still in error, but is...

So "katar" is still in error, but is not completely out of line in describing a smaller edged weapon with a Sanskrit etymology. :shrug:

On the fascinating but completely off topic discussion on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2013, 12:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By josh stout
The basic shape of hand axes is incredibly...

The basic shape of hand axes is incredibly consistent for over 2 million years. It is the thing we have made the most of for the longest time. They were replaced by the rich array of weapons...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By josh stout
The best paper on ethnographic...

The best paper on ethnographic throwing.

http://courses.washington.edu/war101/readings/isaac_1987.pdf
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By josh stout
Tim- I have been searching for historic examples...

Tim-

I have been searching for historic examples of throwing stones, and these are the first sharp ones I have seen listed as such. Can you please give me the reference? (Just saw that you listed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By josh stout
I am fascenated by hand axes. The one you show...

I am fascenated by hand axes. The one you show is strikingly similar to Acheulian forms dating to 2 millian years ago or so, made by Homo erectus. Yet yours may be little more than a century old to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By josh stout
The example of mine you posted is Vietnamese with...

The example of mine you posted is Vietnamese with a Chinese style blade. Another similar example from the Chinese minority border region would be Shan dha, from the Burmese/Chinese border, called...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,248
Posted By josh stout
Gavin- I believe your assessment but I find it...

Gavin-

I believe your assessment but I find it confusing. I have a few Vietnamese pieces and they are rather more refined than the appearance on this one.

What do you think accounts for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 947
Posted By josh stout
Neil- As you know dating Chinese things is...

Neil-

As you know dating Chinese things is problematic at best, but both jian appear to me to be perhaps over the boarder into the Republican era. The longer one in particular does not appear Qing....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,248
Posted By josh stout
To me it looks like it might almost be African. ...

To me it looks like it might almost be African. Either way, the tang has not been peened and there is no other method of attachment, so I would guess it is a ceremonial or tourist piece that was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By josh stout
Yes, Gavin is correct. The work is all modern. ...

Yes, Gavin is correct. The work is all modern.

Interestingly, there are period examples of these double swords, but the majority are recent. I have seen two antique examples, and both appeared...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By josh stout
I agree, the designs are very interesting. I...

I agree, the designs are very interesting. I teach a class in human evolution, and these images can be seen quite often in paleolithic art. One of the current theories to explain the ubiquity of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2013, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,526
Posted By josh stout
They are called "chui" and the ones...

They are called "chui" and the ones with dragons are recent. The last one looks more promising.

I was fooled by one of the dragon sword breakers recently, they look good, and you can find them...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2012, 02:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 735
Posted By josh stout
Gavin- I agree the guard does not match the...

Gavin- I agree the guard does not match the typical disk with a raised rim that was the standard for military sabers, and that these appear in such numbers that they must have been distributed as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,317
Posted By josh stout
In mine, there are two very indistinct U shaped...

In mine, there are two very indistinct U shaped rods around a single central rod. There are no very dark rods as found in Tibetan blades, just bands of the same colored steel with fine pitting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2012, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,317
Posted By josh stout
Great to see this example. I have one without a...

Great to see this example. I have one without a scabbard that I thought was Eastern Chinese/Tibetan/Bhutanese. It's nice to see i was close, but even nicer to know exactly what I have.

You mention...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2012, 02:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Posted By josh stout
The consensus is that H. erectus was a scavenger,...

The consensus is that H. erectus was a scavenger, and that his big brain was made possible by his and his immediate ancestor H. habilis ability to use stone tools to scavenge kills. H. habilis "the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2012, 02:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By josh stout
I agree, it looks like a Chinese one I have. The...

I agree, it looks like a Chinese one I have. The central piece of wood seems a bit odd. It looks like it, the hat, and the nail have been together for a long time, but could it have been added...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Posted By josh stout
Here are resized versions of the picture I was...

Here are resized versions of the picture I was talking about.
:rolleyes:
Josh
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