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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:44 AM
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So. Africa has made steel tools for quite a...

So. Africa has made steel tools for quite a while, including sharp pointy things. I have a number of knives made in So. Africa. They still do. The non-zulu Shona tribes also made tools and weapons...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2022, 05:34 PM
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Posted By kronckew
Yes, decorative, but maybe also useful.

Yes, decorative, but maybe also useful.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 06:29 PM
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Posted By kronckew
More cho/kaudi forms:

More cho/kaudi forms:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 06:25 PM
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Posted By kronckew
Hard to tell on that sirupate, sidj. Some had a...

Hard to tell on that sirupate, sidj.
Some had a closed form like mine:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 06:04 PM
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Posted By kronckew
The end balls were prone to cracking in storage...

The end balls were prone to cracking in storage if you didn't keep them dressed with fat or oils. This could have been an attempt to reinforce the head to prevent cracking, or to limit existing...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 11:48 AM
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Posted By kronckew
My Lklwa for illustration:

My Lklwa for illustration:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 11:35 AM
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Posted By kronckew
Euopean made police 'Assegai' were indeed issued...

Euopean made police 'Assegai' were indeed issued to native police in lieu of firearms. They were however much more substatial, with socketed heads. The Zulu spears with long shanks protruding past...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2022, 10:36 AM
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Posted By kronckew
For comparison, my mystery 'Rose' shamshir:

For comparison, my mystery 'Rose' shamshir:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2022, 09:48 AM
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Posted By kronckew
Mystery Shamshir

I think it's maybe Caucasian or Cossack From Eastern Europe somewhere, and later 19thc with a fine wootz Shamshir blade from Persia. It was bought as it is, its scabbard is made this way for edge up...
Forum: European Armoury 20th June 2022, 07:53 PM
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Posted By kronckew
Tod's Workshop has a number of high class sharp...

Tod's Workshop has a number of high class sharp pointy things, swords, daggers, axes, spears, arrowsmaces, etc. made traditionally, including scabbards, belts, etc. He also dabbles in thrown weapons,...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 20th June 2022, 07:14 PM
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Posted By kronckew
King's ceremonial war club/sceptre?

King's ceremonial war club/sceptre?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2022, 07:14 AM
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Posted By kronckew
A KLO may be a perfectly good knife, thai eneps,...

A KLO may be a perfectly good knife, thai eneps, Viet knives, other recurved knives, kopis, yataghans, etc., it's just not a khukuri. it's Not a disparaging term.



Kothimora scabbards with good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 10:53 AM
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Posted By kronckew
From what i've read, very early (pre 17c) ones...

From what i've read, very early (pre 17c) ones may not have a recognisable cho/kaudi cutout. They still seem to have an unsharpened narrowing of the blade for a bit before it enters the grip....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2022, 03:53 PM
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Posted By kronckew
As far as can be determined via research &...

As far as can be determined via research & opinions here, The ivory appears to be hippo, but other more expert people would have to make comment on that as I am not an expert at ivory of different...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2022, 12:17 PM
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Posted By kronckew
There is no such thing as a regulation size cat,...

There is no such thing as a regulation size cat, they vary dimensionally, but not mentally. They ALL love boxes, and will push things off shelves, counter tops, cliffs, edges in general.

They all...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2022, 04:17 PM
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Posted By kronckew
AHA! found your old post, ian: N. Borneo...

AHA! found your old post, ian:


N. Borneo Barungs (https://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=226255&postcount=10)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd June 2022, 09:56 AM
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Posted By kronckew
One sign - Has it been sharpened? If not it's...

One sign - Has it been sharpened? If not it's likely a status/parade piece.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2022, 10:48 AM
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Posted By kronckew
Another possibility is a 'shrink fit' where the...

Another possibility is a 'shrink fit' where the tang is slightly larger than the grip opening, which is heated to enlarge the opening, tang quickly inserted, and the grip shrinks as it cools again,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd May 2022, 02:34 PM
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Posted By kronckew
Doesn't look Iflissan. Could be N. African. The...

Doesn't look Iflissan. Could be N. African. The dotted circle motif is very eclectic worldwide, tho.



My Flyssa dagger for comparison. Flyssa swords have similar grps and distinctive decoration...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd May 2022, 02:17 PM
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Posted By kronckew
Cool knife, I like it.:)

Cool knife, I like it.:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2022, 11:48 AM
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Posted By kronckew
Possible, even probable. :D Won't be the first...

Possible, even probable. :D Won't be the first time dealers/museums mislabeled stuff.

Spherical or oblate spheroid mallets were used in carpentry, stone masonry, and even leather working. Many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 09:00 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By kronckew
Bit short for Zulu, haven't seen a two part Iwisa...

Bit short for Zulu, haven't seen a two part Iwisa yet. Could be a So. pacific throwing club (Ula).


My large head Iwisa below (mine) , along with an Ula with a similar head to yours, but made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,783
Posted By kronckew
Really short stub tangs, like those in stone,...

Really short stub tangs, like those in stone, glass, or crystal knives are not meant for actual combat. (Unless maybe the stub is braised in place in this metal grip?)


The 'funny' loop on the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2022, 06:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,812
Posted By kronckew
:D:D:DROFL:D:D:D I still think India.

:D:D:DROFL:D:D:D
I still think India.
Forum: European Armoury 16th May 2022, 04:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,270
Posted By kronckew
Not guilty :p I bought it like that. They saved...

Not guilty :p
I bought it like that. They saved me the trouble of cleaning it up.
I probably wouldn't have polished it & left the black tarnish, tho I would have (and will) sharpen the edge better....
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