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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 10:11 PM
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Posted By ariel
As per pics, I do think it is wootz, but a very...

As per pics, I do think it is wootz, but a very simple and quite crude one. Not Persian for sure, but Ottoman, one of the many Middle Eastern “Turkish” varieties of Sham that are remembered only by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Posted By ariel
I also would not dismiss the idea of it being a...

I also would not dismiss the idea of it being a fighting weapon simply on the basis of a “single bar” argument.
Jens was kind enough to provide a link to his paper. Go there and look at the pics....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 12:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By ariel
Totally naive question: isn’t “ Zade” Persian?

Totally naive question: isn’t “ Zade” Persian?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2020, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By ariel
The blade looks like crude copy of the Spanish...

The blade looks like crude copy of the Spanish cavalry sword 1728 pattern. The hexagonal profile and the narrowed ricasso make me think of it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Posted By ariel
This is for Jens.

This is for Jens.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 953
Posted By ariel
Congratulations! Very nice catch.

Congratulations!
Very nice catch.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 953
Posted By ariel
Sorry: double posting

Sorry: double posting
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 953
Posted By ariel
I see your point. However, it does not prove its...

I see your point. However, it does not prove its originality. Scabbards were the first thing to go due to the fragility of their wooden core, and were replaced at intervals during working life of any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,872
Posted By ariel
Yes, but would it be enough to assure good...

Yes, but would it be enough to assure good forging?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,872
Posted By ariel
Highly likely. European bladesmiths of the 19...

Highly likely.
European bladesmiths of the 19 century got plenty of wootz ingots and forged them into blades using European custom of heating the ingot to “ white”.

Surprisingly ( for them) the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By ariel
Despite being perennial adversaries ( or maybe...

Despite being perennial adversaries ( or maybe because of that) Shia Persians and Sunni Ottomans adopted each other’s weapons.
Each preserved generic definitions of the sword in their native...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 03:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
And here are Khevsur saber and kindjal. Just...

And here are Khevsur saber and kindjal. Just garden variety Caucasian Georgian work, but with extensive use of brass decorations.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 02:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
Sorry for not being able to bring pics: I was in...

Sorry for not being able to bring pics: I was in Toronto and just came home.
I am just copying the pic from the old topic and copy the text to keep everybody more comfortable.


"In that part of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2020, 10:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
I just recalled addressing Dashna in the topic “A...

I just recalled addressing Dashna in the topic “A riddle just for fun and learning”

Go there and have fun!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
Other than their traditional Caucasian role as...

Other than their traditional Caucasian role as wine-drinking vessels, - I cannot come up with any idea.
It is a staged picture, and the photographer likely wanted to include all aspects of local...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2020, 11:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By ariel
Not being a “guru” of Indonesian/ Philippine...

Not being a “guru” of Indonesian/ Philippine weapons, my comment is general in nature : I am suspicious of the even layer of red rust all over the blade. A bit fishy, IMHO.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2020, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
I do not think Khevsurian kindjals had anything...

I do not think Khevsurian kindjals had anything specific about their blades. Their hallmark was flat brass decorations of scabbards and handles.
And, of course, we should not forget Khevsurian ( and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By ariel
Also true.

Also true.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2020, 05:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By ariel
Lee is 100% correct. My” quick and dirty”...

Lee is 100% correct.
My” quick and dirty” approach can be used ONLY if the non-destructive one is not feasible , but the itch to know the composition of the metal is overwhelming.
As I mentioned...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2020, 02:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By ariel
White brass, although mechanically inferior, was...

White brass, although mechanically inferior, was often used to imitate silver. In this example we can see yellow ( brassy) areas here and there. My guess the mixture was not sufficiently homogenized,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2020, 04:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 561
Posted By ariel
Better than average! Bolster most likely from...

Better than average!
Bolster most likely from " white brass" : >49% zinc. Identifying it is simple, but not practical on finished and engraved parts : get a good sample of fine filings and add...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
And here - Megrelians with their kindjals.

And here - Megrelians with their kindjals.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
Here is a picture of 3 Gurians with their kindjals

Here is a picture of 3 Gurians with their kindjals
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Posted By ariel
Micro-ethnic differences in weapons

We usually discuss differences in weapons belonging to pretty large countries/principalities. Usually, these weapons are very different: North Indian Tulwar vs. South Indian Khanda, Turkish Kilij...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By ariel
Umpteenth time: Happy New Year! It’s never too...

Umpteenth time: Happy New Year!

It’s never too much.
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