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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,043
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, I am with you... but... I saw...

Ariel,
I am with you... but... I saw Nonikashvili's wootz shamshir, it is impressive to say the least, the fittings are incredible, but I still doubt whether he forged that particular blade from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th January 2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 917
Posted By ALEX
I had the very same thought, strong Persian...

I had the very same thought, strong Persian influence and Pakistani workmanship. Persia is also closest neighbor to Baluchistan I believe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2021, 10:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 917
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, an impressive shamshir. The baldric is...

Ariel, an impressive shamshir. The baldric is awesome. It'd be interesting to hear the opinions on dating, hopefully Kwiatek and others will have more insights. Also, you mentioned Sindh and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 882
Posted By ALEX
Peter, Fernando, Philip, Great observations,...

Peter, Fernando, Philip,
Great observations, Thank you! Pistols are not my interest, I was just interested in Yali (as Peter properly noted) handle and why would it be attached to the pistol... I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 882
Posted By ALEX
Joseph Heylin Pistol with Makkara Hilt

Here is unusual Heylin pistol with (Indian) makkara hilt. J. Heylin was London based gunmaker in the 18thC, and the hilt could be custom made/added in India. I was just intrigued by the hilt, anyone...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 16,158
Posted By ALEX
Small Uzbek Knifes

Small/mini Uzbek knifes, some are souvenirs but made just like real ones and of the same material and quality.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,896
Posted By ALEX
Very interesting! Could it be made in Ottoman...

Very interesting! Could it be made in Ottoman Syria? the brass crossguard and type of coftgari are indicative of it.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd March 2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,253
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Thank you so much for such incredible...

Kwiatek,

Thank you so much for such incredible insights and translation. This is truly amazing to be able to read the text which appears to be very unusual where a date was written in words instead...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th February 2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,253
Posted By ALEX
Thanks, Kubur! This is how I felt when I found...

Thanks, Kubur! This is how I felt when I found it. Even though quite plain and modest, this is Central Asian qalamdan. I do not recall seeing known qalamdans from Central Asia. Does anyone know of...
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,079
Posted By ALEX
Unbelievable indeed, the blade is intact and...

Unbelievable indeed, the blade is intact and fully functioning... and it comes with the original belt!
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th February 2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,253
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, hopefully these are better photos and...

Kwiatek, hopefully these are better photos and easier to read. No rush with translation, whenever you have time. Many thanks!
Forum: European Armoury 24th February 2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,079
Posted By ALEX
Roman Dagger Restoration

Here is the ARTICLE LINK (https://www.yahoo.com/news/roman-dagger-restored-germany-145411683.html) that allegedly shows before and after photos of a relic Roman dagger. The found relic looked like a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,775
Posted By ALEX
Kwiatek, Many thanks for your help, as...

Kwiatek,
Many thanks for your help, as always!

Marius,
Here is photo of the subject set with two knifes produced by the same workshop. One is of general 'hunting/European' form and another is of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th February 2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,253
Posted By ALEX
Persian Qalamdan - Translation Request

Here is Persian(?) Papier-mâché qalamdan (pen case). Is it Persian or Arabic writing? Can someone translate it? Many thanks.
Forum: European Armoury 13th February 2020, 06:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,359
Posted By ALEX
I also find the langets and crossguard in general...

I also find the langets and crossguard in general to be too thin and fragile.
Can this even be a battle sword by design?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th February 2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,039
Posted By ALEX
I'd not recommend experimenting with it. It could...

I'd not recommend experimenting with it. It could work or it could damage the blade. Good wootz will react to most mild etchants like lemon juice or any household cleaning solution containing acid...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,129
Posted By ALEX
Jens, it appears to be coftgari, but you're right...

Jens, it appears to be coftgari, but you're right - it is exceptionally fine gold inlay work from 17th Century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th February 2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,775
Posted By ALEX
Good point, Marius, Totally agree with...

Good point, Marius, Totally agree with you.

Here's another vintage/modern Uzbek knife produced in Shahrihon region.

Kwiatek, please correct me if I am wrong, the inscriptions on the blade and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,129
Posted By ALEX
Jens, here is the answer: there are two poppy...

Jens, here is the answer: there are two poppy plants swaying on long, slender stems emphasizing the chape's vertical form. Among them, there are bristling buds, floating clouds and 2 plumb...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,775
Posted By ALEX
Thank You, Kwiatek This confirms the scabbard was...

Thank You, Kwiatek
This confirms the scabbard was made in Uzbekistan, as I was told it was made by a local Uzbek master, who's not native Arabic speaker of course.

The knife was also made by the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th February 2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,775
Posted By ALEX
I agree, this knife was made to look in Uzbek...

I agree, this knife was made to look in Uzbek style. The only blade is not of Uzbek form, and this only feature makes it non-ethnographic.

Marius, would you agree if the blade be of proper pchak...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,775
Posted By ALEX
Mahratt, Thanks! This crossed my mind also....

Mahratt, Thanks! This crossed my mind also. Mechanically, the blade does look Indian, although tiger-eye/raindrop are more common Indian patterns, and this one is more 'ladder-oriented'. The shape of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,775
Posted By ALEX
Mahratt, an excellent observation. You're right....

Mahratt, an excellent observation. You're right. I guess this is just a (hunting?) knife with the Uzbek-styled scabbard; they fit well but could be a mismatch too.
Have you seen similar? The scabbard...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,775
Posted By ALEX
New/Modern Uzbek Pchak

Here is newly made Uzbek knife (pchak). I suspect some parts being shipped from other regions, like walrus handle is most certainly from Russia, the blade could also be from elsewhere (India?), the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th January 2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,039
Posted By ALEX
This is quite possible. These white spots are...

This is quite possible. These white spots are result of overheating, either during or after forging. They become permanent part of wootz structure/pattern and once they're formed there is no way to...
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