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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 438
Posted By RSWORD
Dave, It was great seeing you as well. That...

Dave,

It was great seeing you as well. That madu had a very nice patina and he decorations to the front are interesting. I can see why you are attracted to this type of shield!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 510
Posted By RSWORD
No doubt about it! :D However, she seems to...

No doubt about it! :D However, she seems to have a knack for this whole collecting thing. Here's a picture. She seems to have good taste!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By RSWORD
I would not refer to the pattern on these blades...

I would not refer to the pattern on these blades as "ladder pattern". Typically, a ladder pattern is on a wootz blade, with ladder "rungs" that stretch the length of the blade in a regular and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By RSWORD
Beautiful piece Charles! The blade lamination...

Beautiful piece Charles! The blade lamination looks gorgeous!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2014, 01:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By RSWORD
A way above the average Vietnamese Guom. The...

A way above the average Vietnamese Guom. The ivory handle is very lovely and it has good quality silver mounts and a better than usual blade for these parade swords. All in all, a great piece1
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,037
Posted By RSWORD
In the last picture, if you look closely you can...

In the last picture, if you look closely you can see that the blade is pattern welded and not wootz. And it seems to be a rather bold pattern weld. Would it be possible to get some good pictures of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th December 2013, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By RSWORD
Hi Dave, Have been enjoying your posts! Thanks...

Hi Dave,

Have been enjoying your posts! Thanks for sharing! These handles generally are classified as Indo-Persian but I lean towards India on this one with the style and location of the koftgari...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th December 2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 871
Posted By RSWORD
Thank you for posting a closer picture of the...

Thank you for posting a closer picture of the blade however from the picture provided I can see no evidence that this is a Damascus blade. I do see some surface scratches but can't see any evidence...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 871
Posted By RSWORD
Would it be possible to see a close up picture or...

Would it be possible to see a close up picture or two of the Damascus blade? This should at least tell us something about the blade And the type of steel.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2013, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 655
Posted By RSWORD
Congratulations Rick. I think you made a nice...

Congratulations Rick. I think you made a nice score. I also believe the blade might be a good pattern weld or even possibly wootz. Take a good close look in some good sunlight because it has that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2013, 10:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 860
Posted By RSWORD
Taking a guess here, I would start in the...

Taking a guess here, I would start in the vicinity of Afghanistan. In the last 10 years, I have visited with a few folks that had toured there and they came back with quite a few edged weapons and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th October 2013, 10:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,184
Posted By RSWORD
As far as dating, it really is anyone's guess but...

As far as dating, it really is anyone's guess but just given the overall quality, style of blade, patina to the brass and wood parts, my guess would be mid to late 19th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,184
Posted By RSWORD
Keith, You have a very nice pair of knives...

Keith,

You have a very nice pair of knives there. I think your friends are on the right track with the probable origin of these knives. They have a certain resemblance to Ayda Katti found amongst...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2013, 09:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,078
Posted By RSWORD
Actually, that statement is not rubbish. I have...

Actually, that statement is not rubbish. I have owned many a blade that the pattern was obscured from patina, rust, or even had been polished bright and after a polish and etch the pattern appeared....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2013, 02:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 987
Posted By RSWORD
While I have not see this particular feature...

While I have not see this particular feature before I have see numerous times the top of the gangya covered with a thin and narrow piece of metal and he same applies here. Why do that? I am...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2013, 12:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 397
Posted By RSWORD
Looks great Jimmy! I like the focus on the...

Looks great Jimmy! I like the focus on the unusual shapes and assortment of African arms! For some, high art at its best!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2013, 11:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 629
Posted By RSWORD
Charles, A most interesting example you have...

Charles,

A most interesting example you have there. This is the first example of a scarf weld in a Moro piece I have seen as well. There simply may not be enough in polish or polished examples out...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2013, 01:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 509
Posted By RSWORD
Welcome to the forum. There are many of us who...

Welcome to the forum. There are many of us who have been hooked by the variety of blades and patterns to be found. It will keep you very occupied indeed. If you use the search function you can...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd August 2013, 04:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 624
Posted By RSWORD
I wouldn't rule out the possibility that this is...

I wouldn't rule out the possibility that this is an Indian blade. I have seen very thin, flexible blades with this type of fullering from India and the mechanical Damascus pattern that you see here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 933
Posted By RSWORD
Very nice piece Charles! Man, if only these...

Very nice piece Charles! Man, if only these things could talk. I think your theory is a good one and illustrates how someone living in a new country might blend all the cultural influences into one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By RSWORD
Certainly not an original one. Looks like a...

Certainly not an original one. Looks like a composite piece. The blade looks like it is from a spearhead. The handle doesn't look like it is very old and the big question is when were the two...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By RSWORD
Yes, that was me! Welcome to the forum and I...

Yes, that was me! Welcome to the forum and I believe you do indeed have a nice example of a Taiwanese aboriginal sword. I have had several people mention that the "Warriors of the Rainbow" is an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 622
Posted By RSWORD
Now the question is whether or not it is an old...

Now the question is whether or not it is an old composite or a new composite. How is the blade mounted to the hilt? Aren't there French influences in Algeria? It's an odd combination but maybe an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2013, 11:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,033
Posted By RSWORD
When considering outside possibilities in regards...

When considering outside possibilities in regards to twistcore influences in the Philippines I would toss in China. You find very fine twistcore blades in Chinese swords, both in double edge jian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2013, 01:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
Posted By RSWORD
Thanks for the feedback gentleman. Barry, I...

Thanks for the feedback gentleman. Barry, I agree with you. I'll reach out and see if we can get some of the knowledgeable folks on these pieces to make comment.
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