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Forum: European Armoury Today, 12:54 PM
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Posted By Iain
Great image Fernando. :) Thanks for sharing,...

Great image Fernando. :) Thanks for sharing, looking forward to seeing what else surfaces.
Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 07:35 PM
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Views: 114
Posted By Iain
These hilts are sometimes known as "crab...

These hilts are sometimes known as "crab claw" hilts. I would agree the grip is certainly a later replacement. The pommel also doesn't "fit" to my eyes for the reasons Jim mentioned. They are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 322
Posted By Iain
I understand the tradition aspect, what pains me...

I understand the tradition aspect, what pains me a bit is the obvious drop in quality, with good, if a bit tattered older elements being changed out for flashy, but lower quality new pieces. Still,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st April 2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Iain
I'm mainly interested in the techniques used,...

I'm mainly interested in the techniques used, stock removal or actual forging?



Good to hear some parts are preserved, I have to admit I find the tendency to put entirely new fittings on old blades...
Forum: Swap Forum 21st April 2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Iain
How About 130 and 70? :) Open to offers still as...

How About 130 and 70? :) Open to offers still as well.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2014, 07:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 322
Posted By Iain
Great post! Regarding the newly made blades, are...

Great post! Regarding the newly made blades, are the forged locally? Made from available steel scrap and heat treated? Or imported from another region like India?

From an outside perspective it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Iain
A little more sahel leather work to enjoy. :-)...

A little more sahel leather work to enjoy. :-) Unusual raised patterns on this scabbard. The handle wrap seems to be of the variety seen in the Cameroon border areas/North Nigeria.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2014, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Iain
Thanks again Martin, if I'm not mistaken the belt...

Thanks again Martin, if I'm not mistaken the belt system seen here is also more typical in Ethiopia.

It is very unusual in the western Sahel regions, where it is usually a cloth, or cotton strap.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th April 2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Iain
Hi Colin, The technology used is certainly...

Hi Colin,

The technology used is certainly similar, but also completely within the capabilities of local industry to produce. So I'm not sure there's necessarily an import of leather working tools...
Forum: Swap Forum 9th April 2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Iain
How about 160 and 80? Still open to offers. :-)

How about 160 and 80? Still open to offers. :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Iain
Hi Ibrahiim, The Sahel is simply the strip of...

Hi Ibrahiim,

The Sahel is simply the strip of land lying below the Sahara and is the transitional zone before the forest climates closer to the equator. When discussing swords, this is typically...
Forum: Swap Forum 8th April 2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Iain
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Forum: Swap Forum 8th April 2014, 08:43 AM
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Views: 235
Posted By Iain
Two Congo knives for sale

I got these in a mixed lot and don't collect from this area.

As always, shipping is at cost from Czech Republic via standard parcel post. Contact me via PM or at iain.norman@live.com.


1. The...
Forum: Swap Forum 8th April 2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By Iain
1 and 4 are sold. The rest are still available,...

1 and 4 are sold.

The rest are still available, I'm open to offers!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th April 2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 447
Posted By Iain
I was just about to ask if this particular book...

I was just about to ask if this particular book had anything on these! This is more or less the bible for African archery. Thanks for posting the image Colin. :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Iain
Hi Martin, Thanks for the confirmation. It is...

Hi Martin,

Thanks for the confirmation. It is indeed strange! I'm always amazed how many variants and odd combinations there seem to be.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2014, 12:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Iain
Thanks Colin, an interesting suggestion! I've...

Thanks Colin, an interesting suggestion!

I've privately been told Ethiopia is likely for this particular scabbard. Attached is the sword it came with, although it seems an odd marriage...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 376
Posted By Iain
ID on Sahel leather pattern

Hi all,

Anyone seen leather work like the attached? Any idea of a regional or tribal ID?

Thanks!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd April 2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By Iain
In my opinion, later than the 1940s. The blade is...

In my opinion, later than the 1940s. The blade is roughly ground from scrap steel. The guard is also roughly formed with visible file marks. These swords are still made today.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By Iain
It is a Sudanese kaskara. Better images would be...

It is a Sudanese kaskara. Better images would be needed to really tell you much about it. From the crude nature of the cross guard it looks like a later piece, certainly 20th century.
Forum: Swap Forum 24th March 2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By Iain
1 and 4 are now PENDING. The rest still...

1 and 4 are now PENDING. The rest still available. :)
Forum: Swap Forum 23rd March 2014, 10:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 342
Posted By Iain
Spring takouba sale

Spring is in the air in central Europe and I am cleaning out a few things. :)

As usual, shipping at cost from Czech Republic using Czech Post. Usually takes 1-2 weeks within Europe and 2-3 to North...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 406
Posted By Iain
The blade style and hilt strike me as being...

The blade style and hilt strike me as being Dahomey or Benin related?

A very attractive item Colin, congrats. The leather work on the scabbard is also of interest, I have one takouba with very...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2014, 07:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 509
Posted By Iain
That's a nice looking takouba- did it sell? :D

That's a nice looking takouba- did it sell? :D
Forum: Swap Forum 26th February 2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 229
Posted By Iain
Wanted: takouba/Tuareg swords

Spring is in the air and I'm in a buying mood. :D

As regular forum goers will know, my interest is almost exclusively in takouba and Tuareg/Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri swords.

I am specifically looking...
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