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Forum: European Armoury 17th July 2017, 11:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,903
Posted By batjka
Thank you for correcting me. I did read the last...

Thank you for correcting me. I did read the last letter as "e". Very interesting. And I do agree with the analysis of Russian bladed weaponry.
Forum: European Armoury 17th July 2017, 02:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,903
Posted By batjka
The blade inscription says "For the Tsar and...

The blade inscription says "For the Tsar and Fatherland". The seller is Yafe and Sons from St. Petersburg. Actually, "Yafe" is an educated guess, legible letters say "..afe and sons".
Forum: European Armoury 1st July 2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,607
Posted By batjka
Protection on the right side is not unusual. In...

Protection on the right side is not unusual. In fact, messers had protection (nagel) on the right side only by design. It also facilitates certain fencing techniques as per Leckuchner's manual. As...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd January 2017, 02:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,841
Posted By batjka
Beautiful smallsword! I have to disagree with...

Beautiful smallsword!

I have to disagree with your opinion of smallsword vs a rapier fight though. A rapier is a good bit longer, and is also double the weight. A light smallsword would have a...
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2017, 11:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,287
Posted By batjka
I have learned so much from his posts, am still...

I have learned so much from his posts, am still learning to this day, and will be learning far into the future. Michael, you are missed. RIP
Forum: European Armoury 11th January 2017, 08:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 39,604
Posted By batjka
I am researching bearing of arms by Jews in...

I am researching bearing of arms by Jews in German lands in the middle ages (of which, contrary to popular belief, there is a good amount of evidence). Curiously, there is a ruling by Rabbi Meir of...
Forum: European Armoury 1st January 2017, 02:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,965
Posted By batjka
What kind of suspension would have been used in...

What kind of suspension would have been used in such helmets? Surely, there must have been something to keep the head from bouncing inside the helmet.

Have you tried it on? :)
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2016, 07:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 881
Posted By batjka
Any Arms and Armor collectors from NYC area here?

Are there any Arms and Armor collectors from NYC area on the board? If so, can you please PM me? I have a small request.

Thank you in advance.
Forum: European Armoury 13th January 2016, 12:28 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,707
Posted By batjka
Jasper, I have no experience judging the exact...

Jasper,

I have no experience judging the exact origins of these swords. It looks Germanic in form, and the title says "German", so I did not think otherwise.

Coming back to how these were used in...
Forum: European Armoury 12th January 2016, 04:52 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,707
Posted By batjka
This is a beautiful sword indeed, and I have...

This is a beautiful sword indeed, and I have learned a great deal from you gentlemen. Thank you for showing it and discussing it here.

As far as the use of this type of weapon, I have to disagree...
Forum: European Armoury 19th September 2015, 01:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 16,384
Posted By batjka
I was referring to Matchlock's post #10 that in...

I was referring to Matchlock's post #10 that in turn refers to the depiction in the post #1.

Post #22 talks about a different depiction which corresponds to the theory he had described.

Still, a...
Forum: European Armoury 18th September 2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 16,384
Posted By batjka
Looking at the Matchlock's drawing on the top of...

Looking at the Matchlock's drawing on the top of page 1, the left man has a bore-diameter rod with a thin extension that he stuck through the hole in the projectile.

Matchlock's theory was that the...
Forum: European Armoury 12th September 2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 13,580
Posted By batjka
For those in the know, what will be the fate of...

For those in the know, what will be the fate of his unique collection? I sure hope that a museum acquires it as a whole and puts it on display.
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 13,580
Posted By batjka
This is extremely sad news indeed. This forum...

This is extremely sad news indeed. This forum will never be the same without Matchlock's expertise. He was a unique man and with his passing so much knowledge is now lost. But his spirit is still...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd March 2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,953
Posted By batjka
I also found a sword allegedly belonging to...

I also found a sword allegedly belonging to Fernando el Catolico. This is a typical longsword of 15th Century Europe. So there's some tangible proof of a longsword use in Spain at that...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd March 2015, 02:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,953
Posted By batjka
Thank you for your suggestion, Fernando. I was...

Thank you for your suggestion, Fernando. I was able to locate a couple of more Iberian two-handed swords here:

http://www.esgrimaantigua.com/node/68

It shows several swords made in the early and...
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2015, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,953
Posted By batjka
Made a mistake, Figuieiredo is a 17th Century...

Made a mistake, Figuieiredo is a 17th Century source.

Are there any depictions of montantes in Spanish art of the period? I would love to be able to see them. In German and other European...
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,953
Posted By batjka
Thank you very much, Fernando. These swords are...

Thank you very much, Fernando. These swords are beautiful!

My understanding is that a montante lays somewhere in between a longsword and a great sword in length and weight. A longsword would be...
Forum: European Armoury 21st March 2015, 01:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,953
Posted By batjka
Iberian longsword evidence?

There seems to be a lot of discussion concerning provenance of longsword in Iberian peninsula in 13th-15th centuries. Sources point to a "double-handed" sword tradition that existed before Destreza....
Forum: European Armoury 1st March 2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,352
Posted By batjka
Thanks for posting this. As a student of...

Thanks for posting this. As a student of longsword fencing I am very interested in these historic examples. Do you mind telling the sword's weight please?
Forum: European Armoury 17th December 2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,406
Posted By batjka
Thank you for sharing the story of your...

Thank you for sharing the story of your treasure.

Out of curiosity, what is the weight of this sword?
Forum: European Armoury 6th November 2014, 02:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,186
Posted By batjka
Has this been resolved? Is he coming back?

Has this been resolved? Is he coming back?
Forum: European Armoury 25th September 2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,480
Posted By batjka
Why not just prime it, put in a new flint and...

Why not just prime it, put in a new flint and shoot the damn thing? Aside from making the pistol safe it would also be an interesting excursion into the past.
Forum: European Armoury 25th September 2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,933
Posted By batjka
This is a really fascinating mechanism! I wish...

This is a really fascinating mechanism! I wish one was available for testing. Although I doubt the artisans would have spent all that effort to produce a non-working item.

The accuracy of this gun...
Forum: European Armoury 19th June 2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,722
Posted By batjka
I am glad the thread got reopened. Sometimes you...

I am glad the thread got reopened. Sometimes you just can't separate life and politics, one affects the other. However, to condemn a whole class of historic objects is beyond ridiculous.

After all,...
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