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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:36 PM
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Posted By mariusgmioc
They did it like...

They did it like this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niello

;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:53 PM
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Posted By mariusgmioc
:D :D :D ... yeah, then at least looks like I...

:D :D :D ... yeah, then at least looks like I write about something I know... ;)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:18 AM
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Posted By mariusgmioc
Touristy!

Touristy!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:17 AM
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Views: 6,722
Posted By mariusgmioc
The daggers in the original posting are North...

The daggers in the original posting are North African.

Algerian to be more precise (however, an exact distinction between the place of manufacture is close to impossible since Algeria, Tunisia,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2019, 05:11 PM
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Views: 350
Posted By mariusgmioc
1. If it is wootz, then most certainly is 18th...

1. If it is wootz, then most certainly is 18th century up to worst case scenario early 19th century.

2. The paddings may be and most likely is later, 19c replacements.

Now, how do you know it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By mariusgmioc
I have a Katar with similar koftgari. The shield...

I have a Katar with similar koftgari.

The shield may be wootz...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2019, 07:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,786
Posted By mariusgmioc
Beautiful Katar, but more detailed photos would...

Beautiful Katar, but more detailed photos would be welcomed.

My guess is that the blade is one piece with the "bolster", then the arm guards and the transverse grip are forge welded to form one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2019, 10:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,786
Posted By mariusgmioc
Ariel's sword is definitely composed of a spear...

Ariel's sword is definitely composed of a spear tip and a hilt.

The thick diamond cross-section of the "zirah-bouk" tip makes it only useable for thrusting/stabbing, no cutting capability whatsoever.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,786
Posted By mariusgmioc
I believe there is some ambiguity here when...

I believe there is some ambiguity here when talking about metal working, more specifically about welding and brazing.

Modern welding appeared only by the end of 19th century, with the Industrial...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By mariusgmioc
Beautiful piece! Thank you for sharing! :)

Beautiful piece!
Thank you for sharing! :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,786
Posted By mariusgmioc
Soldering does not provide enough mechanical...

Soldering does not provide enough mechanical strength. While stronger than solder, silver brazing is still not strong enough. But here it can be opened a long discussion about the strength of a joint...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By mariusgmioc
Not surprisingly! From your photos, it appears...

Not surprisingly!

From your photos, it appears that the blade has indeed some rudimentary Indian ricasso.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By mariusgmioc
When I said "touristy" I didn't...

When I said "touristy" I didn't necessarilly mean for tourists. What I had in mind was a lower quality of workmanship hilt that is not suitable for real use. Whether it was meant for international...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2019, 11:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By mariusgmioc
Indian shamshir blades rarely present the...

Indian shamshir blades rarely present the characteristic Indian ricasso. That is a characteristic of the tulwar blades. However, this blade a ppears to have a rudimentary Indian ricasso.

In my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2019, 09:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By mariusgmioc
The marking appears to be a Katar, albeit somehow...

The marking appears to be a Katar, albeit somehow different from the one in your example. However, drawing a katar is one thing and puncing/engraving one on the ricasso of a blade is something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By mariusgmioc
Polish it, then etch it, on a small area. If yes,...

Polish it, then etch it, on a small area. If yes, then the whole blade.

I have made a thread about this long ago.

Here:

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21732
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 916
Posted By mariusgmioc
Judging from the photos is difficult, but from...

Judging from the photos is difficult, but from what I see there is nothing "touristy" about this blade. Generally the "touristy" stuff is characterised by heavily decorated (mainly etched) blades,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2019, 10:11 PM
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Posted By mariusgmioc
Romania

Romania
Forum: European Armoury 14th October 2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,782
Posted By mariusgmioc
The mark is neither punched, nor engraved but...

The mark is neither punched, nor engraved but crudely acid etched.

This makes me believe it is a 19th or even 20th century replica.

My two cents. :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,117
Posted By mariusgmioc
"Highly-decorated" was my expression....

"Highly-decorated" was my expression. To avoid any further ambiguity, I am posting herewith a photo of the last of the two pages discussing these swords. Two pages out of about 750...

I have handled...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,117
Posted By mariusgmioc
Citing from "Arms and Armor from Iran,"...

Citing from "Arms and Armor from Iran," page 201, column 1, e

"The double-edged, straight swords with downward quillons were by no means a revival movement specific to the Qajar period. There are a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,117
Posted By mariusgmioc
I am familiar with the existance in Persia and...

I am familiar with the existance in Persia and India of wootz producing swordsmiths well into 19th century. However, I am not familiar with any of 19th century Persian swordsmiths signing the blades...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,117
Posted By mariusgmioc
Ok, ok, I can accept one thing here, one thing...

Ok, ok, I can accept one thing here, one thing there but to STOP ETCHING MY WOOTZ BLADES...!?

NEVER... unless I am running out of etchant (like I am now)!
;)

PS: Thank you for the bibliogrphy! ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,117
Posted By mariusgmioc
Well... nope! This is actually a confirmation...

Well... nope! This is actually a confirmation that you have an older blade that was re-hilted.

Then...

1. How do you know the signature is of a 19 century swordsmith;
2. How do you know that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,117
Posted By mariusgmioc
Every rule has some exceptions, and yes, there...

Every rule has some exceptions, and yes, there might be very rare examples of functional Qajar revival blades.

And yes, a wootz blade would definitely qualify for being such an exception but...

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