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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2020, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By Yvain
Interesting sword Marc ! Nice blade indeed, I'm...

Interesting sword Marc ! Nice blade indeed, I'm pretty sure I've seen it before, did you bought it from a French auction house by any chance ?

Surprisingly, this is not the first blade with those...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th October 2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By Yvain
What's up with vendors claiming everything is...

What's up with vendors claiming everything is from Indonesia ? Same thing happened to me when I bought my Agadez knife ! 😆
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th October 2020, 06:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 479
Posted By Yvain
"Proper knife" and "made for...

"Proper knife" and "made for visiting French colonizers" aren't mutually exclusive. Camille Lacoste, in her article "Sabres Kabyles"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th October 2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 215
Posted By Yvain
Some observations regarding the "ahrer" Tuareg shield

Hi everyone,

Here is some observations regarding the “ahrer”, the rawhide shield of the Tuareg. Some days ago, one went up for auction in my country; sadly, the bids went way too high for me (and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st October 2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By Yvain
Hi, While the leather indeed looks like it...

Hi,



While the leather indeed looks like it should be nourished, I would personally recommend (pure) neatsfoot oil, it may darken the leather, but would be easier to apply, and doesn't contain wax...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th September 2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 471
Posted By Yvain
That's a very impressive blade ! I've found the...

That's a very impressive blade ! I've found the same shape here : http://www.africanarms.com/gallery?3-mbole-64-5-cm described as Mbole, however, the grip on your example is very different. What is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2020, 10:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By Yvain
Hi Marc, You're right, learning from each other...

Hi Marc,

You're right, learning from each other is one of the great strength of this forum ! Though as I am but a student on the subject, do not take for granted what I said, and I'm looking forward...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By Yvain
As Jim rightfully said, there is no need to do...

As Jim rightfully said, there is no need to do more than removing old oil/grease (if there is any), and stabilizing active rust.


For leather conservation, I actually recommend neatsfoot oil, as a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 846
Posted By Yvain
Nice blade, I think this is an older example (due...

Nice blade, I think this is an older example (due to the leather work too), however, I would like to point out that the "guard" (for lack of a better term) seems to be missing.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,229
Posted By Yvain
I posted my reply before seeing your new pictures...

I posted my reply before seeing your new pictures after cleaning. Indeed, I would not clean it further either, but if you ever happen upon another old weapon caked in old grease, alcool (pure 90°...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,229
Posted By Yvain
Hi GP, I don't know if you've tried that yet,...

Hi GP,

I don't know if you've tried that yet, but in my (limited) experience, alcool with fine steel wool (0000 / wood finishing) works wonder for old grease, dried out oil, and dirt. However, be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th September 2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 486
Posted By Yvain
Hi Jim ! You raise a fascinating question...

Hi Jim !

You raise a fascinating question here, with a very interesting specimen ! The origin of dukari marks on North African trade blades has been discussed on this forum before, if I'm not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By Yvain
Hi Marc ! Nice to see another takouba lover on...

Hi Marc ! Nice to see another takouba lover on the forum !

The one with the brass hilt has a nice blade, albeit sharpened alot, it could even be an European trade blade, considering the regularity...
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,197
Posted By Yvain
Thanks Fernando ! Even late 17th century it...

Thanks Fernando ! Even late 17th century it seems. (Picture cropped and taken from "Les Vrays principes de l'espée seule", Philibert de La Touche, 1670.)
Forum: European Armoury 10th September 2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,197
Posted By Yvain
Early 18th century foil it seems :...

Early 18th century foil it seems : https://ahfi.org/weapon-descriptions/foil-fioretto-floretfleuret/ Do you have more pictures ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th August 2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 850
Posted By Yvain
Hi, This one : http://www.africanarms.com/

Hi,

This one : http://www.africanarms.com/
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th August 2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 850
Posted By Yvain
Did you check on African Arms ?

Did you check on African Arms ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Yvain
Thanks Jim, you're too kind with me ! As you...

Thanks Jim, you're too kind with me !

As you noted, access to the literature is indeed one of the most challenging aspect in our field of study, and I can't thank you enough for your generosity in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Yvain
Thank you Teodor, I'm glad it was useful to you !...

Thank you Teodor, I'm glad it was useful to you !



Lohte's mistake are indeed quite forgivable, but I wanted to make sure that people less knowledgeable on the history of swords that might read...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd August 2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By Yvain
Note on the origin of Tuareg's sword blades

Hi everyone !

As Jim very kindly shared with me some interesting articles regarding the takouba swords of the Tuareg, I thought that I might try translating those wrote in French for a larger...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,116
Posted By Yvain
Hi MitsuWa, You're right, this is indeed not a...

Hi MitsuWa,

You're right, this is indeed not a traditionnal African techniques, but a restorer technique. Gelatin glue (along with starch and hide glue) is prefered in museums, as it is easily...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,116
Posted By Yvain
Now for the restoration part ! EDIT : I modified...

Now for the restoration part !

EDIT : I modified the pictures number in my post, as it seems like the forum don't want to post them in the correct order ...

As you can see from the pictures in my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,116
Posted By Yvain
Thanks Battara ! :) Here is some pictures after...

Thanks Battara ! :)

Here is some pictures after restoration, and I must say that I'm quite happy with the result (I will detail what I did later).

While doing some researches, I found this page :...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,116
Posted By Yvain
Sahelian knife

Hi everyone !

I found this nice little sahelian knife today. I know it was "made for us", but the level of craftsmanship and price (half a pack of cigarettes, for those of us in Europe ;)) made me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,599
Posted By Yvain
Could it be an older blade in new mounts ? I...

Could it be an older blade in new mounts ? I thought it was done frequently in North Africa, and the blade does look older than the rest in my opinion.
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