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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2016, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 410
Posted By David R
What struck me was how closely the buckle and...

What struck me was how closely the buckle and other bits resembled the fittings on a Roman military belt of the first Century AD.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th December 2015, 11:05 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,602
Posted By David R
Somewhere in this Forum there is a conversation...

Somewhere in this Forum there is a conversation about Gold versus Suasa and one comment made was that pure Gold was not "good for a Muslim" and so Suasa was used instead. I believe that in the Koran...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2015, 12:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,559
Posted By David R
Left side lock and a push trigger! Could this be...

Left side lock and a push trigger! Could this be a more standard type lock, meant to be on the right side and with a pull trigger, mounted on the left for a particular customer or purpose?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 14th December 2015, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 645
Posted By David R
Picture-hooks and brass wire loops. You can tell...

Picture-hooks and brass wire loops. You can tell I live alone can't you.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,690
Posted By David R
Regarding India continuing with the Matchlock as...

Regarding India continuing with the Matchlock as late as it did, 'till the late 19th or even early 20th century, I understood it to be because of a lack of native deposits of flint.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,775
Posted By David R
That sleeve at the base looks a very good way of...

That sleeve at the base looks a very good way of converting another blade into a spearhead. Looking at the photos above make me wonder if this one started life as a dagger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,775
Posted By David R
Does anyone else think this one is a re-purposed...

Does anyone else think this one is a re-purposed Qama/Kindjal blade?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th November 2015, 09:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By David R
I think part of it might be to do with the...

I think part of it might be to do with the expected useful "life" of a blade in serious combat. The Japanese have a saying about this, "one battle or a thousand years". This is actually the thinking...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd November 2015, 11:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By David R
There is a thread here of photographs of ethnic...

There is a thread here of photographs of ethnic peoples and their weapons. I think you might be surprised. Ottoman warriors in particular seemed to like a sash full of tools.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By David R
Excellent pieces, thanks for posting these.

Excellent pieces, thanks for posting these.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th November 2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By David R
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/363313894909327246/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/363313894909327246/
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By David R
Many thanks for posting the above pictures, nice...

Many thanks for posting the above pictures, nice to see a museum of Chinese swords.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 494
Posted By David R
It looks like a Shashqa variant to me as well,...

It looks like a Shashqa variant to me as well, re-using a military blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,120
Posted By David R
I had one of those, many years ago. I greatly...

I had one of those, many years ago. I greatly regret letting it go, a very well made blade, very simply mounted.
Forum: European Armoury 17th October 2015, 01:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By David R
Perhaps it went through the hands of one of these...

Perhaps it went through the hands of one of these men at some point. It is easy to forget that pre 20th century the whole World ran on what we would now describe as Third World economics. Nothing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 654
Posted By David R
That is a nice blade, and a nice scabbard. I have...

That is a nice blade, and a nice scabbard. I have no real advice on repairing the horn other than epoxy or super-glue. As for fixing the blade back in the hilt, it will have been glued in with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2015, 10:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,280
Posted By David R
This looks like one of the Military rather than...

This looks like one of the Military rather than Tribal weapons. There are some threads about that very subject here.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,280
Posted By David R
I have posted this one before, but for what it's...

I have posted this one before, but for what it's worth here it is again. The scabbard is a shattered ruin that I hope to restore some day.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 577
Posted By David R
My other new Kukri.

This is the other Kukri bought at Birmingham, I would guess later in date but again not service issue. Not as fine in lines or finish as the previous one and with a belt loop, two pockets for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By David R
Yup, spot on............ as soon as I saw your...

Yup, spot on............ as soon as I saw your post I had a look, and there it was!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By David R
Hiya, and thanks to you both for the feedback....

Hiya, and thanks to you both for the feedback. Nice to be told I have an old one..... The blade is etched on both sides and despite the short grip, handles nicely. The ferule fits so tightly and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By David R
There also looks to be some repair work to the...

There also looks to be some repair work to the scabbard with glued fine leather (or perhaps something like gaffer tape).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By David R
As you can see it is made for a small hand, I can...

As you can see it is made for a small hand, I can not get more than 3 fingers round the grip but it is no toy. The etched decoration is nice, but means there is no way I can check for a laminated...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By David R
Recently acquired Kukri, number 2

I had a good day at Birmingham (UK) Arms Fair yesterday, and came away with two Kukri. I am posting this one first as being the more interesting, and the one I have the most questions about.
But...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2015, 10:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,353
Posted By David R
Check whether the blade is wrought iron or a...

Check whether the blade is wrought iron or a homogeneous steel, the fibrous wrought metal tends to break up when attempting a weld.
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