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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th May 2022, 09:26 PM
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Werecow, this is a really nice Zanzibari, or...

Werecow, this is a really nice Zanzibari, or probably more appropriately, East African saif. Great to see it complete with its wooden scabbard. It is interesting that these swords almost never have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th April 2022, 08:05 PM
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Posted By TVV
Without seeing the blade and given pictures...

Without seeing the blade and given pictures quality, it would be impossible to tell. The older scabbard rings tend to be more massive and not just a piece of silver sheet, so that is not a good sign,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2021, 07:50 AM
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Views: 2,057
Posted By TVV
Here is a shamshir from Gavin Nugent's sold...

Here is a shamshir from Gavin Nugent's sold items, which based on the python(?) skin cover on the scabbard appears to have been used in an African, most likely Sudanese context at some point. Persian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th December 2021, 10:24 PM
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Posted By TVV
Very interesting find Jim, thank you for sharing....

Very interesting find Jim, thank you for sharing. To me it does indeed look like a Sudanese interpretation of a shamshir with an Ottoman style hilt. We know such swords were quite popular in Egypt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st December 2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,563
Posted By TVV
Personally, when I see these I tend to lean to...

Personally, when I see these I tend to lean to the Victorian times souvenir hypothesis. The victory of Omdurman was well publicized at the time, and the abundance of trophies brought back soon...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,180
Posted By TVV
Welcome to the forum Jack, Edster is the...

Welcome to the forum Jack,

Edster is the forum member who has done extensive research on the subject, and you can find his threads with a simple search, as well as his papers here, under Africa:
...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,459
Posted By TVV
To me this looks like an Omani/East African saif....

To me this looks like an Omani/East African saif. The way the silver wire is braided under the guard is characteristic. The floral motive in the guard also looks Omani. And while certain parts, like...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 370,224
Posted By TVV
Thank you for these images dat_man. The big photo...

Thank you for these images dat_man. The big photo on the bottom is especially intriguing. It depicts a man of high status with a nice shamshir seated on a fancy chair/throne. The people on his sides...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2021, 10:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,509
Posted By TVV
These yataghans were Greek, as in, intended for...

These yataghans were Greek, as in, intended for use in what is nowadays Greece. It would be therefore far more likely that any dropoff in their production would be the result of Greek independence...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,509
Posted By TVV
Any actual evidence for that? Yataghans were used...

Any actual evidence for that? Yataghans were used by many people, not just the janissaries, and given the extant examples we have plus some of the data on production from various esnafs, fairs, etc....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2021, 12:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,205
Posted By TVV
The article below should be helpful in...

The article below should be helpful in understanding how the guards are constructed:
http://iainnorman.com/articles-2/23

The rivets hold the parts of the guard together, and sometimes also serve...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2021, 11:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,230
Posted By TVV
On one of the photos there appear to be two more...

On one of the photos there appear to be two more dots towards the tip of the blade, so it might be 7 instead of 5 dots altogether. A reference to the seven sleepers? We probably will not know for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,695
Posted By TVV
First, welcome to the forum, glad to have you...

First, welcome to the forum, glad to have you here. Second, thank you for sharing these daggers, you have nice and genuine items. The koummaya looks like it has some age and the blade looks like a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,230
Posted By TVV
To be fair, this is a very nice kaskara, with a...

To be fair, this is a very nice kaskara, with a silver gilt pommel and a very high quality crossguard that also looks like it has been gilded. The blade looks like a 19th century European import and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th October 2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,234
Posted By TVV
It looks Indian to me, in imitation of older...

It looks Indian to me, in imitation of older horse handle khanjars, though not antique.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,326
Posted By TVV
On thing we can all agree on is that this is a...

On thing we can all agree on is that this is a very nice yatagahan, congratulations.

My guess is that it is from the Western Balkans, probably the Dalmatian coast all the way down to Kotor...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2021, 12:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,588
Posted By TVV
This sword is also a very interesting one. How is...

This sword is also a very interesting one. How is the blade fixed to the hilt: rivets or peened at the top of the pommel?

The scabbard with the characteristic widening looks like a kaskara...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2021, 11:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,111
Posted By TVV
Are you absolutely sure the blades are plane, in...

Are you absolutely sure the blades are plane, in other words, have you tried cleaning and etching a small window to check for a pattern?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,588
Posted By TVV
Based on the existence of another very similar...

Based on the existence of another very similar published sword, we can conclude that this is not a one off creation, but rather a type that existed somewhere in the Sahel in the 19th century. Hales...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,218
Posted By TVV
I do not know what this knife is, but it is not...

I do not know what this knife is, but it is not Bulgarian.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th July 2021, 11:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,588
Posted By TVV
Kubur, Congratulations, what a spectacular...

Kubur,

Congratulations, what a spectacular sword. It is indeed very similar to the one in Hales' book. The scabbard fittings and the hilt construction are like a takouba, while the blade is more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,977
Posted By TVV
It does look like wootz to me from the pictures -...

It does look like wootz to me from the pictures - nice old blade.

Teodor
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2021, 12:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,899
Posted By TVV
I personally like it, it certainly shows age so...

I personally like it, it certainly shows age so it could be from the mid 20th century or even older, and as you point out, the blade is decent, forged with a nice fuller, and definitely not a piece...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,161
Posted By TVV
Robin has identified this correctly, it is an...

Robin has identified this correctly, it is an Omani so called "royal" khanjar, though this style is reportedly worn by all members of society and not exclusively reserved for the royal family. Your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th April 2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,172
Posted By TVV
This sounds really exciting especially for those...

This sounds really exciting especially for those who like me live on the West Coast (not to mention members from all over the world). Look forward to the continued growth and evolution of this forum.
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