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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:37 AM
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Posted By ariel
Matchu. South Indian?

Matchu. South Indian?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 202
Posted By ariel
Interesting how the tip of the scabbard reminds...

Interesting how the tip of the scabbard reminds of the Taiwanese pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By ariel
I think the lockets do not belong here: they are...

I think the lockets do not belong here: they are obviously too small , and the suspension rings are integral and ovoid, Persian style. Ottomans used separate rings that were circular.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By ariel
One potential explanation for the discrepancy is...

One potential explanation for the discrepancy is that the handle is a later replacement.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2015, 03:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,483
Posted By ariel
Any news on the horizon?

Any news on the horizon?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 706
Posted By ariel
From the limited photos, this blade does not look...

From the limited photos, this blade does not look European to me. Likely, locally-made Sukhela or Dhup. 18th century is possible, but the first half of the 19th is also probable: 200 years old, give...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 680
Posted By ariel
Well, if you are satisfied with a simple answer,...

Well, if you are satisfied with a simple answer, if it does not bother you that the very word Pulwar might be a spelling error and that native Afghanis might not even know what Pulwar is, that's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 680
Posted By ariel
Smile As per Stone's Glossary, it is a Pulwar. As per...

As per Stone's Glossary, it is a Pulwar.

As per Elgood's Glossary ( see his book on Indian weapons), and Oliver Pinchot's book Weapons of the Paladins, Pulwar is a mis-transcribed Tulwar, so it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th February 2015, 12:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 889
Posted By ariel
Please provide close-ups of the handle and the...

Please provide close-ups of the handle and the silver parts of the scabbard.

Where do you live?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th February 2015, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 642
Posted By ariel
Yes, like this one and others with different...

Yes, like this one and others with different handles but similar blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 642
Posted By ariel
Ottomans: jambia,hanjar or....

Middle-eastern dagger with curved blade is called hanjar in the Persian sphere of influence, and jambia in the Arab one ( yes, I am aware of shibria, koummya etc).

What is the correct name in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2015, 02:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 904
Posted By ariel
Why do they need rhino horn when Viagra is...

Why do they need rhino horn when Viagra is available, cheaper and incomparably more effective?

The revenge of the rhinos: swallow several thousands $$ worth on congealed hair and still point...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2015, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By ariel
Not as lavish, but yes.

Not as lavish, but yes.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By ariel
Where was the auction?

Where was the auction?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By ariel
Dirt cheap!!!!!! This kindjal has full...

Dirt cheap!!!!!!

This kindjal has full signature by Iosif Papov, THE sword maker of the second half of the 19th century and a purveyor of the Tsar' s Court. There are only 6 in the Hermitage...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2015, 12:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,674
Posted By ariel
Mech is a slavic word for a straight double-edged...

Mech is a slavic word for a straight double-edged sword.
There is an equivalent to the turkish "mech" ,i.e. narrow-bladed, edge-less and very long blade suitable only for stabbing weapon, i.e. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2015, 12:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By ariel
There are scores of old, rusty, and often damaged...

There are scores of old, rusty, and often damaged tulwar and khanda handles.

Are you, guys, saying that they are also newly-made?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2015, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 841
Posted By ariel
I would agree with Jens ( pretty safe way...

I would agree with Jens ( pretty safe way out:-)
The "newness" of the handle is its amorphous form, rather slapdash minimalistic adherence to the classical form(s), omission of any details giving it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 06:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,814
Posted By ariel
" Why can't the English teach their children...

" Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?"
:-) :-)
Happy New Year!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By ariel
The answer is somewhat unexpected: it is a...

The answer is somewhat unexpected: it is a Latvian (Riga) knife for .... cutting flax:-)
Seriously.
Quite sme time ago I asked the same question on a Russian forum and was enlightened with other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,631
Posted By ariel
I asked my Turkish colleague, but she could not...

I asked my Turkish colleague, but she could not recall anything resembling that name.
Well, she is woman, and a pacifist to boot :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2014, 05:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,631
Posted By ariel
It took only 8 years :) , but it just occurred...

It took only 8 years :) , but it just occurred to me , that Sailaba may be another version of phonetic transliteration of "Selaava", the local name for what the Brits designated as "Khyber knife".
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By ariel
Definitely Syrian:-) The handle is a dead...

Definitely Syrian:-)
The handle is a dead giveaway of the style peculiar to the Druze village Majjal Shams.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,736
Posted By ariel
I think it was Elgood who mentioned Bukharan...

I think it was Elgood who mentioned Bukharan jewellers working in Southern Aravia.
Could it be that the decorative motives might be Central Asian, but the shape is that of the old Omani katara?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2014, 02:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 841
Posted By ariel
Shamshir

Oliver,
Can you recommend a particular brand?
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