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Forum: European Armoury 15th October 2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 29
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Posted By David R
Ramrods as spits I believe, but not blades.

Ramrods as spits I believe, but not blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 667
Posted By David R
Nice one, and the "Koftgari" looks a damn sight...

Nice one, and the "Koftgari" looks a damn sight thicker than the fugitive foil we usually see.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 779
Posted By David R
The last time I saw something like this it was...

The last time I saw something like this it was described as being Japanese. Try here for better information. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/forum/77-tanegashima-teppo-hinawaj%C5%AB/
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 956
Posted By David R
The numbers are more likely an issue or even an...

The numbers are more likely an issue or even an export number. Probably postwar with the "broken back" blade profile and brass mounts. Possibly Indian Army issue.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,796
Posted By David R
You just paint or splash it on. It's no odder...

You just paint or splash it on. It's no odder than instant coffee. It's a slow etch and needs renewing as it loses strength, but it does give results, is easily available and does not need special...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,796
Posted By David R
Believe it or not "Lea and Perrins Worcester...

Believe it or not "Lea and Perrins Worcester Sauce" works on Wootz. Recommended to me by a retired museum conservator, and it worked for me on an old blade quite nicely.
There are other brands, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,323
Posted By David R
Going by what I have seen here on this site, it's...

Going by what I have seen here on this site, it's Philippine and specifically for use against supernatural threats.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2021, 11:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,568
Posted By David R
Is that grip Ivory,or is it possibly...

Is that grip Ivory,or is it possibly "shell".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 974
Posted By David R
I had another of these about 20+ years ago, that...

I had another of these about 20+ years ago, that I sold.... something I regret now, that had a silver mount below the blade, and a rather short stave or shaft.
A certain amount of my current...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,946
Posted By David R
That was fast.....

That was fast.....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 974
Posted By David R
is this a tombak

latest arrival from a dealer in Scotland. Very rusty with other damage, which is why I got it at what I think is a bargain price.Dense hardwood shaft, with a plain collar below the head. I am...
Forum: European Armoury 15th August 2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,495
Posted By David R
"Probably" is not a guarantee......

"Probably" is not a guarantee......
Forum: European Armoury 15th August 2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,495
Posted By David R
It certainly is short, even for an infantry...

It certainly is short, even for an infantry officer and more like a hanger or sabre briquet, but!

In preparation for the war with France in 1794, all ensigns under eleven and all lieutenants...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,752
Posted By David R
There are indications that it is post WW2, the...

There are indications that it is post WW2, the brass bolster and knurling are features associated with the later date as is the reduced size of the grip ring. The blade is very well forged, more so...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,143
Posted By David R
I suspect WW2 era Militia.

I suspect WW2 era Militia.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,549
Posted By David R
Arrived today after much drama and confusion, to...

Arrived today after much drama and confusion, to the point that I insisted on opening the package in front of the delivery driver to check it was still there. Is UPS always this bad?

Anyway, it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,549
Posted By David R
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,567
Posted By David R
I am inclined to see the second sword as a...

I am inclined to see the second sword as a "bitser"or shotgun job, all or mostly original parts but not originally one item.
The reason for the gap between shoulder and guard would be because of...
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2021, 10:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,785
Posted By David R
As soon as WW1 was mentioned I thought that was...

As soon as WW1 was mentioned I thought that was it. Local made rather than a factory job perhaps. A large arm hole to allow a rifle butt to fit on the shoulder.
Forum: European Armoury 26th July 2021, 10:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,817
Posted By David R
Wow, nice and showing some age!

Wow, nice and showing some age!
Forum: Swap Forum 26th July 2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,138
Posted By David R
Than you to all those who responded, I am now...

Than you to all those who responded, I am now sorted.
Forum: Swap Forum 22nd July 2021, 11:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,138
Posted By David R
something like this....

something like this....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,549
Posted By David R
70 cm, more detail when it arrives. I had a much...

70 cm, more detail when it arrives. I had a much plainer one of these with damage back in the late 1970's but had to sell it when a poor student.This is the first one I saw for sale since.
Forum: Swap Forum 22nd July 2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,138
Posted By David R
want to buy or swap for a Parang nabur

I am interested in buying a parang nabur at a realistic price, or swapping a genuine Wakizashi in polish and well mounted for such.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,549
Posted By David R
dear admin

This became two threads rather than one.....
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