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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:21 PM
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Posted By ariel
I am with RSWORD: khanjar, late Qajar, replaced...

I am with RSWORD: khanjar, late Qajar, replaced handle, original scabbard.
My only hesitation: some pics of the blade are suspicious for being wootz-y.
The blade is patinated and the issue can be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
I do. And the map looks quite deceiving. ...

I do. And the map looks quite deceiving.

Persians tried to absorb Eastern Georgia for centuries, and invaded it repeatedly, sometimes being victorious, sometimes beaten. But they never made it a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 28
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Posted By ariel
Yes, that was the sad time of cheap junk. But...

Yes, that was the sad time of cheap junk.
But here is a newly made kindjal, - blade, scabbard, handle, decoration. Georgian masters made a miraculous recovery and their contemporary examples are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 01:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
My point is that I cannot find anything that...

My point is that I cannot find anything that would not be compatible with a 100% Georgian origin.
Can somebody point it out to me?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,083
Posted By ariel
Generally, Caucasian bladesmiths did not work...

Generally, Caucasian bladesmiths did not work with wootz at all. The exception to the rule was Geurk Eliarov ( Elizarov, Elizarashvili) who used Indian ingots and very questionably, his son...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
OsobistGB: “but the Persian influence is...

OsobistGB:

“but the Persian influence is obvious!”

———————————-

Can you elaborate what particular features you view as specifically and obviously Persian?
Thanks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2020, 04:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
Kai, You hit the nail on the head: every variety...

Kai,
You hit the nail on the head: every variety of mechanical Damascus is a product of mixing/ twisting chunks of steel with different carbon content. Suffice it to take a book by Manfred Sachse...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th June 2020, 01:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By ariel
I see KKK on the handle, Katipunan, established...

I see KKK on the handle, Katipunan, established in 1892. Thus, the bolo can be dated to the end of 19th century at the latest.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
By the way, Rivkin mentioned the similarity of...

By the way, Rivkin mentioned the similarity of the “Tiflis zigzag” with some Indian mechanical damascus patterns and noted the presence of Indian merchants and armorers in Tiflis.
Surprisingly, one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
Re. Armenian armorers. The majority of them...

Re. Armenian armorers.
The majority of them worked as jewelers, Papov being the ultimate example. Blades were mainly produced by Daghestani and Tiflis masters and sold to workshops.
There are some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,193
Posted By ariel
I am reviving this topic to point out a dramatic...

I am reviving this topic to point out a dramatic change in Georgian weapons that occurred over the past several years.

Originally, in the 1990s, contemporary Georgian dealers were able to sell...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
Here are examples of 2 Gurian kindjals with...

Here are examples of 2 Gurian kindjals with Tiflis Zigzag within the fullers.
Is yours similar?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
Gavin’s mention of Hale’s book was very...

Gavin’s mention of Hale’s book was very helpful.
For additional example from the same source see p. 222, #542: a rare Algerian kilij. Regretfully, no view of the entire blade and no dimensions. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,002
Posted By ariel
Agree with Oliver: Georgian, most likely Tiflis....

Agree with Oliver: Georgian, most likely Tiflis. May be even older: as per Rivkin, solid piece of walrus ivory and “ shoulders” on the handle were in fashion even in the first quarter of the 19...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 04:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
Thanks a lot Teodor! Yes, weapons travel, but ...

Thanks a lot Teodor!


Yes, weapons travel, but a rational reason why on earth would Pashtuns copy a naval cutlas from North Africa escapes me. Obviously, they did: some “fashionista” Gilzai...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
Gavin, thanks a lot! I checked both references,...

Gavin, thanks a lot!
I checked both references, - both correct.

Funny, but I had a mental picture from Splendeurs and somehow connected it to the Elgood’s book.

Hope I never have to serve as a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
An interesting and important twist to the story...

An interesting and important twist to the story was provided by Aleksej Kurochkin ( here participating as Mercenary). He unearthed an old ( 1757) Persian manuscript describing battles of Nader Shah...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
A bit... But this one is what Lebedynsky called a...

A bit... But this one is what Lebedynsky called a " pseudo-shashka" from one of the Central Asian Khanates.

At the beginning of this thread I have casually mentioned Elgood's Greece book as a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
No, not cloven.

No, not cloven.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2020, 01:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
And then... “ indian ricasso” and a slit at the ...

And then... “ indian ricasso” and a slit at the mouth of the scabbard to accommodate the curvature of the blade...

The more one looks at it , the more one gets confused.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,079
Posted By ariel
Just a side comment: as per Elgood, pinned...

Just a side comment: as per Elgood, pinned handles might have originated in S.India/Deccan, and NW India was chock full of them.

You are absolutely correct to be careful about the Afghani origin:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
A cutlass: where from?

Here is a smallish cutlass with a " bird-like " pommel and a pronounced yelman.
Similar examples were shown in Elgood's Greece book and identified as North African (Algerian most likely). I agree...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd June 2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,275
Posted By ariel
Both Hungary and Lithuania are Catholic countries...

Both Hungary and Lithuania are Catholic countries and I do not know enough to express my opinion.
But Russia is Orthodox, and Russian cross has 3 crossbeams: the upper two are just like the one on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,079
Posted By ariel
I think that the interpretation by Kwiatek #12 ...

I think that the interpretation by Kwiatek #12 might be correct: it was a prestige thing without any meaning.
This practice is still in use among the Chinese fakers: inscriptions on pseudo- European...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,922
Posted By ariel
This painting is quite interesting. On this Forum...

This painting is quite interesting. On this Forum we had many discussions about potential uses of Yataghans. Often, there were opinions that Yataghans were not fighting military weapons, but rather ...
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