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Forum: European Armoury 30th November 2021, 03:00 PM
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Posted By David R
M1861 Austrian officers sabre.

I saw the odd one or two of these turning up at the fairs from a few years ago. Considering how solid and nice most Austrian swords are, these are really quite a contrast. Very cheap looking and...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 20th November 2021, 03:05 PM
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Posted By David R
I would say that this is a classic for NMB....

I would say that this is a classic for NMB. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/forum/15-translation-assistance/
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By David R
It looks righteous, the WW2 ones were often made...

It looks righteous, the WW2 ones were often made out of old rail track, ripped up in front of the advancing Japanese. I look forward to developments.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,107
Posted By David R
One of the best pieces in my collection. One that...

One of the best pieces in my collection. One that I regularly pick up and appreciate in hand.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2021, 01:09 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By David R
there was something of a fashion for high quality...

there was something of a fashion for high quality Turkish barrels in Austrian and German States rifles in the 18th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th November 2021, 01:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,107
Posted By David R
the stat's for mine....

the stat's for mine....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2021, 01:52 AM
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Views: 1,107
Posted By David R
That's a question I was going to ask, do these...

That's a question I was going to ask, do these usually have a laminated blade?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,107
Posted By David R
Thank you for the clarification. I did...

Thank you for the clarification. I did wonder......
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,107
Posted By David R
Parang Nabur lock down purchase

Another piece bought online and via this forum in fact. I put a "want to buy" on the swap forum and a member came forward with this example, and very happy with it I am indeed. (I am not sure if...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd November 2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By David R
A nice variety of pieces there, you must have...

A nice variety of pieces there, you must have been collecting for some time.
I think the Tanto is in a shirasaya, the plain wooden storage mount.

A fair bit of Philippine stuff as well.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,427
Posted By David R
Most comments have been about your Dao with side...

Most comments have been about your Dao with side references to Dao in general. Truly there is not that much that can be said about about a generic example of a generic weapon.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 828
Posted By David R
It looks righteous but out of polish. I agree as...

It looks righteous but out of polish. I agree as to the best place to post this, Nihonto are a very specialised collecting area.

I did a double take at what I thought was a broken habaki but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2021, 12:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By David R
Once it arrived, I dropped the whole thing into...

Once it arrived, I dropped the whole thing into Evaporust for 24 hours, rinsed it thoroughly, gave it a good go with WD40 and cleaned the blade with fine wet and dry paper, and then gave it a go over...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2021, 12:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By David R
Bichaq from where?

Bought during lockdown from an online vendor, the first pics are from the seller.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,427
Posted By David R
I have read that from the later 19thC on a lot of...

I have read that from the later 19thC on a lot of the blades were forged from a stolen Tea Plantation spade split down the middle to make two blades. Done because the steel was a lot better quality...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,081
Posted By David R
I tend to buy stuff like that on Ebay.

I tend to buy stuff like that on Ebay.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,833
Posted By David R
Well this is the first iteration of using...

Well this is the first iteration of using "Evaporust" which has done just what it says on the bottle. I would like some pointers as to where I go from here.... this is definitely a pamor or laminated...
Forum: European Armoury 16th October 2021, 12:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,706
Posted By David R
Ramrods as spits I believe, but not blades.

Ramrods as spits I believe, but not blades.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th October 2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,291
Posted By David R
Nice one, and the "Koftgari" looks a damn sight...

Nice one, and the "Koftgari" looks a damn sight thicker than the fugitive foil we usually see.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2021, 10:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,239
Posted By David R
The last time I saw something like this it was...

The last time I saw something like this it was described as being Japanese. Try here for better information. https://www.militaria.co.za/nmb/forum/77-tanegashima-teppo-hinawaj%C5%AB/
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,110
Posted By David R
The numbers are more likely an issue or even an...

The numbers are more likely an issue or even an export number. Probably postwar with the "broken back" blade profile and brass mounts. Possibly Indian Army issue.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 19,472
Posted By David R
You just paint or splash it on. It's no odder...

You just paint or splash it on. It's no odder than instant coffee. It's a slow etch and needs renewing as it loses strength, but it does give results, is easily available and does not need special...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 19,472
Posted By David R
Believe it or not "Lea and Perrins Worcester...

Believe it or not "Lea and Perrins Worcester Sauce" works on Wootz. Recommended to me by a retired museum conservator, and it worked for me on an old blade quite nicely.
There are other brands, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,753
Posted By David R
Going by what I have seen here on this site, it's...

Going by what I have seen here on this site, it's Philippine and specifically for use against supernatural threats.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th September 2021, 12:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,681
Posted By David R
Is that grip Ivory,or is it possibly...

Is that grip Ivory,or is it possibly "shell".
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