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Forum: European Armoury 19th July 2019, 02:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 543
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Why is this obvious? Unhardened iron arrowheads...

Why is this obvious? Unhardened iron arrowheads were used, and bronze can have similar hardness. Bone arrowheads were still in use.

More recently, in Africa, despite the availability of iron, wood,...
Forum: European Armoury 7th July 2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Not necessarily to hammer anything. Various...

Not necessarily to hammer anything. Various spikes on polearms have a lot of potential use for hooking, pulling, parrying, etc. This is easily big enough for that kind of thing.

Having it flush with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2019, 02:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 972
Posted By Timo Nieminen
What makes it look Cameroon? A bow that I would...

What makes it look Cameroon? A bow that I would have said is similar, from Tanzania: https://britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=581094&partId=1...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,195
Posted By Timo Nieminen
As I said, discipline and organisation. Everybody...

As I said, discipline and organisation. Everybody in the region used shields and spears, and one can implement this same tactic with a multi-purpose throwing/thrusting spear (or with a variety of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,195
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Shaka's successful imperialism wasn't the result...

Shaka's successful imperialism wasn't the result of weapons - weapons rarely make the difference in war when neighbours fight each other. The credit should go to discipline and organisation (both on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,133
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The long slender one looks like an East African...

The long slender one looks like an East African spear butt (as used by the Maasai and nearby peoples). For some examples of such butts, see http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21630 and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,330
Posted By Timo Nieminen
IMO, the blade looks very modern. As in late 20th...

IMO, the blade looks very modern. As in late 20th or even 21st century, the kind of thing common on modern Chinese-made fake katana/tachi/gunto.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,330
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Hmm. Almost 1/3 of the Korean do in the History...

Hmm. Almost 1/3 of the Korean do in the History of Steel exhibition have fullers (4 out of 13), so it doesn't seem that rare.

http://www.arscives.com/historysteel/introduction_main.htm
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th February 2019, 05:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 893
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Tanzania or Kenya, probably. I have a similar...

Tanzania or Kenya, probably.

I have a similar head and tail, which came with a human-figure-carved centre wood section - a fancy tourist version of the classic East African three-piece spear. Much...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2019, 03:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,338
Posted By Timo Nieminen
These just followed me home about a week ago. The...

These just followed me home about a week ago. The seller described them as Mongolian (and Mongolian or Chinese).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2018, 04:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,065
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The one with the spike is a beet hook. The spike...

The one with the spike is a beet hook. The spike is for spiking and pulling a beet (already pulled from the ground, rather than out of the ground), after which the green top is cut off. The spike...
Forum: European Armoury 5th August 2018, 02:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,081
Posted By Timo Nieminen
The hook is also good for standing the billhook...

The hook is also good for standing the billhook stably, point down on, e.g., a stump, for sharpening.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st May 2018, 03:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,603
Posted By Timo Nieminen
35" is a big boomerang, but it isn't hard to...

35" is a big boomerang, but it isn't hard to find examples of old boomerangs of that size. A few examples from the British...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,603
Posted By Timo Nieminen
While the profile is similar to the Australian...

While the profile is similar to the Australian club in the drawing, the 3D shape doesn't look very Australian to me.

From the caption in Partington, club #3 looks like a boomerang-club to me, a...
Forum: European Armoury 10th February 2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,910
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Just the overall appearance. The details of the...

Just the overall appearance. The details of the construction do match what one might see on Indian replicas (but I wouldn't expect the screw), but they match the real thing (i.e., 18th/19th century...
Forum: European Armoury 10th February 2018, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,910
Posted By Timo Nieminen
My first thought from the photo was that it looks...

My first thought from the photo was that it looks like a 20th century Indian replica. On second thought, it also looks like an 18th century British sergeant's halberd.

Some...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,041
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I can't tell for sure from the description...

I can't tell for sure from the description whether he gives the centre of percussion (i.e., the centre of percussion as defined by all non-sword people) or the closest-to-the-tip node of vibration...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th February 2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,041
Posted By Timo Nieminen
For bats and rackets, the centre of percussion...

For bats and rackets, the centre of percussion certainly contributes to the sweet spot. For swords where the rotation is about the grip (or at least, the wrist), like sabre styles where the sword is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,473
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Yes, bellows. Having two tubes allows a...

Yes, bellows. Having two tubes allows a continuous flow of air, while still being usable by one person.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th January 2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,473
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Tribal forging on...

Tribal forging on Sarawak:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sarawak;_a_native_Kalabit_smithy._Photograph._Wellcome_V0037410.jpg

Split wooden stick as tongs, stone anvil, stone hammers.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2018, 12:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,473
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Mostly. As Battara said, there was iron mining...

Mostly. As Battara said, there was iron mining and smelting in the Philippines. For some brief details, see http://intersections.anu.edu.au/monograph1/mintz_metals.html

Traditional smelting was in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,323
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Looks authentic to me. These are fairly common,...

Looks authentic to me. These are fairly common, as far as antique jian go. These are usually late 19th century, and the ones in the West usually went there as tourist souvenirs.

They vary enormously...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,540
Posted By Timo Nieminen
Local usage? After all, terms like this (khanda,...

Local usage? After all, terms like this (khanda, tulwar, shamshir, gladius, kilij, etc.) mean, generically, "sword" in their languages of origin. It's only in foreign languages (like English) that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2017, 10:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,289
Posted By Timo Nieminen
I can see where people might get the idea from....

I can see where people might get the idea from. I'm often impressed by the quality of the metalwork on Moro blades. Laminated construction so that a soft body supports a very hard edge and stops...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2017, 02:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,752
Posted By Timo Nieminen
"Who?" is the difficult question. As...

"Who?" is the difficult question.

As you noted, while it takes high temperatures to forge weld iron, it's otherwise low-tech:

A hole in the ground, charcoal, a blower, a rock as an anvil and a rock...
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