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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:00 AM
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Posted By ariel
There are multiple names of Indian swords...

There are multiple names of Indian swords mentioned by local and European sources for which we have no actual examples, as well as multiple actual swords for which we have no names.

We should learn...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2015, 11:01 AM
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Views: 335
Posted By ariel
Could never figure out what the "tiger...

Could never figure out what the "tiger tooth" refers to: incisor ( blade) or molar ( pommel) of the tiger?:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2015, 01:46 PM
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Views: 324
Posted By ariel
Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2015, 04:10 AM
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Views: 318
Posted By ariel
Karud may be another example. Elgood and Flindt...

Karud may be another example.
Elgood and Flindt admitted that they could never find the true origin of this word and suggested that it was just a misheard spelling of "Kard" by the early Europeans.
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2015, 09:49 PM
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Posted By ariel
Here is mine: deeply incised blade and wooden...

Here is mine: deeply incised blade and wooden handle.
Obviously stems fom ottoman yataghans, and eerily reminiscent of the earliest ones, belonging to BayezidII, Selim I and Suleiman the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 287
Posted By ariel
Yes, it is a fascinating book, no doubt. ...

Yes, it is a fascinating book, no doubt.
However, just like all autobiographies it is very subjective and self- congratulatory: all descriptions of extremely brave and noble behavior of the author...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2015, 03:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By ariel
According to Pant, one of the features...

According to Pant, one of the features distinguishing khanda fom patissa is the cylindrical unpadded grip on the latter ( the other being the small pommel bud, the presence of very long steel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2015, 02:51 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Gavin, Thanks for your input. I am glad we are...

Gavin,
Thanks for your input. I am glad we are on the same page re. age of a Choora as a pattern.

I can easily see your point re. smaller choora: it is much cruder and the handle is very...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Goat horn???? Never seen one, never thought of...

Goat horn????

Never seen one, never thought of it.
Thanks
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
I think we have unnecessarily complicated the...

I think we have unnecessarily complicated the issue of Afghani weapons.
Both Karud and Choora ( whatever they mean) are straight-bladed derivatives of Persian Pesh Kabz. This is, likely, why many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Very good description of the Choora blade. The...

Very good description of the Choora blade.

The example in Egerton follows it to a "T". Thanks for confirming it.

Also, the handle of the Egerton's example is identical to the handles of Chooras...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2015, 01:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,388
Posted By ariel
No matter what, you are ready to shoot yourself...

No matter what, you are ready to shoot yourself some elephants:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Ian, I fully agree. As I said, Tatiana's ...

Ian,
I fully agree.


As I said, Tatiana's Choora will have to wait till my fellow is back from vacation, unless somebody wishes to take charge.

Egerton' Choora is a fact and I brought it into...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
It is not what we would call a...

It is not what we would call a "choora". It is rather a small khyber: they could be 14-15 inches up to 25 inches or more, ranging in their function from a dagger to a full-blown cleaver.

With...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 04:47 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
In the immortal words of Monty Python: 'E's not...

In the immortal words of Monty Python:

'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 04:37 PM
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Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Removed: duplicate

Removed: duplicate
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 04:32 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Kronckew: :-) :-)

Kronckew:

:-) :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Mahratt, Kurt showed us a dagger with a curved...

Mahratt,
Kurt showed us a dagger with a curved blade. You yourself said that the blade was in a manner of a Persian Pesh Kabz. Which I agree with.
#624 has a straight blade, like all Chooras....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 561
Posted By ariel
Phonetic similarity can play dirty games . I know...

Phonetic similarity can play dirty games .
I know a fellow who has a theory that Hebrew was the mother-tongue of Eastern European Slavs.
He thinks that Russian city Orel is in reality Or -el, God's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Mahratt, The so-called karuds have massive...

Mahratt,
The so-called karuds have massive handles, often almost cylindrical. The so-called chooras have slender grips with beak-like pommels. One glance at #624 shows what it is.
And of course...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 04:14 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Mahratt, Thank you . 1. Yes, you totally...

Mahratt,
Thank you .
1. Yes, you totally misunderstood Ian's remark. Few of us are known to be fluent in multiple languages, so don't worry

2. If you can provide expert testimony of an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 03:45 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Jim, Thank you for your well-reasoned opinion.

Jim,
Thank you for your well-reasoned opinion.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 02:35 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Mahratt, many thanks for providing a good view of...

Mahratt, many thanks for providing a good view of the dagger #624 from the book by Egerton next to what we traditionally call Afghani Choora.

Now everybody can compare them easily.

Can you...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2015, 02:18 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,624
Posted By ariel
Gentlemen, We are digressing . The entire...

Gentlemen,
We are digressing .
The entire label with 1854 was written with the same ink and nobody ever mentioned different handwritings. I do not know where did Mahratt get this info, as it was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2015, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 561
Posted By ariel
Fully agree with the latter. As to the former.....

Fully agree with the latter.
As to the former.. Would love to believe that 's the case, but still have an uneasy feeling of uncertainty.
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