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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 03:01 PM
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Posted By ariel
Completely agree. There are areas where...

Completely agree.
There are areas where research is straightforward and fully dependable on experimentally- provable data : " let's remove X and see what happens"
Study of weapons cannot employ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:02 PM
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Posted By ariel
From the old Russian movie: - Can you see the...

From the old Russian movie:
- Can you see the gofer?
- No
- Me neither. But he is somewhere there....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:51 PM
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Posted By ariel
The value of portraits and photos is...

The value of portraits and photos is unquestionable, although some questions will always be present. But they are only a part of a research process. Having agreed on that point we can move further....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:11 PM
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Posted By ariel
You are absolutely correct: circumstances...

You are absolutely correct: circumstances determine a lot. Although, despite wearing authentic clothes from a bygone era, 99.99% of your time you were not wearing them, you kinda pretended. Your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 02:38 PM
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Posted By ariel
Academic research: musings

Just a general questions related to all of us, but vaguely inspired by the plans to collect photos of Indian warriors armed with khanjarlis.

All scientific investigations are hypothesis driven....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By ariel
Just to make your life easier: ...

Just to make your life easier:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/fees/country-acronyms.html

Also pay attention that all abbreviations contain at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2021, 04:48 AM
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Posted By ariel
I got my version from the official list of the US...

I got my version from the official list of the US Department of State, Dept. of Consular Affairs: KGZ. Hope they know:-)
Google “Kyrgizstan official abbreviation”
The abbreviation on your Ch’hura...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2021, 01:12 AM
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Views: 325
Posted By ariel
Official abbreviation for Kyrgizstan is KGZ.i...

Official abbreviation for Kyrgizstan is KGZ.i have never heard of Ch’huras there.
Kyrghiz belong to Turkic tradition, and all their knives I have seen and read about are variations of Bichaq,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 772
Posted By ariel
Yea... I see what you are saying. But as a...

Yea... I see what you are saying.
But as a rule , gifting a weapon was a ceremonial occasion.
We can speculate till the cows come home, but the name is there, and that cannot be disregarded.
No...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 34
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Posted By ariel
Thank yoy very much for explaining to me the...

Thank yoy very much for explaining to me the meaning of “ supposedly” .
To “ presumably” one could add “ likely, purportedly, allegedly, apparently, seemingly, believably”
My problem is that all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th September 2021, 05:45 AM
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Posted By ariel
Jim, Glad you could validate my impression: no...

Jim,
Glad you could validate my impression: no khanjarli on the photo.
I suspect that what we see on this gentleman’s left thigh is some kind of shiny metal thingamajigg, and the only “...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2021, 11:49 PM
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Posted By ariel
I see Kubur’s point, but the kukri is clearly...

I see Kubur’s point, but the kukri is clearly marked as 44 GR ( Gurkha Rifles) and it acquired its name only in 1901. Prior to that it carried other names.
Also, for a kothimora kukri the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2021, 11:31 PM
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Views: 977
Posted By ariel
Come to think of it, there is a very well...

Come to think of it, there is a very well described psychological phenomenon : we see what we are looking for, what we want to see.
Recall the famous dialogue between Hamlet and Polonius in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th September 2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 977
Posted By ariel
When my kids were much, much younger, they...

When my kids were much, much younger, they thought I was the best Waldo finder:-)
But here I looked and looked , and for the life of me could not find a khanjarli.
I console myself that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,039
Posted By ariel
Jim: "On the top 'firangi' it seems odd that...

Jim:
"On the top 'firangi' it seems odd that this is double edged, as I had thought the fuller grouping would be at center, rather than along one side as here."

Jim, I am blushing: it IS single...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 09:23 PM
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Views: 2,039
Posted By ariel
Agree. Afghanis were kept in check by Babur in...

Agree. Afghanis were kept in check by Babur in 1526 ( First Battle of Panipat), but were victorious in 1761 ( Third Battle of Panipat) against the Maratha Empire. Both battles occured north of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,154
Posted By ariel
Hi Peter, Thanks for this beautiful review. ...

Hi Peter,
Thanks for this beautiful review.
One comment only: I am from Michigan, and we get mightily offended when some people refer to " Great Lakes" as something not surrounding our state:...
Forum: European Armoury 5th September 2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,629
Posted By ariel
Fig 6. was just sold on liveauctioneers for $750...

Fig 6. was just sold on liveauctioneers for $750 + 23% fee.. It was described as Russian Cossack Ukrainian or Don. I asked a question on what grounds , but did not receive any answer.
Pics and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 12:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,039
Posted By ariel
Two more firangis: Indian? European?

Here are two more with questionable datings and attributions.
The first pic shows them together: blade length of the long one is 38", definitely qualifying it as Asa Shamshir ( staff sword). The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 12:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,039
Posted By ariel
Real firangi.

This is an unquestionably real Firangi from the South.
European double-edged blade wit a single wide fuller and a " Genoese"/"Styrian"/ make your guess. trade blade. Blade is marked , see last pic....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th September 2021, 12:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,039
Posted By ariel
My understanding ( as per Elgood) that a Firangi...

My understanding ( as per Elgood) that a Firangi ( European blade) migrated North and was called Dhup in the Deccan and Asa Shamshir in North India.
And yes, those were usually quite long, but,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th September 2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 802
Posted By ariel
These daggers originated from a Golan Druze...

These daggers originated from a Golan Druze village Majjal Shams, Tower of the Sun.
They became popular as souvenirs especially when the Golan Heights were captured by Israel in 1967.
Then they...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2021, 01:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,400
Posted By ariel
Regretfully you are correct. Even more...

Regretfully you are correct. Even more regretfully, this situation has very deep roots: even Egerton did not venture there and British army had only small penetration raids into Massouds’ areas at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,400
Posted By ariel
Afghani “ khyber knives” ( realistically, ...

Afghani “ khyber knives” ( realistically, “selava”) come with various blades: straight, curved one way or another and recurved.
Their handles are also different: simple “ bird head” or...
Forum: European Armoury 13th August 2021, 03:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,848
Posted By ariel
I noticed this tread just now . I am very busy...

I noticed this tread just now . I am very busy these days editing a big textbook about pituitary diseases ( which is my speciality and real expertise) and go to my favourite Fora only occasionally,...
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