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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:15 AM
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Undoubtedly, sword handles, especially made of...

Undoubtedly, sword handles, especially made of organic material, h a tendency to deteriorate and were replaced. That was true also with full-metal handles as well.
But generally, the style of a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 08:46 PM
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Posted By ariel
East India Company ceased to exist as a...

East India Company ceased to exist as a colonizing force after the Sepoy Rebellion in 1859. So, this tulwar is most likely first half of the 19th century.
And the geometry of handle is, IMHO, just...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th May 2021, 04:11 PM
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Posted By ariel
And here is a Ukrainian ( Turkish style) one.

And here is a Ukrainian ( Turkish style) one.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 7th May 2021, 03:26 PM
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Posted By ariel
Many things came to Indonesia from India and...

Many things came to Indonesia from India and other counrties: Piso Podang pommel, Gulabhati handle, Borobudur, and, yes, even Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
It is certainly possible that these...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th May 2021, 04:58 AM
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Posted By ariel
To summarize : Sword hanger hooks were built...

To summarize :
Sword hanger hooks were built in two separate planes, mostly perpendicular to each other. The “Jeb” Stuart’s one is an exception and requires chains because of that.
Fire strikers...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 06:39 PM
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Posted By ariel
And here are fire strikers. One grasps one branch...

And here are fire strikers. One grasps one branch and strikes with the other. There were multiple other forms, but the principle remained the same. Some are dirt simple, some are very artistic.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 06:28 PM
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Posted By ariel
Interesting. "Jeb" Stuart's hanging hook differs...

Interesting. "Jeb" Stuart's hanging hook differs a bit from the oriental examples. Something like that was in use from Zaporozhian Cossacks to India.
Much better mechanics.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 11:23 AM
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Posted By ariel
Unhappy Oriental suspension hooks had a flat part with a...

Oriental suspension hooks had a flat part with a wide opening for the belt and with a plane perpendicular to the plane of the hook.
I see no possible way of attaching the pierced part to the belt....
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 3rd May 2021, 07:06 AM
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Views: 785
Posted By ariel
I may join Rick here: that was the first thing to...

I may join Rick here: that was the first thing to come to my mind. On top of everything, the configuration fits.
Fancy or not, graceful or not, it will do the job. All things come in a variety of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2021, 07:32 PM
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Posted By ariel
The story goes that it was Chaka who “ invented”...

The story goes that it was Chaka who “ invented” Iklwa. Perhaps, it is really true. But Iklwa was only an instrument of his real invention: instead of ineffectual and largely symbolic exchange of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd April 2021, 01:05 AM
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Posted By ariel
Don’t bother. Caucasian blades are almost never...

Don’t bother. Caucasian blades are almost never damascus: too expensive and time consuming. The only exception where pattern - welding was relatively frequent are kindjals coming from Guria. And...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 04:59 AM
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Posted By ariel
Do not remove anything, just look at the wooden...

Do not remove anything, just look at the wooden inserts at the opening of the scabbard. The original ones will be paper thin and darkened. Thick, solid and white would indicate contemporary ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2021, 07:46 AM
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Posted By ariel
Based exclusively on the pics I think you worry...

Based exclusively on the pics I think you worry too much: low grade silver is common on Turkish and Balkan yataghans. The velvet is likely to be new or a later replacement. Wooden cheeks are most...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,626
Posted By ariel
Lee, Thanks a lot! These 5 days were a...

Lee,
Thanks a lot!

These 5 days were a nerve wrecking experience.
But...
We are back!!!!!!!

Congratulations to all!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By ariel
We are discussing the weapon, not the political...

We are discussing the weapon, not the political issues of the past.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,834
Posted By ariel
I do not like guns and do not use them. In...

I do not like guns and do not use them.
In short, I am a complete gun ignoramus. Therefore, a naive question.

Should not damascus barrels present higher risk of blowing up after a certain period...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,068
Posted By ariel
Done. Now it has only 3 messages left. I have...

Done.
Now it has only 3 messages left. I have space for the entire collection of Proust’s works:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,068
Posted By ariel
You are 100% correct: contemporary Georgian...

You are 100% correct: contemporary Georgian masters have improved immensely over the past 10-20 years.
And I am not talking about real superstars: Zaqro Nonikashvili, who makes full-length wootz...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,068
Posted By ariel
Gonzoadler, Let me clarify what I said...

Gonzoadler,
Let me clarify what I said earlier: I am afraid I was not clear enough.

IMHO, the scabbard bears some marks of a Turkish style, and my main point is the upturned elongated ending...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th March 2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 58
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Posted By ariel
Apologize for posting an almost identical message...

Apologize for posting an almost identical message twice: my iPad kept my first one “unpublished” for a long time and I assumed it was lost. That was the reason for the second one. And...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th March 2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,068
Posted By ariel
Kubur, You are absolutely correct: your...

Kubur,
You are absolutely correct: your example is Indian.
But both Saracen and I are talking about about 2 other things: the tip of the scabbard tilting up , reminescent of the Turkish yataghan...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th March 2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,068
Posted By ariel
I would like to stress again that Saracen, IMXO,...

I would like to stress again that Saracen, IMXO, hit the nail on the head: the tip of Gonzoadler’s scabbard is purely Turkish. The so-called “ Meskhetian Turks” call themselves simply Turks. They...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 58
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Posted By ariel
Agree. It raises yet another digression. South...

Agree.
It raises yet another digression. South Georgia and Northern Anatolia had a signigicant number of islamized Georgians ( besides Lazes), the so -called Meskheti Turks. In 1944 more than...
Forum: Swap Forum 8th March 2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1
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Posted By ariel
Need Persian or Syrian shamshir handle

Want to replace a hopelessly broken shamshir handle. Handguard is OK.
Horn, antller, bone etc.
Anyone has a spare? Or even two?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2021, 03:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,981
Posted By ariel
I think the handle is a replacement. The metal is...

I think the handle is a replacement. The metal is distinctly different from the scabbard: seems to be either much lower silver content or not silver at all.

Its throat is very peculiar.
I’d like...
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