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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2014, 03:11 PM
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Posted By ariel
Thanks for the ideas.

Thanks for the ideas.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2014, 06:57 PM
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Posted By ariel
You are right: that was contributed more out of...

You are right: that was contributed more out of respect than of vanity:-)

No, I do not seek any financial gains. Having published quite a lot in my field in academic journals, I have never received...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 689
Posted By ariel
Thanks for all your input! The problem is that...

Thanks for all your input!

The problem is that our community is so small, that no respectable publisher will invest into a peer-reviewed journal that has no chance of a decent profit.

I recently...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 689
Posted By ariel
Need guidance

Colleagues,
I am thinking about writing an article on the genesis of a particular weapon.
Do you know any journals dedicated to the history of weapons ( perhaps more specifically, oriental...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 339
Posted By ariel
Buy yourself a copy of Van Zonneveld's "...

Buy yourself a copy of Van Zonneveld's " Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago" and solve all your problems :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,183
Posted By ariel
Thanks, but the Gold goes to my Russian...

Thanks, but the Gold goes to my Russian colleagues who identified it. I was just a messenger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,183
Posted By ariel
It is impossible to exclude outside influence,...

It is impossible to exclude outside influence, immigrant manufacturer or skills acquired elsewhere.
But let's agree that the place of production was in Malawi and that the construction is not purely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,183
Posted By ariel
I was also convinced that these knives were SE...

I was also convinced that these knives were SE Asian.
But to deny their Malawi origin, I have to deny
A. Reputation and expertise of the British Museum, and
B. Testimony of 3 separate witnesses...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
Posted By ariel
Respectable museums are chock full with fake...

Respectable museums are chock full with fake Rembrands, the European section of the Wallace Collection has been found to have fake armour
sets and complex weapons.
How difficult, do you think,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By ariel
Any weaponry coming out of China these days is a...

Any weaponry coming out of China these days is a fake unless proven otherwise.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 579
Posted By ariel
The blade of the first one is secured in the...

The blade of the first one is secured in the handle by some kind of glue. Definitely not a Caucasian technique, unless they invented epoxy in the 19th century :-)

Jokes aside, I think it is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By ariel
Masochist ( to the Sadist): Please, hit me...

Masochist ( to the Sadist): Please, hit me hard!
Sadist ( with vicious grin): No, I won't.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,183
Posted By ariel
Apparently, same knife is featured in Tirri's...

Apparently, same knife is featured in Tirri's book on African weapons. Also, they are apparently exhibited in the British Museum with full provenance.
I did not check it, not my area of interest, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
Ah so... :-)

Ah so...
:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,183
Posted By ariel
They were just discussed on a Russian forum...

They were just discussed on a Russian forum Guns.ru

I thought they were SE Asian, but to my chagrin learned they were from West Africa, Yao tribe, Malawi. Apparently concentric circles are a dead...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
DavidR: Can you show magnified pic? I can' t see...

DavidR:
Can you show magnified pic? I can' t see wootz pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
Thanks Gavin, Good beginning of a database. The...

Thanks Gavin,
Good beginning of a database. The main problem is that it is likely to be Bukhara and Afghanistan.


Capt. Masalski saw manufacture of Central-Asian wootz in the 1850s if my memory is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
And, BTW, can anyone show us examples of the...

And, BTW, can anyone show us examples of the unquestionably Central Asian -made wootz blades?

They have used Persian wootz blades and just dressed them according to the local fashion. Thus, it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
Hi Gavin, Thanks for the speedy answer. I am glad...

Hi Gavin,
Thanks for the speedy answer. I am glad you agree with me on the Egerton's example:it is a choora, plain and simple. Thus, we can be absolutely certain that they existed even in the middle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2014, 02:05 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
Gavin, I know full well that they were not signed...

Gavin, I know full well that they were not signed or dated by and large. Otherwise I wouldn't have asked. But there are other ways, written sources, for example. And I do believe that experienced...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
How do we date chooras? Are there any examples...

How do we date chooras?
Are there any examples firmly attributable to the 19th century or even earlier?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,377
Posted By ariel
Are we dealing with specific patterns of distinct...

Are we dealing with specific patterns of distinct weapons or just ethnic variations of the,- basically,- the same Pesh Kabz?

Hint: Karud and choora have identical blades but different handles....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 796
Posted By ariel
Taking into account that current jambias/khanjars...

Taking into account that current jambias/khanjars are mass produced and serve as a mundane part of a daily male attire, what difference does it make?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,319
Posted By ariel
Well, if you are sure, why would we try to...

Well, if you are sure, why would we try to dissuade you? Please continue to believe.

On my end, I know that Assadulla was famous for his sophisticated wootz pattern, of which there is not a trace...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
Posted By ariel
Doesn't look Afghani to me: they have very...

Doesn't look Afghani to me: they have very distinct large and elongated pommel.
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