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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2020, 04:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,731
Posted By Cthulhu
If you search for "wonderful multi-bladed...

If you search for "wonderful multi-bladed African spear" you get a crazy looking thing that is...well, not that similar...previously offered on Ashoka Arts. But it's a spear with multiple points. I'd...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th August 2020, 04:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,731
Posted By Cthulhu
Clearly meant to be some sort of mancatcher,...

Clearly meant to be some sort of mancatcher, though the central blade makes the person caught somewhat dead as well.
The leather below the lumpy gray materal looks African to me as well.
But the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,223
Posted By Cthulhu
Mameluke-hilted swords were a bit of a fad in the...

Mameluke-hilted swords were a bit of a fad in the early 1800s in Europe, possibly because of French campaigns in Egypt. ...and I probably shouldn't say fad, since there are western military units...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,667
Posted By Cthulhu
Very pretty pieces, and as Ian says, showing a...

Very pretty pieces, and as Ian says, showing a lot of lovely patterning.

I'm particularly fond of the half-waved kris form (rantai I believe it's called), so I'm envious.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2020, 04:21 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 18,392
Posted By Cthulhu
Interesting piece, Hefezola. The way the scabbard...

Interesting piece, Hefezola. The way the scabbard is held together is unusual to my eye; I've seen many instances of wrapping all the way around the sheath, but not around little inset areas. But it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2020, 05:09 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 21,383
Posted By Cthulhu
I keep thinking how old everyone seems, till I...

I keep thinking how old everyone seems, till I realize I'm right up there with them at 50. How did I get so old?


I was always interested in knives as a boy, and would drool over those horrible...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2020, 04:27 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,425
Posted By Cthulhu
Nice, kronckew. Looks like a thick and useful...

Nice, kronckew. Looks like a thick and useful blade, unlike my zaghnal which is surprisingly delicate.
I have another zaghnal which is rather similarly made, but doesn't qualify for this cut steel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2020, 11:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,629
Posted By Cthulhu
Nice one. I like the carving on the spine of the...

Nice one. I like the carving on the spine of the blade and the thickened edge.

Is the grip made of bone, or ivory? It looks very smooth and white, which makes me think bone, but I'm no expert.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2020, 11:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,758
Posted By Cthulhu
Late period would be nice, rather than a...

Late period would be nice, rather than a made-for-ebay special. I'm looking forward to hearing what others have to say about it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,758
Posted By Cthulhu
Should I assume that I'm entirely correct that...

Should I assume that I'm entirely correct that this is a fake, for exactly the reasons I mentioned?
Are there any other tell-tale signs I should be aware of in the future?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2019, 01:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,876
Posted By Cthulhu
Based on initial impression and some image...

Based on initial impression and some image searches, I'd put this as Italian Baroque period in style.
If you search for Flintlock alla Fiorentina, you see similar stuff.

What does it say on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2019, 12:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 918
Posted By Cthulhu
Best wishes to everyone here for a safe and...

Best wishes to everyone here for a safe and prosperous 2020!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,306
Posted By Cthulhu
The guard appears to be made with pieces of flat...

The guard appears to be made with pieces of flat metal stock welded together, and the peg in the hilt matching into the hole in the guard looks like it's made for easy mass assembly. Along with it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,985
Posted By Cthulhu
Nice examples! Those are some elegant long...

Nice examples!

Those are some elegant long spikes on the front, and great to have one with the horsehair intact.

The small one doesn't have any metal guard or even any holes where one would have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,758
Posted By Cthulhu
Suspect Firanghi for comment

Here's a firanghi I've had for some time. I'm a little suspicious of its authenticity.

The features that give me pause:

The reinforcements that fit over the blade fit perfectly, as if they're made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2019, 02:34 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,425
Posted By Cthulhu
Carved steel zaghnal

I found one item in my collection that has some figural carving, so here's a photo. The carving is fairly crude and heavily worn, so not exactly a beauty piece.

And thanks for the explanation of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2019, 01:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,614
Posted By Cthulhu
My apologies, my post was pretty ambiguous....

My apologies, my post was pretty ambiguous. Instead of "larger" I should have said "longer." The longer side of the drag is in the direction of travel, that is, on the underside, on every European...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,614
Posted By Cthulhu
What a drag

I can't see any evidence of drags in the circled photos Mahratt posted, leaving me a little confused on terminology. I know in some cases the term "drag" is used interchangeably with the whole chape....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2019, 04:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,267
Posted By Cthulhu
Thanks for the posts of encouragement. It...

Thanks for the posts of encouragement.

It appears my posts aren't moderated anymore, and I've gone on a mad posting spree, so there you go.

If I get time this weekend I'll even post some photos...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,425
Posted By Cthulhu
Wow, nice pieces, all. Jens, I must admit I...

Wow, nice pieces, all.

Jens, I must admit I can't find anything that's definitively a peacock on your pata. I can imagine them all over, but anything that might be a peacock I could imagine to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 11:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,701
Posted By Cthulhu
Wow, gorgeous and complete with scabbard. I had...

Wow, gorgeous and complete with scabbard. I had no idea Koras could be found with that kind of pattern welding!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 11:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,305
Posted By Cthulhu
Is this comfortable to hold? The teeth in the...

Is this comfortable to hold? The teeth in the handle are very attractive, but I wonder how practical they are, given the various other bones that presumably are available if you have a bear jaw at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 10:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,754
Posted By Cthulhu
I'm assuming the only one you care about is the...

I'm assuming the only one you care about is the recurved one.

It puts me in mind of a somewhat flamboyant machete stuck on a pole, but maybe that's just because of the size of the socket looks like...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,267
Posted By Cthulhu
Indian and Indopersian arms are my primary...

Indian and Indopersian arms are my primary interest as far as arms are concerned.

I rarely post (on any subject) because

a) My knowledge of arms pales in comparison to others here, so if I get in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2016, 04:27 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,317
Posted By Cthulhu
I'm glad we're moving towards consensus. On the...

I'm glad we're moving towards consensus. On the other hand, it's a disappointing consensus.

Oh well; they can't all be antiques.
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