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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2015, 01:04 AM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Timo Nieminen
Whether it's the earliest depends on where you...

Whether it's the earliest depends on where you draw the borders for Eastern Europe. Specifically, the border between Europe and Asia. If you're willing to go as far East as the the north Caucasus,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 866
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Feuerbach, A.M.; (2002) Crucible steel in Central...

Feuerbach, A.M.; (2002) Crucible steel in Central Asia: production, use and origins. Doctoral thesis, University of London.
http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1317704/ (71Mb)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 601
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Indian. The bidents look very Indian, and the...

Indian. The bidents look very Indian, and the only threaded spears I've seen have been Indian or modern Western. The singles don't look non-Indian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It's Chinese. But it's a modern Chinese fantasy...

It's Chinese. But it's a modern Chinese fantasy sword/knife, not a fake/repro historical sword (nor an actual antique).

I've seen similar being advertised as Mongolian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th March 2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Timo Nieminen
What are the signs that tell you this? To me, it...

What are the signs that tell you this?

To me, it looks normal for a German-made blade, 17th/18th century. True, these tend to be marked, but often enough at the base of the blade where it might be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 334
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Forged and cast zaghnal

Inspired by http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19668 I thought I'd photograph my zaghnals. Both have modern hafts. One is cast, and I have no reason to think it anything other than a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th February 2015, 03:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 977
Posted By Timo Nieminen
To simplify, we could say that until mid-Heian,...

To simplify, we could say that until mid-Heian, spears (hoko) were the most popular polearms, mid-Heian to early Muromachi naginata, and mid-Muromachi onwards, spears (yari). Possibly accompanied by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th February 2015, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 977
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I don't know of any yari with oval hafts. Round,...

I don't know of any yari with oval hafts. Round, round with small ridge (Knutsen, "Japanese Polearms", calls this "pear shaped"), and polygonal.

The "flat area", I guess, refers to having one side...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th February 2015, 12:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 977
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Naginata hafts were oval-section, not round. That...

Naginata hafts were oval-section, not round. That gives the edge alignment (also stronger with less weight in the direction needed when a cut hits something more solid than expected).

I don't know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th February 2015, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By Timo Nieminen
命 = life...

命 = life http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E5%91%BD

The other character might be 本 = source, root, origin http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E6%9C%AC
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By Timo Nieminen
王 wang (Mandarin, Korean), wong...

王 wang (Mandarin, Korean), wong (Cantonese), vu'o'ng (Vietnamese) = king. In Chinese and Korean, as an adjective, "big", "great", "best", "champion". In Vietnamese, also used as a title for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2015, 10:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 819
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Blade doesn't look especially Chinese to me. Some...

Blade doesn't look especially Chinese to me. Some Chinese influence, sure, but is there any reason to think that it isn't a SE Asian ceremonial blade (whether originally polearm or made-as-sword)?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2015, 10:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Yours looks like the usual ebay fakes. Compare...

Yours looks like the usual ebay fakes. Compare the guard with the ones in the picture of the Chinese troops (or, http://mandarinmansion.com/republican-dadao ). I've seen these both in cast brass and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The most common are: (a) Tang through grip and...

The most common are:

(a) Tang through grip and peened at end of pommel, often with a hole through grip or tang which might have a rivet/pin or tubular rivet through it (or just a lanyard, but note...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th January 2015, 08:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Don't know about most repros. The cheap ones (and...

Don't know about most repros. The cheap ones (and there are lots of those) often use zinc-aluminium alloy (even easier to cast - lower melting point, flows well). Possibly brass is still more common....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Hilt looks like a puffy kora hilt.

Hilt looks like a puffy kora hilt.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Iron guards, whether disc/cup, S, knucklebow, or...

Iron guards, whether disc/cup, S, knucklebow, or other, are typically forged. I haven't seen a cast antique iron guard. (Not surprising, since you don't want to cast it from cast iron (too brittle),...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Sometimes these have sanmei blades. But the ones...

Sometimes these have sanmei blades. But the ones with a "jumps out" pattern like this are usually just etched fake sanmei.

In my experience, Chinese twistcore swords are sanmei with twistcore...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 5th January 2015, 08:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 543
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Microscopic examination of tool marks is good....

Microscopic examination of tool marks is good. But then you need to know what you're looking at. But since, as noted above, it looks like it was done using a Dremel or similar, I'd call it almost...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th January 2015, 09:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 543
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It's cuneiform, for sure, modified to be cut into...

It's cuneiform, for sure, modified to be cut into the stone with a long cut, and a short cut for the fat end of the wedge. I haven't seen known for sure to be authentic cuneiform inscriptions on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2015, 11:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,341
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I naively assumed it probably derives from...

I naively assumed it probably derives from "parang". I haven't seen an etymology, though.

There has been some, but rather brief, discussion of this:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By Timo Nieminen
My first thoughts were 'Wow! An iron grip! Also a...

My first thoughts were 'Wow! An iron grip! Also a long grip." As Peter Johnsson says (and also pointed out another forum (http://myarmoury.com), these are characteristic of eastern Baltic/Finnish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2014, 11:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,065
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Arms and armour is, academically speaking, a tiny...

Arms and armour is, academically speaking, a tiny and unpopular part of the larger fields it sits in. In many universities, there are no researchers who would be interested in such a journal, so it's...
Forum: European Armoury 10th November 2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Articles from sold-out volumes (currently vols...

Articles from sold-out volumes (currently vols 1-3) of Acta Militaria Mediaevalia are available from the publisher:
http://www.muzeum.sanok.pl/pl/dzialalnosc-wydawnicza/acta-militaria
Most articles...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 866
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Their http://hdl.handle.net links are supposed to...

Their http://hdl.handle.net links are supposed to work, and to let them change their local address for items and redirect to the new address via a permanent handle. But it doesn't seem to point...
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