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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2015, 01:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,370
Posted By ariel
Mech is a slavic word for a straight double-edged...

Mech is a slavic word for a straight double-edged sword.
There is an equivalent to the turkish "mech" ,i.e. narrow-bladed, edge-less and very long blade suitable only for stabbing weapon, i.e. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2015, 01:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By ariel
There are scores of old, rusty, and often damaged...

There are scores of old, rusty, and often damaged tulwar and khanda handles.

Are you, guys, saying that they are also newly-made?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2015, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 731
Posted By ariel
I would agree with Jens ( pretty safe way...

I would agree with Jens ( pretty safe way out:-)
The "newness" of the handle is its amorphous form, rather slapdash minimalistic adherence to the classical form(s), omission of any details giving it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,671
Posted By ariel
" Why can't the English teach their children...

" Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?"
:-) :-)
Happy New Year!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By ariel
The answer is somewhat unexpected: it is a...

The answer is somewhat unexpected: it is a Latvian (Riga) knife for .... cutting flax:-)
Seriously.
Quite sme time ago I asked the same question on a Russian forum and was enlightened with other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,174
Posted By ariel
I asked my Turkish colleague, but she could not...

I asked my Turkish colleague, but she could not recall anything resembling that name.
Well, she is woman, and a pacifist to boot :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2014, 06:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,174
Posted By ariel
It took only 8 years :) , but it just occurred...

It took only 8 years :) , but it just occurred to me , that Sailaba may be another version of phonetic transliteration of "Selaava", the local name for what the Brits designated as "Khyber knife".
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2014, 12:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By ariel
Definitely Syrian:-) The handle is a dead...

Definitely Syrian:-)
The handle is a dead giveaway of the style peculiar to the Druze village Majjal Shams.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,511
Posted By ariel
I think it was Elgood who mentioned Bukharan...

I think it was Elgood who mentioned Bukharan jewellers working in Southern Aravia.
Could it be that the decorative motives might be Central Asian, but the shape is that of the old Omani katara?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2014, 03:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 725
Posted By ariel
Shamshir

Oliver,
Can you recommend a particular brand?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2014, 02:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 725
Posted By ariel
South Caucasian Qaddara, they migrated to Iran ...

South Caucasian Qaddara, they migrated to Iran to be used in the Ashura ceremony.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,155
Posted By ariel
I fully expected it :-)

I fully expected it :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,155
Posted By ariel
Here is my Choora: handle is horn with multiple...

Here is my Choora: handle is horn with multiple small nails, all decorative parts are brass. The interesting thing is the thin line of turquoises below the bolster, on both sides.
The scabbard is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 433
Posted By ariel
Where is the edge? To me it looks as if it is on...

Where is the edge?
To me it looks as if it is on the convex side; if so, the handle might be turned the wrong way.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 915
Posted By ariel
Thanks for the ideas.

Thanks for the ideas.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 915
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: 915
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: 915
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: 455
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: 3,091
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: 3,091
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: 3,091
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: 530
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: 531
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: 705
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...
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