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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2022, 03:07 PM
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Posted By Edster
Jack, Nice kaskara. The blade may have been...

Jack,

Nice kaskara. The blade may have been locally made, but the photos suggest a sophistication not usual on local blades. The blade appears to have both distal and profile tapers. The center...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Edster
Jim, The scabbards shape for both your &...

Jim,

The scabbards shape for both your & CharlesS sabers are virtually identical including the reptile skin of the strap attachments. Also, the diamond motifs on both grips and the dress on your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2021, 12:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Edster
El Tounsy's trip was 1803-1810, but wasn't...

El Tounsy's trip was 1803-1810, but wasn't translated into English until 1845 and published in two parts in 1851 & 1854. That could place your sword earlier in the Fezzan trade market.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2021, 12:20 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Edster
Jim, I looked at the Summary of Historical...

Jim,

I looked at the Summary of Historical Notes portion of my Kaskara Crossguards paper and found a couple of saber use notes.
1. 1700-1702 Father Krump observed sabers used by Funj horse &...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 729
Posted By Edster
Smile Thanks Jim for the kind words. I'll try to live...

Thanks Jim for the kind words. I'll try to live up to your expectations. :)

The blade with the deep full length channel/khur fuller may be Ethiopian. They seemed to do a lot of that style, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2021, 03:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Posted By Edster
Interesting sword, Jim. The heptagram (7-pointed...

Interesting sword, Jim. The heptagram (7-pointed star on the pommel is unique for me. It has symbolic meaning in all three Abrahamic religions as per Wiki below:
"*The heptagram was used in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By Edster
Jim, I wrote a reply a couple of hours ago,...

Jim,

I wrote a reply a couple of hours ago, but it didn't post. I'll try to recreate it now, at least recall the core.

I had never considered the slavery aspect of croc. elements use for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By Edster
Jack, The croc treatment is rich in exotica...

Jack,

The croc treatment is rich in exotica and certainly attractive, worth having. I found this short report on a croc cult in Upper Egypt c. IV c. BCE in American Anthropologist 1932, p.550. So...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By Edster
Jack, Your last sword has a righteous...

Jack,

Your last sword has a righteous imported 19th C. blade with nicely done fullers and half moon etchings. To me the croc skins were incorporated to appeal to Victorian travelers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2021, 03:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By Edster
Thanks, Jim for adding your expertise. Based on...

Thanks, Jim for adding your expertise. Based on your comments I suggest that available examples here and on other Forum posts indicates there are two kinds of Mahdiya era thuluth swords with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st December 2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,590
Posted By Edster
Jack, This type kaskara with the Thuluth...

Jack,

This type kaskara with the Thuluth etching on the blade and the cast copper alloy crossguard is a fairly common thread on the Forum. Jim is the resident expert on the subject. Search on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,470
Posted By Edster
Nice kaskara. Likely imported blade. Any marks...

Nice kaskara. Likely imported blade. Any marks under langets? Being rigid it wasn't made of lorry spring steel widely used post-British conquest. Don't know how to assess cracks on top of crossguard....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,320
Posted By Edster
drac2k, The two quillion halves are forge welded...

drac2k, The two quillion halves are forge welded via the langets into a unified piece. This crossguard looks to have been made to custom fit the blade rather than just a general piece. I don't know...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,320
Posted By Edster
Jack, Nice older kaskara. Blade most likely...

Jack,

Nice older kaskara. Blade most likely imported, pre-Mahdiya. Has older style 4-piece welded crossguard. Mahdiya era blades often had roughly engraved characters and text, but many Sudanese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,415
Posted By Edster
Other Beja Weapons

Jack,

As you know the Brits were attacked by Osman Digna's Hadendoah Beja at the Battle of Tofrek. Other than kaskara they likely used the knives shown in the attached link during the battle. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,415
Posted By Edster
Jack, Welcome to the Forum and to the land...

Jack,

Welcome to the Forum and to the land of Kaskara fans. I can only add a little to what Teodor has said. The good part I can add is your sword was made by a smith named Awad Adam as indicated...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,958
Posted By Edster
Very interesting kaskara. The symbolism of the...

Very interesting kaskara. The symbolism of the fuller engravings is unique in my limited experience. Could be pre-Muslim. The exception is the cross & orb (Christion) symbol. It is like the Funj...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Posted By Edster
Ian, Kaskaras are iconic swords worthy to...

Ian,

Kaskaras are iconic swords worthy to grace any collection. You did well to snag such a mysterious piece.

The blade looks imported from the pic (deep central fuller and blade not sharpened...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Posted By Edster
Better pics of the Snake Fuller Kaskara at the...

Better pics of the Snake Fuller Kaskara at the MET.
https://victoriansword.tumblr.com/post/147827013466/kaskara-with-snake-fuller-19th-century/amp
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Posted By Edster
VERY nice kaskara, Ian. I agree with Jim's...

VERY nice kaskara, Ian. I agree with Jim's assessment. I might add that it has similar elements to the famed Snake kaskara now in the MET. See attached link. The gold cartouche is striking and may...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2021, 02:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,038
Posted By Edster
Giraffe Hunting

Joe,

In pursuit of your interest in giraffe hunting I dug up an article on the subject. But first the Alamy pics you show have it all wrong. No swords or camels involved. Runned down on horseback...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 03:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,510
Posted By Edster
There are at least 3 other attributed Ali Dinar...

There are at least 3 other attributed Ali Dinar kaskaras previously auctioned for tens of thousands GBP. At least one is reported by the British Museum. Google search on "Ali Dinar swords auctions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,670
Posted By Edster
Rick, Yes, good catch. Goat skin would be a...

Rick,

Yes, good catch. Goat skin would be a better choice and more "authentic" to a Sudanese context. My suggestion for sheep skin was perhaps better commercial availability in NZ as Kronckew...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,670
Posted By Edster
My Google search on "Leather Lace New Zealand"...

My Google search on "Leather Lace New Zealand" produced several suppliers. Prices seem high, but they likely can point you in the right direction. I can see your issues since most leather suppliers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,038
Posted By Edster
Yep, one and the same Ed. Also you may like the...

Yep, one and the same Ed. Also you may like the three papers I wrote on Kaskara available on the Forum's Geographical Index under Africa.
http://vikingsword.com/ethsword/

Yes, the weld seam as...
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