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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By TVV
Thank you, I agree that the blade is undoubtedly...

Thank you, I agree that the blade is undoubtedly locally made, but I do not think it is from a leaf spring, but rather from locally smelted iron. The hilt features - bulbous pommel, boxy guard and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th February 2018, 01:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By TVV
Wide Bladed Takouba

A wide bladed takouba has been on my list for a while and I finally acquired one. Based on the hilt and scabbard I have seen these attributed to Hausaland, Nupe and Ademawa. Thanks to Iain's research...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 843
Posted By TVV
There is a primer flask in Buttin's plates that...

There is a primer flask in Buttin's plates that looks like this, so I think you are correct and these may be misidentified as Afghan. The problem is that the image is so tiny that it is very hard to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 843
Posted By TVV
Stu, That is a very impressive collection of...

Stu,
That is a very impressive collection of Maghrebi powder flasks you have amassed, showcasing the extreme variety of shapes. My guess on why there are so many diverse forms in that area and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2017, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By TVV
Kubur, Very nice, thank you as well for adding...

Kubur,

Very nice, thank you as well for adding another example, this one with the Samuel Harvey marking. It seems plausible that a number of British hangers, probably after becoming surplus, made it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd November 2017, 11:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By TVV
Jim and Norman, Thank you very much - I read the...

Jim and Norman,

Thank you very much - I read the threads on the Shotley Bridge swordsmiths, and the thread about Norman's M1742 hanger, as well as Jim's notes in the post on the running wolf mark in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd November 2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By TVV
Moroccan Saif with a British (?) Hanger Blade

Here is a Moroccan Saif, or what we as collectors commonly refer to as "nimcha". The blade might actually fall loosely into the "nimcha" category, as it is 27.25 inches long (69 cm) and based on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By TVV
Loverly sword, but am I the only one to whom the...

Loverly sword, but am I the only one to whom the hilt looks similar to those on Toma swords?

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,037
Posted By TVV
Ariel, Here is a steel hilted Malay piso podang:...

Ariel,

Here is a steel hilted Malay piso podang: the scabbard is definitely Sumatran.

Teodor

http://vikingsword.com/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=170100&stc=1
Forum: Swap Forum 12th October 2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,074
Posted By TVV
I have decided to keep everything except #1 (the...

I have decided to keep everything except #1 (the mandau) and #6 (the tumbuk lada).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,702
Posted By TVV
Nice kindjal David! I personally do not see any...

Nice kindjal David! I personally do not see any benefit to disassembling the hilt, only downsides.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Kubur, Since the holes and rivets there do not...

Kubur,

Since the holes and rivets there do not seem to serve any structural purpose, I assume they were for affixing decoration to the guard. The traces seem to suggest that it was of circular...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd October 2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Lotfy, thank you very much for sharing, I had...

Lotfy, thank you very much for sharing, I had never even considered the possibility of wootz dharia blades. As rare as such blades would be, there are probably some in collections that simply have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Jim, Thank you for your very thoughtful posts,...

Jim,

Thank you for your very thoughtful posts, as always.

To address your statement above that a wootz blade would be expected to have more elaborate dress, I am posting a couple of pictures from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Thank you Lotfi, Is the Saif Ya'Rubi name based...

Thank you Lotfi,

Is the Saif Ya'Rubi name based on the Ya-Rubi dynasty?

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd October 2017, 07:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 795
Posted By TVV
Nice and well made yataghan. I agree it is...

Nice and well made yataghan. I agree it is unusual, but grips with ivory/bone over horn were not unheard of. I would think this may have been done somewhere in the Western Balkans.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 10:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Thank you! As Robert Hales illustrates on p. 361...

Thank you! As Robert Hales illustrates on p. 361 of his book, extensive rehilting was common for these swords. This could have led to slight shortening.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 10:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Ibrahiim, I am not going to get dragged into a...

Ibrahiim,

I am not going to get dragged into a pointless debate about your theory which contradicts all the period accounts, drawings and existent examples of Omani swords.

If you are trying to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Thank you for your responses. Iain, Yes, the...

Thank you for your responses.

Iain,

Yes, the fuller is unusual, not sure what that would signify though.

Ibrahiim,

Your passion about ethnographic arms is admirable and overall an asset to this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2017, 04:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,137
Posted By TVV
Old Omani Saif

I am really excited to share this old Omani saif, as one of these has been on my wish list forever. Here are the measurements:
Entire length: 36 inches (91.44 cm)
Blade length: 25 inches (63.50...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 733
Posted By TVV
I do not, sadly, but I have a friend in Bulgaria...

I do not, sadly, but I have a friend in Bulgaria who does. Are you looking for any details in particular, or just looking to build a thread as a pictorial database?

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,382
Posted By TVV
I just saw this one as I was browsing Waffen aus...

I just saw this one as I was browsing Waffen aus Zentral-Afrika. Not much info given, other than the Fulbe attribution. According to the description, the edge is trimmed in leather and there is cloth...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By TVV
Here are pictures of a Bedouin shashka, also...

Here are pictures of a Bedouin shashka, also found in Bulgaria like the kama, for guard comparison.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By TVV
Kubur, Here is a picture of the pommel. Teodor

Kubur,

Here is a picture of the pommel.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2017, 08:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By TVV
Large Balkan Kama for ID

Here is an unusual large Balkan kama for your comments. The whole weapon is 62 cm (24 inches) long and weighs a hefty 700 grams (1.5 lbs). It looks like it was made from a cut down sword blade. The...
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