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Forum: European Armoury Yesterday, 10:00 PM
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Posted By David R
Well you set me off on a search there, the...

Well you set me off on a search there, the internet is useless for the odder stuff. Being curated for popularity there are any number of Japanese manga references but nothing I could find as factual....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:56 PM
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Posted By David R
I would look East, rather than into Africa.

I would look East, rather than into Africa.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 594
Posted By David R
Tubular rivets for a sword knot are a very...

Tubular rivets for a sword knot are a very Chinese (authentic) feature. Not always present but seen often enough.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 594
Posted By David R
I suspect that the reason for the offset "machi"...

I suspect that the reason for the offset "machi" is to get the look of the traditional habaki, which is a more complicated piece of work than people realise, without all the fiddling around.....
I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 594
Posted By David R
I had this one down as an "Island Sword" dating...

I had this one down as an "Island Sword" dating from WW2 with a repurposed genuine Japanese blade. The yokote is notorious for disappearing with a bad or worn polish, and not all blade styles had...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By David R
It looks pretty good. What does the other side of...

It looks pretty good. What does the other side of the grip look like, I have an inkling that the grip has come off and been replaced the wrong way round.
Forum: European Armoury 2nd June 2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,522
Posted By David R
Not at all. Sometimes stuff just gets repeated.

Not at all. Sometimes stuff just gets repeated.
Forum: European Armoury 2nd June 2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,522
Posted By David R
Possibly a more authoritative source.......

Possibly a more authoritative source.... https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/port-starboard.html
Forum: European Armoury 1st June 2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,522
Posted By David R
They don't, starboard went back to the days of a...

They don't, starboard went back to the days of a steering oar on one side, and larboard was the other side. Eventually to avoid confusion the terms Port and Starboard ware adopted.
Why an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st June 2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 826
Posted By David R
Very nice. Ferrous hilts are usually forged in...

Very nice. Ferrous hilts are usually forged in several pieces and brazed together rather than cast in one and the decoration chiselled in. Look carefully and you might find the brazing lines. If it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2021, 12:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By David R
I think you did OK for the money, old decent...

I think you did OK for the money, old decent blade and scabbard with a tarted up soft wood hilt.
I would check the blade out in a small area for wootz or other patterned steel. Given current events...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,439
Posted By David R
Lots of reasons for flint and even matchlocks to...

Lots of reasons for flint and even matchlocks to continue in use. Ease of supply is one reason certainly, but problems with storage is another. Matchlocks continued in use in South America til quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By David R
Until "fluid cast steel" became common, most if...

Until "fluid cast steel" became common, most if not all blade making involved a certain amount of folding and hammering. Shear steel was a the norm for a decent blade for a very long time....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 689
Posted By David R
For duck hunting I would have thought you would...

For duck hunting I would have thought you would use a large bore shotgun, perhaps Muslim practice was different at that time.
Forum: European Armoury 24th May 2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,142
Posted By David R
Back in the Napoleonic wars a bunch of poorly...

Back in the Napoleonic wars a bunch of poorly trained cavalry stood off a charge by following orders. They drew swords, and leaned over their horses necks with sabres extended as a hedge of blades,...
Forum: European Armoury 23rd May 2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,522
Posted By David R
"Poop Deck" indeed! I find these conversations...

"Poop Deck" indeed! I find these conversations among the most entertaining and valuable elements of this site... and now you know why the Nihonto guys use Japanese vocabulary to describe a sword.
Forum: European Armoury 23rd May 2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,142
Posted By David R
Bayonets on Hall Carbines for cavalry I don't...

Bayonets on Hall Carbines for cavalry I don't think so... Sabres is an other matter! But US combatants seem to have a long standing problem with blades.
Forum: European Armoury 23rd May 2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By David R
There is no doubt, but that I would like a Patton...

There is no doubt, but that I would like a Patton sword, it looks a damn sight handier than the British equivalent. Living in the UK I have to accept that this would be very unlikely.
Regarding...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd May 2021, 11:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By David R
I would also point out the British 1897 infantry...

I would also point out the British 1897 infantry officers sword as a dedicated thrusting sword, and a variant of this was adopted as a cavalry sword by the City of London Yeomanry.
As late as the...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd May 2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By David R
The cut versus thrust argument looks to have gone...

The cut versus thrust argument looks to have gone on throughout the entire time swords were in use. By the end of the 19th C thrust was winning out but if swords had carried on in use longer, cut...
Forum: European Armoury 19th May 2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,966
Posted By David R
They were one to one copies of the standard...

They were one to one copies of the standard British warships. The story goes that the RN sailed a three decker into one of the main shipbuilding centres and invited quotes. After a thorough...
Forum: European Armoury 17th May 2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,966
Posted By David R
Great days, great Commanders and wonderful...

Great days, great Commanders and wonderful stories. A quote I once heard from a knowledgeable friend, as coming from the French, was that the British "built their warships by the mile and cut them...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,045
Posted By David R
I have "tap loaded" back when I shot muzzle...

I have "tap loaded" back when I shot muzzle loaders and it is faster than ramming... but always a bit risky if you put a ball down there.

Napoleonic armies did it a lot to increase rate of fire,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By David R
They arrived today, and I am rather pleased with...

They arrived today, and I am rather pleased with them, the photo's were spot on. Now I have to find a place to display them, my ceilings are too low to have them upright in any of the rooms, so it's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 11,045
Posted By David R
Regarding the Arab style butt, years ago when...

Regarding the Arab style butt, years ago when these were often referred to as "Camel guns" I was told that they were often "tap loaded" from horse or camel back.
Tap loading is done without the...
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