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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 09:29 PM
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The curved one is a Surmene knife, quite nice. ...

The curved one is a Surmene knife, quite nice. The straight one is badly shortened, essentially dead, can’t say much about it, but can’t find anything Circassian.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 24th May 2022, 04:32 PM
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Posted By ariel
I have cleaned rusty and heavily patinated blades...

I have cleaned rusty and heavily patinated blades ( NOT krises!) with “ Renaissance Metal de-corroder”. On top of efficacy, there is no need to use gloves.
Cover the blade generously with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th May 2022, 12:40 PM
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Posted By ariel
I like these composite posts dedicated to...

I like these composite posts dedicated to well-defined topics. They are akin to scientific reviews summarizing current state of knowledge in various areas.

These are great educational tools...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 723
Posted By ariel
I think you might be right: peshkabz tangs are...

I think you might be right: peshkabz tangs are as a rule shifted toward the spine of the blade. But the only component of the that might be inserted into is one of the square " diamonds". Even that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By ariel
Correct. Only the one posted here lost the cap of...

Correct. Only the one posted here lost the cap of the handle.
Nice dagger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd May 2022, 01:12 PM
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Posted By ariel
The clasp knife is a classical Ваlkan example:...

The clasp knife is a classical Ваlkan example: short and wide blade with a pronounced clip point. There are many identical examples shown in Tarik Gozo’s book “ Balkan Arms”. The exaggerated clip...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 08:46 PM
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Posted By ariel
The peshkabz from the “ Splendeur…” was part of...

The peshkabz from the “ Splendeur…” was part of the 1988 exhibition of oriental weapons. Those came from the collections of renowned French and British collectors as well as from some selected...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 11:12 AM
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Views: 723
Posted By ariel
Ian, Scabbards are by and large perishable....

Ian,
Scabbards are by and large perishable. Imperial Russian military specified new scabbards for their regulation sabers every 3 years ( or something like it). Active use of swords/daggers requires...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 05:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 723
Posted By ariel
See " Splendeur des armes orientales", p.119....

See " Splendeur des armes orientales", p.119. Slightly more worn out koftgari, attributed to N. India, early 19th century.
The one from 10thRoyal has a blade forged from crystalline wootz , the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2022, 11:27 PM
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Views: 739
Posted By ariel
Sorry, my bad. I see why one would think it...

Sorry, my bad.

I see why one would think it is Indian: too rich and those small decorative crenellations at the base of the handle. But I still think it is Yao. I just cannot recall anything...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2022, 12:04 PM
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Views: 739
Posted By ariel
Very good example! And I am with Sajen:Yao.

Very good example! And I am with Sajen:Yao.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th May 2022, 12:56 AM
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Views: 947
Posted By ariel
:D

:D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 12:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 657
Posted By ariel
Not being a Moro aficionado, I nevertheless put...

Not being a Moro aficionado, I nevertheless put my 1 ( not even 5!) cents.
IMHO, it is quite new: the ganja is not separate, its contour is just made look like one with a couple of pretty crude...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2022, 05:21 PM
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Views: 48,783
Posted By ariel
By far the best book on North African swords and...

By far the best book on North African swords and daggers is:

Eric Claude “The small catalog of Moroccan and Algerian edged weapons”

It is a bilingual French/English private edition limited to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 861
Posted By ariel
GePi, You brought two very interesting...

GePi,
You brought two very interesting examples. Your shamshir seems to have an incredibly rare double-edged blade. Also, its scabbard has wire stitching, traditionally regarded as a hallmark of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,120
Posted By ariel
Chinese authorities discriminate against Uyghurs...

Chinese authorities discriminate against Uyghurs left and right.
Uyghur language is banned in Xinjian as a language of instruction from schools to colleges/Universities. Everything is in Chinese....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 833
Posted By ariel
The only feature common to Romanian peasant...

The only feature common to Romanian peasant knives and Finnish Puukko is the handle partially hidden in the scabbard.
But the same feature is seen in Central Asian, Afghani, Tibetan, Chinese,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2022, 11:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By ariel
If my description of Kazakhcha variant of P'chak...

If my description of Kazakhcha variant of P'chak was confusing, here is a picture of actual Kazakhcha,
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2022, 05:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By ariel
This one : _-Is not a Kazakhcha. Those are...

This one :
_-Is not a Kazakhcha. Those are fishermen knives for people living next to the Aral Sea. The back goes down at ~ a quarter distance from the tip ( point, and then goes up to the axis of...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd May 2022, 11:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,615
Posted By ariel
In any authoritarian society the severity of laws...

In any authoritarian society the severity of laws is mitigated by their selective obedience.
In Russia, for example, this rule is formulated as:” The law is like a telegraph pole: you cannot jump...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2022, 12:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,120
Posted By ariel
I have yet to see Uzbeki Р’chak or Tajiki Pichok...

I have yet to see Uzbeki Р’chak or Tajiki Pichok with such massive blade. Hieroglyphs establish Uighur origin. And, yes, Yangisar.

I wonder whether knife manufacture is still present there:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st May 2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,120
Posted By ariel
Uighurs?

Uighurs?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2022, 03:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,233
Posted By ariel
Moreover, the Oriental_Arms' and yours are not...

Moreover, the Oriental_Arms' and yours are not the same dagger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 829
Posted By ariel
I am afraid it is new, for Fanoon: traditional...

I am afraid it is new, for Fanoon: traditional Omani male dance. Such swords need to be pretty, not neccessarily functional, and well decorated. Their blades had to be very flexible, to emit...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th April 2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,257
Posted By ariel
Philip, What kind of secret concoction have you...

Philip,
What kind of secret concoction have you used to etch the blade?
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