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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th December 2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By Bob A
When I saw the collar above, it occurred to me...

When I saw the collar above, it occurred to me that it might actually be reversable. It's not unknown to use a collar like the one I've pictured to restrain dogs from pulling against a lead....
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 1st December 2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By Bob A
I've been known to carry a .44 cal from Smith...

I've been known to carry a .44 cal from Smith & Wesson for bear. Does that count?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 02:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By Bob A
Bone density - that's why humans can't...

Bone density - that's why humans can't fly!



Well, one of the reasons.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 01:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By Bob A
I think Burma or Shan also. I have something...

I think Burma or Shan also. I have something similar with a tiger canine as handle. Ritual or talismanic.

I wouldn't mess with the blade.

Close up picture of sheath would be pleasant to see. Photo...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By Bob A
I've never before seen, in person or in a...

I've never before seen, in person or in a picture, a bone dagger of this description.

Having become somewhat cynical regarding nondescript-seeming rarities, I've tended lately to shy away from such...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,111
Posted By Bob A
Indeed, so am I. It is a wonderful book,...

Indeed, so am I.

It is a wonderful book, beautifully illustrated, with an astounding array of weaponry, and a treasure trove of early photos and line drawings from the publications of the time. I'm...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,136
Posted By Bob A
To all those who have been sitting on the edge of...

To all those who have been sitting on the edge of their chairs wondering if I'd ever see this book, you can relax now.

It arrived in Customs October 10, was released to the USPS on November 15, was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 721
Posted By Bob A
Thank you.

Thank you.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 12:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 721
Posted By Bob A
Please bear in mind my lack of qualifications to...

Please bear in mind my lack of qualifications to comment meaningfully on your mandau. Despite that, I'm pleased to say that I find the sword rather attractive; the carving is interesting, the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2019, 12:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,136
Posted By Bob A
We unquestionably have big problems in the...

We unquestionably have big problems in the world.

That said, I suspect ineptitude rather than socio-political interference. As someone mentioned to me elsewhere today, "Half the people you saw today...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,136
Posted By Bob A
US Customs ate my package

Good day, all.

I ordered Dmitry's book in September, and it was shipped around the beginning of October from Moscow. It entered US Customs on 10 October, and has not been seen or heard from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2019, 06:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,260
Posted By Bob A
In a discussion on another forum regarding...

In a discussion on another forum regarding Damascus steel, someone posted a youtube video in which Alfred Pendray was able to produce wootz steel. While the samples produced at that time were not to...
Forum: European Armoury 29th September 2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 631
Posted By Bob A
"Italy" is a modern construct. The area...

"Italy" is a modern construct. The area we now know as Italy was a patchwork defined by a number of foreign influences; Austria, Spain, France, and their agents and vassals. Lots of push/pull with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th September 2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,745
Posted By Bob A
Well, "oxblood" shoes were once colored...

Well, "oxblood" shoes were once colored with, yes, ox blood.

I see no reason why any sort of blood couldn't be used to impart a sort of brownish-red tint to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th September 2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 641
Posted By Bob A
Registering a guess - Balkan?

Registering a guess - Balkan?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,260
Posted By Bob A
I thought this information on production of...

I thought this information on production of silicon carbide was of interest.

The simplest process to manufacture silicon carbide is to combine silica sand and carbon in an Acheson graphite electric...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By Bob A
I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That...

I'd rather know the truth than otherwise. That said, there's a gap between objective truth - if such a thing exists outside the realm of hard science - and opinion.

I've encountered some blunt...
Forum: European Armoury 17th September 2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,844
Posted By Bob A
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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,111
Posted By Bob A
Yes, we eagerly await . . .

Yes, we eagerly await . . .
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,353
Posted By Bob A
Given that I have never seen a Khyber blade with...

Given that I have never seen a Khyber blade with etching of this nature, I too would incline steeply toward an old blade, augmented later.

I've grown suspicious of weapons that suddenly appear...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 18th August 2019, 12:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,643
Posted By Bob A
No expertise here either, but it has the look of...

No expertise here either, but it has the look of bone to me.

Aside from the appearance of bone, the dagger has a utilitarian look, on which I doubt ivory would be used.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 875
Posted By Bob A
I like nearly everything about this dagger very...

I like nearly everything about this dagger very much. Actually, the filigree/stone on the pommel is the only part that jars my appreciation - and forgive me for imposing my own aesthetic standards on...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 10th August 2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 988
Posted By Bob A
Buzkashi whip. Collected circa 1980.

Buzkashi whip. Collected circa 1980.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd August 2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,373
Posted By Bob A
Sadly true, Alan. Above and beyond the above,...

Sadly true, Alan.

Above and beyond the above, the fees tacked on to the hammer prices, and the taxes, shipping and so forth can amount to a considerable overage. Depending on the cost and size of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd August 2019, 05:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 988
Posted By Bob A
Yes, certainly Buzkashi, and a wonderful...

Yes, certainly Buzkashi, and a wonderful depiction of the sport. I'm guessing the scale depicted below the picture is in inches?

It's delightful - where did you encounter it?

I'm away from home at...
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