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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 502
Posted By Bob A
I thought this information on production of...

I thought this information on production of silicon carbide was of interest.

The simplest process to manufacture silicon carbide is to combine silica sand and carbon in an Acheson graphite electric...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 450
Posted By Bob A
I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That...

I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That said, there's a gap between objective truth - if such a thing exists outside the realm of hard science - and opinion.

I've encountered some blunt...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 845
Posted By Bob A
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 03:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By Bob A
Yes, we eagerly await . . .

Yes, we eagerly await . . .
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,854
Posted By Bob A
Given that I have never seen a Khyber blade with...

Given that I have never seen a Khyber blade with etching of this nature, I too would incline steeply toward an old blade, augmented later.

I've grown suspicious of weapons that suddenly appear...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 17th August 2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,222
Posted By Bob A
No expertise here either, but it has the look of...

No expertise here either, but it has the look of bone to me.

Aside from the appearance of bone, the dagger has a utilitarian look, on which I doubt ivory would be used.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Posted By Bob A
I like nearly everything about this dagger very...

I like nearly everything about this dagger very much. Actually, the filigree/stone on the pommel is the only part that jars my appreciation - and forgive me for imposing my own aesthetic standards on...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th August 2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Posted By Bob A
Buzkashi whip. Collected circa 1980.

Buzkashi whip. Collected circa 1980.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd August 2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,102
Posted By Bob A
Sadly true, Alan. Above and beyond the above,...

Sadly true, Alan.

Above and beyond the above, the fees tacked on to the hammer prices, and the taxes, shipping and so forth can amount to a considerable overage. Depending on the cost and size of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd August 2019, 04:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Posted By Bob A
Yes, certainly Buzkashi, and a wonderful...

Yes, certainly Buzkashi, and a wonderful depiction of the sport. I'm guessing the scale depicted below the picture is in inches?

It's delightful - where did you encounter it?

I'm away from home at...
Forum: European Armoury 14th July 2019, 04:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Bob A
Yes, looks right. The tines extend down the...

Yes, looks right. The tines extend down the shaft, covering about half the shaft on opposing sides.

The pikes that were displayed had no crossbars, however, as they would get tangled in the rope...
Forum: European Armoury 13th July 2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Bob A
Those illustrated above capture the idea, but not...

Those illustrated above capture the idea, but not the actuality.

The one I saw had no elegance, nor any attempt to beautify. It was of a piece with the boarding pikes: one-piece, with the socket...
Forum: European Armoury 13th July 2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By Bob A
US-marked halberd

Seen at last night's MACA (Maryland Arms Collectors Assn) meeting, within a presentation about naval boarding pikes, was a halberd, consisting of a convex blade, backed by a curved spike, and topped...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th July 2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,001
Posted By Bob A
"Everything should be made as simple as...

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Not a simple task.

I find it simple to get wrapped in complexity. But the ideal, for me, is to achieve that quality that...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 6th July 2019, 04:54 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,001
Posted By Bob A
Why not the edge, then? In use, the edge...

Why not the edge, then? In use, the edge delineates the first part of the blade to perform the actual function of the blade; since the function may be to cut or to puncture, the tip must be...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th July 2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,001
Posted By Bob A
No philosphers in my cupboard, Alan; I even...

No philosphers in my cupboard, Alan; I even looked for a Philosopher's Stone, but no luck. My dross will have to remain, ungilded.

OK looking at a keris. If it's sheathed, very little of the actual...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 5th July 2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,001
Posted By Bob A
Taking the blade as a whole, one way of...

Taking the blade as a whole, one way of approaching the question is to consider that the surface of the blade, in its entirety, is the beginning.

That's the part that interacts with the rest of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 762
Posted By Bob A
Thank you for your observations, gentlemen.

Thank you for your observations, gentlemen.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 762
Posted By Bob A
Horn material in Rencong

Stimulated by Ibrahiim al Balooshi's recent post regarding identification of rhino horn in khanjar hilts, I was reminded of the translucent nature of the hilt in a recently acquired rencong. I took...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,073
Posted By Bob A
Is Facebook the only route to access FTB? (I...

Is Facebook the only route to access FTB? (I hope not!)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,153
Posted By Bob A
Did anyone notice the laz bichaq on ebay? I made...

Did anyone notice the laz bichaq on ebay? I made a desultory bid on it, but failed to win. It is noteworthy for the lack of the typical curve in the blade.

I'm unable to capture a picture from the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2019, 01:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,020
Posted By Bob A
Quite the nondescript species of knife,...

Quite the nondescript species of knife, apparently . . . 80 views without an opinion.

Merely from the treatment of the crossguard, I'm put in mind of something Mediterranean.

That's all I got, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2019, 01:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 951
Posted By Bob A
Thank you for your reply, Kai. I mentioned...

Thank you for your reply, Kai.

I mentioned metaphysical influences merely in passing; the main thrust of my post was intended to consider the definition of quality, and to note the distinction...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2019, 12:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,142
Posted By Bob A
I know nothing of Birch Tar. I know that the...

I know nothing of Birch Tar.

I know that the sort of tar used in roofing and roadway construction was utilised by the youth of yore. My late Uncle informed me, some 60 years ago, that snatching a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2019, 12:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,142
Posted By Bob A
Seriously, as long as the epoxy process is...

Seriously, as long as the epoxy process is reversible without damage, it seems reasonable to so utilise the stuff.

Personally, I have no idea whether the original compounds are deleterious to the...
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