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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2022, 07:22 PM
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Posted By Edster
Good article in today's Washington Post on...

Good article in today's Washington Post on re-introducing American Elk (with fotos) into VA.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/09/06/elk-mating-season-southwest-virginia/
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,498
Posted By Edster
David, Well said. It would be interesting to...

David,

Well said. It would be interesting to learn how they got their raw material. Did they smelt and refine iron ore from scratch? Research suggests that iron was independently bloomed & smelted...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2022, 06:31 PM
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Posted By Edster
It's both, depending on which language you speak....

It's both, depending on which language you speak. As per Wiki.. "Alces alces is called a "moose" in North American English, but an "elk" in British English."
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2022, 04:44 PM
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Views: 1,498
Posted By Edster
Jim, A very intriguing question. My take is...

Jim,

A very intriguing question. My take is as you say swords were mainly used as symbols of authority and power. But no widely used in combat other than maybe anecdotal accounts. As we know the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,669
Posted By Edster
Jim, I'm thinking why there are apparently...

Jim,

I'm thinking why there are apparently so few examples of local swords & daggers from French bayonets any be statistical. Where, how and how many French bayonets became available to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2022, 01:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 922
Posted By Edster
I had a blade rusted secure into a scabbard....

I had a blade rusted secure into a scabbard. Finally just tapped the scabbard all over a lot to break up the connection and pulled out the blade. Continued tapping/vibration and shaking out the rust...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th August 2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,264
Posted By Edster
Here is an article on the Dhu'l Faquar by Ahmed...

Here is an article on the Dhu'l Faquar by Ahmed Helal Ahmed Hussein. It's apparently well researched. Hope this helps.

Best,
Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 11:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,271
Posted By Edster
I can only guess from First Principles: Like the...

I can only guess from First Principles: Like the dots, a semi-circle could be deeply engraved with an internal lip and an alloy heated and hammered into the depression. Hopefully, someone who really...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,271
Posted By Edster
To my eyes the semi-circle looks above the...

To my eyes the semi-circle looks above the surface of the blade; could be shadowing, and not below the surface as a stamp. Could just be my eyes and the photograph. An indented stamp is a typical...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,271
Posted By Edster
Jim, The arc looks to me to be rinsed,...

Jim,

The arc looks to me to be rinsed, perhaps an inlay rather than an indented/stamped mark. If correct to me that would place the mark into a "higher??" category of presentation and rarity....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,271
Posted By Edster
Yep, anyone who consciously employs a publicly...

Yep, anyone who consciously employs a publicly viewed symbol does so to establish or enhance their personal or social identity. Dress, body art, brand of car, type of entertainment, sword type and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,271
Posted By Edster
Smile Jim, Interesting question. Symbolic analysis...

Jim,

Interesting question. Symbolic analysis get pretty fuzzy pretty quickly, especially in an African & Islamic context. Cutting to "ownership", we recall that the Fung used to "drum & sticks"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2022, 10:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,748
Posted By Edster
Jim, The Tuareg Veil Key or Weight has a...

Jim,

The Tuareg Veil Key or Weight has a similar design to the Enigmatic Mark. The key has a circle, a center piece and a bottom one with three legs. The Mark only has the circle & the three...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,748
Posted By Edster
My only guess about limited distribution would be...

My only guess about limited distribution would be sample size. EAA collectors have identified several (identified in the various threads) and I don't know how many kaskara or takouba are in the hands...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2022, 01:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,748
Posted By Edster
Sorry, Jim, but I can't warm to the Cross of...

Sorry, Jim, but I can't warm to the Cross of Agadez as being the stylistic parent of The Mark. The Mark is too sophisticated to be its derivative.

While the Cross was relevant to the Tuareg...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,748
Posted By Edster
Jim, Thanks for your summary and astute...

Jim,

Thanks for your summary and astute analysis of the Cross of Agadez. However I'd like to offer another perspective.

From Briggs' Plate XX, B. are marks from the sword of Adembar said to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th August 2022, 01:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,748
Posted By Edster
Kaskara & Takouba "Enigmatic" Mark Revisited

The so-called "enigmatic mark" found on some 19th C. takouba and kaskara has been a persistent mystery among the EAA Forum's members, including its most informed, for many years. Who engraved it on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th July 2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,480
Posted By Edster
I noted five 5-fullered kaskaras in my Kaskara...

I noted five 5-fullered kaskaras in my Kaskara Fullers paper. One was collected in 1881-82 and mine was reported made in 1914 in Kassala. Five fullers are called Mukhammas.
From the paper"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,264
Posted By Edster
Smile I've always liked "teach a man to fish and he can...

I've always liked "teach a man to fish and he can feed you for a lifetime ":) :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,702
Posted By Edster
Rick, Since this isn't a one-off item, but...

Rick,

Since this isn't a one-off item, but as you say ethnically common, it must have some cultural significance and not likely a bag to carry extra socks. What could/would be carried to produce...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 01:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,702
Posted By Edster
Asphidity bag for medicines or eating?

Asphidity bag for medicines or eating?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,533
Posted By Edster
Tim, Here is a link to Arkell's article on...

Tim,

Here is a link to Arkell's article on making chainmail in Omdurman.

http://www.erikds.com/pdf/tmrs_pdf_9.pdf

Best,
Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,868
Posted By Edster
The caption of the photo says the Huniedoara...

The caption of the photo says the Huniedoara District. This area has long been a major iron, tools and weapons producing area. Also, Hungarians were/are a significant minority. Knife makers of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2022, 02:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,868
Posted By Edster
This example shows a little closer to the iconic...

This example shows a little closer to the iconic Finnish knife style. Nice design, but to me yet no cigar.

https://imgur.com/gallery/uJh6j

Ed
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,525
Posted By Edster
Gunar, I like the copper piece that covers...

Gunar,

I like the copper piece that covers the end of the horn scales, also with Detlef's knife. Nice detail and clever "shim" attachment to the scales.

Ed
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