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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2022, 06:57 PM
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Posted By Lee
I can provide a more detailed image, which I have...

I can provide a more detailed image, which I have done below, but unfortunately I am ignorant of the origins of the design. A few other dao in my collection have somewhat fancier and shorter metal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2022, 06:30 PM
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Views: 295
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up A Trio of Chinese Swords Joins the Accidental Collection

I do not ever hold high expectations of interesting swords showing up at a nearby general and estate sale auction that I frequent. Though one of a group of four Chinese swords in a recent sale...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2022, 10:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 710
Posted By Lee
I think those could be later "purely practical"...

I think those could be later "purely practical" reinforcements for a scabbard that had split or had been cut through.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2022, 06:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 763
Posted By Lee
Thank you for the insights. I find that a lot, if...

Thank you for the insights. I find that a lot, if not most, of the things I have collected lack signs of actual combative use.

This is the third Australian Aboriginal shield that I have acquired...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2022, 06:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 977
Posted By Lee
I think it is lovely just as it is. If you sand...

I think it is lovely just as it is. If you sand it, you may change the pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 763
Posted By Lee
Question Australian Aboriginal Shield

It is summer flea market season again :p and you never know what you will find among all the anthropological debris mostly of the last century. Here is yesterday's find from walking the fields. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,258
Posted By Lee
Though not specifically relevant to Sudanese...

Though not specifically relevant to Sudanese mail, this online article from The Collector may be of interest: Mail Armor (Chainmail): History and 11 Different Types by Civilization...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,258
Posted By Lee
The reliably authentic Sudanese chainmail...

The reliably authentic Sudanese chainmail defenses that I have seen have had riveted rings. I worry that this example appears to be made of uniform wire merely butted.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2022, 03:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,214
Posted By Lee
Talking Envy green

What a wonderful assembly of amazingly diverse Philippine weaponry. I truly have a mere 'closet of shame' in comparison. But the title made me think instead of the pride many of the original owners...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th May 2022, 01:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,329
Posted By Lee
Here is an old thread featuring what appears to...

Here is an old thread featuring what appears to be a similar axehead (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=10242).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 903
Posted By Lee
From the marks, I suspect the blade will also be...

From the marks, I suspect the blade will also be Indian. If the blade is springy to light flexion, that would more favor German; if less flexible then most likely Indian.
Forum: European Armoury 25th April 2022, 06:08 AM
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Views: 786
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up BBC video: Saint Galgano's Sword in the Stone

Here is a brief video on an actual "sword in a stone":
https://www.bbc.com/reel/video/p0c1ymsq/the-truth-behind-the-legend-of-the-sword-in-the-stone-
Forum: European Armoury 27th March 2022, 07:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,896
Posted By Lee
The "chilled iron plow" was developed in the mid...

The "chilled iron plow" was developed in the mid 19th century for casting plows where a heat sink was incorporated into the mold to rapidly cool and harden the soil contacting surfaces. Perhaps...
Forum: European Armoury 27th March 2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,896
Posted By Lee
I doubt casting would have been viable for blades...

I doubt casting would have been viable for blades back then. One would have to get the molten steel to a pretty high temperature in order to hold the carbon down in an acceptable range and I imagine...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2022, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,403
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Most attractive! It certainly looks like wootz to...

Most attractive! It certainly looks like wootz to me. I expect there are a lot of secrets and much unsuspected beauty hidden among pre-industrial blades waiting to be discovered.

Obviously...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th February 2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,229
Posted By Lee
As far as receiving the keris in the United...

As far as receiving the keris in the United States, use tariff code 9705.00.0080 on the declaration to facilitate duty-free entry.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2022, 04:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,923
Posted By Lee
Question Bolo from Lew Waldman's collection

I doubt this bolo is pre-1900, but it is a very nicely made and mounted example and I would be interested in anything members may be able to tell me about its age and origin. The grip appears to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,919
Posted By Lee
Talking A double helix!

Those are extraordinarily nice! I envy you.

I think that we may have had a double helix stage in developing the pattern, that is, a typical twisted stacked rod was then twisted together with an...
Forum: European Armoury 15th January 2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,791
Posted By Lee
Question An old sword fragment from Mexico

First, to hit the hornet's nest, personally I have considered old Mexican short swords with the D-guard and belt hook to be an espada ancha when mounted with a double-edged "sword" type blade and a...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,946
Posted By Lee
As to overall agreement about the current state...

As to overall agreement about the current state of affairs, I would say that we are 100% in agreement.

I did a detailed XRF study of my collection and discovered many interesting things. I still...
Forum: European Armoury 14th January 2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,946
Posted By Lee
Wink Perhaps I'd roll this observation back about an order of magnitude

Perhaps I'd roll this observation back about an order of magnitude, to 99%. On a couple of occasions I have had experienced museum curators confide to me that more than a few of the most iconic (and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,328
Posted By Lee
A close friend of 80 years, now retired, who...

A close friend of 80 years, now retired, who worked for decades as a finish carpenter, has observed to me that up through his professional 'generation,' all of the tools in a Roman or Viking tool...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2022, 10:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,917
Posted By Lee
Thumbs up Large Khyber Knife

I think this is a "large" Khyber knife, though some other members may have a better name for it.

For comparison: http://vikingsword.com/lew/w0133/w0133.html
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,028
Posted By Lee
Unfortunately, I cannot find the detailed...

Unfortunately, I cannot find the detailed 'recipe' at the moment, but once I followed a procedure of soaking a flaking sword in alkalinized (using sodium hydroxide) distilled water (refreshed every...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,495
Posted By Lee
Greek or Balkan? This may help...

Greek or Balkan? This may help...
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