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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2016, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Timo Nieminen
The guards on these look like they're recycled...

The guards on these look like they're recycled from a Western-style military sword. I don't know any candidates for a donor.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2016, 12:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It's possible. Either that, or made for sale to...

It's possible. Either that, or made for sale to tourists/soldiers as an antique. Looks functional, so much better than the usual tourist wallhanger tulwar.

(Or it could be old.)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2016, 09:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks modern, both blade and hilt. (All the...

Looks modern, both blade and hilt.

(All the hilts like this - fat top of grip, rounded blobby ends of the guard with a rivet through them - I've looked at closely (all 2 of them) have been modern.)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2016, 09:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 996
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Here's the second on that list, a long-handled...

Here's the second on that list, a long-handled ankus. Lightweight at 474g.

Also, just received, a small ankus. 504g. Shown next to the ringed ankus in the last batch for comparison. (The ringed one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2016, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By Timo Nieminen
As a matched pair, I'd assume it's a martial...

As a matched pair, I'd assume it's a martial artist's weapon. Doesn't mean it's just for performance - could be for bodyguard work, etc.

Twin weapons is a martial artist thing (in a broad sense of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2016, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 298
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks like a modern Chinese-made dagger, possibly...

Looks like a modern Chinese-made dagger, possibly a throwing knife. Not traditional, made for sale in the West.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 513
Posted By Timo Nieminen
My usual rule-of-thumb is that if the tip of a...

My usual rule-of-thumb is that if the tip of a weapon is thinner than 2mm for a few inches/5cm or more, it's designed with cutting in mind, and sacrifices strength in thrusting to improve...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 513
Posted By Timo Nieminen
From the photo, it looks easily robust enough for...

From the photo, it looks easily robust enough for a fighting spear. How thick is the blade at the "waist" near the point? (I think 4mm would be thick enough; under 2mm would make me wonder if it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2016, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks African to me, too. East African, Kenya or...

Looks African to me, too. East African, Kenya or nearby.

I don't recall seeing a pinched bottom to a socket before. Perhaps that can provide an accurate ID?
Forum: European Armoury 4th January 2016, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Ibn Fadlan's description of the funeral is the...

Ibn Fadlan's description of the funeral is the only detailed contemporary description of a Viking ship-burning funeral.

A good translation, and also of other accounts of travel to such northern...
Forum: European Armoury 4th January 2016, 12:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By Timo Nieminen
As far west as North America, with a long-term...

As far west as North America, with a long-term colony in Greenland. Don't know far east they travelled, but they raided in the Caspian Sea. IIRC, more silver dirhams (a Middle Eastern coin) have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2016, 03:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By Timo Nieminen
It's a northern Australian aboriginal community,...

It's a northern Australian aboriginal community, in Arnhem Land: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yirrkala

Stingrays feature strongly in local cuisine, and their spines were traditionally used for...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd January 2016, 02:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 608
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Given that weight, I'd think "tool",...

Given that weight, I'd think "tool", not "weapon". There are weapons of this weight, but generally long two-handed weapons. Big two-handed swords, halberds, etc. I don't think I've ever seen a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 578
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Are these for war, or for judicial spearings?

Are these for war, or for judicial spearings?
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th December 2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Sure, but so is the comparison between forged...

Sure, but so is the comparison between forged keris and cast "keris" in the first place.

I don't think anybody would bother doing a serious pattern on a cast keris. I'd only expect a painted-on...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th December 2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By Timo Nieminen
In principle, you can do pamor (or at least its...

In principle, you can do pamor (or at least its approximate appearance) on a cast blade. Inlaying after casting, or casting with inserts come to mind as possible methods.

(I see fake Chinese bronze...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 23rd December 2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By Timo Nieminen
To cast, you need more/better/hotter technology,...

To cast, you need more/better/hotter technology, but potentially less time. If you're going to make many, then probably less time per blade.

Depending on what alloy they cast with, could be either a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2015, 12:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 709
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Stone's Glossary and Egerton both include it;...

Stone's Glossary and Egerton both include it; therefore, obviously a weapon! It even features as a weapon in the 1st editions AD&D Monster Manual.

More realistically, the ones with hidden spikes in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2015, 09:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Didn't give lengths, since the photos have a tape...

Didn't give lengths, since the photos have a tape measure. Total length just over 20", blade about 16". Hilt is pretty small.

I'll see if I can take more photos on the weekend.

OK, I managed to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Congo and other African swords

Photographed and measured some African swords today. Mostly from the Congo basin. Here they are:

1. Ngombe/Ngbandi. Sickle sword. Double-edged, offset fullers (which you could think of as a Z-shaped...
Forum: European Armoury 5th December 2015, 10:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 660
Posted By Timo Nieminen
So it is often said, but probably not the case....

So it is often said, but probably not the case. Almost certainly based on eastern European hussar sabres. There are 18th century, e.g., Hungarian, hussar blades where the family resemblance is clear.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2015, 03:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,892
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Here's one, from Auctions Imperial Arms &...

Here's one, from Auctions Imperial Arms & Armor 2014 (lot 232), 20.9cm diameter. 9" and 10" ones are easier to find.

There are two reasons why people might have carried such small shields: either...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,892
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Given the number of Indian shields in the 8"...

Given the number of Indian shields in the 8" to 12" diameter range, there were plenty of men willing to go against Indian warriors with quite small shields. It's not a bad size for duels or other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 942
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I'm skeptical about the naginata claim. There is...

I'm skeptical about the naginata claim. There is probably a difference in size in naginata used by men on the battlefield, and naginata known to be used by women; the latter will, on average, be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2015, 11:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 942
Posted By Timo Nieminen
There are some East Asian knives for...

There are some East Asian knives for women.

Korea: The ones in posts #6, #18, #19 (and some others) are women's knives:...
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