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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 12:02 PM
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Posted By ariel
Well, these are real swords. Not historical, but...

Well, these are real swords. Not historical, but theoretically practical.
As a decorative display on top of a book shelf they are admirably fine. As a matter of fact, we donít even know their...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2020, 10:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 351
Posted By ariel
Inflation-wise, $30 for there swords would be...

Inflation-wise, $30 for there swords would be $254.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,274
Posted By ariel
On top of that, Poland has an insane number of...

On top of that, Poland has an insane number of gorgeous women. Polish men are not lazy: they understandably try to stay home as much as possible. Canít blame them:))))
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2020, 01:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,274
Posted By ariel
Thanks! I knew it, but did not dig it out of my...

Thanks!
I knew it, but did not dig it out of my amphibious brain. Shame....
Lesson for me: information needs to be stored AND actively retrieved:-)
I forgot this rule at my own peril.
Will tattoo it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By ariel
Doesn't look like it: seems like just a carved...

Doesn't look like it: seems like just a carved channel.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,274
Posted By ariel
Well, to each his own. I also ordered Steel and...

Well, to each his own. I also ordered Steel and Magic, even though it is not my area of interest.
But these days and for quite some time I am mostly collecting good books. There are so many things I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 07:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,274
Posted By ariel
I would strongly recommend the new book by Eric...

I would strongly recommend the new book by Eric Claude on Moroccan and Algerian edged weapons.
Charles was kind enough to post its ordering information on the Swap Forum.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By ariel
I went through the links to our 2005 discussions...

I went through the links to our 2005 discussions

Gosh, how much have we learned since....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By ariel
Teodor, This peshkabz might be quite old: one...

Teodor,
This peshkabz might be quite old: one scale replaced, the rhino one has repairs ( multiple rivets). I Ďd not be surprised if it dated to 18th century.
I was intrigued by the earlier...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th March 2020, 04:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 348
Posted By ariel
Teodor, The problem is really how do we view the...

Teodor,
The problem is really how do we view the examples coming from that part of the world: ethnicity or geography? The entire Northern Afghanistan was chock full by the native Central Asian ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2020, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 573
Posted By ariel
Baldric mount on the Katara and the Omani khanjar...

Baldric mount on the Katara and the Omani khanjar are very good evidence .
But what clinches the story is the Pitt Rivers example with impeccable provenance.

It IS Malawi.

Good job, Charles and a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 613
Posted By ariel
Ноw to order the English version?

Ноw to order the English version?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 573
Posted By ariel
Let me be devilís advocate for a moment. The...

Let me be devilís advocate for a moment.
The sophistication and the quality of this dagger is highly unusual and, frankly, exceptional for any sub-Saharan weapon.
That is an argument against its...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th March 2020, 03:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 573
Posted By ariel
My only question : are you 100% sure that the...

My only question : are you 100% sure that the sourced origin is Yao of SE Africa and not Yao of S. China/Vietnam/Laos?

Sorry, no insult meant. But this dagger is so unusual for Africa and looks so...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By ariel
Old son, I have warned you from the git go it...

Old son, I have warned you from the git go it was a crazy idea.

But at least you know now about two Albanias:-)

Useless informations are the most precious ones.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By ariel
Google it. Not many know about it.

Google it. Not many know about it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd March 2020, 02:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By ariel
I think we are talking about different things. Of...

I think we are talking about different things.
Of course, Kurds were engaged in occupations other than robbers and porters.
I am asking whether there is any information of them working as armorers:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2020, 01:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By ariel
A totally crazy idea: is it possible that when we...

A totally crazy idea: is it possible that when we ( or some of us) attribute such daggers to Albania, the real Albania is not the Balkan one , but the Caucasian Albania? It was a historical area...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd March 2020, 01:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By ariel
Interesting twist on the story. However, it is...

Interesting twist on the story.

However, it is my understanding that Armenian and Georgian Kurds engaged mainly in agriculture and menial jobs such as porters.

The list of Caucasian armorers in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 637
Posted By ariel
Interesting that the second one is described as...

Interesting that the second one is described as "... generally attributed to Albania or Montenegro". And then mentions its issuance to the " Balkan mercenaries"; those were by and large Albanians.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,240
Posted By ariel
There are imprecisions in the translation of...

There are imprecisions in the translation of Russian into English.
See, for example, item 22: Be slow to insult, quick to avenge.
"To insult" is to offend another person.
In Russian this phrase...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2020, 03:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,240
Posted By ariel
Marius, I did not intend to offer anything new...

Marius,
I did not intend to offer anything new and provocative. My post was just an attempt to explain your dissatisfaction with Elgoodís hesitant attribution of Balkan weapons. You are correct:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,240
Posted By ariel
It is difficult to compare India and Balkans....

It is difficult to compare India and Balkans.

In India there was a major divide between North and South with a transitional state in Deccan.
At the North, there were, in addition, significant ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2020, 11:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,240
Posted By ariel
This configuration of a handle is often...

This configuration of a handle is often attributed to Albania.
Any evidence pro or con?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th March 2020, 01:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 701
Posted By ariel
Well, as expected: Hungarian, Austrian, French,...

Well, as expected: Hungarian, Austrian, French, British, American...
Take your pick.
The longer you wait, the more attributions will be offered:-)
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